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Sleep Apnea: Fastest Growing Health Epidemic in the United States

Sleep Apnea: Fastest Growing Health Epidemic in the United States

The number of patients being diagnosed with sleep apnea increases as our U.S. population continues to age. The growing number of obese Americans is also increasing the population of sleep apnea patients. The following are statistics compiled by the Corporate Office based on information obtained by the U.S Census as well as Einhorn et al. Endor Practice and Tassone et al. Clin Endocrinol.

Through this analysis, we observed the following:

  • Cost analysis of the benefit of including sleep monitoring procedures in the detection of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) demonstrated cost savings of $9,200-$13,400 per quality-adjusted life year gained
  • 86% of obese diabetics have obstructive sleep apnea
  • Obese patients with sleep apnea are more insulin resistant than patients with simple obesity
  • 80% of the sleep apnea market is undiagnosed
  • About 50% are non-compliant with their current treatment

Map of Sleep Insufficiency:

The map below depicts age-adjusted* percentage of adults who reported 30 days of insufficient rest or sleep† during the preceding 30 days. Data is from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States.‡

USA Map

* Age adjusted to 2000 projected U.S. population.

† Determined by response to the question, “During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt you did not get enough rest or sleep?”
‡ Includes the 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

 The Aging United States Population:

Aging Population

The Increasing Prevalence of Obesity:

Overweight Adults

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