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Tongues are weighing down snorers

Mouth peace: Having a fat tongue has been linked to snoring PICTURE: ALAMY

LOSING weight has long been recommended to alleviate snoring, but now scientists have identified a specific part of the body that should be slimmed down — the tongue.

A study at Pennsylvania university in the US analysed scans of the throat and nose of obese patients before and after losing weight. It found losing tongue fat, more than other weight loss changes, is the key to reducing snoring.

It could mean people are screened for sleep apnoea — where airways get blocked, causing snoring — by having their tongues measured.

The health condition, which can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression, affects four per cent of middle-aged men and two per cent of middle-aged women in the UK.