Even Modest Weight Loss May Combat Sleep Apnea

A small amount of weight loss might help combat sleep apnea, a new study suggests. Finnish researchers said losing as little as 5 percent of body weight seems to lead to significant improvement in the condition, in which breathing pauses frequently while people are asleep, resulting in disrupted sleep and daytime fatigue.

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Study: Treating Sleep Disorder May Thwart Heart Disease

People with obstructive sleep apnea have the same early cardiovascular damage as people with diabetes, a small new study finds. Obstructive sleep apnea — a common disorder marked by disrupted breathing during sleep — increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death and heart failure.

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Does Sleep Apnea Offer Some Protection During Heart Attack?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) — In a surprising finding, people with sleep apnea appear to suffer less heart damage during a nonfatal heart attack than those without the condition, researchers report.
In obstructive sleep apnea, a person’s breathing is disrupted during sleep because their airway becomes narrowed or blocked, causing pauses or decreases in air [...]

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