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CV risk factors in midlife linked to risk of premature death from heart disease

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “They’re called ‘risk factors’ for a reason – people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or a smoking habit are much more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other manifestations … Continue reading

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Different types of stress said to have different effects on body

The Wall Street Journal discusses the differences between the benefits of and damaging types of stress.

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For women who imbibe, red wine may be healthier option

When it comes to the consumption of alcohol, the message has been decidedly mixed. Some studies show that moderate consumption might offer some health benefits, especially for the heart; other studies show an increased risk for certain cancers, especially breast … Continue reading

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Long-term statin use declared safe safe

Recent research published in The Lancet suggests that the benefits from statins, the revolutionary class of cholesterol-lowering medications, “increase the longer someone takes them with NO long-term risks such as cancer.” (emphasis added)

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Obese children not necessarily doomed to diabetes, heart disease – if they lose weight!

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Fat kids often turn into fat adults with a host of related health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries.” However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine “finds that … Continue reading

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Alcohol and breast cancer … what am I telling my patients?

In a blog earlier today, “Even low levels of alcohol increase breast cancer risk,” I told you, “Less than a drink a day even a glass of wine with dinner, could change the risk of breast cancer.” So, what am … Continue reading

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Hormone therapy benefits the hearts of younger menopausal women

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “Healthy women who go through menopause naturally may lower their risk of heart disease if they take hormone therapy in the early years of menopause,” according to a study published in the … Continue reading

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Salt From the Sea or the Earth: Is One Better?

So, for adding small amounts of salt to your food, should you use salt from the earth or salt of the sea (sea salt)? Recently a reader wrote to ask after seeing TV ads from fast-food restaurants that seem to … Continue reading

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Chocolate may reduce heart disease, stroke risk

ABC World News reported that “chocolate may be a kind of secret weapon against heart disease.” So, what’s the scoop?

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Can cocoa products reduce blood pressure or heart disease?

CocoaVia and Cirku are new supplements used for high blood pressure and cardiovascular health according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD). These products are flavored powders that can be added to a beverage. Each packet contains a cocoa extract providing … Continue reading

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Healthy living really does postpone mortality

A major study is reporting that people who practiced four low-risk behaviors are 63% less likely to die (during the stydy period) than those who kept none of those practices. The researchers found that ALL four of these low-risk behaviors were … Continue reading

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Even small amounts of aerobic exercise lowers coronary heart disease risk

More research is showing that even small amounts of aerobic exercise help lower coronary heart disease risk. The newest review was published in the journal Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, and should encourage even the most sedentary of us … Continue reading

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Satisfaction with life seems good for the heart

Being satisfied with your life can be good for your heart. That’s the finding of a new study that included almost 8,000 British civil servants, average age 49, who were asked about their satisfaction in seven areas of their lives: romantic … Continue reading

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Diet soft drinks may increase waist circumference

Medscape reported that, according to research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting, “consumers of diet soft drinks experienced a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than nonconsumers.”

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Death, diabetes, and heart disease risk increase with only two hours of TV a day

In the past I’ve told you that children younger than two years of age should have NO screen time, while children over two should have less than two hours per day. Now we may have to extend this advice to … Continue reading

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Short-term HRT may be safe for menopause symptoms

HealthDay reported, “Treatment with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), if tailored to an individual woman’s needs, appears to be safe during menopause, according to a report released at the World Congress on Menopause.”

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Group says cholesterol screenings should begin during childhood

All children should be screened for high cholesterol when they’re 9 to 11 years old according to new guidelines from the National Lipid Association (NLA).

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Some NSAIDs potentially dangerous for heart attack survivors

When heart attack survivors or those with heart disease take certain pain relievers it puts them at higher risk for heart attack or death according to a new study in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Overweight teens face dramatically increased heart risks later in life

In past blogs, I’ve told you that the obesity epidemic among teens not only results in “Obese children showing signs of heart disease,” but that “Obese Children are Twice as Likely to Die Young.” New research is showing that it’s … Continue reading

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Regular fasting reduces heart risks

You are likely aware of folks who regularly fast for spiritual reasons. But, did you know that there are significant phyicals benefits to the discipline of regularly fasting?

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Long work hours linked to increased heart risks

While writing this blog, I was listening to Simon and Garfunkel singing, “Slow down, you move too fast. You need to make the morning last.” At the same time, I found a Bloomberg News report claiming that “working overtime may be … Continue reading

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Mediterranean diet reduces risk of metabolic syndrome and prediabetes

Researchers have found more proof that the Mediterranean diet is associated with improved blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. In short, it’s one highly healthy choice for family nutrition.

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Sugary drinks linked to hypertension and obesity

Last week my blog, Diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart attacks and strokes, was one of my most read postings in some time. Some commented that perhaps they would switch from diet to regular soda. NOT a … Continue reading

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Vitamin D Insufficiency: Is there enough evidence for clinical recommendations?

Readers of this blog over the last year, have seen many of my posts on the plethora of studies and recommendations about vitamin D. Now there’s some new data I think you’ll be interested in.

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Diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart attacks and strokes

I often have patients ask if I think diet sodas are a healthy substitute for regular soft drinks. I tell them, “NO!” The primary reason, that I’ve discussed with you in a past blog, is that diet soda consumption may … Continue reading

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More evidence that too much TV, computer time could harm your heart

Spending hours in front of a TV or computer monitor — known as “screen time” — has been linked to signs that the heart needs longer to recover from exercise, an indication of poor heart health. In fact, in recent … Continue reading

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Taking small breaks from sitting may help heart and metabolic health

Does lunch in front of a computer make us eat more? Two of my recent blogs warned of sitting too long in front of a computer at work: Does lunch in front of a computer make us eat more? Computer … Continue reading

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The Formula for Good Health = 0, 5, 10, 30, 150

An easy-to-remember formula for good health (0, 5, 10, 30, 150) is proposed in a wonderful editorial in American Family Physician titled “Preventive Health: Time for Change.” The author suggests this formula to physicians to “help patients achieve healthy lifestyle … Continue reading

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Is Krill Oil Better Than Fish Oil?

Krill oil is now being promoted as a better alternative to fish oil supplements. Krill are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans. Promoters say that krill oil provides similar cardiac benefits as fish oil, but with fewer capsules and no fishy taste. However, … Continue reading

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Hostile, Competitive Types May Be Harming Their Hearts

An Italian study finds that a hostile personality type is linked to a thickening of neck artery wall — which may be associated with an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, and stroke. Here are the details from a … Continue reading

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