Lose weight, use CPAP to control sleep apnea, physicians say
PHILADELPHIA – The American College of Physicians says the best way for patients to control obstructive sleep apnea is to maintain a healthy weight and use a CPAP device. In a new clinical practice guide published in the October issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the group strongly recommends CPAP as the treatment of choice for sleep apnea. It offers a weak endorsement to mandibular advancement devices for people who suffer adverse effects from CPAP. The guide says physicians should also encourage their overweight and obese sleep apnea patients to lose weight, which can help improve symptoms of the disease.