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Doctors study paediatric sleep apnoea in UAE

Medical experts are initiating educational campaigns to tackle the problems caused by sleep apnoea in children in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The number of children suffering from the sleep disorder is increasing, along with childhood obesity. Experts from the UK and US will be attending a conference to discuss the condition in Dubai, from the 20th to 22nd April.

According to experts, children with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) produce a lower amount of growth hormone, which may slow down a child’s development. The condition might also cause increased fatigue, which results in lower activity levels, along with greater insulin resistance that combined will exacerbate obesity in children.

Dr Michael Oko, from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and Department of Health in the UK, and Dr Stacey Ishman from the US will be delivering a presentation at the conference to provide information of how to manage the condition in children. Dr Oko said:

“OSA is still a massive emerging issue in the UAE along with rising obesity levels; the UAE needs a body like NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) to recommend with authority clinically effective treatments for its own population. Education about health should start in schools with advice about diet and exercise.”

Eating nutritiously can be encouraged with healthy tuckshop foods, with Lincolnshire schools being among those in the UK that encourage a good diet and exercise. Sleep apnoea can cause reduced concentration and focus, which can lead to a poor educational performance. A healthy diet and exercise are therefore just two of the options to guard against the effects of sleep apnoea.

Posted by Jennifer
April 14, 2014

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