Sleep Apnoea May Worsen Liver Disease in Adults

liverNon-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the accumulation fat in liver cells in people who do not consume alcohol or consume little alcohol.

Key takeaways:

·         A recent study reveals that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and low night-time oxygen lead to the progression of NAFLD in adults.

·         The study also reveals that OSA apnoea and low night-time oxygen may trigger the progression of paediatric NAFLD to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) – a type of fatty liver disease characterized by inflammation of the liver with concurrent fat accumulation in the liver.

·         Patients with OSA and hypoxia were found to have more severe fibrosis or scar tissue in their livers than people without OSA/hypoxia.

Investigators found that patients with the most severe NAFLD experienced more severe sleep-disordered breathing and significantly higher apnoea/hypopnea index scores compared to those with less severe NAFLD.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.