Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

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While sleep apea can be a condition that anyone could experience, there are several risk factors that may make you more likely to experience sleep apnea. Here are some of the risk factors that health researchers have identified:

  • Males. One out of 25 middle aged men have sleep apea, while only 1 in 50 middle aged women have it.
  • Race. African Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics are statistically more likely to develop sleep apnea than caucasians.
  • Family history. If you have family members with sleep apnea, you are more likely to experience it.
  • Weight. Overweight individuals experience a higher risk for sleep apnea.
  • Age. Sleep apnea affects 10% of people over the age of 65.
  • Enlarged tonsil tissues in small children.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Smoking.
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