LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Feiz and Associates would like to point out one of the less well known health-threats associated with obesity: sleep apnea. It's an insidious condition in which breathing during slumber becomes intermittent, resulting in fatigue and a number of potentially very serious health consequences. Paired with obesity, the common but relatively little known disorder represents something of a perfect vicious cycle. By itself, poor sleep is believed to worsen obesity, while sleep apnea often causes intense tiredness, making good health habits such as exercise that much more difficult to maintain. Sleep disorders are also associated with other weight-related conditions like hypertension. Fortunately, a weight loss procedure, such as a lap band or sleeve gastrectomy at Marina del Rey Hospital and locations throughout Southern California, can break the cycle by making weight loss through diet much easier.
While such matters as the relative pros and cons of lap band vs. sleeve procedures receive considerable attention, widely noted bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has often pointed out that the important thing to do is to take action against their condition. A leader in the practice of such delicate procedures as lap band revision, Dr. Feiz is quick to note that the relatively small risks of a weight loss procedure, which are similar to those of the very common gall bladder removal procedure, are vastly outweighed by such threats as sleep apnea.
Most often caused by a blockage of the airway in the back portions of the throat, many people associate sleep apnea with snoring, its most pronounced symptom, but its potential impact is far more serious. In the worst cases, fatigue can sometimes become so pronounced that apnea sufferers find themselves dozing while driving or operating machinery, risking not only their own lives but those of the public as well. Also, since breathing actually stops through the night, constantly interrupting sleep imperceptibly, the effects can be far reaching. Fatigue and daytime sleepiness aside, apnea has also been connected with everything from headaches and depression to strokes. The condition can only be properly diagnosed through an in-office sleep study.
While apnea is typically associated with overweight men over 40, women can suffer from apnea, particularly if they are dramatically overweight. Moreover, the obesity epidemic has led to a number of much younger sufferers, including some children. While apnea can be treated effectively on its own, eliminating obesity can very often reverse the condition sufficiently…not to mention a host of better known illnesses starting with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
If you or a loved one is severely obese and finding it difficult to lose weight because of a combination of fatigue and the persistent desire to overeat, investigating a bariatric procedure with a board certified physician like Dr. Feiz might be your next best move. For further information, including details on a free seminar at Dr. Feiz's offices, visit the doctor's web site at www.drfeiz.com or call 800-868-5946.
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