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Can Losing Excess Weight Decrease My Risk for Sleep Apnea?

If you struggle with sleep apnea and are overweight, you are not alone. Morbid obesity can cause sleep apnea and other respiratory problems that may result in chronic fatigue.

More than half of Americans are overweight and roughly 12 million Americans have severe obesity (defined as being 100 pounds or more overweight).

Obesity is one of the most important factors for the development of sleep apnea, which is when breathing suddenly stops because soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.

Studies have shown that weight loss surgery is an effective tool for treating obesity, and for preventing, treating and even resolving sleep apnea.

By losing just 10% of your body weight, you can decrease your risk of developing sleep apnea by over 25%. 

Successful bariatric surgery is associated with the improvement or complete resolution of obstructive sleep apnea. Individuals that have had weight loss surgery report significant reductions in snoring and daytime sleepiness. The vast majority of individuals who had to use CPAP before surgery do not require it approximately six months after weight-loss procedures.

 

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