Obesity can be a risk factor which affects different physiological functions, such as respiration. Therefore, for you are warned, and you understand a little more about the consequences of being overweight, you’ll find in this note a possible complication, the sleep apnea.
Unfortunately, in recent years obesity has increased, becoming an epidemic. This brings to those who are overweight; you are more likely to suffer certain health complications. One of these complications is the sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a problem that affects breathing. Those who suffer from this disease, have a labored breathing, which is transported in a low amount of oxygen and high carbon dioxide concentration. While there are uncertainties about the exact cause, if it is known that obesity is a risk factor that could trigger this hypoventilation syndrome.
Obesity affects the breathing, due to excess pressure exerted by the weight on the chest wall. This syndrome has a number of symptoms or signs, such as:
- Psychophysical tiredness.
- Drowsiness throughout the day.
- Red skin.
- Swollen legs and/or feet.
- Breathing problem.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms and you are overweight, it is important that concern doctor to determine whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea. This condition has been studied in relation to obesity, and very interesting results have been observed. According to some studies, losing only 9% overweight, can improve and reduce apnea. Even, improve sleep quality and reduces the drowsiness during the day.
Sleep apnea is a serious complication of obesity, so it is important to keep your weight in check, making a balanced and calorie diet along with a routine of daily physical activity.
Do not forget that if you suffer from obesity or overweight, there are other complications to keep in mind, such as dyslipidemia, diabetes and liver disease, among others.