November 4, 2011

Eat to Sleep

1 Diet and Exercise May Reduce Sleep Apnea

A Mediterranean diet - whole grains, produce, healthy fats, fish and a moderate amount of lean protein and red wine - combined with exercise, has been found to reduce sleep apnea in obese people. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) affects about 2-4% of the adult population. That number rises to 20-40% with obesity. Researchers examined 40 obese patients with OSAS. Half ate a Mediterranean diet; the other half followed a less restrictive but prudent diet. Both groups exercised for 20 minutes/day. Patients’ sleep was monitored at the beginning of the study and again 6 months later. Findings indicate that those on the Mediterranean diet had fewer episodes of sleep apnea, reduced abdominal fat and a greater adherence to calorie restriction than those on the prudent diet.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke in Men

Tags: Exercise, Mediterranean Diet, Obesity, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Diet and Exercise

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Over 50 Percent

2 Low Vitamin D in Spine Surgery Patients

A study involving 313 patients that had spinal fusion surgery showed that over 50 percent had inadequate levels of vitamin D. Twenty-five percent were found to be deficient in the vitamin that improve calcium absorption for bone growth. Spinal surgery patients need to lay down new bone as part of the healing process. Low vitamin D in the elderly is common the people in this study were younger with an average age of 55. Other factors were smoking, obesity, a disability and never taking vitamin D or a multivitamin. Researchers believe that screening people pre-operatively and having those with vitamin D insufficiency take 50,000 international units daily for two months before surgery. Future studies will examine if there is a relationship between vitamin D levels and outcomes.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: IOM Sets Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium

Tags: Calcium, Spine, Vitamin D, Spinal Surgery, Bone Growth

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