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“Greater endurance from consistent physical activity can significantly boost survival rates for men with both conditions, researchers found. The findings are significant since the prevalence of sleep apnoea, which commonly occurs in people with diabetes and high blood pressure, is on the rise, the study authors noted.
“Recent findings suggest that patients with sleep apnoea have an increased risk of dying of any cause compared with individuals without sleep apnoea,” said study co-author Dr Skikha Khosla, an endocrinologist at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center and George Washington University. Good exercise capacity has already been linked to a lower risk of death in patients with type 2 diabetes, Khosla added. The new study found that there is a similar relationship in men who also have obstructive sleep apnoea.
“For the study, researchers analysed 567 male veterans averaging 62 years of age who completed exercise fitness testing between 1996 and 2010. Although people with sleep apnea should strive to get 150 to 200 minutes of physical activity each week, they should talk to their doctor before starting any exercise program and work towards that goal gradually, Khosla advised”