There has been much discussion and research about the effect of weight loss on sleep apnea.
Body mass index is a scientific formula for a measurement of weight relative to height. Greater than 70% of individuals with obstructive sleep apnea have a body mass index greater than 25.
Weight loss reduction is an important part of management of sleep apnea. Many studies over the past 30 years have demonstrated that sleep apnea severity can be improved with weight reduction.
Although there are no cures for obstructive sleep apnea, weight reduction and further research on more accurate metrics for weight reduction will allow us to treat more sleep apnea patients more successfully.