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Weight Loss Surgery Can Cure Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can make one stop breathing during their sleep, sometimes multiple, even hundreds of times. This means the brain and the rest of the body is not getting the required amount of oxygen.
Am I a candidate?
Bariatric surgery is not for the casual dieter and there are several requirements that you will need to meet in order to be considered. Let us guide you through this process in a simple fashion. First, we need to know your height and weight. This will allow us to Calculate your Body Mass Index. BMI is an indicator used globally to indicate a healthy weight. Learn more about Body Mass Index
Directly Related to Obesity
Sleep apnea is a common disease. A recent analysis estimated that 1 in 5 American adults has at least mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). 1 That translates to 40 million people. About one-third of that number has moderate or severe case.
In adults, the most common cause of OSA is excess weight and obesity.
Obese patients develop OSA usually because of obstruction of the airway. As patients lose weight the obstruction decreases. When patients have lost a significant amount of weight sleep apnea will do away.
Sleep Apnea Facts
- 1 in 15 has moderate to severe OSA
- 75% of cases remain undiagnosed
- If you have OSA, you tend to be more sleepy and lack concentration. As a result, your chances of being in a car accident increase and you are 6x more likely to die in a car accident. People who drive sleepy are responsible for 100,000 car accidents, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 deaths annually.
- Bed mates of people suffering from sleep apnea lose up to one hour of sleep nightly.
- An average OSA sufferer can experience hundreds of apneas nightly. Apnea means “without breath.”