Sleep apnea: less tongue fat, more air

Losing weight is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, breaks in Breathing in sleep. Why, exactly, losing weight will help, was unclear. Now researchers have found evidence to suggest that it could be due to less fat in the tongue.

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have investigated with the help of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), such as a weight loss affects the upper respiratory tract. In the process, they have found that less tongue fat the severity of obstructive sleep apnea improves.

In 2014, Dr. Richard Schwab, chief of sleep medicine was established, and his Team, in a comparison of obese individuals with and without sleep apnea, that those who had drop-outs with nightly Breathing larger tongue and more tongue fat than those without sleep apnea. Therefore, they tested to the 67 participants of a weight loss of about ten per cent, affected, and observed that the sleep apnea-values improved to 31 per cent.

"Most clinicians and experts in the world of sleep apnea do not have the treatment normally to fat in the tongue konzentriert", Schwab said. "Now, since we know that tongue fat is a risk factor and the sleep apnea is improved when the tongue fat is reduced, we have set up a unique therapeutic target that is new."

The study’s authors are already considering what methods to use tongue fat targeted could reduce, possibly with cold therapies, how to reduce stomach fat be used. They are also interested in whether there may not be sleep apnea-patients who are in their BMI, while obese, but nevertheless, a lot of tongue fat.