In 2009, researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute showed that overweight and obese men who lost weight on a severely calorie restricted diet over nine weeks had big improvements in their sleep apnea symptoms. David Gergen, President of Pro Player Health Alliance(PPHA), says, “Treating sleep apnea can be a huge factor in managing the weight of an individual particularly in reducing body weight from an unhealthy state by giving a way for more energy during the day. By staying active, one is able to burn more calories and keep their weight at a manageable size.”
Lack of sleep can be a hazard on the road in every day life. Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S.
Mr. Gergen’s idea to host free events partnered with outstanding doctors and NFL legends has brought out over 1,000 people to be educated on what sleep apnea is and the potentially lethal effects in addition to the 160 plus retired NFL players that have been successfully treated.
Derek Kennard, a Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys, says, “Had we been on the offense when my brother had sleep apnea, he would still be alive today.” Since being treated for his sleep apnea with the oral appliance known as the Herbst Device, Derek has lost over 100 pounds.
About David Gergen
As President of Pro Player Health Alliance, he has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.