Obesity Linked To Increase In Sleep Apnea

Posted by juggernautPT on July 25, 2013

Obesity Linked To Increase In Sleep Apnea
Obesity Linked To Increase In Sleep Apnea

Research from the US has found that obesity may be responsible for a large increase in cases of sleep apnea – or troubled sleeping – over the past twenty years.

A team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison monitored the sleep of 1,520 individuals. Almost half were studied between 1988 and 1994, and the remainder were monitored between 2007 and 2010.

Study subjects who experienced difficulty with breathing 15 or more times an hour while asleep were classified as having moderate-to-severe breathing problems. Across the study, heavier people displayed far greater incidence of breathing problems. The US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that sleep apnea, which causes the sufferer to repeatedly partially awaken, can cause extreme tiredness leading to accidents, as well as contribute to heart and other health problems.

Study author Paul Peppard, an assistant professor of population health sciences at the university, said; ‘There are probably 4 million to 5 million people who are more likely to have sleep apnea due to the obesity epidemic. It's certainly an uncalculated cost of the obesity epidemic, an epidemic of its own.’

 

Source: American Journal of Epidemiology


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