April 02, 2014

Lose Weight to Lessen Sleep Apnea

The current issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association contains a study from Finland that was published in Sleep Medicine.  A five year observational study with a one year randomized controlled trial of adult participants who were moderately obese and had mild obstructive sleep apnea.  The investigators reported a significant change in the apnea-hyhpopnea index in the participant group that had lost weight.  Those who lost at least 5% of their weight had an 80% reduction in the incidence of OSA progression compared to those who had lost less than 5%.

Source: JADA, (4/1/14) 145, 329-330

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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