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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sleep and Weight Loss

A certain study found out that weight loss can sometimes be an effective antidote to sleep apnea. People who have type 2 diabetes or are overweight (or both) are said to be prone to the sleep disorder, causing a person to struggle for air throughout the night and increases the risk for heart attack, stroke and death.

The usual treatment is continous positive airway pressure (CPAP) which forces air into the lungs through a mask during sleep, but some don't like it because they are uncomfortable and unwieldly.

The study had 264 obese people with type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea in either an intensive weight-loss program or a diabetes support group.
The weight-loss group was instructed to follow a strict diet and get 175 minutes of exercise per week like brisk walking.

After a year, the weight loss participants had lost an average of 24 pounds and sleep apnea disappeared in 14% of them, 3 times the rate of those in the support group, and whose sleep apnea worsened on average during the study.