Weight Loss and Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Shedding those few extra pounds can relieve, or even cure, sleep apnea symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the findings of a study that looked at the link between sleep apnea and weight loss in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Losing weight may help obese people as well as their partners sleep better by easing, and potentially eliminating, sleep apnea symptoms.

Researchers found that people with severe sleep apnea who lost a recommended amount of weight were three times more likely to experience a complete remission of sleep apnea symptoms compared with people who didnt lose weight.

In the study, researchers looked at the effect of weight loss on sleep apnea in 260 obese adults with type 2 diabetes.

The participants were randomly divided into two groups. One group received a weight loss and exercise program. The second group received no weight loss advice and participated in a diabetes management program.

After one year, the weight loss group lost an average of 24 pounds; the second group lost just over 1 pound.

Those in the weight loss group were three times as likely to experience a remission of their sleep apnea symptoms. People in the second group experienced a worsening of their sleep apnea symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.