Sleep Apnea Treatments Northport AL

Local resource for sleep apnea treatments in Northport. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to medical treatments for sleep apnea, sleep disorder treatments, natural sleep disorder treatments, and sleep apnea surgery, as well as advice and content on finding sleep disorder centers in your area.

DCH Sleep Center
(205) 343-8628
2700 Hospital Drive
Northport, AL
Ages Seen
Adolescents and up

DCH Laboratory* Medical Tower
(205) 759-7423
809 University Boulevard E
Tuscaloosa, AL
Ages Seen
Adult-Geriatric

Southern Sleep Clinics, LLC
(334) 673-2501
2346 W. Main Street
Dothan, AL
Ages Seen
7 years and up

Huntsville Sleep Center Huntsville Hospital
(256) 265-8553
911 Big Cove Road
Huntsville, AL
Doctors Refferal
No (Sleep Clinic) Yes (Sleep Testing)
Ages Seen
0.5 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

St. Vincent's Sleep Disorders Center St. Vincent's Hospital
(205) 930-2369
2660 Tenth Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Ages Seen
18 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most commercial including BCBS of Alabama
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Snow Sleep Center
(205) 349-4043
701 University Boulevard E.
Tuscaloosa, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary unless required by insurance
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: The sleep center will file all insurances. The sleep center is a Blue Cros
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Children's Hospital of Alabama
(205) 939-9386
1600 7th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
0-21 years
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Thomas Hospital Sleep Services A Sleep Related Breathing Disorders Laboratory
(251) 990-1940
188 Hospital Drive
Fairhope, AL
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
6 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross, Prime Health, Health Parterners, Aetna, VA, Postal Workers, & m
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Baptist Sleep Disorders Center Baptist Medical Center South
(334) 286-3252
2065 E S Boulevard
Montgomery, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
2 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Prattville Baptist Sleep Disorders Center Prattville Baptist Hospital
(334) 361-4335
124 S. Memorial Drive
Prattville, AL
Ages Seen
2-12 years

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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