Issues like daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and irritability are common problems when you live with sleep apnea. But they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
Unfortunately, sleep apnea also increases your risk of serious health complications, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and even a shortened lifespan. That’s because sleep apnea actually causes you to stop breathing, which deprives your body of oxygen. When ignored, this puts added strain on your system, including your cardiovascular and metabolic health.
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, but it’s most common in people who are overweight or obese. In fact, 20% of people carrying excess weight live with sleep apnea. Now for the good news. Losing as little as 10% of your body weight can significantly improve your symptoms. And Dr. Chad Carlton can help.
Dr. Carlton has spent his prestigious career helping people reach their weight loss goals and improve their overall health. If you have sleep apnea, we offer nonsurgical and surgical solutions that can help at LoneStar Bariatrics in North Dallas, Texas. Here’s what you need to know.
There may be different forms of sleep apnea, but the most common occurs because the upper airway becomes narrow or blocked while you’re sleeping. When you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), soft tissue falls across your airway when you relax into sleep, restricting airflow to your body.
While you can have OSA at a healthy weight, it’s far less common, and 60-90% of adults with this condition are overweight or obese. That’s because carrying extra pounds leads to fat deposits in the neck, increasing the tissue in the back of your throat that can block your airway.
Excess weight also increases the size of your abdomen. That may seem unrelated to your breathing, but the added fat can compress your chest wall, reducing your lung capacity. As your lung capacity decreases, it makes it more likely that your upper airway will collapse while you sleep.
Because of the intimate connection, your chances of developing OSA increase dramatically as your body mass index rises. This measurement, also known as BMI, calculates your body fat based on your weight and height. And, where OSA is concerned, even a 10% weight gain can increase your risk of OSA six-fold.
Similarly, sleep apnea can also lead to weight gain. As a result, you can end up stuck in a ruthless cycle that zaps your energy, compromises your health, and makes it more difficult to reach and maintain a healthy body weight. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions.
We know firsthand that trying to lose weight can leave a person feeling helpless. But you’re not alone. And, even if you haven’t had success in the past, we can help create a personalized plan so you reach your goals once and for all.
If you have sleep apnea, we offer proven weight-loss strategies that provide results, even if you have a lot of weight to lose. We even have plans that can help you shed pounds fast so you can improve your health quicker.
To help set you on the path for success, we start by discussing your weight loss goals, methods you’ve tried in the past, and your overall health. Then, we put together a treatment strategy designed specifically for you.
Based on your individual needs, your program could include:
With our help, you can lose the weight you need to ease your OSA symptoms, restore quality sleep, and improve your overall health.
Do you have OSA? Find weight loss strategies that can help once and for all. Contact the LoneStar Bariatrics location nearest you and schedule an appointment by calling or booking online today.