Scientists link obstructive sleep apnea, cardiometabolic dysfunction

What is cardiometabolic disfunction?
What does cardiometabolic risk mean?

Cardiometabolic risk refers to your chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke.

It is important to know what your level of risk is. Knowing how to decrease your risk can help you live a longer, healthier life.

How does cardiometabolic risk affect me?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in people with mental illness. People with mental illness also have high rates of diabetes, which can lead to many other health problems. Lowering your cardiometabolic risk can help prevent more serious health problems down the road.

What can change my cardiometabolic risk?

Many things increase your cardiometabolic risk. Some of these cannot be changed. For example, as you get older your risk increases. Men also have higher risks than women. However, the good news is that there are risks you can change.

Healthy lifestyle changes can be important ways to lower your risk. Your doctor can help you find a program that works for you.

Lifestyle changes that can help include:

Quitting smoking;
Losing weight;
Eating a healthier diet; and,
Exercising regularly.
A combination of lifestyle changes and medical treatments can help even more, especially if you have:

High blood pressure;
High blood sugar;
Abnormal blood cholesterol; or,
Are taking certain mental health medicines.

SOURCE: –Published by the New York State Office of Mental Health