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Reports from Johns Hopkins and China show that most people with sleep apnea are obese and are at high risk for heart attacks and diabetes. Sleep apnea means that a person stops breathing during sleep more often than normal people do. It is associated with increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. Most people with this condition are markedly overweight.

These papers show that most people with sleep apnea also suffer from insulin insensitivity. Their blood sugar levels rise very high after they eat meals with refined carbohydrates consisting of sugar-added foods and those made from flour. These people also have very high levels of insulin and are at high risk for developing diabetes. If your spouse tells you that you stop breathing at night, check with your doctor to see if you are diabetic and therefore should restrict bakery products, pasta and sugar-added foods.

1) Sleep-disordered breathing and insulin resistance in middle-aged and overweight men. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2002, Vol 165, Iss 5, pp 677-682. NM Punjabi, JD Sorkin, LI Katzel, AP Goldberg, AR Schwartz, PL Smith. Punjabi NM, Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Ctr, Div Pulm & Crit Care Med, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore,MD 21224 USA.

2) Obstructive sleep apnea is independently associated with insulin resistance. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2002, Vol 165, Iss 5, pp 670-676. MSM Ip, B Lam, MMT Ng, WK Lam, KWT Tsang, KSL Lam. Ip MSM, Univ Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hosp, Dept Med, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA

Reported in 2002; Checked 8/9/05

May 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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