Fatty tongues affect sleep apnea, study says
RESEARCHERS in a recent study have said that having a fat tongue could be the major reason why people snore, choke, gasp or stop breathing periodically at nights or ruin their periods of sleep and potentially their health.
According to the Cable News Network, the new study found that people could trim down their fatty tongue as they lose overall body fat.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Richard Schwab, said, “The question then was if you reduce the fat in your tongue, does that improve your sleep apnea? And the answer from our paper is ‘yes.’”
In the study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the researchers used MRI imaging to measure the effect on upper airways of a 10 per cent weight loss in 67 obese patients.
“The images showed reducing tongue fat was the primary reason overall sleep apnea scores improved by 31 per cent. In fact, the more tongue fat you lost, the more your apnea improved.”