Weight Loss May Help with Sleep Apnea

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According to a study recently published in the September 28th issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, type II diabetes patients who were treated with intensive lifestyle interventions experienced a great reduction in obstructive sleep apnea when compared to type II diabetes patients who received diabetes education alone. On average, patients who were assigned an intensive lifestyle intervention experienced an adjusted mean decrease in apnea-hypopnea index of 9.7 events per hour. Additionally, at one year after treatment patients who had received intensive intervention were three times more likely than the control group to experience complete remission of obstructive sleep apnea. While patients with sleep apnea are often advised to loose weight, hitherto there has been little evidence to suggest that this is an effective remedy. Click here to read an article from Science Daily that discusses this study more.

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