While Sleep Apnea is Bad for You, Is it Good for Your Bone Stem Cells?

By /

sleep apnea stronger bone stem cells

Sleep apnea caused by snoring is bad news. This means that you stop breathing while you sleep, dropping your oxygen levels and essentially starving your brain and body of their much needed O2. It’s been shown to be associated with everything from weight gain to diabetes to heart attacks to strokes. However, is it good for your bone stem cells and can this teach us something about these cells? A new study looked at about 800 elderly patients who had sleep studies, about half of whom had evidence of apnea on their study. Even when adjusting for sex and weight, the patients with sleep apnea had stronger bones based on density tests. Why? This can actually illustrate an important point-hypoxia (less oxygen) is actually good for stem cells. Better bone stem cells=stronger bones. I often get asked if hyperbaric oxygen would be good for stem cells and my answer is that it’s not clear. We actually have far more research showing that low oxygen conditions help stem cells. The upshot? Too little of a good thing can sometimes be helpful!

Join us for a free Regenexx webinar.
Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

If you have questions or comments about this blog post, please email us at [email protected]

NOTE: This blog post provides general information to help the reader better understand regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal health, and related subjects. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient profiles, outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

Get Blog Updates by Email

We do not sell, or share your information to third party vendors.

By submitting the form you agree that you’ve read and consent to our Privacy Policy. We may use email, phone, or other electronic means to communicate information about Regenexx.

We will provide information to help you decide whether you want to schedule an evaluation with a Regenexx Physician.

Insurance typically covers evaluations and diagnostic testing (if recommended). Most insurance plans currently do not cover Regenexx Procedures.

Category: Latest News
Copyright © Regenexx 2021. All rights reserved.



9035 Wadsworth Pkwy #1000
Westminster, CO 80021


*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

Providers listed on the Regenexx website are for informational purposes only and are not a recommendation from Regenexx for a specific provider or a guarantee of the outcome of any treatment you receive.