People who snore heavily faces twice the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, revealed a research carried out in Taiwan. Experts found that people who are diagnosed with the snoring-related condition sleep apnoea are likely to suffer the joint-damaging disease by twice. Rheumatoid arthritis (RR)thought to trigger when something went wrong with the immune system.
In addition to inflamed and swollen joints, arthritis patients also experience flu-like symptoms. In more severe cases, they can end up crippled and unable to live to a fuller extent. Diagnosis of the condition may be difficult because it early signs can be inoffensive as a slight stiffness in hand joints often early in the morning.
Researchers believe that chronic sleep apnoea can cause inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body, which may act as a catalyst for arthritis. In latest study, experts from the Taipei Medical University compared more than fourteen hundred sleep apnoea patients with seven hundred healthy adults, over the period of five years.
The researchers monitored how many people in each group went on to develop RR, systemic lupus erythematous and ankylosing spondylitis. In all these conditions immune system went haywire and caused symptoms such as painful, swollen joints and flu like symptoms. The study findings showed that snoring affected group likely to develop one of three conditions by ninety-one percent.
But, experts stressed that the entire risk of falling ill was relatively small. Among snoring group nearly three percent experienced arthritis-related problems. Study’s experts, explained that their study is the first to investigate the association between sleep apnoea and the development of autoimmune diseases. It may have gone unnoticed in clinical settings because these cases are relatively rare and may not be reported.
But the potential association between these two conditions should not be overlooked. Among the diseases they studied, rheumatoid arthritis had the highest risk of developing in sleep apnoea patients. The study findings were, published in the journal Sleep Medicine.