Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Decade of Weight Loss and Still Shedding Pounds

The Biggest Loser is gearing up for Season Ten of its popular weight loss reality TV show. This year’s season premier will air September 21 at 8/7c on NBC.

According to this press release, Nationwide Medical and Philips Respironics will pair up for a third season of testing and treating the contestants.

Last year, the SleepEducation blog reported that all 16 candidates had obstructive sleep apnea. Former AASM President Dr. Clete Kushida worked with the contestants to ensure that they received the maximum benefit from ongoing treatment.

Like in Season Nine, contestants will continue to receive assistance once their time on the show comes to an end.

Obesity increases risk for this sleep-related breathing disorder because excess weight around the neck can cut off airflow during sleep.

Losing weight can help people treat their condition. But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that sleep apnea patients combine weight loss with CPAP treatment or oral appliance therapy.

You should talk to your doctor to develop a healthy weight-loss plan that is right for you. Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition. Diagnosis and treatment are available at an AASM-accredited sleep center.

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