Sleep Apnea: Epidemic Silent Killer

It wasn’t long ago that I thought sleep apnea occurred predominantly in overweight people who snored and probably ate too much cheese. Also called the “American Sleeping Sickness”, sleep apnea in fact is a grossly under-diagnosed illness affecting both men and women, lean and overweight, with far-reaching, serious health consequences. In fact, doctors estimate that up to eighteen million Americans have moderate to severe sleep apnea, and seventy-five percent of them do not know it. This is partly because one third of those with sleep apnea have no symptoms at all. At the same time, the condition is not hard to diagnose and treat, and should be suspected and targeted far more often than it i

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