A new study has confirmed a link between obstructive sleep apnea and bone health, as reported by Bel Marra Health.
The respected Journal of Bone and Mineral Research has confirmed an association between obstructive sleep apnea and bone health, specifically as it relates to osteoporosis. According to a study published in the journal, it appears as if obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can raise the risk of osteoporosis.
Our bodies work on what is called circadian rhythms – physical, mental, as well as behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. This cycle responds to light and darkness within our environment. Scientists tell us that this rhythm is very important for our metabolism and overall health. Our biological clock synchronizes our circadian rhythms. When there is a disruption with the clock, it in turn disturbs the rhythm. This can happen with sleep disorders, like obstructive sleep apnea. The latest study indicates that clock genes have been identified in all cells of the body, including the bones cells.
According to researchers, “osteoblasts” are cells that are involved in bone formation. When their count is decreased due to disturbed sleep, bone health may be jeopardized. The experts also say that the daily rhythm of bone turnover is important for normal bone health, but this sleep apnea study shows sleep duration, sleep quality, oxygen levels, and inflammation levels may have an impact on bone metabolism.