When weight loss helps with sleep

Flinders University, April 10 2018

Carefully managed weight loss has been linked to improvements in obstructive sleep apnoea, a common problem that contributes to a range of short and long-term health issues.

Preliminary results from new research at the Flinders University Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health has shown that a combination of behavioural changes, along with losing excess kilos on a scientifically developed meal replacement, can reduce the worst effects of sleep apnoea.

“Our project looked to address the vicious cycle of inadequate sleep and feeling too tired for exercise and improve eating habits that usually comes with chronic sleep apnoea,” says respiratory and sleep physician Dr. Carissa Yap, who led last year’s trial.

“Participants in our six-month study found the Flinders behavioural program (known as the ‘Flinders Program’) in tandem with a balanced meal replacement product such as Impromy (developed by CSIRO) is effective for weight loss.

“In turn, we then monitored whether the weight loss helped to reduce the symptoms of participants’ sleep apnoea.”

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. It can cause morning headache, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure, also increasing a person’s chances of stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even depression.

For the study, researchers recruited 40 overweight adults aged between 18 and 70 who suffer from moderate to severe OSA and who experience at least mild daytime sleepiness.

Participants started with a  (BMI), or the standardised calculation of your height and weight, of 30 or more, then progressed through a six-month program incorporating the option of losing weight with the help of a high-protein meal replacement and support with the Flinders Program, a long-term self-management care plan.

“OSA is a big problem and contributes to many short and long-term health issues,” Dr. Yap says. “While helping to reduce OSA effects, weight loss may also have a greater benefit on cardiovascular risk than CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices.”

CSIRO Research Dietitian Dr. Jane Bowen, who was part of the scientific team that helped develop Impromy, says people are often motivated to stay on the diet because they start seeing results quickly.

“We know from our clinical trials of Impromy that many people start seeing a positive reduction in their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose quite early in the program,” Dr. Bowen said.

“The new findings from Flinders University further demonstrates the health benefits of weight loss.”

Dr. Bowen says meal replacement shakes such as scientifically validated Impromy can be a safe and effective way to lose , particularly when they provide personal support through pharmacies across Australia.

As well as six months of  support, incorporating the option to use free high-protein meal replacements, the program offered patients a thorough assessment and adopt a long-term self-management care plan.

The Flinders Program, developed by Psychiatry experts at the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit, is used by a large number of health professionals in Australia and other countries to enable patients to self-manage their chronic disease.

Along with access to the intensive behavioural support techniques and Impromy meal replacements, the research project also offered advice from dieticians, exercise physiologists and support groups.

Obstructive  (OSA) and obesity are very common and intrinsically linked health problems that affect millions of Australians, and place a huge burden on our healthcare system. In 2014–15, 27.9% of adult Australians were obese (body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2), with a further 35.5% being classified as overweight (BMI = 25–29.9 kg/m2).

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment is safe and effective, reduces sleepiness, and improves mood and quality of life; however, the cardiovascular benefits of CPAP are uncertain.

Provided by: Flinders University

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MANY people set weight loss goals as new year’s resolutions, but not as many achieve them.

A new weight loss program offered at Priceline Mittagong has already been a great solution for several people from the Highlands and beyond.

The Impromy health and weight management program was developed and clinically tested by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency and one of the most diverse research agencies in the world.

According to the CSIRO, the Impromy program focuses on improving health through weight loss and good nutrition.

While the Impromy program requires monitoring by a health care professional, the team at Priceline Mittagong made the decision to pair up each member of the program with a trained pharmacist to provide specialist knowledge throughout the program.

Priceline pharmacist and Impromy consultant Ruth Nona said this was one of the great advantages of the program at Priceline Mittagong.

“By working with a pharmacist, a person’s lifestyle and health can be properly monitored,” Ms Nona said.

“Pharmacy trained professionals may be able to detect things that other people may not be able to, for example sleep apnoea.”

The Impromy program is a meal replacement method, but unlike other shake programs, it features a high protein, low carb blend and encourages participants to get off the shakes as soon as possible, moving toward making healthy food choices.

“It’s the first weight loss program where I’ve seen such great results, people are sticking to it because it’s simple and easy and there are a lot of advantages,”?Ms Nona said.

Those who sign up to the program will have their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checked at the beginning and throughout the program, as these levels change as weight is lost.

“Participants have not only lost weight but have seen their blood pressure decrease and say they feel better, healthier and are more active,” she said.

The program has run at Priceline Mittagong, with the pilot program seeing participants travel from Canberra to experience the Impromy advantages.

“It’s not just a ‘diet’ to me,” Ms Nona said.

“It’s a whole lifestyle change.

“We get to create a relationship with a client, and they’re not just receiving weight loss advice but health care too.

“We want our clients to feel comfortable and supported.”

Ms Nona said the program was quite affordable.

“The cost of the Impromy program is about half the cost of programs like Lite n’ Easy.”

“When they join, participants receive a special edition CSIRO cookbook, an Impromy app for their phone or tablet and a health check and introduction to their personal health care assistant.

“The great thing is that everything is personalised for each individual and their circumstances.”

Priceline Mittagong will run a special offer on the Impromy shakes until this Saturday, January 31 – buy two weeks worth of shakes and the second week is half price.

For details call Priceline Mittagong on (02) 4872 3455 or visit the Impromy desks at the pharmacy in Priceline Mittagong.

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