Weight management treatment incorporates several techniques and medical knowledge to help patients become healthier and manage their weight. Lifestyle changes and nutritional counseling are essential to maintaining or losing weight. Some patients will use a meal replacement plan or a very calorie restricted diet to start their weight loss journey. When the person is trying to lose a significant amount of weight, medications such as Phentermine might be used to help jump-start the process. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise is extremely crucial to weight maintenance and keeping off weight which has been lost for the foreseeable future.
Bariatric surgeries are procedures that reduce the amount of space available in the stomach for food or liquid. The surgeries are often performed with a minimally invasive procedure to reduce recovery times and other risks associated with traditional open surgeries. Weight loss surgery is intended to help patients who are classified as obese or who have more than 50 pounds to lose to reach a healthy weight.
Sleep apnea is a condition where the soft palate relaxes into the throat during sleep and disrupts breathing. Snoring is a common symptom although the disruption to sleep can cause daytime drowsiness and lead to other serious health conditions. The condition is often made worse by being overweight and weight loss is a common first step in treatment. Other treatments for sleep apnea ease your symptoms and may help prevent heart problems and other complications. Certain devices can help to open up a blocked airway. The most common of these devices is the CPAP (continuous pressure airway system). This machine delivers air pressure through a mask that is placed over your nose while you sleep. The air pressure from the CPAP machine is just enough to keep your upper airway passages open, preventing apnea and snoring during sleep. For milder cases of sleep apnea, lifestyle changes such as losing weight or quitting smoking may help.
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