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U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 10: Sleep Apnea
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Obesity, particularly upper body obesity, is a risk factor for sleep apnea. Most people with sleep apnea have a BMI of 30 or more. A large neck plus snoring predicts sleep apnea
Large neck girth in men and women who snore is highly predictive of sleep apnea. In general, men whose neck circumference is 17 inches or greater and women whose neck circumference is 16 inches or greater are at higher risk for sleep apnea. (p. 18)
Sleep apnea increases risk of hypertension and arrhythmias
Sleep apnea increases the risk of hypertension, heart arrhythmias, recurrent arousals from sleep, and increased sympathetic tone.
Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, . NIH publication No. 98-4083.
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