NAFLD Is Linked to Higher Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

NAFLD Is Linked to Higher Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is linked to a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a large study that used Korean population data, published in Scientific Reports. Arising from the accumulation of fat in the liver, NAFLD and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), are responsible for a growing proportion of advanced liver disease worldwide. Some signs of sleep apnea include snoring, intermittent hypoxia (reduced oxygen level) and interrupted sleep. Individuals with a higher FLI were more likely to be male, current smokers and alcohol drinkers, and they had a higher income. When analyzing multiple variables at once, the researchers found that individuals with a higher FLI had a higher risk of sleep apnea, irrespective of body mass index and the presence of abdominal fat.

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