Increasing sleep apnea rates may be linked to obesity, study says

05/19/2013 | WebMD

A study of 1,520 people from Wisconsin found that heavier adults were more likely to have sleep apnea symptoms compared with their thinner peers. Researchers estimated that this could mean 4 million to 5 million people in the U.S. more likely will have sleep apnea because of obesity. The researchers, reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology, said 80% to 90% of the recent increase in sleep apnea symptoms could be linked to increasing obesity rates.

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