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Sleep Apnea Treatment: Diet

Written by sshowalter, Olivia Cerf, editor.

Sleep Apnea has been called a lifestyle disease, meaning that it results from lifestyle choices. Diet is often a major contributor to a sleep apnea diagnosis. Obesity is the biggest risk factor in developing sleep apnea.

Losing Weight

As little as a 10% weight loss can greatly reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes that occur each night, so consider losing weight or maintaining healthy weight to help with your sleep apnea.

More information about specific diets for weight loss is available here:

Vegan Diet

Paleolithic Diet

Macrobiotic Diet

Low-Carbohydrate Diets

Blood Type Diet

Mediterranean Diet

Raw Food Diet

South Beach Diet

Ornish Diet

Vegetarian Diet

Zone Diet

Avoiding Alcohol

Alcohol acts as a nervous system depressant which means it affects the brain, causing it to function more slowly and less effectively. Using alcohol will increase the frequency of sleep apnea episodes.

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