Sleep duration in elderly obese patients correlated negatively with intake fatty
Study objectivesThe purpose of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between sleep duration and dietary habits in elderly obese patients treated at an institute of cardiology.
The fifty-eight volunteers were elderly patients with obesity (classified as obese according to BMI) of both genders, between 60 and 80 years of age. All participants were subjected to assessments of food intake, anthropometry, level of physical activity, and duration of sleep.
The men had significantly greater weight, height, and waist circumference than women.
Sleep durations were correlated with dietary nutrient compositions only in men. We found a negative association between short sleep and protein intake (r = -0.43; p = 0.02), short sleep and monounsaturated fatty acids intake (r = -0.40; p = 0.03), and short sleep and cholesterol dietary intake (r = -0.50; p = 0.01).
We conclude that mainly in men, volunteers that had short sleep duration showed a preference for high energy-density as fatty food, at least in part, may explain the relationship between short sleep duration and the development of metabolic abnormalities.
Author: Aline Alves SantanaGustavo Duarte PimentelMonica RomualdoLila Missae OyamaRonaldo Vagner Thomatieli SantosRicardo Aurino PinhoClaudio Teodoro de SouzaBruno RodriguesFabio S Lira Credits/Source: Lipids in Health and Disease 2012, 11:99
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