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African American Men Hit Hardest by Sleep Apnea

Fibro Daily April 16, 2013

A new study shows that African American men experience sleep apena at higher rates than their Caucasian counterparts, especially in certain age groups and even after adjusting for obesity factors. This info comes from James Rowley, PhD, who served as the study’s senior investigator and who is also a professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit as well as the Medical Director of the Detroit Receiving Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.

According to the study which appears in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine:

Results of multivariate linear regression models show that being an African-American man younger than 40 years of age increased the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) by 3.21 breathing pauses per hour of sleep compared to a white man in the same age range with the same BMI. For participants between 50 and 59 years of age, being an African-American man increased AHI by 2.79 breathing events per hour of sleep. There was no difference in AHI between African-American and white women.

—American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2013, April 16). “Sleep Apnea Severity Is Higher In African American Men, Particularly In Certain Age Ranges.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from

The differences are much less noticeable between African American women and Caucasian women.

African American Fibromyalgia patients may want to discuss these findings with their doctors.



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