The results of three new studies could give health care providers a completely safe and highly effective way to treat patients suffering from sleep apnea. According to researchers patients who followed an exercise program that included weight training and brisk walking saw improvements in their condition by as much as twenty five percent. The results of this study show that a properly prescribed exercise program may be as effective for treating sleep apnea as many of the common surgical procedures available.
Obesity is considered to be a major risk factor for sleep apnea and previous studies have linked weight loss to a reduced risk or improvement in the condition. Researchers found in these three new studies that dramatic improvements could be seen through exercise even when there was no reduction in weight though.
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition that affects night time breathing and the heart and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. While there are a number of treatments for currently available, not every method of treatment is suitable for every patient suffering from sleep apnea. Exercise could provide health care professionals with a safe alternative method of treatment which is critical due to the fact that many patients may not be good candidates for a surgical procedure.