Metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea: A bidirectional relationship

Haris Younas, Chenjuan Gu, Aman Rathore, Jonathan C. Jun, Vsevolod Y. Polotsky

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder that often coexists with visceral obesity. In this chapter, we examine bidirectional associations between obesity, OSA, and metabolic syndrome. Specifically, we will provide an overview of sleep apnea; an overview of obesity, visceral obesity, and metabolic syndrome; evidence showing that visceral obesity predisposes to OSA; evidence showing that OSA aggravates metabolic dysfunction; and clinical implications of this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMechanisms and Manifestations of Obesity in Lung Disease
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780128135549
ISBN (Print)9780128135532
StatePublished - Sep 29 2018


  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Metabolism
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Visceral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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