Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Weight Loss May Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms

According to an article on the Website Medicine.net, losing some of those extra pounds may relieve or even cure your sleep apnea altogether. As you know, sleep apnea is a breathing/sleep disorder in which the sufferer stops breathing several times a night, possibly for several seconds each time. The most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), affects millions of Americans and their partners.

A new study confirms that losing weight can significantly reduce sleep apnea symptoms in obese people. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

Fatigue
Memory problems
Concentration problems
High blood pressure
Diabetes
Stroke
Slowed metabolism
Anxiety
Depression
Mood swings
Decreased libido and impotence

Obese people who lost the amount of weight recommended by their treatment provider were three times more likely to experience a complete remission of their symptoms compared to those who lost no weight.

If you or your partner suffers from obesity and sleep apnea, there is help available to you. If you live in the Gurnee, Illinois area, Ira Shapira, D.D.S. can help you as he has helped countless other patients suffering with this potentially life-threatening disorder. Please contact our office today to schedule a thorough evaluation.

posted by Lynn at 11:58 AM