According to many studies, overweight individuals are more likely to suffer from many different health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. They are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) because of the excess deposits of fat that can grow within the neck and throat region. This fat can cause the airway to collapse, causing distressed breathing, and can periodically halt breathing altogether at times throughout the night. This can happen hundreds of times for some individuals, which can have horrible health consequences.
The good news about obese patients suffering from OSA is that there is plenty of help available. From sleep physicians to nutritionists and sleep dentists such as Dr. Berry, treatment is readily available and treatment in some form or another should work for everyone.
While various sleep apnea treatments are available, including CPAP and oral appliance therapy, in patients who are overweight, treatment is two-fold. With the help of sleep apnea technology, patients should work towards losing weight as another way to treat their sleep apnea. Weight-loss has proven to be a very effective way to help in reducing sleep apnea symptoms. In fact, a Indiana man named Ryan Daffer lost 460lbs after being told his life expectancy was short and that he was suffering from sleep apnea amongst a plethora of other health conditions. When treating sleep apnea and obesity at the same time, successful treatment of both conditions is much more likely.