Monday, December 14, 2009

Weighing in on the Biggest Loser

The Biggest Loser” runner-up Rudy Pauls recently gave an interview to RealityWanted. He explained what inspired him to go on the show.

Pauls said that one reason he auditioned was because he realized that he needed to take control of his health. He had recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Every Season Eight contestant was tested for sleep apnea. And all 16 had the condition.

People with OSA stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, sometimes for one minute or longer. This pause in breathing can happen hundreds of times a night, often causing excessive daytime sleepiness.

Obesity can raise a person risk for sleep apnea. Once sleep apnea is present, it can be harder to lose weight because OSA often drains a person’s energy.

It is important to treat OSA. If a person does not treat their OSA, they may be at risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and driving accidents.

Weighing less than half his original body weight, Pauls lost 234 lbs for a second place finish! Weight loss can help treat sleep apnea. But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that weight loss be accompanied with oral appliance therapy or CPAP.

The Sleep Education blog reported on the start of Season Eight earlier this year.

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