Low energy diet 'improves sleep apnoea'

Posted on 02 June 2011

People with sleep apnoea, who may have long term care plans, could improve their symptoms by consuming a low energy diet, it has been suggested.

Undertaking a low energy diet and attending counselling to keep their weight under control has been seen to help those with the sleep disrupting condition, according to bmj.com.

Sleep apnoea sufferers experience pauses in breathing during sleep, which leads to tiredness during the day and possibly a decreased quality of life and a higher risk of premature death and accidents.

It is believed that 60 to 70 per cent of patients with the condition are obese or overweight.

Meanwhile, a study published in journal Diabetes Care found that having difficulty sleeping could lead to higher insulin resistance and problems controlling the condition.

According to the authors, sleep disorders are the most frequent in patients with type 2 diabetes - typically suffered by older people who may be choosing a care home.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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