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Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is closely associated with morbid obesity because excess body fat around the neck or chest literally makes it hard to breathe. In fact, 95 percent of patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and weight loss issues often have difficulty concentrating and experience daytime drowsiness because of the frequent disruptions during sleep when their airway becomes blocked. Patients can even suffer heart failure as a result of an apnea episode during the night.

What’s more, studies have shown that lack of sufficient sleep can have an adverse effect on the hormones that regulate appetite. In addition, people with weight loss issues have a tendency to consume empty calories –in the form of caffeinated beverages, like sodas and energy drinks – in order to stay awake throughout the day which causes a serious downward spiral that may lead to even more weight gain.

Bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass or Lap-Band surgery, can reduce or resolve the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Research shows that nearly 75 percent of OSA patients are cured simply by having the procedure and losing the weight that was preventing them from breathing.

If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, weight loss surgery is one of the best treatments and gives you the added benefit of overall improved health. For information about sleep apnea and weight loss surgery in Dallas-Fort Worth, North Texas, Oklahoma, Abilene, Waco, Wichita Falls or outside of Texas, call us at 214-396-1547, fill out the contact form, or email us at info@expertsurgical.com and let us help you rest easy.

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