"Weight Loss Helped Obese With Apnea Breathe Easier"

Obesity related sleep apnea leads to health risks that may be best treated by weight loss

(dailyRx News) With obstructive sleep apnea, breathing pauses during sleep. The condition, which is tied to obesity, can lead to serious health problems. Weight loss, however, may lower the risk for some of these health problems.

About one in five adults in the US has obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which airways become narrowed or partially blocked during sleep, causing breathing to stop momentarily. Apnea is linked to being overweight. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be life-threatening, possibly leading to heart attack, stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Even modest weight loss may improve apnea, and a new study found that weight loss was the single most important way for obese sleep apnea patients to boost their cardiovascular health.

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