Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Someone stole my oxygen

OK, we all know that if you come out to high altitude, you get to gasp for air as you exert yourself. For some, that means they lose a minute per mile on their run. For others, it makes they curse the God that allowed the invention of stairs. Live out here long enough (we live at 7400 feet) and you get used to it. Your body and blood adapt, or so we thought.



Turns out that at 6500 feet, the suicide rates are about one third higher than sea level. Living at altitude is now actually one of strongest risk factor for suicides. Seems to be something about the lower levels of oxygen effecting your metabolism.

I find this whole thing depressing. Guess I need to start buying lots of oxygen in a can.



It's always something......
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