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    Sleep Apnea: Ten percent weight gain increases risk 32%, ten percent weight loss decreases risk 26%

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    Monday, August 23, 2004 12:41 am Email this article
    A ten percent weight gain increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnea by 32 percent, whereas a ten percent weight loss reduces the risk by 26 percent.

    Sleep apenea is a condition where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleeping; the person is unable to move their respiratory muscles or to maintain air flow through the nose and mouth.

    This condition is often caused by being overweight because the fatty tissues in the pharynx and neck can compress and block the airway.

    This may cause you to wake up many times throughout the night, causing you to wake up in the morning still feeling tired, and remaining tired throughout the day.

    This paper notes that losing weight reduces the risk of this condition.


    Ferini-Strambi L, Fantini M, Castronovo C. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Minerva Med. 2004 Jun, 95(3):187-202.


    L. Ferini-Strambi
    Department of Neurology
    Sleep Disorders Center, Vita-Salute University
    San Raffaele Hospital
    Milan, Italy

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