The Fountain of Youth


Remember when Ponce de Leon was looking for the Fountain of Youth?  Well, the anti-aging search is medicine’s new frontier.  Chronological age can’t be turned back.  But biological age can be turned back. This is according to sleep specialist David Gozal, MD, who is the chair of the Department of Child Health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Sleep is one of the biggest factors in slowing down biological age.

Gozal’s study is called, "Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Inflammation: Proof of Concept Based on Two Illustrative Cytokines," in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, concluded that patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) are in a constant state of inflammation and this causes damage to the patient’s organs resulting in more rapid aging.  OSAS is a condition where there are multiple pauses in breathing during sleep causing changes in lung function and reduced amounts of oxygen in the blood.  These conditions cause inflammation which has been associated problems with memory, behavior, mood, cardiovascular function, general metabolism, chronic kidney disease, glaucoma, erectile dysfunction, cancer, and even death.

The results of the study indicate that it is very important for those who snore to get tested for OSAS, and properly treated if the test results are positive for OSAS.