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  • Daytime sleepiness 2.4 times more common among men who gained more than 30 lbs

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    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:01 am Email this article
    Breathing problems while sleeping and daytime sleepiness were 2.4 times (140%) more common among Japanese truck drivers who gained roughly more than 30 pounds -- an increase in body mass index (BMI) of 5 units or more -- according to a new study. Subjects

    Subjects: 5320 male Japanese truck drivers, 30-69 years-old

    The study followed the weight changes of 5320 male Japanese truck drivers aged 30- to 69-years-old.



    Conclusion: Weight gain of 22 lbs increases risk of sleep-disordered breathing and daytime sleepiness

    “Our results suggest that an increase in BMI of [5 units or more] or weight gain of [22 lbs or more] is a risk factor for [sleep-disordered breathing] and excessive daytime sleepiness among Japanese truck drivers,” the paper concludes.


    Cui R, Tanigawa T, Nakano H, Sakurai S, Yamagishi K, Ohira T, Iso H. Associations between weight change since 20 years of age and sleep-disordered breathing among male truck drivers. Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Sep 22, published early on-line.


    Public Health
    Department of Social and Environmental Medicine
    Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
    Osaka, Japan

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