People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have blocked or narrowed passageways that affect proper breathing which can in turn lead to what is called apneic episodes or sleep apnea. A new study recently published in Sleep Medicine, states that even a moderate weight reduction can prevent the progression of OSA. The study was a 5-year observational Finish study from that focused on the effects of weight loss in OSA patients and demonstrated that a sustained weight loss of just 5% was enough to prevent the disease from worsening and could possibly even cure it in a long-term follow-up. Dr. Henri Tuomilehto, MD PhD, from the Kuopio University Hospital, Finland co-authored the study.
The findings of this study are promising since OSA has become such a global health issue. OSA has also been tied to increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes and can have cardiovascular effects as well. Losing weight is a good plan overall when you suffer with sleep apnea.“The impact of weight reduction in the prevention of the progression of obstructive sleep apnea – explanatory analysis of a 5-year observational follow-up trial,” was published in Sleep Medicine.