Yes, losing weight significantly helps in eliminating sleep apnea (the obstructive form of the disease) which forms one of the major concerns in the era that we all live in.
-As per statistics, obstructive sleep apnea is most common in overweight and obese individuals and loud snoring is one of the major symptoms of the problem.
-As per literature, weight loss, as minute as 10% was found to markedly decrease the symptoms of the problem. Several studies have been conducted to validate that weight loss can effectively improve and eliminate obstructive sleep apnea in obese and overweight people.
-An obese person, has a higher fat tissue content in the neck region, a bigger neck circumference and has fat deposition at the base of the tongue and the lining of the airway. All these accumulations together narrow down the airways and lead to obstruction while breathing.
-Bringing in changes in the lifestyle such as healthy eating (five portion meals that include nuts, fruits, whole grains, green vegetables and water), regular exercise, strength training, following a sport/ hobby can together help to achieve the optimal BMI and decrease chances of sleep apnea.
-If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of complications such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.