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Weight Loss Improves OSA

Posted on October 15, 2018 | No Comments on Weight Loss Improves OSA

It seems that weight loss indeed is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among type 2 diabetic patients, according to the results of a multicenter, randomized study.

Almost 300 patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either an intensive weight-loss program or diabetes support and education group.  After 1 year, the researchers noted that three times as many patients in the intensive lifestyle group experienced total remission off OSA as those patients in the support and education group, and that the prevalence of severe OSA in the intensive lifestyle group was half that in the support and education group.

Dr. Gary D. Foster from the Center for Obesity Research and Education, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his colleagues from the Sleep AHEAD Research Group of the Look AHEAD research Group highlighted in their study that the greatest benefit was observed in men, in participants with more severe OSA at baseline, and in participants who lost the most weight.

“Physicians and their patients can expect that weight loss will result in significant and clinically relevant improvements in OSA among obese patients with type 2 diabetes,” the study authors added. ¬†“The significant increase in apnea-hypopnea index over 1 year in participants who where weight stable suggests that OSA is a rapidly progressing syndrome that will worsen without treatment in middle-aged obese adults with type 2 diabetes,” the study authors conclude.

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