Friday, March 3, 2023

Obesity, Sleep apnea, Covid breathing problems: a deadly trifecta

Hello friends of this blog on how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass. As my husband and I recuperate from our second round of serious Covid 19, yes we are both vaxxed, I'm considering how much more difficult it would be if I were still struggling with obesity. I've had OSA or obstructive sleep apnea and chronic sinus issues for decades, even when not overweight. So breathing problems have long been an issue. After weight loss and septoplasty, I still struggle to the point that I have terrible dreams all night due to being unable to get to deep delta sleep. I think sinus and sleep apnea factored into me having Long Covid with a second bout with Omicron Covid later. 

People on the shows "My 600-lb Life" and "1000-lb Sisters" usually have breathing trouble and sleep apnea from complications of morbid obesity. I knew a very overweight 8 year-old boy, (entire family had obesity issues which is so often the case as shown on "My 600-lb Life" and "1000-lb Sisters") whose mother gave him NyQuil every night because he was so overweight he'd stop breathing. It's a race between lymphedema, blood clots, heat failure, sepsis and impaired breathing which will kill morbidly obese people first. Then enter in Covid which is notoriously more difficult if you are overweight. Many of us with Long Covid develop swelling around the heart. So it's quite the trifecta, Covid, obesity and sleep apnea. 

But the good news is that weight loss can in fact almost categorically does reverse many of the problems. "My 600-lb Life" and "1000-lb Sisters" show people after gastric bypass improving in many health issues. I have mixed feelings about bariatric surgery. I believe it's a magic feather people have convinced themselves they need when GOFD good old fashioned diet will do a better job.  Bariatric surgery doesn't lose weight. Portion control, intermittent fasting and calorie restricting on a 1200 calorie diet do.They are how I lost 100 pounds. I've issued a March to Weight Loss challenge for anyone who wants to join me. I can't promise it will fix all health problems-- sleep apnea and chronic pain still abide-- but I can guarantee it won't make them any worse and will probably improve them. 
Love, mar 



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