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I’m amazed everyday. A recent study found that  fat tongues can lead to sleep apnea and reducing tongue size through weight loss can help with sleep apnea. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-tongue-fat-can-affect-sleep-apnea-risk

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Fat tongues and breathing problems is not a new find. 

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4173913/  (Oct 2014)

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There's nothing new about that and I don't think losing weight addresses the tongue situation.  Some people, not just overweight people, have large or fatty tongues.  It's called macroglossia and it can interfere with breathing at night.  There is some type of tongue stabilization device that they prescribe and there's also Cpap.  The sleep apnea that overweight people sometimes have is not related to the tongue, that is caused by the tissues in the throat being fatty and during sleep those fatty fissues block the airway.   

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How do you know if your tongue is fat?

 

it's not  like people walk around with their tongues hanging out so you can compare.

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Re: Fat Tongues

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I read that thread title & laughed...I knew exactly what it was!

Yeah, my nutritional pages/forums are having a field day with this one.

 

Yes, the premise is correct...overweight people gain weight

everywhere on their body & that extra weight can cause

sleep apnea.  Simple.

 

But...why isn't 'lose body weight' enough incentive to reduce

sleep apnea?  Ridiculous the tongue even has to be in the mix. 

Someone is throwing this out there for monetary gain.

Guaranteed.

Tongue lipo or 'tongue slimming' maybe?

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It all makes sense.  My daughter has a geographic tongue.

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I can top this, I have enlarged lymph nodes with big fatty layer.

 

Told DD, geez not enough to have more cancer, now they are criticizing my nodes 😂. Hope they don't check the tongue.

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Does this mean my tongue needs to diet or just get a better workout?  😜

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Re: Fat Tongues

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@Snowpuppy wrote:

Does this mean my tongue needs to diet or just get a better workout?  😜


@Snowpuppy, I think you are probably kidding, but the study did find that weight loss resulted in reduced tongue volume.