An active lifestyle may reduce the risk of sleep apnea

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Moderate and vigorous physical activity were looked at separately and both were found to be strongly tied a lower risk of OSA, with no real difference detected between the intensity of the activity.  Getty Images

(Dave Yasvinski/ Healthing) –– Getting off the couch and into activities that get your body moving is linked to a decreased risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a wide-scale study that highlights the hazards of leading a sedentary life.

The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, tracked around 130,000 men and women in the U.S. over a period of 10 to 18 years and found that more movement and less sedentary behaviour were associated with a lower likelihood of OSA.

“In our study, higher levels of physical activity and fewer hours of TV watching and sitting either at work or away from home were associated with lower OSA incidence after accounting for potential confounders,” said Tianyi Huang, an associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard University. “Our results suggest that promoting an active lifestyle may have substantial benefits for both prevention and treatment of OSA.” (…)

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