Washington: A new study has indicated that people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea could benefit if they follow a low energy diet to lose weight.Sleep apnoea is a common disorder caused by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. Sufferers rarely feel refreshed after a night`s sleep and the disease is linked to negative health effects such as increased risk of accidents, decreased quality of life and a higher chance of premature death.
The very low energy diet was based on the Cambridge weight plan – this consists of a range of different flavoured meal replacement products (shakes, soups, bars and porridge), which have the necessary vitamins and minerals so that individuals can lose weight in a healthy way.The results showed that patients who lost weight after nine weeks on the low energy diet maintained this after a year and this had a positive effect on their sleep apnoea. Patients who had severe forms of the disease at the beginning of the study had larger improvement than those with moderate disease, says the study. The authors also found that patients who lost the most weight improved the most. The findings are published on bmj.com. ANI