In some cases the change is dramatic. NorthWest Cable News in Seattle reports that CPAP helped one woman lose more than 100 pounds in a little more than a year. She used to weigh more than 300 pounds.
Then she was diagnosed with sleep apnea and started using CPAP. She began to notice that she had more energy. So she started working out regularly and eating better.
CPAP also played a role behind the scenes of the TV show “The Biggest Loser: Couples.” Each contestant was evaluated during an overnight sleep study.
Sixteen of the 22 contestants were diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sponsor Philips Respironics provided treatment for each of them.
But a 2008 study shows that there is no guarantee that CPAP will lead to weight loss. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
The study involved 228 adults with sleep apnea. They had an average age of 55 years.
Results show that using CPAP for one year did not produce a significant drop in body mass index (BMI). Some participants initially lost weight after starting CPAP. But they gained the weight back during the year.
The authors conclude that CPAP alone is unlikely to produce weight loss; CPAP users still need to take an active role in losing weight.
Using CPAP is likely to increase your daytime alertness and energy level. This can help you lose weight if you become more active and get more exercise.
You should talk to your doctor to develop a healthy weight-loss plan that is right for you.
Learn more about the benefits of CPAP on SleepEducation.com.
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