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Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Published on May 5, 2017

While sleeping, some patients may experience a common disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. This serious medical disorder prevents a person from breathing while asleep. The decrease in oxygen can force the person to awaken abruptly. Obstructive sleep apnea is also associated with a number of other conditions, such as heart failure, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

The primary cause of obstructive sleep apnea is obesity. Obese people make up more than half of those affected by the condition. The reason for this is the excess amount of soft tissue present in the mouth and throat of obese individuals. This excess tissue reduces the stability of the internal structure of the nasal airways, which can cause the airways to collapse and become obstructed.

Losing weight is not the cure for sleep apnea, but for obese individuals, it can provide relief from obstructive sleep apnea. If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and are interested in losing weight to help alleviate your symptoms, contact Western Surgical Bariatric Center to schedule a consultation with fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon Dr. John Weaver.