Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

 
 
News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter    
 

 Headlines:

 

Category: Neurology | Medical Students | Nutrition | News

Back to Health News

Neck Size May Affect Severity of Sleep Apnea

Last Updated: June 10, 2009.

 

Even non-obese people are at risk, researchers find

Share |

Comments: (0)

Tell-a-Friend

 

  Related
 
Even non-obese people at risk, researchers find.

WEDNESDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Though obesity is a known major risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, many non-obese people also have the condition, according to the results of a new study.

Among 5,426 non-obese adults (with a body-mass index between 18.5 and 27), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was present in 54 percent. About half of those with the condition had mild cases and half had moderate to severe OSA.

The study found that moderate to severe OSA was most common in middle-age men with larger neck sizes.

The researchers noted that they were surprised to find no significant differences in Epworth Sleepiness Scale results and neck size between non-obese people who did and did not have OSA. The scale is a standardized method of measuring daytime sleepiness.

"More than 50 percent of non-obese OSA patients had mild OSA, suggesting that in-lab polysomnography may be more accurate in assessing people in this demographic, as opposed to portable monitoring systems," lead author Teimur Yeligulashvili, clinical supervisor at SleepTech in Wayne, N.J., said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The study was presented Tuesday in Seattle at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Earlier research had found an association between OSA and serious health problems such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and increased risk of death.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about sleep apnea.

SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, June 9, 2009

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.


Previous: If Mom or Dad Is Depressed, Kids Need Help Too Next: Gene Can Dampen Chemo Drug Effectiveness

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.


Submit your opinion:

Name:

Email:

Location:

URL:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 

Useful Sites
MediLexicon
  Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us
Copyright © 2001-2014
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Advertising
Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME | Conferences

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.