Lose Weight, Lose Sleep Apnea?
According to an article from CNN via upwave (a website I originally spelled as “upgrave,” which wouldn’t be a website about health but a place for people to purchase high-class graves), men absolutely have an easier time losing weight than women. At least, they do at first: It’s easier for men to drop pounds quickly, but “Over the long-term, the playing field is more equal,” explained dietician David Grotto. David Grotto not only has an amazing last name, he is “a self-proclaimed ‘guyatician.'” GUYATICIAN. First “upgrave,” now this.
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Could This Inflatable Balloon Pill Help You Lose Weight?
For the new study, published in the journal Sleep Medicine , researchers followed 57 people who were obese and had mild obstructive sleep http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/13/idUSnHUGdsQR+73+ONE20140113 apnea. The participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups: One garcinia cambogia extract group underwent a year-long lifestyle intervention program, while the other group just received general diet and exercise information. The researchers specifically wanted to see how a 5 percent weight loss would potentially affect sleep apnea. Researchers followed up with the participants four years later (after the year-long intervention program), and found that 20 were “successful” in achieving 5 percent weight loss, while 27 were “unsuccessful” in achieving 5 percent weight loss. The ones who did lose the weight had an improved apnea-hypopnea index (an indicator of sleep apnea severity, which is calculated by dividing the number of pauses of breathing by hours of sleep) compared with those who didn’t lose the weight.
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For one thing, it’s not available in the United States – the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved it – and the company behind the balloon pill, Obalon, is still conducting tests to prove its efficacy. The pill is available in Europe, and just became available in the U.K. (spurring the media flurry), though it can cost up to 4,000, or $6,500. Moreover, because it’s technically a device and not a medication, the standards for proving its efficacy are much lower, leaving some doctors wondering whether it’s worth it.
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