Friday, February 21, 2003

This is something I've been meaning to post for a long time. It's a medical theory that I think will turn out to be true. I want to get it *out there* with a date on it so that I can say, "See, I told ya so." Here it is, you can say it's bunk if you'd like. :-)
I believe that fat people have a higher incidence of type II diabetes due to their propensity for sleep apnea. There's long been research that showed that fat pears were less likely to suffer from several diseases than their apple shaped sisters. I've also heard that people who carry their weight on their chest, around their necks, etc are more likely to suffer from apnea. I'm thinkin' that the lower blood oxygen levels at night due to apnea may have an adverse effect upon the pancreas's long term health. Maybe the pancreas needs all the oxygen it can get during the bodie's rejuvenation period? Dunno, I'm not a medical professional nor do I play one on TV. I do strongly believe that sleep apnea will show itself to be a strong link to diseases regardless of the level of obesity. Oxygen obviously plays a huge role in our overall health. If 1/3 of the day we go with limited O2, you can bet we'll suffer from ill health.
So, there you have it. :-)