Monday, November 9, 2009

Truckers Truck on towards Better Health


An article posted on TruckingInfo.com reports positive results in a new clinical trial. The trial tested for and treated truck drivers with sleep apnea.

The study looks at money saved from lower medical costs and fewer driving accidents due to the truckers' treatment.

"The goal of the trial is to quantify the health benefits and document changes in fatigue-related accidents and safety as a consequence of this unique program," said Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, principal investigator of the trial.

Researchers believe that because untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to major heath problems, it is cheaper for trucking companies to test and treat their drivers.

Truckers have a high risk for sleep apnea. An estimated 28 percent of truckers suffer from it.

In contrast, four percent of men and two percent of women in the general population have sleep apnea.

OSA is a serious medical condition. If left untreated, it can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

It also increases a person’s risk for daytime sleepiness and drowsy driving.

OSA is easy to test for and treat. CPAP and oral appliance therapy are two treatment options.

This blog recently reported on trucker safety recommendations. The National Transportation Safety Board would like all truckers to be screened for OSA.

Sleep apnea can be diagnosed at a sleep center.

Learn more about OSA.

1 comment:

  1. Wow the test result is positive which is great news for us, because OSA is a serious problems. There are two things in life that a sage must preserve at every sacrifice, the coats of his stomach and the enamel of his teeth. Some evils admit of consolations,but there are no comforters for dyspepsia and the toothache. cosmetic dentist in salem ma

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