Is weight loss effective at treating sleep apnea?

Yes. Weight loss is a corner stone of the treatment in sleep apnea. Returning the body mass index to a normal range can lead to an improvement, if not even the cure of sleep apnea.
Usually yes. Most apnea patients are obese and weight loss can improve and sometimes cure them depending on the degree that their obesity narrows their airway. There is a subset of apnea patients who are of normal weight and have issues of obstruction unrelated to obesity.
Often. Weight loss can often reduce or resolve obstructive sleep apnea. Weight gain is associated with tongue enlargement and reduced width of the throat. If you lose considerable weight, don't just assume the sleep apnea is cured, as sleep apnea is also related to your facial features, muscle tone and pattern of breathing. Repeat the sleep study.
Yes. Weight loss improves sleep apnea. An obese person with sleep apnea may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. Being obese, he 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 the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work.

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Is there a connection between sleep apnea and weight loss?

Yes. Yes there is a connection between sleep apnea and weight loss. Weight loss improves the symptoms and sometimes cures sleep apnea, they are inversely related to each other. Read more...
Yes. Poor sleep leads to a whole series of hormonal events that cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Is your sleep apnea treated? Has CPAP been checked to make sure the pressure setting is correct? Read more...

Even if I rid my sleep apnea with weight loss, I won't be able to join the us marines? This is my lifetime goal. Is there any way?

ENT. Try seeing ENT see if may be uvuloplasty is possible. It seems i misunderstood you question. Sorry. What would be the reason for rejection if weight gets to normal? Read more...
Significant issues. May be considering a less physical and mental demanding profession may beneficial to your health.Losing weight will definitely help your overall health. Read more...

Will removing tonsils and weight loss will improve my sleep if I have sleep apnea?

Weight loss. weight loss alone will make a huge difference and will have many other health benefits also. Weight loss is a difficult task though. Read more...
Sleep apnea. Losing weight will help and sometimes you would not need surgery of you did, Make sure you get a sleep study to really determine if you have apnea and how severe it is. Read more...

Suffering from sleep apnea and losing weight. What should I do?

Not enough info. Is your apnea being managed? If not my suggestion is to see your physician to refer you for a sleep study to determine what type of apnea you have. Secondly, are you losing weight without explanation? This is a concern to address to your physician. If you are having trouble losing weight, addressing the apnea will help. Weight gain is often a bi product unmanaged sleep apnea. Read more...
Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea and weight loss are not common bedfellows however, if you know you have sleep apnea have you had a sleep study and treatment suggested? If not that is the next step. Get your dr to order a sleep study because the affects of sleep apnea can be fatal and need to be addressed. Read more...

I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea I am 100 lbs overweight if I lose weight will I be able to get rid of it?

Sleep. Yes you can get rid of it over time but will some devices for sleep and also gradually lose weight. . Read more...
You can. If you loose weight you more than likely will be able to resolve your obstructive sleep apnea. In rare cases the structure of your adenoid, tonsils and post pharynx might be too big and can also be the cause of your OSA. I do recommend weight loss as a first step and repeating your sleep study. If it is central sleep apnea that is a different etiology. . Read more...

I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will I always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

No. Yes. Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to being overweight & obese. Losing weight can often resolve sleep apnea. In fact a new guideline suggests focusing on losing weight for mild sleep apnea rather than jumping directly to cpap. Of course, that's a decision between you & your sleep specialist. Many reasons to lose weight besides sleep apnea. Don't be in a rush to lose at once. Aim for loss of 1-2#/wk. Read more...
Probably. Losing the weight will definitely help. It may not solve all of your sleep apnea problems but it would definitely be a good start. Get tested again after you lose the weight. Read more...
Losing weight helps. You may get second opinion and have proper oral appliance made to replace your CPAP if you can not tolerate the mask. Read more...

Morbidly obese w/ treated sleep apnea. No CardioV disease other than high bp/cholest. Will losing weight remove fat around the heart, unclog arteries?

Yes. Weight loss can reverse fat deposits both under the skin and in/around the vital organs. Be sure to eat lots of fruits and veggies. Eat healthy fats like salmon, nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado, etc. Increase protein, especially lean and plant based proteins. Skip soda, processed foods, highly refined carbs & restrict sugar. Ask your doctor if weight loss surgery is appropriate. Read more...