Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers have discovered what they claim is the link between people exposed to war and chronic diseases.
The researchers focused on sleep apnea in their study. The sleep apnea they focused on derived from exposure to violence. Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was prevalent in their study group, both of which cause changes in the stress system. They surmised that sleep apnea as well as other chronic illnesses develop under these conditions.
This exposure also leads to a worse self-health rating, which is exactly what occurred in their study which focused on, “…145 American immigrants who left Iraq before the 1991 Gulf War, and 205 who fled Iraq after the Gulf War began”, all living in Detroit at the time of the study.
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