New sleep apnoea guidelines focus on BMI

'Proper weight monitoring' needed

Weight management is crucial to treating patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) but is often overlooked, respiratory specialists say.  

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New guidelines from the American Thoracic Society, coauthored by two Australian sleep experts, advise tailoring weight loss advice to individual patients with explicit recommendations based on patient’s BMI categories.

A panel of weight management, sleep and pulmonary experts reviewed the latest evidence on therapeutic approaches to obstructive sleep apnea in the setting of obesity.

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