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Physical activity improves AHI in sleep apnoea patients

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Prof. Monique Mendelson, University of Grenoble, France
ERS 2020
Cohort study, EPISONO
Exercise should play a key role in the multi-componential treatment of patients with sleep apnoea syndrome as it can positively influence the Apnoea-Hypopnoea Index (AHI) and risk factors for diseases like diabetes [1]. The current gold standard for treatment of sleep apnoea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) [1]. It leads to improvements such as reduced daytime sleepiness and augmented quality of life, but it has limited impact on the cardiovascular (CV) risk of patients [2]. Thus, researchers have set a focus on the development of combined modality strategies for therapy. The EPISONO cohort study found that physical activity is not only able to reduce the risk of developing sleep apnoea but is also a protective factor decreasing the risk of type-2 diabetes in these patients [3]. A meta-analysis assessing observational studies that objectively measured physical activity demonstrated a rather low mean activity level of 5,388 ins...

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