Can Losing Weight Improve Sleep Apnea?

Living with obesity can include managing several different illnesses, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea. But did you know that weight loss surgery in Toronto, such as the gastric sleeve, mini gastric bypass, and Lap-Band (gastric band) can put weight-related health conditions into remission, including sleep apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea?

The Mayo Clinic defines sleep apnea as “a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.” (1) If you have a tendency to snore loudly when you’re sleeping, and you’re tired despite having a full night’s sleep, you may be experiencing sleep apnea.

The type of sleep apnea that people living with obesity tend to contract is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is the most common form of the disorder and occurs when the muscles in the throat relax while you are asleep, making it hard to breathe.

How Does Obesity Cause Sleep Apnea?

How does obesity cause obstructive sleep apnea?

According to Bariatric Surgery for Treating Sleep Apnea, a brochure written by the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, people living with obesity tend to have thicker tissues around the throat. This makes them more likely to develop sleep apnea. (2)

The Cleveland Clinic states that around 85% of people who have sleep apnea are obese. This disorder can affect people of any age, but is most common in people over the age of 40 and in those who are overweight.

How Does Weight Loss Surgery Help Sleep Apnea?

In 2013, 69 studies including 13,900 patients were outlined in the Obesity Surgery Journal, and this research found that all bariatric surgeries can improve sleep apnea.

According to an article published in BMJ Open, “weight loss may relieve the symptoms of OSA by changing fat distribution, reducing neck circumference and widening the narrow airway formed by the soft tissue of the tongue and throat.” (3)

The Cleveland Clinic’s article about weight loss surgery and obesity confirms that weight loss helps sleep apnea, and weight loss surgery is an effective weight loss option for sleep apnea sufferers. “Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, causing remission in 80 to 85 per cent of cases,” states the Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “Surgically induced weight loss can be a lasting resolution for sleep apnea.” (2)

Lose Weight Sustainably with SmartShape Weight Loss Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Many people try to lose weight with yo-yo dieting, fad diets, weight loss shakes, and exercise routines they don’t stick to. The result is a frustrating cycle of losing weight, gaining weight, and feeling defeated. If you’d like to break the cycle of dieting, you can achieve long-term weight loss with weight loss surgery in Toronto, Ontario at SmartShape.

Weight loss surgery is more accessible than you think – if your BMI is 30 or above, you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery in Ontario, Canada. Weight loss surgery procedures from SmartShape include the gastric sleevegastric band or Lap-Band™, and mini gastric bypass surgery. SmartShape helpe Canadians lose weight sustainably, achieve their weight loss goals, and feel confident. Our weight loss centre also provides all patients access to 5-year aftercare program, which offers personalized support from our team of registered nurses, registered dietitians, and expert weight loss surgeons for 5 years after your surgery.

Are you ready to finally improve your health and lose the excess weight for good? Learn more about our weight loss surgery options, including the gastric sleevegastric band or Lap-Band™, and mini gastric bypass surgery. Explore our weight loss surgery procedures and read about our patient success stories.

Our experienced weight loss team is here to help you get started. Book a free virtual consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons to learn which weight loss surgery is right for your needs. We can’t wait to help you become the best version of yourself.

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