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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Individuals with OSA are rarely aware of difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. It is often recognized as a problem by others who observe the individual struggling to breathe while sleeping or is suspected because of its effects on the body. OSA is commonly accompanied with snoring.
OSA affects approximately 4% of the adult population. If OSA left is untreated, it can contribute to the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that approximately 100 million people worldwide suffer from the condition.
Prevalence of OSA in KSA
Prevalence of OSA in the UAE
Based on the responses and measurement of the Berlin Questionnaire of 1214 subjects studied, 58% of the respondents were female and 42% were male. Two-hundred-fifty-four respondents met the criteria for high-risk scoring. This gives a prevalence of 20.9% (out of which 22.9% of the male respondents were high risk for OSA, while 19.5% of the females were high risk for OSA), while the remainder of the participants were classified as low risk. The highest prevalence was observed between age 51 to 60 in both genders. Seventy percent of the high-risk group were obese with a body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m2 and nearly 75% of the low risk group had a BMI < 30 kg/m2.
The authors of the study note that community-based studies from Western countries have reported OSA is more common in males compared with females, and in Jordan, the high risk of obstructive sleep apnea was present in 19.1% of men and in 14.7% of women. The authors also pointed out that a population-based study in the United States revealed that obesity was a strong predictor of OSA risk. Among obese subjects (BMI > 30 kg/m2), 59% of subjects were at high risk of OSA. They add that their study shows a close association between high BMI and the risk of OSA in the population of Dubai.
Speaking about the disorder at a medical conference in Dubai, Professor Ahmed BaHammam, Consultant of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and Director of Sleep Disorders Center at King Saud University in Riyadh, said: "Considering the high prevalence and the serious consequences of OSA, efforts are needed to build up and advance this specialty in the Middle East. It is very important for physicians in the primary healthcare sector to be fully educated and trained on the diagnosis and treatment of OSA to help improve the detection and make sure they are tackled and detected earlier. This will definitely help in preventing complications for patients."
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