Weight and sleep apnea

does any veteran really believe that sleep apnea is caused by being overweight when so many soldiers are diagnosed before leaving active duty

As a veteran and military retiree, yes I do believe weight along with many other lifestyle risk factors, such as diabetes, diet etc., can contribute to sleep apnea. This said, sleep apnea may well occur in individuals who have none of these risk factors. For example, as a other wise healthy person, I had an ischemic stroke in March of last year only to find out after the fact that I had severe, complex sleep apnea which very well may have precipitated the stroke.

In any event, if you are made aware that you may have symptoms of sleep apnea, get a sleep study soonest so as to avoid the wake up call I endured. I hope this helps.

It can also something else biological. In my case, I have a tiny airway and when I developed seasonal allergies, I also developed sleep apnea.

I am not a veteran, however I can tell you that I am aware that I have had sleep issues / stopping breathing in my sleep from the time I was an underweight teenager, to now where I am considerably overweight. There are other risk factors, although for many the triggering factor, or indeed only factor may be weight. For some weight loss means apnea goes away. I have several colleagues that are within their proper BMI that have OSA as well. It’s not just a disorder for fat guys.

I’m not a vet as I never was active upon enlisting in the National Guard. But I’ll tell you that obesity can influence your susceptibility to apnea related issues. It doesn’t guarantee it either but it’s a factor in this.

In 2016, I was 300 pounds and began pursuing bariatric sleeve surgery after I failed my CPAP compliance initiated from a severe apnea rating on a sleep study in '15.

I lost 100 pounds after the sleeve, and I’m on a ResMed 10 ASV Auto currently. Between BPAP and ASV sleep studies, my 74 AHI halved to 37, both rank severe.

Agreed to a certain point. I just don’t want people thinking that you have to be overweight to have sleep apnea, I was symptomatic when I was underweight as a teen and had no clue it was a problem.

I know I am a bariatric surgery candidate, my wife and I have discussed the option repeatedly, and she is strongly against this route due to associated risks. Basically she is afraid I won’t come out of the surgery.

I have lost now 45lbs since I started my weight loss program of diet and excersize,last year. I am still well over 300lbs, but am getting closer to 300 than 400, so I am happy with my progress. My blood panel is looking good, and as long as I can continue to stave off diabetes I am a happy camper.

I see your point on weight and agree. Being overweight is a factor that with other things indicate apnea. Weight by itself isn’t enough to signify whether one has apnea or not. Some thin people get apnea will some heavy people don’t and vise versa.

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Exactly my point… Honestly, at my weight, my health “SHOULD” be considerably worse. I am blessed to be where I am, and am working hard to lose the weight and fix the health issues I can.

FWIW my bariatric stomach surgery was a Sleeve not a bypass like you’d mentioned. Not telling you what to do, but you could Google bariatric sleeve to gain info. I’d be happy to fill you in as well on my surgery if interested.

PS my bariatric sleeve was worth losing 100 lb. off 300 lb. at my highest. I’m maintaining 200 fairly easy despite the fact that I’m disabled and can’t exercise.

Don’t get mne wrong, I want to, but I don’t really feel like I can without some support from my family. It’s hard to explain but my wife and her side of the family REALLY don’t trust doctors. She’s terrified I’ll go under anastesia (I probably misspelled that) and not come back out…

It’s not entirely rational, but it is what it is…

No need to explain further and no hard feelings over here. Your reasoning against is good enough. I wish you success in whatever other weight loss method you pursue.