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[The influence of menopause-related obesity and related changes of body fat distribution on the severity of sleep apnea]

GYŐRFI MÁRIA1, SANDRA SÁNDOR1, SZAKÁCS ZOLTÁN2

FEBRUARY 14, 2007

Ca&Bone - 2007;10(01)

[INTRODUCTION - The menopause is associated with an enhanced risk of obesity. During the postmenopausal period changes in the distribution of body fat lead to a variety of disorders. Obesity is among the major risk factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). The prevalence of OSAS increases after the menopause. This study was intended to explore the relationship between the severity of sleep apnea and the quantity, as well as the distribution of body fat in postmenopausal women with this condition. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Sixty-two postmenopausal women (aged 58.6±7.4 years) were studied. Patients suffering from OSAS - established by cardiorespiratory polygraphy - were enrolled. None of the subjects received hormone replacement therapy during the trial. Total and regional quantity of body fat was determined by dualenergy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). The distribution of body fat, the ratio of android-to-gynoid regional fat, as well as body mass index were automatically calculated by the software of the DXA machine. A specific region was defined to measure the fat content of the cervical region, extending from the mental protuberance to the clavicular plane. The reliability coefficient of the test method was calculated to check the accuracy of regional body fat measurement. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea was determined by cardiorespiratory polygraphy and expressed using the apnea/hypopnea index. RESULTS - Testing for independence in this population revealed the lack of independence between android-type obesity and severe OSAS. Specifically, 74% of patients with severe OSAS were obese (BMI>30 kg/m2). As with the android-type, the khi square test similarly refuted the independence between obesity and the severity of OSAS. Fat content of the cervical region was 25.2% in mild and moderate, and 30.2% in severe OSAS. Two-Sample t-test demonstrated the significant influence of cervical fat content on OSAS severity. CONCLUSION - Elevated BMI, android-type obesity, and higher relative fat content of the cervical region all aggravate obstructive sleep apnea in postmenopausal women.]

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  1. Magyar Honvédség Központi Honvédkórház, Reumatológiai Osztály
  2. Magyar Honvédség Központi Honvédkórház, Alvásdiagnosztikai és Terápiás Centrum

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