Weight Loss May Help Sleep Apnea Symptoms
When in sleep , people with sleep apnea wake up multiple times throughout the night as they struggle to breathe. The condition can cause severe daytime tiredness and other symptoms. People who suffer from sleep apnea are treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a treatment that uses a machine to keep their airways open during sleep.
Several researchers have established that there exists a strong connection between sleep apnea and obesity and overweight. Although the majority of patients are obese, not everyone with sleep apnea is obese.
As you gain weight, sleep apnea gets worse, and as you lose, it improves. Obesity may affect the airway’s ability to stay open during sleep, or extra fat cells could affect the brain’s control of the airway.
A research concluded last year at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm tracked 63 male sleep apnea patients, aged 30 to 65, who were overweight. Of those, 58 completed a version of the Cambridge Weight Plan, which started with a very low-calorie diet for nine weeks, followed by a year-long program of weight-maintenance counseling. The Cambridge Weight Plan provided partial funding for the study.
After a year, about half of the patients who lost weight and kept it off no longer needed a CPAP machine to keep their airways open during sleep, and sleep apnea went away in 10 percent of them.
The researchers concluded that simply losing weight did the trick.
Filed under: CPAP • CPAP Therapy • Obesity • Obstructive Sleep Apnea • Other Disorders • Sleep • Sleep Apnea • Sleep Apnea Research • Sleep Apnea Treatment • Sleep Disordered Breathing • Sleep Disorders • Sleep Problems
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