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    Sleep apnea and weight management

    Does anyone have any experience with CPAP treatment reducing appetite for unhealthy foods?

    I have a theory that sleep apnea has caused me to be overweight. The hypoxia and lack of quality sleep causing a desire for energy laden foods and uncontrolled appetite.  Can't have helped right?

    I have exercised fanatically with no real success in managing my weight. It's really about consumption of calories isn't it

    I am hoping CPAP treatment will help to regulate my calorie consumption.

    Does anyone have any experience to support this?
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    • Melanie McGrice
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  • Melanie McGrice is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, one of the few dietitians in Australia to achieve that status. Her success has made her an … View Profile

    Hi Andy, There's lots of research to support the fact that poor sleep contributes to weight gain (in quite a few different ways - it affects hormones which regulate appetite, when you're fatigued you are less likely to exercise, and are likely to have reduced will power, you are more likely to eat for “energy” etc etc).  However, commencing on the CPAP is unlikely to cause you to lose weight, it will just help you not to gain as much more.  To lose weight you will still need to work at it by decreasing your kilojoule consumption.



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