Shaq, Sleep Apnea and his retirement

One of the risk factors of developing sleep apnea is having a neck size of 17 or larger for men and 16 and larger for women. Another cause is belly fat; a wide waist circumference is one of the strongest indicators of high risk health problems associated with sleep apnea.

Adding to the precariousness of O’Neal’s post-hoops life is the fact that, like a lot of overweight men, he has sleep apnea, in which he stops breathing many times during the night. At least he knows this about himself, and he knows that having it

Shaq had his sleep test done at Harvard and is well aware of the symptoms and risks hanging over his head. With sleep apnea and overweight state of affairs he runs the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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