Guadalajara, Dec. 8 (Notimex) .- About 10 percent of the Mexican population has sleep apnea, which is characterized by short-term breathing during sleep, said specialist Maria Ivette Muciño Hernández.
He pointed out that obesity is related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAHS) and Mexico has the first place in the population with overweight and cardiovascular complications in the world.
Muciño Hernández, coordinator of the Otorhinolaryngology module of the 21st International Congress of Advances in Medicine (CIAM), of the Civil Hospital of Guadalajara (HCG), said that 10% of the excess weight presented by a person increases the risk of having OSAHS.
In addition, he added, cardiovascular problems increase two to three times the risk of suffering from obesity.
He explained that there are severe cases in which the patient stops breathing for longer periods; Despite this symptom, four out of five people who have this level are not aware of their condition.
Symptoms of the syndrome include daytime drowsiness; cognitive impairment; memory change; personality changes; intense snoring and alerts or micro awakenings.
Muciño Hernández pointed out that the disease occurs in adults and children; In these latter cases, if they have the syndrome, they probably have it throughout life. Therefore, he stressed the importance of preventing obesity through physical activity and balanced diet.
"The OSAHS patient can be operated or aided by a positive pressure machine to breathe more easily, but if you do not lose weight, there is not a good answer," he said.
While the module coordinator, Raúl Durán López, said that there is an underestimation of OSAHS, since 80% of the cases, in the moderate to severe degree, are not diagnosed.
He clarified that snoring does not have a close relation with apnea in all cases and when so, it is an intense snoring, with spaces in which the person stops breathing.