Obesity is common in most forms of dwarfism
Obesity is heavily related to sleep apnea, which mean that obese people are more at risk of the condition. This is exactly what happened to John Young when he gained up to 200 pounds and became scarily overweight for his height. What made matters worse is that since he was born with achondroplasia, he has a strong tendency to become obese.
Obesity is actually very common among people who have achondroplasia, or any other forms of dwarfism, for that matter. It is especially common in males that are ages 10 to 19. Common medications to help cut down weight in patients with dwarfism include Genotropin and Hypopituitarism.
That said, it can actually be concluded that individuals who suffer from achondroplasia have a rather high chance of also getting sleep apnea. Of course, if one does develop sleep apnea, that could lead to even more complications such as:
- Fatigue and sleepiness
- Cardiovascular diseases
- High blood pressure
- Glaucoma or other similar eye conditions
This is why sleep apnea is actually a very serious condition that has to be treated quickly once there are some symptoms that already show.