A joint research team centered on the Graduate School of Kyoto University and Nihon University is conducting remote monitoring for obstructive sleep apnea treatment. It was demonstrated that it can contribute to the promotion of health management.

 In continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy (an artificial respiration management method that applies a constant airway pressure), which is the standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)*, a medical practitioner records the patient's device usage and uploads it to the Internet. etc., to remotely monitor, manage and provide guidance.However, OSA patients often have lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and hypertension.Therefore, we expanded the scope of remote monitoring to body weight, blood pressure, and number of steps, and verified the possibility of supporting weight loss for patients.

 First, at the beginning of the study, we lent weight scales, blood pressure monitors, and pedometers with communication functions using the Internet to all participants, and asked them to send their daily measurement data to encourage weight loss.After that, (2) a group in which only CPAP usage records are remotely monitored by medical personnel, and managed and instructed (normal remote monitoring group), and (84) in addition to CPAP usage records, weight, blood pressure, and step count data are also remotely monitored and managed.・The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups (XNUMX people in each group) of the instruction group (remote weight loss instruction group), and the progress was observed for half a year.

 As a result, the rate of successful weight loss was 25% and 39.3% in the normal remote monitoring group and the remote weight loss instruction group, respectively, the average weight change before and after the start of the study was -0.8 kg and the average -2.4 kg, and daily weight loss during the study period. The average number of steps was 3,592 steps/day and 4,767 steps/day, both of which were higher in the remote weight loss instruction group.However, no significant difference was observed in blood pressure changes.

 From the results of this research, it is expected that it will be developed into an approach using remote monitoring not only for OSA patients but also for all people with lifestyle-related diseases.

*Among sleep apnea, breathing effort is accompanied even during apnea, and there is usually loud snoring when breathing resumes after the end of apnea.

Paper information:[CHEST] Multimodal telemonitoring for weight reduction in sleep apnea patients: A randomized controlled trial

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