If you’re on CPAP therapy, you may have heard (one time or another) from medical professionals or fellow CPAP users say "if you lose weight, you may not need your CPAP anymore" or "your CPAP will help you lose weight"...but is that true?
A quick Google search and you’ll see endless articles, studies and content claiming "CPAP can aid with weight loss" or "lose weight and ditch your CPAP " and even "CPAP causes weight gain". With so many mixed messages, how do you decipher them? Keep reading as we dive into your weight and CPAP therapy and what the take-home message should be.
We’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. Yes. The keyword here is help. The use of a CPAP machine alone will not produce direct or even significant weight-loss. If achieving a specific weight goal is important to you – getting quality sleep and compliance on Sleep Apnea therapy is one component and can help your weight loss journey.
The short answer is also yes. Confusing right? There are journal studies out there to show OSA patients who are very compliant in using CPAP equipment may gain a modest amount of weight. They concluded that OSA treatment with CPAP promotes a significant increase in BMI and weight. A couple of reasons why this may happen:
The use of CPAP supplies alone is not the answer to all your weight problems. CPAP therapy is (once again) a component that can improve one’s sleep quality and overall health but not without other key components.
So, what should you do?
Remember weight loss is a comprehensive activity and it takes a lot of factors to tip the scale. The take-home message? Use your CPAP equipment and work on the other key components to maintain a healthy weight.
Unfortunately, there is no one easy or correct answer. We are unique and complex human beings and endless factors contribute to our sleep quality and weight and require work in all areas. Make sure you get proper counselling and guidance through your health professionals to make sure you’re on the right track.
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