Elderly people with sleep apnoea are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease

A recent study says that elderly people suffering from a sleep disorder which causes breathing problems are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a long term brain disorder that affects memory and other important mental functions.

Researchers found that more sleep apnoeas can lead to collection of amino acids in the brain that increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease over time.

For the research, the team studied over 208 participants of age between 50 and 90 years.

The study also found that more than half the participants suffered from symptoms of sleepiness, cardiovascular, and metabolic dysfunction and brain impairment due to the sleep apnoea.

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