In this health video you will learn about sleep apnea and the various cures and treatments for it.
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Raena Morgan: Hello, I'm visiting with Dr. Hajal at The Sleep Center. We've been talking about sleep apnea and the big question is, does it ever go away Dr. Hajal? Dr. Rizan Hajal: Yes, it does. Raena Morgan: Oh, that's good news! Dr. Rizan Hajal: There's a possibility for it to go away and I have seen it so many times and it's mainly with people who have lost a lot of weight. So if you lose a lot of weight, it's a motivation for our patients, if you lose a lot of weight you can cure sleep apnea. It all depends where you started, how bad the sleep apnea is and what are the odds of you relieving it. But it is feasible and we see that and we see that sometimes with the gastric bypass surgery patients who would lose a lot of weight. You see in the span of one year they can go from having moderate disease to having no disease at all with the weight-loss that they took. Two difficulties though. You have to maintain the weight-loss, which means you have to lose the weight, go back normally and maintain it, which we all know how hard it is. And number two is that the disease gets worse with age. So even if you do reverse it, if you had it once and you reversed it, you should know that maybe a few years down the road it may come back. They should be always watching for signs of snoring and apnea. Raena Morgan: That would really encourage them to lose weight. Dr. Rizan Hajal: Absolutely. If anything, this would be a good reason for them to lose weight. Raena Morgan: So it wouldn't be cosmetic. Dr. Rizan Hajal: It would not be just cosmetic and we know losing weight is a lot healthier for you. But now they can see it exist in numbers and people will get a little bit motivated about that. Raena Morgan: Well I'm glad to hear that. Thank you.