Understanding Obesity

Health Check

Ask your GP to measure and tell you your

  • BMI
  • Blood pressure
  • HbA1c: a measure of your blood sugar over the last 4 months
  • Blood lipids

Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

If you think you have OSA, it's important to visit your GP in case you need to be referred to a sleep specialist for further tests and treatment. Before seeing your GP it may be helpful to ask a partner, friend or relative to observe you while you're asleep, if possible. If you have OSA, they may be able to spot episodes of breathlessness.

It may also help to fill out an Epworth Sleepiness Scale questionnaire. This asks how likely you'll be to doze off in a number of different situations, such as watching TV or sitting in a meeting. The final score will help your doctor determine whether you may have a sleep disorder.For example, a score of 16-24 means you're excessively sleepy and should consider seeking medical attention. A score of eight to nine is considered average during the daytime. An online version of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale can be found on the British Lung Foundation website.

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