Obesity is the biggest risk factor to OSA, says Irish minister

Irish politician Edwin Poots has claimed that obesity is the biggest risk factor when it comes to Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

The health minister was speaking at an event organised by the British Lung foundation in Northern Ireland, which was designed to raise awareness of the condition.

He said, according to belfasttelegraph.co.uk: "Various factors increase the risk of developing OSA, but greatest of all is obesity. As waistlines increase throughout society, so do the number of OSA cases."

It claimed that due to this reason, it is "imperative" that services are improved to deal with the issue. He suggested that possible solutions including encouraging and help people to lose excess weight, or providing breathing apparatus in more serious cases.

Lifestyle changes, such as losing excess weight, can often help mild cases of sleep apnoea to resolve. In more severe cases, the use of breathing apparatus while sleeping may be necessary."

Those who are obese and are trying to lose weight could try and follow a healthy eating plan or even invest in things such as counselling courses to help resolve any issues behind the condition.

Meanwhile it was also reported this week by dailymail.co.uk that obesity is thought to be fuelling the rise in the number of cases of type 2 diabetes. The number of people suffering from diabetes in the UK is said to have doubled in the last year, with obesity named as one of the biggest causes behind this.