The natural aging process of women is accompanied by a transition of reproductive cycles and a series of negative consequences to women' health, being the increased incidence of sleep-disordered breathing one of the most relevant clinical context. Studies indicate that obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a sleep disorder highly prevalent in the population and is associated with negative health outcomes, such as daytime sleepiness, cognitive impairment, immune, cardiovascular and metabolic dysfunction. In women, the menopausal transition has been associated with the development of OSAS. Anthropometrical factors, obesity-related can favor the development of OSAS or it's worsening. Thus, given the repercussions caused by OSAS in women' health, this project aims to investigate the factors associated with this sleep disorder in women. We will be analyze anthropometric and biochemical data and parameters obtained by complete polysomnography of 574 women aged 20-80 years from a representative sample of the city of São Paulo. The identification of the risk factors can be able to help the clinical practice to minimize magnitude of injurious effects to the body resulting from OSAS in women.
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