U.S. researchers conducted an overnight polysomnography on 96 12- to 16-year-olds who were obese and found that those with moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea had reduced insulin sensitivity, plus greater levels of fat in their blood, than those with a mild case of sleep apnea or none at all. Despite having the same amount 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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