High rates of diabetes and obesity in the region may be a contributory factor in snoring related complications

Top Quote The surgical management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea to be discussed at Otolaryngology 2011. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 20, 2011 - Dubai, UAE: Modern lifestyle in the Middle East means that levels of excessive weight gain and diabetes are rocketing. Being overweight can be a major contributory factor in snoring related complications and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is when a person temporarily stops breathing many times during the night. OSA can not only negatively impact a person's overall quality of life and productivity, but it can also potentially lead to serious health issues like increasing the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and other serous conditions.

    The General Secretary of the French Society of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Prof. F. Chabolle, will be at the upcoming Otolaryngology Conference to discuss the latest trends in the surgical management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

    "Snoring is caused by a particular configuration of the upper airways, obesity or alcohol intake," says Prof. F. Chabolle. "In most cases lifestyle changes such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol or sleeping on your side, can help stop snoring, but some may benefit from other forms of treatment such as soft palate surgeries through dentures that may reduce disruptive snoring.

    "The main complication of snoring is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. In this serious condition, your throat tissues obstruct your airway, preventing you from breathing. The association between 'diabetes, obesity and snoring' is common and they share the same complications. Snoring with sleep apnea may cause a major cerebrovascular accident or even myocardial infarction, which is a cause for concern in a region that experiences high rates of both obesity and diabetes."

    Patients with these symptoms should make an appointment to see a doctor who may refer you for a diagnostic sleep study. Surgery of the tongue or clamps may be used to treat severe OSA syndromes, continues Prof. F. Chabolle.

    The 8th Annual Middle East Update in Otolaryngology Exhibition & Conference (Head and Neck Surgery) will take place from 8 - 10 May 2011, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, and will bring together leading regional and international experts to discuss the latest up-to-date trends on treatments and technologies in ear, nose and throat disorders.

    Produced by IIR Middle East Life Sciences Division, which is part of Informa Exhibitions (www.informaexhibitions.com), Otolaryngology 2011 is CME accredited by the Cleveland Clinic and supported by the UAE Ministry of Health and the Dubai Health Authority. This allows doctors to stay in touch with best practices by keeping their medical accreditation up-to-date.

    Running alongside the conference is an exhibition which will showcase the latest technologies and product launches from manufacturers and distributors wishing to meet an influential body of senior otolaryngologists. Products such as hearing aids, laser machines, microsurgical instruments and sleep apnea devices will be on display. This year we will also have a dedicated marketplace where visitors and delegates can actually physically touch, test and purchase your surgical instruments for cash.

    For further information on the diagnosis and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, or details on the event, please call +971 (0)4 336 7334 or visit www.me-oto.com.

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    Inga Stevens
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    Life Science Division
    IIR Middle East
    T: +971 4 407 2743
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    inga.stevens ( @ ) iirme dot com

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