Sleep apnea may raise cardiometabolic risk factors in obese children, teens

09/22/2013 |

U.S. researchers conducted an overnight polysomnography on 96 obese 12- to 16-year-olds and found that those with moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea had reduced insulin sensitivity and higher levels of fat in their blood than those with mild or no sleep apnea. Despite having similar amounts of excess weight, teen boys were more likely to have moderate or severe OSA compared with teen girls, according to the study in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

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