Allergy Causes Heart Disease Risk to Rise

According to a sizeable new study, common allergy causes that have you wheezing and watery-eyed could soon join the list of heart disease risk factors, the number one killer of men and women in the United States. The researchers are quick to point out that the findings do not mean that these allergies cause heart disease.

Researchers also can’t tell us if allergies play a role in the development of heart disease, though the association between the two is intriguing.

At least one in every five Americans suffers from an allergy, either to foods (peanuts or milk for example) to animals, or the well known seasonal variety (grass, weeds, pollen or molds). These unfortunate souls know all about the discomfort of the symptoms – itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and wheezing – that can sap your strength, destroy your concentration and leave you feeling miserable.

The new study was led by Dr. Jongoh Kim of Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center and examined data on over 8,600 men and women over 20 who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 1994.

The team saw that typical allergies and heart disease often were paired up, 18% of the subjects reported wheezing, another 46% dealt with bouts of stuffiness or itchy, watery eyes. These symptoms are known to medicine as rhinoconjunctivitis.

Heart disease appeared in 6% of subjects overall, with 13% of wheezing cases, 5% of rhinoconjunctivitis cases and 4% of those without allergy symptoms. After accounting for other factors associated with heart disease (like age and asthma) the team saw a 2.6-fold increased risk of heart disease for those with wheezing, a 40% greater risk with rhinoconjunctivitis as compared to those with no allergy symptoms. The association was seen most often in females under 50 years old.

Dr. Kim believes that the intermittent inflammation that is part of allergies might lead to thickening of artery walls and in time, heart disease. Another possibility is that some of us carry genes that are linked to developing both allergies and heart disease.

Even if, after much more study, allergies come to be linked to heart disease, it’s not clear that treating allergy symptoms will impact heart disease in any way.

Another expert. Dr. Carlos Inbarren, who wasn’t part of the study but is a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente in California, points out that common allergy symptoms are also very common in asthma. These latest findings are consistent with earlier work done at Kaiser that found a significant association of self-reported asthma and later risk of heart disease, particularly in women.

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Possible Link Between Allergies And Heart Disease… Continued…

The link between inflammatory conditions like asthma (and allergies) and heart disease in women, but not men, has also been found in work conducted by Dr. Viola Vaccarino of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Vaccarino was not involved in the latest study, but sees the findings as fitting with her own work. She suggests that younger women may have a stronger inflammatory response when faced with allergies than men. Estrogen may also be involved.

Another possibility is that those who have heart disease are dealing with respiratory symptoms because of their disease. As you can see, it’s still much too early to jump to conclusions or offer advice.

Interestingly, the subjects in the study identified as allergy sufferers had other heart disease risk factors (smoking, obesity, high blood pressure) compared to the allergy-free subjects. Medicine already knows these factors are important. So if you’re worried about your own risk, take steps now to change the risk factors under your control – don’t smoke, eat healthy, exercise regularly and get regular checkups so you can keep your body, and your heart, healthy.

High Protein Low Carb Diet May Up Heart Risks

If you’re wondering whether a high protein low carb diet plan is good for you, new research offers an answer. In fact it’s a low carb eating plan that gets fats and proteins from vegetables instead of meats is better for you.

Researchers compared the two types of diets over 20 years and found that the low carb, veggie based plan brought reduced rates of death from heart disease and cancer, plus a lower rate of all-cause death overall.

The impact of the two different low carb diet approaches is drastically different according to Dr. Frank. B Hu, senior author of the study that appears in the September 7, 2010 issue of the Annuals of Internal Medicine.

Earlier work on the low carb diet front includes a few smaller, short-term studies and has shown that the Atkins-type low carb-eating plan does result in weight loss. The trouble is that there’s still a good deal of concern among experts around animal fat and protein increasing the risk of life altering chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

In fact, researchers at St, Michael’s Hospital in Canada devised the vegetarian version of Atkins, called the Eco-Atkins Diet, in hopes of developing an eating plan that could help you lose weight and bring down bad cholesterol in the bargain. This plan keeps the same ratio of protein and carbs as the original Atkins, but replaces the high fat animal protein with vegetable protein, mostly from soy and gluten.

For this latest research into low carb eating, a pair of studies were used – one that followed 85,168 women from 1980 through 2006, and another that included 44,548 male subjects and ran from 1986 to 2006.

The team found that both men and women on the animal based low carb plans had a 23% increased risk of death, a 14% increased risk of dying from heart disease, and a 28% greater risk of death as the result of cancer. Those on the “Eco-Atkins” plan had a 20% lower death rate and a 23% lower rate of death because of cardiovascular disease.

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Low Carb Diets Raise Heath Risks..? Continued…

Interesting that the low carb diets these subjects followed had a far lower level of carb intake per day than most of the carb-loving U.S. population could manage. Our portions of carbs are outrageously large. We eat granola bars or other snacks all day, taking in carbs without even realizing how much we are actually eating.

An editorial that accompanied the research pointed out some weaknesses in the study itself. The work didn’t account for other variables like smoking status and level of education, and points out the need for a large-scale clinical trial to compare the two low carb eating plans. Other issues with the research include that’s these were observational (can’t prove cause and effect) studies that used self-reported data. The subjects periodically filled out questionnaires on what they ate… challenging to remember to be sure.

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. has issued a blistering statement following the release of this latest high proteinlow carb diet research, claiming the plan identified as low carb isn’t representative of the Atkins plan. Whether the findings hold up or not, eating low carb does have benefits, so long as you do it over the long haul.

6 Best Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating

There are some best healthy foods that are so good for you that they end up on any nutritionists’ list of top bets, and others that just don’t get the attention they deserve. Until now.

All the foods you’ll see here are whole foods that are widely available, affordable, full of natural nutrients and taste good too.

Let us take you beyond blueberries, nuts and salmon, and introduce you to some others that are loaded with nutritional goodness and might just make it into your diet once you learn more about them.

First up, beans and lentils… two of the most overlooked options you’ll find. Beans are rich in protein, fiber, complex carbs, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Even if you use the canned variety, you can make them healthier by looking for lower sodium options or rinsing the beans with water.

Elisa Zied, MS, RD, author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips believes most of us don’t come close to eating the three cups of beans a week recommended by the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. To help, add beans to soups, stews, salads or grain medleys. There are other recipes you might consider; the internet is a great source of new ideas.

Second on the list is watermelon, the favorite of summer. It’s sweet, fun to eat and juicy, but best of all low in calories and full of vitamin C, A, potassium and lycopene. Being high in water, it even helps meet your fluid needs for the day. The thick peel protects the flesh from pests which has earned it a place on the Environmental Working Groups “clean 15″ produce.

Next are sweet potatoes, a staple of Thanksgiving dinner, and though often thought of as high in calories and carbs, these are really nutritional all stars according to American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Heather Mangieri, MS, RD. They’re a great source of beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. What’s more, this veggie is versatile and sweet tasting, so it doesn’t need much to make it great.

Try topping a sweet potato with a sprinkle of cinnamon, applesauce or crushed pineapple, or black beans and salsa. Also delicious mashed, sliced into French fries or baked until golden.

Fourth on the list is red cabbage, a cruciferous veggie that’s a great source of fiber, vitamins A, D and K, folate and trace minerals. What’s more, there’s only 22 calories in one cup of chopped cabbage. It can be eaten raw, cooked, sweet or savory, as a coleslaw. It can be added to soups, salads, casseroles, burgers or sandwiches. This veggie can boost cancer fighting enzymes.

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Fifth on the list are canned tomatoes, according to Chris Rosenbloom, PhD. RD of Georgia State University, because cooking tomatoes releases some of the lycopene, a disease fighter.

A 2009 study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that a diet rich in tomatoes might help prevent prostate cancer, and maybe other types of cancer as well. Use canned tomatoes for pizza, sauces, and homemade salsa. You can add some into soups, stews, casseroles, or pasta dishes. If you don’t like canned veggies, consider low sodium veggie juices.

The sixth best healthy foods is plain nonfat Greek yogurt, a standout among the many options on the market today. All yogurts are great sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc and vitamins B6 and B12. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier. It has probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose, and has two times the protein content of other yogurts. This protein will help keep you feeling fuller, longer. You can pair the tart taste with the natural sweetness of fresh fruit or whole grain cereal.

Does a Firm Handshake Mean Living Longer?

It’s hard to imagine ourselves in later years… especially for the young. Yet the truth is, all of us are getting older all the time, and more and more research is finding that what we do while we’re young has a rather significant impact on the odds of living longer.

If you have a firm handshake and can get out of a chair quickly, walk fast and balance on one leg you’re likely to live longer than those of your age who have trouble doing these things according to new research appearing in BMJ (once known as the British Medical Journal). The researchers, a team out of University College London’s Medical Research Council, believe that these objective signs of physical strength can be used to predict mortality in older people.

The work, performed by Rachel Cooper, PhD and her team examined data from 33 studies, published before May 2009 that measured physical capabilities. There were 14 projects, including data on 53,476 subjects dealing with grip strength. The death rate among the weakest subjects was 1.67 times greater than among the strongest participants, after accounting for age, sex and body size.

They also looked at five other observational studies with 14,692 subjects. Here the team found that the death rate among people who walked the slowest was 2.87 times greater than peers who walked the fastest. The death rate among those who took the most time rising from a chair was about twice that of age matched subjects who were faster getting up.

The findings on grip strength and mortality held not only for older subjects, but younger ones too. Five of the studies on grip strength had subjects with an average age under 60. Today nearly 90% of older American aren’t doing what they need to hold onto muscle that begins to be lost at about age 40. Experts believe people lose about 8% of our muscle every ten years. Muscle loss can be slowed by being active and eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Objective, non-invasive measures of physical capability, like those identified by the UK study, will help doctors predict mortality and might give medicine a way to easily identify older people at higher risk for health problems and early death.

Simple medical testing could help pinpoint patients that are getting frail and intervene before things go too far. Still more work needs to be done… to see if keeping that grip strong and your walking pace up could lengthen your life.

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Strong Handshake = Longer Life..? Continued…

So, if you want to live longer… live better in your older years, greet people with a strong, firm handshake and keep up the pace when you walk. Being active today is important.

You’ll want to start out by focusing your efforts on three areas – aerobic activities (walking, biking, running, tennis, housework, gardening), flexibility (stretching) and building strength (pushing, pulling or lifting weights). When it comes to finding the time… you can do your workouts in easy, ten minute increments during the day or all at once, at least 5 to 6 days a week. Build slowly over time.

If you want to be living longer and enjoying doing the things you love… with the people you love, you need to take charge of your health and your future by getting up and getting active. Now.

Avoid These Healthy Diet Plan Mistakes

When it comes to following a healthy diet plan, there are pitfalls waiting for the newbie and the experienced healthy eater alike, especially if you don’t have the time to research what you hear on the news. Eating right is a lifelong commitment according to Sari Greaves, RD, nutrition director at Step Ahead Weight Loss Center and an American Dietetic Association spokesperson.

Here are eight diet mis-steps Greaves says anyone can make…

1. One food solves all - a promise that eating a single food (watermelon, cabbage soup, grapefruit) can help you drop weight. Not so. Extreme short-term diets set you up to fail… to be super hungry and then binge. Cutting out entire food groups also leaves you open to nutritional shortfalls, unpleasant side effects, not to mention boredom. You’re going to start craving the foods you’re leaving out. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Weight loss of a half to a pound a week, by eating a well-rounded diet, is what you’re after.

2. Misguided vegetarianism - more than 7 million people in the U.S. follow a diet that can be considered vegetarian. Some love animals too much, others are seeking a healthier lifestyle, and a balanced vegetarian diet has been associated with lower rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. But vegetarian isn’t always low fat or low calorie and you could end up taking in more calories if you’re eating carbs or starch rich foods like cheese, pasta and smoothies. You want to make veggies the centerpiece of each meal, add whole grains, fruit and other non-meat foods like beans, nuts and tofu as side dishes.

3. Too Much Of A Superfood - things that the latest research touts as beneficial like chocolate, red wine, olive oil, avocados and nuts need to be added to your diet with care and moderation. While these foods, or others to be named later, do have health benefits, they generally have a down side too. Add the latest new “superfood” to your diet in moderation… as a single part of your overall healthy eating strategy.

4. Snubbing Bad Foods - carbs are just one of the foods that have been demonized, but if you take them out of your diet, you could pay a nutritional price. The U.S. government’s food pyramid calls for half of your grains being whole grain. You don’t want to cut carbs, or other such foods entirely from your diet. Remember, balance is key.

5. Staying Fat Free - we’ve all seen the labels with “low fat” and “fat free”, but fat is no longer considered a dietary bad guy. Experts tell us that fats are good for us, and are needed by the body, a component of every cell we have. Fat helps you stay full, and too little has your blood sugar fluctuating and hunger returning sooner. Healthy fats are the key, unsaturated fats from plants are best, and remember, not too much.

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6. Diet As Punishment - how often do you punish yourself for putting on a few pounds after vacation or the holidays by denying ourselves sweets, fats and just about any food or drink you love. Trouble is, cutting out these favorites just sets you up to fail… if you’re hungry and deprived all the time, you’re more likely to binge. Your best bet is not to give up your favorite foods in a fit of self-denial, but eat them in moderation and in controlled portions. Try to combine treats with healthy foods – chocolate and fruits for instance.

7. Grazing - another new diet trend is eating six small snacks instead of the traditional three meals a day. While grazing does have advantages in terms of keeping blood sugar stable and your appetite under control, you make it much more likely that you’ll consume too many calories over the course of the day. To avoid this, eat the mini meals on at least a two to three hour schedule, and limit them to 200-300 calories each.

8. Unsustainable Approach To Weight Loss - your approach to eating healthy has to be done in a way that’s going to last… that you can do over the long haul, or the pounds are going to keep coming back. Find a way of eating that suits the way you live… and ask yourself when you consider a diet if you can eat this way for the rest of your life. If you can’t, look for another diet.

Your best bet when it comes to following a healthy diet plan is to make small changes… add fresh fruits and veggies to meals for a while. Also, be sure you start your day by eating a healthy breakfast. Once you’re eating better you’ll have the energy (and desire) to get more active – aiming for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day – and then you’ll really drop the pounds and keep them off!

Low Dose Aspirin Lowers Colorectal Cancer Risk

Fascinating finding on colorectal cancer. New Scottish research shows that low dose aspirin (75 milligrams), taken daily, has a protective effect against the development of this type of cancer.

The numbers are sobering… an estimated 102,900 new cases of colon; another 39,670 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during 2010. The good news coming out of this work is that even aspirin taken at the lowest dose helps, and the protective effect takes hold after only one year.

Earlier work had shown aspirin does protect against colorectal cancer, but no research has determined the best dose, and how long it has to be taken.

Aspirin has yet to be added to recommendations for treating colorectal cancer due to the questions on dosage, how long you need to be taking it and its effect on survival. Some studies have suggested a higher dose of aspirin might be needed, but this latest case controlled research finds that a lower dose is enough to provide protection.

The team from the University of Edinburgh examined medical records for almost 2,800 patients (ages 16 to 79 years) who had colorectal cancer; with 3,000 others matched for sex, age and where they live as controls.

The subjects had completed food frequency and lifestyle habit questionnaires to give a picture of typical diet and lifestyle choices, known to have an affect on the risk of developing colorectal cancer. The researchers then tracked the colorectal cancer survivors and those who were diagnosed with the disease over a five-year period.

The study found that taking low dose aspirin every day was tied to a 22% reduced risk of colorectal cancer. After five years, the risk dropped by 30%. What was truly intriguing about the research was that increasing the aspirin dose might not be helpful.

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Does Low Dose Aspirin Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk..? Continued…

What’s more, 354 (15.5%) of those with colorectal cancer were taking low dose aspirin, compared to 526 (18.0%) of those who were cancer free. Any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, for short) like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen appear to provide a protective benefit. The association was seen in both men and women, but was significant for male subjects.

Another interesting study finding? Taking NSAIDs regularly before colorectal cancer diagnoses does not impact survival time. This effect could be due to the sample size or a limited duration of intake in the subjects according to the researchers. The team could not say if the subjects continued taking the aspirin after their diagnosis.

The results of this work, while promising, need to be confirmed by future studies, especially since some of the research in the area of low dose aspirin and colorectal cancer has brought mixed results. Today many Americans are taking aspirin for heart disease, and increasing this dose is not a recommendation that will come from your doctor anytime soon due to the risk of harmful side effects from aspirin, compared to still uncertain benefits. Colorectal cancer screening is an important way to protect yourself from this dangerous disease. These tests can detect and remove colorectal polyps before they get the chance to grow into cancer. A good rule of thumb is to follow the American Cancer Society recommendation; men and women over 50 should be screened each year.

Most Effective Way to Lose Weight According to Researchers

The most effective way to lose weight? You might want to drop meat from your diet. An Imperial College London team studied just about 400,000 adults in 10 European countries and found that eating meat was tied to weight gain, even in those consuming the same number of calories. The strongest association was with processed meats like sausages and ham according to the research just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

This suggests that high protein, low carb diets might not help you lose weight over the long haul. Study lead Dr. Anne-Claire Vergnaud believes that people need to try and control their consumption of meat in order to maintain a healthy weight, and overall good health. But cutting out meat alone is not a solid weight loss strategy.

The study examined data for men and women who took part in a large project (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Physical Activity, Nutrition, Alcohol, Cessation of Smoking, Eating Out of Home and Obesity (EPIC-PANACEA) project) looking at the link between diet and cancer. Subjects from 10 European nations were weighed and measured at the start of the study, and then asked to report their weight five years later while filling out a detailed food questionnaire.

The team found that meat eating was linked to weight gain in both sexes. The link was still significant after accounting for overall calorie intake, physical activity and other things that might throw off the results. In those who ate the same number of calories, including a small steak (250g of meat), led to an added gain of 2kg (5 lbs) over five years.

Why? No one is sure, but one theory is that such an energy dense food can change how the body regulates appetite. There may be other lifestyle factors or dietary choices that may also be at work.

If you’re trying to cut back on meat, consider shaking things up – choose an egg instead of bacon, cheese instead of ham, and fish instead of a steak. You’ll want to eat lots of lentils, whole grains, fruit and veggies, as well as oily fish. Portion size is also important – your serving of meat should be just about the size of a standard deck of cards.

How can you move away from eating so much meat:

1) Don’t worry about how you’ll get enough protein, plants have protein too, and many have more protein than meats. Americans tend to eat about two times the 56 grams of protein recommended by the U.S. government anyway. If you eat a well balanced diet, getting enough protein isn’t really an issue.

2) Use meat as a condiment, a treasured addition, rather than the main focus of a meal. Use it to season other dishes, rather than being the center of the meal. This is especially hard for those who grew up with “Beef: it’s what’s for dinner” commercials. Consider vegetarian or seafood nights for a change of pace.

3) Move meat from center stage on the plate by buying smaller (or leaner) cuts of meat and then add more side dishes like veggies, grains, beans, salads and even a sweet bit of fruit for dessert. Stir fries and pastas are also great, tasty choices where meat isn’t the whole meal.

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4) Find new ways to prepare veggies and other sides. Supplement the veggies with pasta, rice, beans, cheese, eggs, good canned fish, bacon, even a little bit of meat. You can precook all the non meat items you want to have on hand when you get home. Store cooked veggies in the fridge or freezer, and then reheat with seasonings.

5) Make some rules… no bacon at breakfast, no burgers for lunch or no fast food, period. Consider meatless Fridays, salad instead of a sandwich for lunch three times a week, or a vegetarian dinner once a week.

6) Be aware of what’s on restaurant menus, especially if you’re trying to cut back on meat. Don’t frequent places that have meat heavy dishes… Asian and Italian eateries are safe bets. If you find yourself at a steak house, order sides or appetizers, or offer to share a meat loaded entrĂ©e with a dinner companion. When all else fails, remove a third of the portion you’re served from the start, then take the leftover home for later.

By making a few simple changes to the way you eat, you can be taking in less meat (a most effective way to lose weight) and perhaps be doing more to keep your weight under control.

Impact of Stress on Heart Disease Risks

More on the debate of stress and heart disease risks. While stress is an unavoidable part of life, your doctor will tell you that if left unmanaged, it can contribute to physical problems. A new study finds that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the hair shaft may be the strongest predictor of who might have a heart attack.

Until the current work appearing in the journal Stress, there had been no direct evidence of a link between chronic stress and heart disease, though many had long suspected such a tie.

Chronic high levels of cortisol are known to have negative impacts on our health – increases in blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat and blood clotting, all risks for heart attack. Heart attacks are a leading killer of men and women in the United States. Each year almost 1.1 million people have a heart attack, almost half die. We are fortunate that medical advances have brought effective treatments that save lives and prevent life changing disabilities.

Earlier research has measured levels of cortisol in blood, urine and saliva, but these only give a snapshot of stress at the moment. Cortisol in the hair shaft can provide a long-term assessment of stress levels. Hair is known to grow about 1 centimeter a month, meaning that a 3-centimeter sample is a way to gauge stress over a three-month period.

In the most recent work, hair cortisol levels were a more important predictor of heart attack risk than other known risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol. Experts understood that stress was a factor, but no one expected it to be the strongest of all factors according to study lead Stan VanUum, MD, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

The team compared 3-centimeter hair strands from 56 subjects who were hospitalized after a heart attack to hair strands from men who were in the hospital for other reasons. The men who had heart attacks had higher levels of cortisol in their hair shafts than those who didn’t have heart attacks. These findings held up even after the team controlled for other known risks.

The heart attack patients also had higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol levels and higher body mass indexes than those who didn’t have a heart attack. These men had lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol.

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How Hair can Reveal Heart Risk… Continued…

While some risks for heart disease can be changed… blood pressure and cholesterol for example, there are other factors like age and gender that you can do nothing to change. No one is sure that cortisol is a factor that can be altered. Stress reduction measures might help, but if they don’t, medicine will have identified a population that can benefit from more aggressive treatment of other modifiable risk factors.

Don’t expect a hair test to be done in your doctor’s office anytime soon. Researchers will need to look at the effects in women, and if techniques like stress management or cognitive behavior therapy affect the levels of cortisol in the hair shaft.

In the meantime to reduce your heart disease risks, it’s a good idea to take steps to keep your stress under control. Work to change the things you can and let go of anger and frustration over the things you can’t change.

Why Adding Omega 3 in Fish to Your Diet Is Vital

Despite what you hear from some nutrition “gurus”, essential fats are super important to our bodies, they help build cell walls and keep the brain healthy, which may explain why you’re seeing labels claiming “enriched with omega-3 fatty acids” on cereal boxes and egg cartons on store shelves. The body does not make these fats; we must get them from the foods we eat. There is omega 3 in fish, though concerns over contamination have been much in the news.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found naturally in the fatty layers of cold water species of fish (halibut, salmon, sardines, trout and tuna) and shellfish as well as plant and nut oils, English walnuts, flaxseed, algae oils and a growing variety of fortified foods.

You can also get this fatty acid in supplement form, though many experts are proponents of getting nutrients where they are found naturally. There are many studies that suggest omega-3s offer benefits to diseases like cancer, asthma, depression, heart disease, ADHD and autoimmune diseases.

Research into omega-3 finds that they may benefit many conditions, including…

- Alzheimer’s disease: A Rush Institute for Healthy Aging study analyzed fish eating patterns of over 800 subjects (aged 65 to 94) and found those eating fish at least once a week were much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who didn’t eat fish.

- Cancer: A study of 2,300 Swedish men found that those who ate salmon, herring or mackerel had a much lower risk of prostate cancer than those who didn’t eat fish. Five or more servings a week brought a 64% reduced risk of this form of cancer.

- Healthier arteries: A study in Finland and the U.S. following postmenopausal women found that those who ate two or more servings of fish each week had healthier arteries than those who ate less than two servings. The benefits were even greater for those eating tuna or another kind of dark fish at least once during the week.

What all these diseases have in common is inflammation according to Joseph C. Maroon, MD, professor and vice chairman at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine. In large enough amounts, omega-3s reduce the inflammatory process that leads to many chronic conditions. This is why so many experts recommend eating two 8-ounce servings of fish a week.

Omega-6, the other, perhaps lesser known, fatty acid is in almost everything Americans eat now that our diets have moved away from fresh veggies and fish to foods like crackers, cookies and corn fed beef.

Today we take in at least 20 times the omega-6s than omega-3s, where once the ratio was 2 omega-6s for every omega-3. Experts suggest a healthy ratio of four omega-6s to one omega-3 is best. The trouble with our modern intake is that too many omega-6s are taken in and they tend to promote inflammation, not what you want when it comes to chronic disease prevention.

There’s no recommended standard dose of omega-3 fatty acids – even if a label says “good source of omega-3s”, this is advertising, there is no agreed upon definition. Don’t be fooled, read labels and be an informed consumer.

Some studies have found that between 500 and 1,000 milligrams of these fats a day for healthy adults is enough, and 2 to 4 grams of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) plus DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), both found in fish, is suitable for those trying to lower their triglycerides.

Here are some tips on essential fats…

- Limit your intake of omega-6s, polyunsaturated fats.

- Go for canned light tuna in place tuna steaks or albacore tune.

- Buy the freshest fish you can, sniff to be sure.

- Remove fish skin and surface fat before eating, to minimize exposure to PCBs.

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Essential Fatty Acids: Why Are They So Important..? Continued…

When it comes to contamination of fish, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are the most likely culprits. Even though the use of PCBs and DDT was banned in the U.S., in 1976, these chemicals are still used in half the world’s commercial chemical processes. They can be lingering the air, the soil and the water for years and are very likely to end up in the bodies of fish and other animals.

Fish that eat plants are less likely to be dangerous than those that eat other fish. It’s better to eat smaller fish lower on the food chain, or smaller portions of fish that could be more contaminated.

The FDA has released an advisory on fish, but only for women who are planning to get pregnant, are already pregnant or nursing a baby. This group should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish, all thought to have high levels of mercury. The agency still recommends eating two meals (up to 12 ounces/week) of a variety of fish and shellfish like canned light tuna, catfish, Pollock, salmon and shrimp. The recommendations also include feeding fish to young children and suggest checking local advisories for information about fish caught in your area.

When it comes to omega 3 in fish, and essential fatty acids, being an informed consumer is your best bet.

Mild Memory Loss in the Elderly More Common in Men

More interesting news on mild cognitive impairment. New research out of the Mayo Clinic finds that with memory loss in the elderly, men experience mild loss of memory and thinking abilities more often than women. Known technically as mild cognitive impairment, which research shows can, but does not always, lead to Alzheimer’s disease, involves problems with memory and thinking beyond what’s normal for a person’s age.

This is the first large, community-based study to reveal a gender link to mental decline, and must be confirmed by further research. The work involved conducting personal interviews with a random sample of 2,050 men and women age 70 to 89 living in Olmstead County Minn.

Subjects were asked about their memory and medical history, and were then tested to assess memory, executive function, language and visuospatial skills. Data for each participant was reviewed by a panel and assigned a diagnosis of normal, mild cognitive decline or dementia using accepted diagnostic criteria.

Study lead Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD of the Mayo Clinic and his team found that mild cognitive impairment increased with age and was 1.5 times higher in men compared to women. Researchers speculate that men experience a decline in thinking earlier in their lives, but more gradually, where women may go from normal memory directly to dementia at a later age, but more rapidly than men do.

Mild cognitive impairment is the stage between normal forgetfulness of aging and the development of diagnosed dementia itself. Even though you might have problems with thinking and memory, if they don’t interfere with everyday activities and are the result of normal forgetfulness you need not be concerned. Some of the symptoms of mild cognitive decline include forgetting recent events or conversations, trouble doing more than one task at a time, trouble solving problems and taking more time to do a more difficult mental activity.

The study, published in the September 7, 2010 print issue of Neurology, found that…

- 14% of participants had mild cognitive impairment.

- Nearly 10% already had dementia.

- 76% had normal memory and thinking skills.

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- 19% of the men had mild cognitive impairment, 14% of the women.

- 3.3% of those interviewed had a dementia that hadn’t been detected by records or other methods.

Participants in the study who were less educated, or had never been married had a higher rate of mild cognitive impairment. What’s more, those who had the ApoE e4 gene, already linked to a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease, had an increased rate of mild cognitive impairment.

If you’re worried about mental decline as you get older, experts recommend you take steps right away to address the risk factors within your control.

You’ll want to stop smoking, control high blood pressure, eat a low fat, balanced diet, and most important of all, be active on a regular basis.

Maintaining your social contacts and engaging in activities that are enjoyable and mentally stimulating are easy, effective ways to keep memory loss in the elderly at bay.