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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 39

The Mediterranean Diet and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea/Hypopnoea Syndrome

Christopher Papandreou, PhD    Harokopio University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS), a chronic condition characterized by an obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, is an increasingly cause of morbidity and mortality. Obesity is considered to be the most important risk factor for OSAHS. It has been estimated that a high percentage of patients with OSAHS are suffering from obesity, and that weight reduction is a very effective modality in these patients. Research has highlighted the beneficial role of the Mediterranean diet in weight loss and obesity-related complications. This chapter of OSAHS management ...

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