Many of CONCI’S patients have a history of sleep apnea, and many do not use the recommended equipment while sleeping. Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by frequent episodes of not breathing during sleep. Poor sleep and daytime fatigue are tell-tale signs of the condition. Because 80-90% of those with sleep apnea are unaware they have it, most cases go undiagnosed. Those who are aware that they have it often take this serious condition much too lightly.
The risks associated with sleep apnea are significant. Risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and hardening of the arteries increases especially if sleep apnea goes untreated.
It is a well-known fact that excess weight is a major risk factor for sleep apnea. Approximately 70% of those with sleep apnea are obese. A study recently reported in the journal Sleep Medicine showed that as little as a 5% weight loss can result in significant improvement in sleep apnea. For someone who weighs 200 pounds, a 5% loss would be just ten pounds! On the OPTIFAST program, women can lose ten pounds in less than a month and men can lose that amount in two weeks or less.
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, have a sleep study done to confirm the diagnosis. If you have sleep apnea, take it seriously and use the C-PAP machine nightly. If you are overweight, contact the Central Ohio Nutrition Center. Losing excess pounds is as important as using the C-PAP machine in the treatment of this disorder.