Can Sleep Apnea Cause Bone Loss or Osteoporosis?

It seems that every week or two, there’s a new-found association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and various medical conditions. Besides the typical medical conditions associated with OSA such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and even cancer, there have been a handful of studies looking at the link between OSA and […]

Podcast #17: Brain Damage And Sleep Apnea – Interview with Dr. Ronald Harper

In this podcast, I have a fascinating discussion with Dr. Ronald M. Harper, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Harper shares some profound insights about why brain damage goes hand in hand with obstructive sleep apnea. In this interview, you’ll learn: Why Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) can cause brain damage […]

How Sleep Apnea May Cause Cancer

When I first wrote my book, Sleep, Interrupted in 2008, I had a question mark in my diagram linking obstructive sleep apnea to possible cancer. Since that time, there have been a number of studies making that link stronger, and I am now more comfortable in removing that question mark. One of the basic hallmarks of obstructive […]

Why Oxygen is Better Than Cinnamon For Your Liver

There are a number of studies on the benefits of natural or herbal remedies for various health conditions. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a relatively common condition, with excessive buildup of fat in the liver. Excessive alcohol can also do this, but NAGLD is diagnosed when there’s no history of alcohol. Typically, there’s an […]

How Can Midlife Stress in Women Cause Dementia?

In my last post, I described a Swedish study which explained how low testosterone could be caused by obstructive sleep apnea. In another Swedish study, midlife stress was shown to be associated with significantly higher levels of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These stresses included workplace problems, serious illness, divorce, and widowhood. Alzheimer’s developed in 21% of women who were […]