Fatty tongues af­fect sleep ap­nea, study says

The Punch - - HEALTHWISE -

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.”

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