Tongue fat may become key in treating sleep apnea

October 1, 2014 11:07 AM

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Tongue fat may become key in treating sleep apnea

Goofy as that query may sound, it could become an important part of the diagnosis, and maybe even the treatment, of sleep apnea in fat people, suggests a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

Obesity has long been recognized as a risk factor for sleep apnea, but the study is the first to point to the tongue as a likely culprit. It found that obese adults with the sleep disorder had bigger and fattier tongues than obese people without apnea.

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