Sleep apnea and obesity’s connection

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30, while morbid obesity is having a BMI greater than 35. It is estimated that 60% of adults in industrialized countries are overweight and at least 30% are obese.1 2

Obese and morbidly obese people may find that controlling sleep apnea may require controlling and reducing weight, as research suggests that:

  • Development and severity of sleep apnea may be increased by weight gain.3
  • Prevalence of sleep apnea increases as body mass index, neck circumference, or other measurements of body build increase.4
  • Sleep apnea is highly prevalent in morbidly obese patients and is associated with increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias.5
  • Progression of sleep apnea can be prevented in obese patients by a sustained weight loss of just 5%.6

This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and potential treatments. It is not medical advice. If you have any medical questions, please consult your doctor.

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