Losing weight, maintain weight, sate off the effects of condition are the reasons for most to embarking a new and lasting health and fitness lifestyle. Exercise changes body composition, stamina and strength. But changing food related thoughts and behaviors can be the key to lasting weight loss. Every time you diet to lose weight, you lose lean tissue; therefore, you must decrease caloric intake to avoid subsequent weight gain.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome is becoming an increasingly encountered condition both in respiratory outpatient clinics and in hospitalized patients.

Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome is a breathing disorder in obese people that leads to low oxygen levels and too much carbon dioxide in your blood. Low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels may develop because of a condition called hypoventilation during the day (daytime hypoventilation).

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) refers to the appearance of awake hypercapnia (PaCO2.45 mm Hg) in the obese patient (BMI more than 30 kg/m2) after other causes that could account for awake hypoventilation, such as lung or neuromuscular disease, have been excluded.

Patients with Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome have a lower quality of life, with increased healthcare expenses, and are at higher risk of developing pulmonary hypertension and early mortality, compared to eucapnic patients with sleep-disordered breathing.

The symptoms of Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome are usually caused by a lack of sleep and a lower than normal oxygen level in the blood. Symptoms can include daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, breathlessness headache and even depression. Nighttime symptoms include: loud and frequent snoring during sleep and/or breathing pauses.
Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
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