Health Problems Linked to Untreated Narcolepsy

By Erica Patino, Aug 25, 2022

To understand how narcolepsy can impact your health, it helps to first take a look at how the condition can affect the body. “Narcolepsy is [thought to be an]autoimmune disorder resulting from the loss of orexin neurons in the brain,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in California. Orexin neurons, he says, play an important role in the body by helping to regulate alertness, mood, and metabolism as well as the body’s energy use and ability to maintain stability. 

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