United Medical Center Opens New Sleep Center

UMC Sleep CenterOn May 1st, United Medical Center (UMC) opened a new Sleep Center to diagnose and treat individuals suffering from sleep disorders. Most people are unaware that chronic sleep disorders along with cancer, obesity and other illnesses are one of the health disparities that plague African Americans. In fact, sleep problems are more likely to strike African Americans than other ethnic groups.

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Nationwide over 26 % of the population are obese and 27.5 % have hypertension. In addition, over 8 % of the nation’s men, women, and children have diabetes and that number is increasing yearly at an alarming rate. Studies have shown that hypertension, obesity, and diabetes in many cases, can be directly attributed to a person having a sleep disorder.

“In UMC’s primary service area, the numbers are even more dramatic than the national statistics,” said Dr. Eskender Beyene, Sleep Medicine Specialist. “The obesity rate for residents in Ward 7 is 40 % and in Ward 8 it is 42 %. As obesity relates to sleep disorders, up to 40% of individuals with mild obesity have sleep apnea; up to 71% with severe obesity and up to 74% with morbid obesity suffer from sleep apnea.”