December 31, 2004


White's death should put NFL on alert (RICK TELANDER, December 31, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

Huge football players -- huge humans -- are not healthy.

White died probably from a heart attack triggered by a little-understood disease called sarcoidosis, which, in his case, caused inflammation of his heart and lungs.

But the situation apparently was compounded by White's sleep apnea.

With sleep apnea, caused by relaxed tissue in the throat or neck blocking the air passageway, a person goes without oxygen for extended periods while sleeping, waking up constantly through the night to gasp for air, often putting the cardiovascular system under severe stress.

Older men have sleep apnea more than younger men.

Very heavy men, with very large necks, have it most of all.

And the NFL caters to very heavy men.

And Reggie White was very heavy.

Apnea can be very dangerous and I don't just say that because it's how the Wife puts groceries on our table.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2004 10:17 AM

So why wasn't he wearing a sleep mask?

I know several men who do, all of average size; and my wife used to work with a sleep clinic tracking apnea patients, who were all children and small.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 2, 2005 4:49 PM


People find them uncomfortable. Death seems more so.

Posted by: oj at January 2, 2005 7:45 PM
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