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Cut Off The Effects Of Psychological Stress

If you’re struggling under unrelenting psychological pressure, you have a new reason to try to find healthy ways to manage it. The health of your heart (not to mention your mind and the rest of your body too). While the question of psychological stress causing heart disease is still very much open to debate, everyone agrees that chronic stress is hard on your heart, the rest of your body and your mind.

A recent study out of Michigan Technological University sheds some light on the picture of stress and its effect on the heart. The work found that volunteers who ingested fish oil supplements daily for 8 weeks saw less of a reaction to stress in both their heart rate and sympathetic nervous system reactions than those who took olive oil supplements instead. Long story short, order the fish or think about fish oil supplements if you’re dealing with lots of mental stress. And who isn’t?

When you’re under psychological stress, the body goes through a series of physiological actions that all feed into your nervous and circulatory system. So your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure rises and the sympathetic nervous system, the controller of the “fight or flight” instinct, takes off. The body doesn’t see a difference between real stress (a sketchy character following you), and imagined stress (a presentation at work).

Here’s how stress hurts your heart in the short term:

- Increased heart rate.

- Increased rate of blood flow, upping blood pressure.

- Release of fatty acids into the blood for energy increases.

- Continued release of cortisol which impacts where fat is deposited in the body, mostly in the abdomen.

Study author Jason R. Carter, Ph.D. warns that over time this puts you at risk of high blood pressure, hardened arteries and even a shocking sudden cardiac death. Science doesn’t know for sure how much stress it takes to cause problems for the heart, but it is suspected of playing some role. You may have noticed in your own life that angry personalities, those who don’t handle stress well, appear more susceptible to negative health issues.

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Over time, chronic, unending stress can do measurable damage to the heart…

- Higher heart rates over time could push the heart to take on an abnormal heart rhythm.

- Higher blood pressure over a long period brings a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

- Higher cholesterol and triglycerides up the potential for your arteries to thicken with plaque, leading to coronary artery disease or even heart attack.

- Deposits of fat in the belly, the so-called “apple” shape, are one of the markers of metabolic syndrome and a risk factor for heart disease.

Carter suggests a daily dose of fish oil for those who are high strung, the so-called Type A personality, might be beneficial. You should discuss this with your own doctor before doing anything, and look for healthy ways to help manage that unending psychological stress. Listen to soothing music. Find humor in daily situations. Watch funny movies. Unload your worries to a loved one, close friend, clergy or even in writing, to keep private. The key is to do something to give your body a respite on some type of regular basis, even if just for a little while.

To your good health,

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7 Factors That Influence Your Lifespan

We all want to live longer, better lives… here are some smart tips to help you reach that goal. It’s true that some things that affect lifespan are under the influence of genetics and how our mother behaved during pregnancy, still there are other factors that we can control that also have an impact on our chances of enjoying a long, healthy life. Let’s look at both.

Understand that much of the research into aging has been focused on the part played by telomeres, the protective tips at the end of chromosomes. They safeguard the end of the chromosome, preventing the loss of genetic information as cells divide. Every time this happens, the telomeres get shorter and eventually are so short they stop cells from dividing. This is how we age. Research has found that longer telomeres are linked to living longer, and can be inherited by the next generation.

Everyone knows that even before birth a child’s health is impacted by the lifestyle choices (good or bad) made by its mother. There’s much research that’s found if an expectant mother is highly stressed this can impact the baby, so that they are less capable of handling stress in their own lives. Heavy drinking during a pregnancy can bring on foetal alcohol syndrome, which often results in physical issues and lifelong learning disabilities in the child. Smoking also effects a baby’s development, and even the diet a pregnant woman eats can up her unborn child’s risk of obesity by making changes in the baby’s DNA.

What’s more, having a happy childhood may also boost your lifespan. One study found that those who were unhappy in their younger years had a higher risk of heart disease as adults. Getting outside as a child, spending time in natural sunlight, gives every child a key source of vitamin D. Today one in four kids are deficient in this nutrient, needed to build strong bones, by helping the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from the foods we eat.

No one disputes the many benefits of regular exercise to the body and mind. Exercise has a direct impact on how long you live because it ensures you get a healthier heart, while also boosting good mental health and offering an effective stress management technique that works on anxiety and depression too. Another key benefit of regular exercise is that it helps you reach (and keep yourself at) a healthy weight, which cuts the risk of diabetes. Weight bearing exercises are especially good for helping with bone density and offering protection against osteoporosis.

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As we get older, the strong bones of our youth are no more. People start losing bone density in their mid 30s as a normal part of aging. The good news is that you can fight back against natural bone loss/weakening by eating a diet rich in calcium and exercising as often as you can. Exposure to natural sunlight is also crucial as this helps your body produce more vitamin D.

One key to longevity in terms of diet is to limit or avoid certain foods and drinks. You know the ones, those with lots of calories that are loaded with salt, simple carbs (sugars) or fat that taste great but also pack on the weight. Trans fats are particularly bad for you, raising the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and raising the risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease and even stroke. If you want to live longer, healthier, avoid these foods. Too much alcohol can also have serious consequences on your health – drinking more than is recommended over the long haul can cause damage to vital internal organs.

Smoking is also a well-known life shortener. Smokers have higher risk of over 50 serious, life altering health problems. Smoking is the cause of almost 90% of lung cancers, does damage to the heart and circulation, makes respiratory conditions worse and even effects fertility. If you want to live longer, stop smoking now.

Beyond eating right and exercising, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking, another key area that helps with longevity is to have friendships.

Research on loneliness has found that social isolation is linked to a higher rate of death in older adults. Loneliness may well prove to be the hidden, unacknowledged killer of older people. Research has also found that those who are married live longer than single adults do. The reason may be the improved social support networks
of spouses, which cuts down on the risk of isolation and loneliness.

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The Best Plant For Your Intake In Potassium

As the main ingredient in an American favorite, French fries, the white potato has something to boast about – beating out the banana in terms of potassium. A study released at the Experimental Biology 2013 annual meeting finds that consumption of white potatoes is tied to higher intake of potassium. For each added kilocalorie of these potatoes eaten there was a 1.6 mg increase in potassium for adults over 19 years old, a 1.7 mg increase for children and teens aged 2 to 18 years old. Gender, age, education and race/ethnicity were highly predictive of potassium intake, while income and body mass index were not.

A small white potato, with the skin, gives you 738 mg of potassium and 128 calories. By contrast, a large banana, a well-known potassium powerhouse has the same number of calories but only 487 mg of potassium. Surprise! Even with the skin off, the inside of the white potato is a fantastic source of potassium. One cup provides 477 mg of the nutrient.

Potassium is an electrolyte mineral, a key nutrient that most of us, an estimated 97% of Americans, don’t get enough of in our diets. It helps control blood pressure, key to keeping the heart healthy. Since the vast majority of adults will get high blood pressure sometime during their lifetime, getting enough potassium is vital to counter this. It’s also essential for a healthy skeletal system and regulating the actions of muscles and nerves too.

A diet that doesn’t have enough potassium brings plenty of problems to the body. When potassium is low, the body holds onto extra sodium, too much sodium brings up blood pressure. When you get enough potassium in the foods you eat, the body gets more efficient at getting rid of that extra sodium.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines advisors agree that there is much evidence that higher intakes of potassium are linked to lower blood pressure in adults. Foods that have lots of potassium and are low in sodium may cut the risk of silent but dangerous high blood pressure and devastating stroke. White potatoes fit the bill; they have lots of potassium and are naturally low in salt, free of fat, saturated fats and cholesterol.

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Unfortunately, the most recent data from the well regarded National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2009-2010 examined by the team included
the nutrient intakes of children and adults. The authors found that intakes of
potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D for these groups were all below
the recommended daily allowance or even the adequate intake levels called for
by the Institute of Medicine. This is a real world warning that kids, teens and
adults are not meeting dietary recommendations for important nutrients even in
a nation of abundance.

Some of the symptoms of potassium deficiency include confusion, irritability, muscle weakness, fatigue and heart disturbances. You might tire more easily during exercise. Too much potassium can be toxic and may bring on an irregular heartbeat or even heart attack. So long as you stick to dietary sources of this substance, your body will keep the balance of potassium within a tight, effective range.

The recommended daily allowance for potassium is 4,700 mg for adult men and women. Some other natural food sources of potassium, besides white potatoes and bananas, include sweet potatoes, orange juice, beet greens, white beans, dates, yogurt, tomatoes, raisins and clams.

To your good health,

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Everyday Activities As Good As The Gym

Wondering which type of activity is best? There may be more benefit than anyone ever thought from short bursts of activity during the day if the findings of a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion hold up. The research found that short bursts of activity, taking the stairs, vacuuming or raking leaves, walking the dog, during the day can be just as helpful as that trip to the gym for a more structured exercise regimen. For many of us, that’s good news.

The researchers examined a nationally representative sample of over 6,000 American adults and saw that an unstructured active lifestyle appeared just as effective as structured exercise in providing benefits to overall health, things like preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol numbers and the cluster of risk factors known as metabolic syndrome that bring a higher risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes and stroke. In fact, the only area where the shorter bursts didn’t equal the benefits of sustained exercise was in body mass index.

As an example, those in the shorter exercise group who managed 30 minutes of activity in total per day had an 89% chance of NOT having metabolic syndrome. For the structured exercisers the risk was 87%.

What’s more, the team also found that a surprising 43% of adults who did short bursts of activity actually met the 30 minutes a day physical activity guidelines given by the federal government. Those one and two minutes of activity added up in terms of health. Study co-author Brad Cardinal who is a professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State believes the findings of the work defy the laziness myth of American adults because it shows that lots of people achieved the recommended exercise guidelines. This is significantly more than the reported 10% of study subjects who said they exercised in a structured way.

The other author of the study, Paul Loprinzi who was a doctoral student at Oregon State University when he did the research, encourages us all to look for those everyday ways to be active… walk back and forth while on the phone, climb those stairs, walk anytime you can, use a push mower instead of a riding one, rake leaves. You might also try getting up (and not for a snack) during commercials and doing some sit-ups, push-ups or jumping jacks. At your child’s sporting events, use the half time break to walk about, stretch your legs and get your heart pumping.

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Are Your Genetics Keeping You Fat? (1 tip to change fast)

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The findings of the research are important because they address one of the most often cited barriers to getting more active – not having the time – by suggesting that adding activity into your everyday routine can bring you benefits, though probably won’t help with weight. This idea is certainly a more natural, more affordable, more flexible way to exercise.

Making being physically active a way of life is likely a smart strategy in terms of ongoing health. Be aware of the things that might entice you to sit, or be less active and avoid them as much as possible. Rather than focusing on getting that 30 minutes in one sitting… just get yourself moving for a minute or two and you’ll see a benefit to your health.

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They Have So Many Health Benefits!

They’re delicious… and nutritious… full of crunchy goodness; and where once they were considered too high calorie to be eaten regularly, people are taking a second look at nuts. This is likely the result of two new studies that have drawn attention to the benefits of nuts for control of blood sugar. Aside from this benefit, nuts have been associated with weight control and improving heart health. One study from 2013 found that eating nuts might even help you live longer.

The good news is that nuts are not linked to weight gain according to a team from Purdue University, which runs counter to lots of conventional diet wisdom out there. Yes, nuts do have lots of calories (one ounce has from 160 to 200 calories) as you’ve seen; they’re also loaded with other good for you nutrients. So if you eat them in moderation, watching your serving size, you can reap the benefits without taking in lots of extra calories.

In terms of diabetes, work appearing in Diabetes Care found that eating pistachios daily helps those at risk of developing diabetes
maintain control
over their blood sugar. Another study in PLOS One saw that tree nuts (including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans) might help with blood sugar control in those who already have type 2 diabetes. Nuts have also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, and this brings down the risk of diabetes.

If you’re wondering why so much of the research in the area is funded by the nut industry, the answer is simple. There’s too little government funding for this type of work, as is the case for many areas of research. The nut industry understands the health benefits of their product and is working hard to get the word out. Even though they give grants to researchers, the teams work independently and the studies are peer reviewed before they can appear in a journal.

Modern medicine has known for some time now that nuts are good
for the heart
. And the ability of the nut to bring down cholesterol is also well understood. The protein naturally in nuts helps to keep blood sugar stable, and the fiber helps with controlling your weight by helping you feel full after you eat. Of course the crunch value may also contribute to that feeling of being satisfied after eating a serving of nuts.

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All kinds of nuts are healthy, similar in protein content, fiber and fat. Even though nuts are about 80% fat, it’s good fat, the unsaturated kind. Some types of nuts, almonds for instance, are the best sources of vitamin E, cashews are a good source of magnesium and pistachios are full of the phytonutrients key to healthy eyes while also supplying plenty of magnesium, folate and vitamin E. Nuts even contain arginine, an amino acid that’s needed to create nitric oxide, a substances the body uses to relax blood vessels.

Your best bet is to eat a variety of nuts to get the most well rounded set of nutrients in their natural state. You get all the benefits and won’t be as likely to get bored with one taste.

One to (possibly for someone very active) two ounces a day is a smart limit to set. How many nuts that is depends on the nut in question, for almonds it’s 25, pistachios it’s 40; but only 17 macadamia nuts. Going unsalted is the best bet, but if this is too bland, you can try a sprinkle of cinnamon and broil, or add some rosemary and garlic to taste. You might want to add nuts to a salad or stir fry dish, rather than enjoying them atop a sundae. The good news is that any kind of nut can take the place of other, less healthy snacks. Just pay attention to how many you eat, perhaps give yourself the serving size and put the rest away, so you can’t overeat without thinking.

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What To Avoid If You Have High Triglycerides

If your doctor has told you that you have high triglycerides, take note. This number is a key measure of your heart health that you can do something about. Making smart lifestyle choices to bring down this number and improve your overall health really do work. They make a difference.

If your triglycerides are high, beyond following the recommendations of your own doctor, there are foods that experts identify as ones you’ll want to avoid, so you don’t unintentionally make things worse for yourself. Here are a dozen foods and beverages with high triglycerides are wise to avoid.

1. Starchy Vegetables

Veggies are good for you, but there are some that are better choices for watching your triglycerides. Limit your intake of corn and peas as the natural starchiness of both will be turned to triglycerides by your body. Try cauliflower, kale and mushrooms instead.

2. Baked Beans with Sugar or Pork

Beans are healthy, but when you add sugar or pork they become less of a smart choice. Look on the label of any product you buy to see how much sugar and fat you might be taking in as well. You might try black beans instead, as these are a wonderful natural source of fiber and protein, without the fat or added sugar.

3. Fruit

Sure fruit is delicious and good for you, by when you have high triglycerides, you want to limit yourself to 2 to 3 pieces per day. This will keep you from getting too many natural sugars. When it comes to dried fruit, remember your serving sizes are far smaller.

4. Alcohol

While a little bit of alcohol might be good for the heart, too much can drive up triglyceride levels in the rest of the body, thanks to the sugars that are a natural part of alcohol. Turns out too much sugar from any source, including alcohol, is trouble and this is the reason you may be told not to drink at all if your levels are particularly high.

5. Canned Fish in Oil

While fresh fish is good for you, fish that’s canned can be packed in oil and you’ll need to check the label to see. Go for canned fish; tuna for example, packed in water, or rinse thoroughly before using any fish packed in oil.

6. Coconut

You can find coconut water, milk, flakes, oil and even lots of the fruit itself. And while it may have health benefits, it’s also high in saturated fats so be aware and talk with your doctor about how much you should have.

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7. Starchy Stand Bys

Things like potatoes, pasta or cereals are naturally turned into triglycerides by the body. So while you can still have these foods, you need to watch how much and enforce the serving sizes very carefully. As a refresher, for breads a serving is one slice, for rice or pasta, 1/3 of a cup, for potatoes or cooked oatmeal ½ a cup.

8. Sugary Drinks

Like many of us, much of the sugar you take in each day comes from your glass… iced tea, regular soda, fruit juices or those delicious creamy coffee drinks all bring you more than you might think. Some of that sugar is turned into triglycerides so be sure to limit yourself to a cup (8 oz.) a day, and stick to that.

9. Honey or Maple Syrup

It’s easy to think that honey or syrup are healthier options for sweetening than refined white sugar, but just like sugar, they can bring up your triglycerides too. When you’re working on triglyceride levels, cut back on all sweeteners, not just the sugar you use at the table.

10. Baked Goodies

Yes, they do taste delicious and are often so hard to resist, but your high triglycerides make the saturated fat inside them (and the butter used to make them) something to seriously limit. You need to stay away from trans fats altogether and start being an active label reader so you can spot these things in the foods you buy.

11. High Fat Meats

No one is saying you have to ban meat from your diet, but you need to choose lean cuts and trim visible fat. Meat is a natural source of saturated fat, which is why you want to limit your intake as much as you can.

12. Butter/Margarine

Both have too much saturated and trans fats, and need to be replaced with olive oil when you cook meats or veggies or make a dressing for a salad. You might also try canola, walnut and flaxseed oils as other healthy alternative to use when preparing foods.

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14 Food Combos To Improve Your Life, Part 2

Here’s the second half of our list of food combinations that are readily available, tasty and a whole lot better for you than eating either of the two foods by themselves. Here are the final seven…

1. Yogurt + Bran Cereal = Improved Digestion

A cup of yogurt is full of good bacteria that work even better when paired with the prebiotics in 3/4of a cup of wheat brain. Prebiotics are the nourishment for the probiotics, helping them thrive even better in the digestive system, so they can do the work they need. Watch for yogurt brands that have the words “live and active cultures” on the label.

2. Apricots + Almonds = Plaque-Free Arteries

This combo helps keep bad LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, the process that takes place whenever LDL reacts with free radicals. Oxidized LDL is harmful as it encourages the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Research finds that the natural phytochemicals in almonds cut LDL oxidation when paired with antioxidant vitamins C and E, both in apricots.

3. Yogurt + Blueberries = Strong Body

Research shows that blueberries help keep you focused during your workout, while yogurt’s protein helps heal the little tears in muscles that happen as part of exercise. The carbs in both yogurt and fruit replenish your muscles with glycogen, a stored type of energy; and the protein in yogurt serves to stimulate a hormone that brings those energizing carbs into your muscles. Your body is most efficient at absorbing these nutrients when eating in the first 15 minutes after your exercise.

4. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil + Tomatoes = Disease Defense

Tomatoes have four major carotenoids plus three potent antioxidants that can help fight both cancer and heart disease. You’ll absorb more of the protective nutrients if you eat them with the extra virgin olive oil that’s loaded with monounsaturated fats and slows digestion so you can take in more of them. Add some olive oil to your next marinara sauce and see what happens.

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5. Oatmeal + Strawberries = Strong Heart

Oats have two key phytochemicals shown to work synergistically with vitamin C to cut the harmful effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol and help prevent plaque buildup that can cause heart attacks. A half-cup of sliced strawberries with your bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a healthy, tasty start to your day

6. Cinnamon + Whole Grain Toast = More Energy, Faster Weight Loss

Sprinkling on the cinnamon can help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and this keeps your energy level stable and hunger at bay. Cinnamon was found to show the rate that the stomach empties after meals. Use whole grain bread and a teaspoon of fresh cinnamon.

7. Garlic + Onion = Head To Toe Protection

Both these veggies have many organosulfur compounds, chemicals in the plant that help the heart, keep arteries flexible and free of plaque. Eating these together means you are covering your nutrient bases and upping your chance of getting the most healthful compounds in a single serving. Cooking these two together makes a great tasting base for soups, sauces or sauté with broccoli with olive oil for a tasty side dish.

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Boost Good Cholesterol By Eating More Fish

Want to do something about your cholesterol? Eating a lot of whole grains, bilberries and most especially fatty fish can help bring up levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol according to some new data appearing in PLoS ONE. The trial looked at the combined effects of these three food types on serum metabolic profile and lipid transfer protein actions in those who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The best changes in lipid metabolism were seen in those who raised their intake of fish.

Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, trout, herring, sardines, mackerel) are some of the tastiest and most beneficial foods you can eat. Halibut or trout and white fish are also good choices. There are many studies, dating back years, that demonstrate the benefits of fatty fish and the omega-3s naturally a part of them. Remember though, that how you prepare a fish is nearly as critical as the type you eat – broil, grill or steam them. Deep-frying in a vat of oil is going to cancel out any benefits the fish might have brought you.

The current project on foods and cholesterol involved 131 subjects who had impaired glucose metabolism and also features of potentially dangerous metabolic syndrome. The study participants were randomly assigned to three groups studied for 12-week periods. The groups ate either a whole grain and low postprandial insulin response grain, as well as having fatty fish for 3 meals a week and 3 portions of bilberries daily. The second group ate wholegrain and low postprandial insulin response grain products. The third group ate refined wheat breads as cereal.

The researchers found that upping the
intake of fatty fish increased the number of good cholesterol particles by a
significant amount.
Large HDL particles have been linked with lower risk of dangerous cardiovascular disease, where small HDL particles might just have the opposite effect and up the risk.

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Eating fish from three to four meals (current recommendations call for 2 meals/week) each week caused study subjects to have larger HDL (good) cholesterol particles in their bloodstream than those who didn’t eat fish as often.

The research findings may help explain the known protective effects of eating fish when it comes to atherosclerosis. The data gives us valuable information on how the intake of fish affects the size and lipid concentrations of lipoproteins that transport lipids in the bloodstream.

Of course it’s important to remember that fatty fish, while loaded with nutrients, are also well… fatty. High in calories, so you’ll gain weight if you eat too much, though the typical American diet doesn’t even reach 8 ounces a week.

If you’re worried about cholesterol, you may want to up your own fish intake, based on the findings, but beware of eating too much fish. There are reports of some sea fish (tuna) with mercury in them, and salmon have been reported to carry toxins such as PCBs. This is typically only an issue for small children or women who are, or are planning to become, pregnant but you want to be aware and enjoy fish in moderation.

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Cholesterol: The Power of Apple

Here’s something to consider. Some experts believe that eating an apple a day could help reduce your risk of heart disease as well as taking a prescription statin. In fact, if everyone in the UK who is over 50 followed this advice, it may well prevent 8,500 deaths each year suggests a recent report in the British Medical Journal. Today about 5 million Britons take statins, and in the U.S. as many as one in four (32 million) over the age of 45 are taking a statin drug.

These cholesterol-lowering medications are given to prevent heart disease, while heart attack patients take them to put a stop to another heart attack. Experts say there’s little doubt that statins do make an impact when used to stop a second heart attack, likely because of their anti inflammatory effect. There remains some strong disagreement about how much these medications benefit those without heart disease.

Could changes, like eating an apple a day, be just as effective in these cases?

The potential benefit of apples comes out of a study from Oxford University where scientists did a mathematical analysis of research that showed just how much fruit and veggies helped cut heart disease. They found that the benefits to all those over 50 taking statins were about the same as if those people ate a single portion of fruit or veggies each day. So it doesn’t have to be an apple. A pear or serving a broccoli will do just as well.

Following this advice would result in 8,500 fewer UK deaths from heart disease; 9,400 fewer if that same population took statin medications. These findings show how important a simple change can be. As could having us all on statin medications.

Doctors have no problem saying all of us should eat more fruits and veggies, but they argue a lot about having all of us taking statin drugs. Earlier work, used in this current calculation, found that even those at low risk of heart disease benefit from statins, while the known side effects, serious muscle problems and diabetes, happened to under one patient in 1,000.

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Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

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Cholesterol: The Power of Apple Continued…

An article in BMJ strongly criticized the study that’s favorable to statins, known as the Cholesterol Treatment Trialist. This analysis was done based on drug company run trials, and those are likely to be biased. Independent studies find that you have to treat as many as 5,000 low risk patients over 60 to prevent just one death from heart disease.

But what if you have high cholesterol? Statins are effective at bringing down cholesterol, but what we don’t know is if that brings down heart disease risk. Research finds that 75% of those admitted to a hospital with their first heart attack have normal cholesterol numbers. Medications that only bring down cholesterol have never been shown to reduce heart disease risk.

Two respected organizations, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology suggest that driving LDL (bad) cholesterol down as low as you can with a statin is not necessarily a good thing. Statins should be used to treat people at true risk such as diabetics (at higher risk of heart disease). You are also a good candidate for treatment in the U.S. if your risk of heart disease over 10 years is over 7% or more over a decade.

Many medical people now think that cholesterol might be a sign that there’s a problem, but isn’t the cause of that problem.

To your good health,

If You Are Diabetic Protect Your Heart

Diabetics take note – heart disease is a serious threat to your life. If you have diabetes, or even higher than normal blood sugar readings, you need to be aware of the potential risk to your heart according to endocrinologist Leann Olansky, MD from the Cleveland Clinic. If your only heart health risk factor is type 2 diabetes, the chances of you experiencing heart failure are two fold for men, three (or even four) fold for women based on research conducted at UC Davis and appearing online in the journal Nature. Those are some serious numbers. Numbers that should get your attention.

Doctors know that heat disease is fairly common in the general population, but the risk is four times bigger for those with diabetes, with estimates from the American Heart Association having at least 65% of those diagnosed with diabetes dying from heart disease or stroke. This is why this area is of such keen interest to researchers.

So although the link between diabetes and heart failure is no surprise to experts, the reasons for the connection have remained a mystery, until now. The team from UC Davis Health Systems conducted detailed molecular experiments in both rat and human proteins and tissues and uncovered a biological pathway that’s activated when blood sugar levels are at a moderate to high level. This interaction brings on irregular heartbeats (known as cardiac arrhythmia) that have been associated with heart failure and sudden death due to cardiac events.

Researchers are hopeful that this discovery might lead to new treatments for diabetic cardiovascular disease. There may also be therapies to deal with glucose toxicity in other tissues, like the retina, the nervous system and kidneys.

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If You Are Diabetic Protect Your Heart Continued…

In the meantime, Dr. Olansky cautions not to focus solely on elevated blood sugar, as this is only one part of the heart disease link. Watching your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers (high triglycerides and low HDL, good cholesterol) is also important, as these can be markers for metabolic syndrome. High blood pressure is especially dangerous in terms of higher risk of heart attack.

The key for diabetics is to work with your doctor to keep your glucose (and other) numbers in the target range for you. Much of this depends on how well you are taking care of yourself, following a diet suited to your diabetes. A heart healthy diet is usually a good choice for diabetes too, so limit the foods you know are loaded with unhealthy fats and cholesterol, limit solid fats and processed meat, sweets and other foods. Choose instead lean proteins, fish, fresh fruits and veggies, low fat (or non fat) dairy and unsaturated fats.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, often a precursor to full blown diabetes, the news may be just the wake up call you needed – a chance to take control of your health before a condition like diabetes strikes. Diet, regular exercise and taking any medications your doctor prescribes are all key to reversing course and getting your body back to a healthy state, and in the safe zone in terms of heart attack risk.

To your good health,