Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Snoring and poor sleep - health status indicators

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...Image via WikipediaFound this news article in TODAY, and it is a nugget of wisdom, I could say.

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Snoring, poor sleep may predict obesity, diabetes

NEW YORK - People who snore, have trouble falling asleep or who wake up in the morning feeling fatigued, have an increased risk of developing conditions tied to diabetes and heart disease, a study has found.

The study, published in the journal Sleep, followed 812 people who did not have metabolic syndrome - conditions that include obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes - at the beginning of a three-year period. The patients had yearly checkups to determine if they were developing metabolic syndrome, and sleep disturbances were measured via a questionnaire.

Adults who reported frequent loud snoring had twice the risk of developing metabolic syndrome compared with quieter sleepers, the researchers found. The risk jumped 80 per cent in people who had difficulty falling asleep and 70 per cent in those who said their sleep was not refreshing.

The report is the first to examine the relationship between sleep problems that patients commonly report to their doctors and metabolic syndrome as a whole, said lead author Wendy Troxel, an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

"Sleep problems aren't just an annoyance but something with potential major public health ramifications," she said.

Further studies are needed to determine if sleep disorders and snoring cause metabolic syndrome, or are symptomatic of it, Asst Prof Troxel added. Bloomberg

From TODAYOnline.com; source article is below:
Snoring, poor sleep may predict obesity, diabetes

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