Sleep Apnea and the Biggest Loser Contestant

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January 12, 2010

If you have sleep apnea and are overweight, the most important action you can take to cure your sleep apnea is weight loss . Biggest Loser contestant Michael Ventrella recently came to terms with that reality. In a recent interview, Ventrella cited insufficient sleep and poor diet as two factors that resulted in him being the heaviest-ever contestant on the popular TV show about weight loss. At 31, Mr. Ventrella tipped the scale at 526 pounds and had untreated sleep apnea. In the Chicago Tribune interview, Ventrella explained, "...I never had my sleep apnea treated. The sleep I was getting wasn't quality sleep, the food I was eating wasn't quality food. These are little things but they all built up -- they built up to 526 pounds."