Sleep Apnoea Severity Higher mong African-American men, WSU Researcher Finds

caucasianSleep apnoea is a condition wherein there are pauses in breathing during sleep. This medical condition has various health consequences such as increased daytime sleepiness, risks to road accidents, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and problems in cognition.

Thus, more studies are being conducted nowadays as to what causes sleep apnoea and who are more predisposed to this sleeping problem.

Recently, a Wayne State University researcher has found that sleep apnoea severity is higher among African-American men in certain age ranges, even after controlling for body mass index (BMI).

This study has highlighted the following findings:

  • Sleep apnoea is common among African-American men younger than 40 years old. In this population, the apnoea-hypopnea index (AHI) is increased by 3.21 breathing pauses per hour of sleep compared to white men in the same age range with the same BMI.
  • Sleep apnoea severity higher among African-American men.
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea is more common in men than in women.
  • People who are 50 to 59 years old are at risk for obstructive sleep apnoea.
  • No differences in AHI were found between African-American women and white women.
  • Sleep apnoea is more severe in African-American males than Caucasian males, as measured by the apnoea-hypopnea index.
  • Possible reasons for these findings include anatomical differences that affect the upper airway mechanics and collapsibility, as well as differences in the neurochemical control of breathing.

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