How Sleep Apnea is Linked to Gout, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington
An Australian study was recently done with 60,000 patients, who had undergone a polysomnogram to see if they had sleep apnea. When compared with other medical issues they had, the people who were diagnosed with sleep apnea showed a high correlation with arthosis, which is a degeneration of the joints, and gout, says Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist in Auburn, Washington with Sleep Solutions Northwest.
The correlation between joint damage and sleep apnea is the interment hypoxia happening hundreds of times a night, which changes some of the chemicals in your bloodstream, says Dr. Rich. There are high uric acid levels in gout, where the uric acid forms little crystals, which don't feel good when trying to move joints. When someone with sleep apnea is treated with a CPAP, studies have shown that the uric acid concentration goes down considerably and the gout is resolved. It's Dr. Rich's opinion that a properly-made oral appliance would do the same thing.
Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington. He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.