Aurora, CO – Re: Sleep Apnea. One of the best feelings in the world is serving those who serve. It’s truly like the ultimate rush for the standard medical idealist. One of the most common problems I have observed, however, tends to be linked to the gaining of muscle mass or fat. In particular the increase of mass around the neck and chest. Prescribed medications may not always be available or appropriate to assist. In fact, in a recent article by Kate Anderson of News-Medical, she highlights:
Despite the availability of new weight management medications and several clinical guidelines recommending their use as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for obesity, a new study has found that their use is extremely low (about one percent) among eligible Veterans.
…she goes on to state:
Obesity is a chronic disease that compromises quality of life, increases healthcare costs, and is a risk factor for and increases morbidity from diabetes, depression, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and several cancers. In 2017, the prevalence of obesity among the Veterans Health Administration (VA) patient population was 41 percent while 37 percent were overweight.
If you’re not sure whether or not you are obese, calculate your BMI here. While Kate’s article mainly boasts the success of the MOVE! training program, one of the more important highlights connects to Sleep Apnea. I don’t know if you have ever woken up early to get to the gym early, but it’s difficult. Now imagine that feeling of “waking up early” every single morning as connected to getting to the gym. Without an adequate night of sleep I would posit that your workout, and its positive affects, will be significantly diminished.