Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Bharat Bhushan is currently working as a Research Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago & Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He has completed his PhD from Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. His thesis work was on the Genetic, Metabolic and Hormonal Profile in obese Asian Indians with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Background & Purpose: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with increased risk for metabolic syndrome in both adults and children. Obesity and metabolic syndrome are rapidly increasing in developed countries. Abnormalities of metabolic variables in severity dependent OSA in children has not been investigated to a significant extent.
Methods: Children evaluated in past two years for OSA were included in the study. Components of the metabolic syndrome; total cholesterol, triglyceride, high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-c), low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-c) and blood pressure were collected from subject’s medical records. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated using height and weight. OSA was classified as mild (1
Conclusion: We found that OSA in children adversely affects several of the components associated with metabolic syndrome.
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