Sleep Apnea rate in 20-Year-old Women was seen 50 percent of the time

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from Sweden found that women have a high rate of obstructive sleep apnea. They found 50 percent of the 20-year-old participants had obstructive sleep apnea. The women who were obese or had hypertension had a higher rate of sleep apnea. The results were published online today in the European Respiratory Journal.

The condition occurs when a person sleeps and their airway becomes blocked preventing regular breathing. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be determined by the number of pauses.

OSA is usually associated with men, but this new research sheds light on OSA in women. This study suggests that it should be identified as a problem for females too.

Researchers from the Uppsala and Umeå University in Sweden investigated 400 women when they were 20 years old from a random sampling of 10,000. The participants were surveyed and completed a sleep examination.

Obstructive sleep apnea was found in 50 percent of the women. Those participants that were obese or had hypertension were at a higher rate of sleep apnea. Eighty percent of the obese women and 84 percent of the hypertensive women had sleep apnea.

The researchers point out that severe cases of sleep apnea were found in 31 percent of obese women between the ages of 55 to 70.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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