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Weight Loss and Apnea
#1
Hi folks. I haven't been around for a long while. I have been on a CPAP for almost 5 years now. Use it faithfully and travel with it. It's my "bud." I finally found a wonderful headgear designed for women. It's the first time I've ever been able to use a nose pillow system due to broken nose and some other surgeries. I digress...

I am interested to know if anyone has been able to control apnea with weight loss. Dr said my apnea is severe and surgery will not help, but weight loss could. I'm a petite senior, but am about 30 pounds overweight. I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and have started juicing. I'm hoping the weight loss will rid me of my CPAP need. Anyone???
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#2
From the studies I've read, weight loss does help with reducing but not eliminating sleep apnea. Benefits tend to be greater for those with high AHI and high BMI or other indicators of obesity. Weight loss will likely help you but probably not enough to eliminate the need for cpap therapy. That's my take from the studies I've read, YMMV. Go for it and good luck!
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#3
Hi GinnyB and WELCOME! to the forum.!
I can understand that you want to lose weight but it won't necessarily rid you of your ""bud,"" (Ha-Ha.)
I have heard that losing weight can help with apnea but I have also heard that it doesn't necessarily.
Best of luck to you with your weight loss and your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more ideas.
trish6hundred
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#4
There's one user here who had bariatric surgery and still has to use her machine. She was able to lower the pressure but she still had events.

Being obese is not exactly the cause of sleep apnea but it certainly doesn't help it any. There are lots of skinny people with sleep apnea!

And it also depends on where your fat is. If you have a lot around your neck (vs waist), then losing weight will indeed help. But if your weight is mostly at your waist (I'm a pear!), then losing weight probably won't make that big a difference. BUT, it is a good thing to lose weight as it helps your overall health and can help you to sleep better.
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#5
Hi GinnyB,

I agree with everyone else on this.

Remember, there's children and plenty of thin people that have sleep apnea too, it doesn't discriminate.

Ren
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#6
I am certain that my OSA has been lifelong, even at times when I was not overweight, since I was foggy headed early in the morning until I started CPAP. Also, people have always complained about my snoring, even when I was in the army years ago.
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#7
Your doctor is smart to warn you against surgery. Success rates are low, and complication and side effects are high.

Weight loss has a fairly low success rate at curing apnea, but the "side effects" of weight loss are usually good things. Lose the weight, and hope. If it doesn't cure the apnea, you'll still probably be better off.

Just don't stop or put CPAP off because you're going to lose weight. Lose the weight, then get tested for apnea again.
Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
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(12-16-2012, 08:33 AM)GinnyB Wrote: Hi folks. I haven't been around for a long while. I have been on a CPAP for almost 5 years now. Use it faithfully and travel with it. It's my "bud." I finally found a wonderful headgear designed for women. It's the first time I've ever been able to use a nose pillow system due to broken nose and some other surgeries. I digress...

I am interested to know if anyone has been able to control apnea with weight loss. Dr said my apnea is severe and surgery will not help, but weight loss could. I'm a petite senior, but am about 30 pounds overweight. I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and have started juicing. I'm hoping the weight loss will rid me of my CPAP need. Anyone???
Hi GinnyB. I have been using CPAP therapy for a long time. My doctor also told me that weight loss would help my sleep apnea. I went to the gym and worked out five days a week for a year and lost 40 pounds. My AHI stayed about the same. My back pain felt better, but it did nothing for my sleep apnea. Maybe it will work for you. Good Luck!
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#9
Losing weight can only help your general heath. (that is why I keep trying) Apnea, maybe, maybe not. But go for it. Good luck.
Mike
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#10
bummer, but I'll continue my weight loss quest. Thanks folks!
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