Studies in recent years show that it is much more difficult for a person suffering from obstructive sleep apnea to lose weight. Elena Tsareva, a neurologist, somnologist, director of the somnological service, told the Zvezda TV channel about this.
According to her, this can be explained by the fact that apnea interferes with sleep, and due to periodic cessation of breathing in the body, a low level of oxygen occurs.
“These two factors interfere with the production of hormones that are responsible for weight loss. Their peak is reached precisely at night, in deep sleep. It is a somatotropic hormone and a hormone that controls carbohydrate metabolism,”the doctor explained.
She clarified that if a person does not sleep well and has breathing problems, then it is really more difficult for him to lose weight. Some people even gain weight against this background.
“But getting rid of sleep and breathing disorders during sleep, you won't be able to lose weight right away,” Tsareva said.
She explained that while these things are interconnected, getting rid of apnea is not a cure for obesity.