221 recently diagnosed sleep apnea patients who also had hypertension or diabetes were prescribed the CPAP therapy for the treatment of their sleep apnea. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine http://www.aasmnet.org/JCSM/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=28666
Three to six months after the therapy began significant decrease in the systolic and diastolic readings of blood pressure were observed. Based on these findings the researchers think their finding could be stretched out to other areas of chronic cases:
“All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions,” principal investigator Dr. Bharati Prasad said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “It’s important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea.”
However further studies need to be performed to be able to prove any associations between CPAP therapy and other conditions.