Feb 28

Obese PicThe new year has begun and already the New Year’s Resolutions of losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle are beginning to fade. I can see it in the decrease in the amount of people that frequent my local healthclub. They started out with a bang, but are now starting to fizzle. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), obesity in adults has increased by 60% within the past twenty years and obesity in children has tripled in the past thirty years. An alarming 33% of American adults are obese and obesity-related deaths have climbed to more than 300,000 a year, second only to tobacco-related deaths. America is losing the battle of the buldge, and it is doing far more than just making us look unattractive.

Is America’s Obesity Epidemic Affecting our quality of sleep?

The answer would be a resounding YES! Of the many negative effects that obesity has on our health, none could be more damaging than our ability to get a good nights sleep. It is a fact that people that are overweight are prone to developing Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is the accumulation of fat around the neck that poses the greatest threat to a patent airway. Excessive neck fat tends to cause the soft tissues around the airway to collapse, hence cutting off the flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain. Obstructive sleep apnea can kill, so it’s important to take steps to treat it.

Losing weight by adopting a healthy diet and exercise routine will most likely reduce the severity of sleep apnea in these people. Also, treatments such as CPAP, and oral dental appliances that move the lower jaw forward are critical in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the obese population.

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Jan 28

Undiagnosed, and hence, untreated sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous, if not deadly. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can increase your risk for developing the following:
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Stroke Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Obesity accidents
• Heart disease
• Driving and work-related
• Decreased sex drive
• Depression
• Irritability
• Morning headaches
• Impaired concentration

If you or someone that you love snores, stops breathing while sleeping, or is excessively tired during the day, please contact your family physician so that he or she can diagnose your condition.

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Nov 04

People that smoke are putting themselves at risk for a wide variety health problems. Lung cancer, emphysema, and oral cancer are just some of the problems that they can encounter. In addition to those problems, they are three times more likely to suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea than non-smokers. Smoking can increase the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. The good news is that the risk will most likely drop shortly after the person quits smoking.smoker at risk for sleep apnea

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