Being overweight also does not 100% predispose any patient to suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many patients who suffer from OSA are overweight, but obstructive sleep apnea is not a condition that is exclusive to the overweight or obese. Individuals who are otherwise perfectly healthy can suffer from sleep apnea. However, overweight patients are at a higher risk because excess fat deposits within the neck and throat area can collapse and can cause airway obstruction.
While a direct link between obesity and heart problems may be debatable, patients should remember that obesity can and does play a role in how healthy one’s body is overall. Whether you’re healthy, overweight, have a normal BMI or an above average BMI, anyone can develop sleep apnea. If you have any of the problems commonly associated with snoring and sleep apnea, it’s important to get tested. Working with a certified sleep physician’s diagnosis, Dr. Roubal will be able to provide safe, effective sleep apnea treatment. Contact us today for all the sleep apnea information and help you need.