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Weight Loss Is The Best Way To Fight Apnea, Reported the Latest Study

According to the latest finding from the American College of Physicians (ACP), losing weight is the first step towards dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – a sleep disorder that triggers sleep disruptions and loud snoring due to the temporary blockage of the airway during sleep. If this condition is kept untreated,  it can increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure problems. Sleep apnea can trigger a lot of health issues ranging from lack of concentration, high blood pressure, daytime drowsiness, fatigue,overweight to cardiovascular problems, and gradually is becoming a largely concerned medical issue- certainly due to rising obesity rates. To address the problem of apnea, researchers did a proper review of available literature in English language from 1966 till 2012. Depending on this review, American College of Physicians revealed major recommendations

Firstly, they found supporting evidence which showed that weight loss improves the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Weight loss is the best, simple and obvious treatment for sleep apnea.  Not everyone with obstructive sleep apnea is obese, but the majority are. Weight lose lessens the accumulated fat that obstructs the windpipe. It would not only help you with your sleep problem, but would also help in controlling cholesterol levels, overall health, your outfits would fit better, which will ultimately make you a happier person.

Despite little evidence and considering that weight loss is associated with several other health benefits along with OSA, the ACP suggests that all obese OSA patients should be encouraged to lose pounds.

If alternative treatment is needed in case of weight loss intervention failure, there are options available. This includes continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement device, which could be taken as initial treatment. Patients undergoing CPAP therapy wear a medicated mask over their mouth while sleeping to open their breathing airway. It has become much more comfortable than if was a few years ago.

It no longer makes irritating sound, which will help you sleep better. Furthermore, the major  improvement of CPAP is its added moist, heated air. In its absence, the nose gets dried out and produces secretions to recompense.

While the mandibular advancement device is an adjustable device that helps preventing sleep apnea. This device helps the lower jaw to move a little forward thereby creating more room behind the throat.  It appears somewhat like a bite guard used for preventing teeth grinding.

Still there are no such sheer evidences which show that medication and surgeries are beneficial  or other risks associated with it. Though the results are inconsistent and unproven, researchers are still finding ways to treat sleep apnea.

Researchers witnessed the OSA patients  with maximum change in waist circumference and overall body weight had greater improvement rates. While 88% of mild OSA patients who shed off 33 pounds statically showed great improvement.

Lifestyle changes are the best way to lose weight and tackle sleep apnea.