February 5, 2019 – Because of the way their bodies are constructed, men snore more than women, but that is not the least of the reasons to be interested in this much discussed and debated subject. There are negative health considerations linked to snoring. These were the topic Houston based neurologist and founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, Dr. Steven Goldstein, covered with his podcast listeners this week. The Houston Healthcare Initiative Podcast can be heard on Soundcloud, Libsyn, iTunes, and www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org. Beyond the gender-based differences, Dr. Goldstein says that snoring is bad for Houstonians.
Reasons Snoring Is Bad For Health
But What Causes Snoring?
Dr. Goldstein pointed out that anyone can snore. “A stuffy nose can block the airways and cause someone to breathe through their mouth, he told his audience. “So, if you snore and have a stuffy nose during allergy season, that may be the cause.” He went on, “but ultimately, people who snore are likely overweight or obese because of the changes to the anatomy extra weight causes.”
More specifically, being overweight can cause the tissue in the throat to be bulkier than it is on people who are not overweight or obese. A fatter neck compresses the airway and squeezes it even more when lying down. So, the larger one’s neck is, the more likely they are to snore.
Another source of airway compression is fat around the middle body. Belly fat pushes up on the diaphragm and chest fat compresses the ribcage. Both of these shrink the amount of air the lungs will hold. Lower lung capacity restricts airflows and leads to snoring because more air is needed to maintain the correct shape of the throat during sleep. Less airflow means the wrong shape of the throat and snoring.
Which Is Easier To Treat?
When asked which of any of these ailments was easier to treat compared to losing weight, Dr. Goldstein stated emphatically that it was weight loss. “I’m a neurologist and I can tell you first hand that seeing people who had a stroke because of their weight issues require a great deal of treatment,” he said. “Stroke victims can lose motor functions, cognitive ability and even die. Losing weight is challenging but nothing compared to any of these.”
To Learn More
The Houston Healthcare Initiative (HHI) is a non-profit, member owned medical cooperative that combines affordable health pricing with personal accountability and lifestyle incentives. With a single payment, members pay monthly into two separate accounts. To learn more visit the company website http://houstonhealthcareinitiative.org.