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Doctor insights on: Obesity Hypoventilation

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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Does obesity cause sleep apnea?

Does obesity cause sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited , will increase the risk of osa . Low muscle tone is also a factor. ...Read more

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Can obesity related pulmonary hypertension be reversed?

Can obesity related pulmonary hypertension be reversed?

Most likely: There is a greater risk of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) with obesity which can then lead to pulmonary hypertension. If you lose the weight, osa will improve in a number of individuals and possibly resolving the pulmonary hypertension as well. ...Read more

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Is obesity genetic?

Is obesity genetic?

Wow,: gee, I guess I don't have to ever eat then due to fat parents. Gosh sure will save a bundle on groceries. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1775472781/devils-diet makes fun of issues like this. If you are genetically 3 foot tall, then, the amt of calories to become fat is low. Obesity only became an issue in most of the worlld in the last 20 years. genes changed worldwide?!?! ...Read more

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30 hazards of obesity syndrome?

30 hazards of obesity syndrome?

Many hazards: Fat around the middle in particular is associated with many adverse health consequences. It is associated with low vitamin d3, stress and inflammation. These in turn are associated with alzheimer's, sleep apnea, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune disease, degenerative joint disease, etc. Eat 6 equal meals of healthy food, sleep, exercise, and de-stress for prevention. ...Read more

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Is obesity inherited?

Is obesity inherited?

Small portion: Obesity is the product of many factors including genetics. Beginning at the cell level, moving to the familial, community, cultural, social, and national levels. The tremendous uptick in obesity rates is certainly not the product of altered genetics but rather an overall societal trends towards enormous portion sizes, high fat & sugary foods, and decreased physical activity. ...Read more

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Is obesity inherited?

Is obesity inherited?

Hardly ever: Obesity is due to poor diet and a massive amount of sugars added to everything. When I graduated high school in 1960, we had not one kid in 300 plus affected with morbid obesity. Our epidemic today is due to artificial additives (high fructose corn syrup--HFCS--was invented by a Japanese scientist in 1960. Our food pyramid was loony--way too many carbs, and NOT ENOUGH FAT. ...Read more

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How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

Extra flesh and fat: Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa). A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. An obese person has more fat, including in the neck and throat areas, so there is more flesh to block air flow. An obese person lying down has extra weight in the tummy pushing up at the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work. ...Read more

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Is snoring related to obesity?

Is snoring related to obesity?

Yes: Normal weight people can snore too but obesity can definitely increase risk of snoring. The extra fat in the upper throat, along with fatter, bigger structures in the upper throat (uvula, tonsils) will sag and become more "floppy" when you sleep, closing on the trachea causing you to snore. The outside of your neck also drag down on your throat, again decreasing the breathing tube, increase snore. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause low oxygen level?

Can sleep  apnea  cause  low oxygen  level?

Yes,: Both obstructive and central sleep apnea can lead to a decreased gas exchange in the lung through either decreased airflow or disturbed ventilation during the sleep and subsequently result in low oxygen level in blood. ...Read more

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Could excessive weight gain during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk?

Could excessive weight gain during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk?

Yes: Surprisingly, a new study revealed that moms who gained excessive amounts during their pregnancies tended to have children who battled their own obesity issues. The causes were unclear, but, of course, genetics did seem to play a contributing role. The take-home message? Childhood obesity does start before birth. ...Read more

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Is mental deficiency associated with obesity?

Is mental deficiency associated with obesity?

No : Obesity is not related with mental deficiency, but is related with multiple medical issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol that could provoke brain aterosclerosis and lead to dementia and strokes that will after mental status. ...Read more

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Can poor peripheral perfusion increase risk for hypoxemia?

Can poor peripheral perfusion increase risk for hypoxemia?

Related but..: Usually if there is hypoxemia the the body shuts down peripheral perfusion and prefrential flow directed cetrally to vital organs. ...Read more

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What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

Mostly food choices: Many factors: genetics plays some role. Parental modeling plays large role. Food available in community, tv ads, reduced physical activities, too much tv. The biggest factor is excess food and poor food choices. To help address the problem feed your child plenty of fruits and vegetables while eliminating all sugary beverages and try to cut back on junk foods. See choosemyplate.Gov. ...Read more

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Are diabetes, thyroid diseases, child births common causes of obesity?

Are diabetes, thyroid diseases, child births  common causes of obesity?

Obesity: Obesity is the main cause of diabetes type 2. Thyroid disease can cause weight gain or weight loss, depending on what it's doing. Obesity does not cause child births. ...Read more

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Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Are heart attacks linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Indirectly: Many people with COPD have a strong smoking history which also predisposes to heart attacks - in addition, there may be a chromic inflammatory element to some forms of COPD which cam also make heart attacks more likely. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause copd ?

Can sleep apnea cause copd ?

Not directly...: Untreated sleep apnea can have many complications but it does not directly cause COPD. The obstruction that is talked about in sleep apnea is more of a mechanical obstruction of the upper airways related to redundant soft tissue. The airway obstruction in COPD is related to disease of the airways caused typically from smoking. Hope this helps!!!! ...Read more