CPAP Can Help With Metabolic Syndrome

We already know that treating obstructive sleep apnea can help you to sleep better, but there’s been conflicting studies showing the benefits of CPAP on high blood pressure, diabetes, or risk of heart disease. However, for the most part, CPAP has been found to be helpful with hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. Here’s a small […]

Gout & Sleep Apnea: A Strong Connection, But Often Ignored

Every time I see a patient in my practice that has gout, almost invariably, they have signs and symptoms of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Gout is an arthritic condition that’s caused by uric acid buildup. Allopurinol is the medication of choice, which works by reducing levels of uric acid in the body. Gout is also associated […]

Multiple Links Between Psoriasis & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Believe it or not, your skin is considered an end organ, meaning that it’s at the outermost reaches of your blood supply. It’s also a part of your body which can be deprived of blood flow if you’re under stress, similar to what happens to your digestive or reproductive systems. Psoriasis is a common skin […]

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Psoriasis?

How is psoriasis connected to obstructive sleep apnea? You may think I'm crazy for even making the suggestion, but if you look at the studies, the results don't lie—you just have to connect the dots. I've always wondered about this link, since almost every known medical condition is proven to be or possibly associated with […]

Phil Mickelson, Arthritis, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

I’ve always wondered about a possible link between arthritis and obstructive sleep apnea. We know that people with arthritis also have a higher rate of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. I recently found out that Phil Mickelson has a debilitating condition called psoriatic arthritis. A few days before the last US Open, he could barely walk.  As […]