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"Associations of Dietary Intake and Physical Activity with Sleep Disordered Breathing", Journal of Clinical Sleep Med

October 15, 2008

Associations of Dietary Intake and Physical Activity with Sleep Disordered Breathing in the Apnea Positive Pressure Long-term Efficacy Study (APPLES)
Monica M. Vasquez, MPH, MEd; James L. Goodwin, PhD; Amy A. Drescher, PhD, RD; Terry W. Smith, BS; Stuart F. Quan, MD

This recent paper in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine documents that persons with obstructive sleep apnea eat a diet that is heart unhealthy with high levels of cholesterol, fat and saturated fatty acids. These finding are not explained by the presence of obesity. In addition, persons with sleep apnea tend to engage in less recreational activity, but this observation appears to be related to concomitant obesity.

Senior author Stuart F. Quan, MD, notes that consumption of an atherogenic diet in persons with obstructive sleep apnea may be one factor in the increase in cardiovascular disease and mortality associated with this disorder.

Related links
AASM Press Release: "Association found among severe obstructive apnea, high fat diets, less physical activity in women"
Science Daily news report: "Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked To High Fat Diets And Decreased Physical Activity In Women"
US News and World Report: "10 Reasons Not to Skimp on Sleep" (paper cited in reason #2)

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