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

Flowers Hospital Sleep-Wake Disorders Center Flowers Hospital
(334) 615-8436
4370 W. Main Street
Dothan, AL
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
All
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances (Please call and verify your insurance if you have a questi
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Southern Sleep Clinics - Eufaula
(334) 687-4643
217 S. Orange
Eufaula, AL
Ages Seen
13-75

Sleep Disorders Center Southeast Alabama Medical Center
(334) 793-8132
1108 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not Required
Ages Seen
0-geriatric
Insurance
Insurance: Pvt, WComp
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

Cullman Regional Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Cullman Regional Medical Center
(256) 737-2140
1912 Alabama Highway 157
Cullman, AL
Doctors Refferal
May be necessary depending upon insurance
Ages Seen
2 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurance companies will cover your sleep disorder, however please ver
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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

Baptist East Sleep Disorders Center
(205) 223-6396
273 Winton Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
Ages Seen
5+

Southeast Regional Center for Sleep/Wake Disorders Springhill Memorial Hospital
(251) 460-5319
3719 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL
Ages Seen
Dec-85

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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