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HHS HealthBeat (November 15, 2011)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Your bed and your weight scale may have more in common than you think. The study sleep AHEAD observed the effects of a weight loss program on people with sleep apnea. For up to four years, participants attended weekly meetings and group sessions, tracking food intake, weight, and even portion control.

Dr. Gary Foster is at Temple University.

“The greater the amount of weight loss, the greater the improvement. So people are most likely to benefit from weight loss in terms of their sleep apnea, are people with more severe forms of sleep apnea and those who lose the most weight.” (12  seconds)

Snoring or gasping for breath while you sleep can be typical signs of obstructive sleep apnea.

“The first suggestion would be to go to a sleep lab and get a sleep study done, under the direction of a physician.” (6 seconds)

The study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: November 15, 2011