Sleep Apnea Treatments Anchorage AK

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Providence Alaska Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Providence Alaska Medical Center
(907) 212-3650 x2
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
3 months to 90 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Shirley Ann Saucerman, MD
(907) 229-6360
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1980

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William Dean Lucht, MD
(970) 278-1991
2751 Debarr Rd Ste 360
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak
Group Practice: Lung & Sleep Clinic-The Rockie

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Anne H Morris, MD
(907) 264-1600
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1966

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Alaska Sleep Clinic
(907) 770-9104
3920 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Ages Seen
4+

Alaska Sleep Clinic
(907) 770-9104
3920 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK
Ages Seen
4+

Norman James Wilder, MD
(907) 264-1166
10201 Sidorof Ln
Anchorage, AK
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1970

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Dr.William Lucht
(907) 646-2230
Ste 307, 2741 DeBarr Road
Anchorage, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Sleep Disorders
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

Data Provided By:
Norman James Wilder, MD
(907) 264-1166
1200 Airport Heights Dr Ste 210
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1970

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Providence Alaska Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Providence Alaska Medical Center
(907) 212-3650 x2
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
3 months to 90 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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Losing Weight Can Cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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CPAP machineFor sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a new study shows that losing weight is perhaps the single most effective way to reduce OSA symptoms and associated disorders, according to a new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, one of the American Thoracic Society's three peer-reviewed journals.

For sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a new study shows that losing weight is perhaps the single most effective way to reduce OSA symptoms and associated disorders, according to a new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, one of the American Thoracic Society's three peer-reviewed journals.

Weight loss may not be a new miracle pill or a fancy high-tech treatment, but it is an exciting therapy for sufferers of OSA both because of its short- and long-term effectiveness and for its relatively modest price tag. Surgery doesn't last, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are only as effective as the patient's adherence, and most other devices have had disappointing outcomes, in addition to being expensive, unwieldy and having poor patient compliance. Furthermore, OSA is generally only treated when it has progressed to a moderate to severe state.

"Very low calorie diet (VLCD) combined with active lifestyle counseling resulting in marked weight reduction is a feasible and effective treatment for the majority of patients with mild OSA, and the achieved beneficial outcomes are maintained at 1-year follow-up," wrote Henri P.I. Tuomilehto, M.D., Ph.D., of the department of Otorhinolaryngology at the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland.

The prospective, randomized trial found that, in 81 patients with mild OSA, the 40 patients who were in the intervention arm underwent a diet that strictly limited caloric intake combined with lifestyle counseling lost more than 20 pounds on average in a year-and kept it off, resulting in markedly lower symptoms of OSA. The 41 patients in the control arm, who only received lifestyle counseling and lost on average less than 6 pounds, and were much less likely to see improvements in their OSA.

And not only does sustained weight loss improve OSA, it also improves the many other independently linked co-morbidities such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

"This is emphasized by our findings that, in conjunction with the improvement in AHI, significant improvements were also found in symptoms related to OSA, insulin resistance, lipids, and cardiorespiratory variables, such as arterial oxygen saturation, in patients belonging to the intervention group," wrote Dr. Tuomilehto.

Furthermore, Dr. Tuomilehto observed, "The greater the change in body weight or waist circumference, the greater was the improvement in OSA." In fact, mild OSA was objectively cured in 88 percent of the patients who l...

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