Sleep apnoea ups vertebral fracture risk in women

Osteoporosis patients should be asked about sleep apnoea and treated aggressively, advise US researchers

Women with obstructive sleep apnoea are more likely to sustain vertebral fractures, but their risk of hip fracture is not significantly increased, according to US researchers.

The researchers found a two-fold increased risk of vertebral fractures in those with a history of obstructive sleep apnoea after analysing data from the Nurses' Health Study (NHS).

"We found that the risk was even higher for women who had daytime sleepiness," said senior author Dr Julie Paik of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.