Hypothyroidism patients are more likely to develop sleep apnea, according to new research.
To understand the potential link between hypothyroidism and sleep apnea, a team from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) embarked upon new research using data mined from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Their study, “Hypothyroidism and its Association with Sleep Apnea Among Adults in the United States: NHANES 2007-2008,” was published in July by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
The NHANES is a biennial survey conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to generally evaluate the health of children and adults in the US. In addition to providing a significantly larger sample size, the NHANES provides a cross-sectional sample of the non-institutionalized US adult population. It includes a detailed demographic and behavioral questionnaire, a physical examination, laboratory testing and a list of all prescription medications used by the respondent.
Study coauthors internal medicine resident Subhanudh Thavaraputta, MD; Jeff Dennis, PhD, an assistant professor for TTUHSC’s Department of Public Health, looked a the 2007-2008 NHANES because it tested respondents…