I have a number of close Asian friends who snore heavily and likely has undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. Like most people, they don’t want to hear about the dangers of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Even when one or both parents snore like trains and had heart attacks or strokes at an early age, they refuse to take any action.
I’ve mentioned before that Asians in general are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea due to a shorter cranial base. The distance from the front of the foramen magnum (hole that the spinal cord goes through) to the junction of the nose and the forehead is smaller compared with Caucasians. This narrows the airway, so pound per pound, Asians that gain weight have a higher chance of developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Here’s another study supporting my thesis: A recent study published in Neurology by researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland found that Chinese populations suffered stroke at slightly higher rates compared with Caucasians.
As Asians adopt more western diets, it’s likely that they’ll gain more weight. Think about the healthcare implications!
Do you have any Asian friends that snore but refuse to seek help?