Category Archives: Heart Health

Less sugar linked to fewer heart disease events

Sugary foods and beverages are strongly associated with obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. In other words, sugar is killing Americans in droves.

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Is the “quadpill” the future of blood pressure control?

One of the main barriers to blood pressure control is the failure of prescribers to add medications when the blood pressure is not controlled.

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Diabetes Remission

In a recent consensus statement, diabetes experts defined what it means to become disease-free from Type 2 diabetes.

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Should you eat walnuts?

It turns out eating walnuts may improve longevity while cutting the risk of premature death.

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Why diabetics should drink coffee

If you or a loved one has diabetes, you likely know that diabetes dramatically increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. There’s a surprising intervention to reduce that risk that diabetics may wish to consider every morning.

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Eat one hot dog and your life could be 36 minutes shorter

Researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated more than 5,800 foods and their impact on human health and the environment. Among their surprising discoveries was that eating a single hot dog could cost you thirty-six minutes of your life.

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Getting out of your chair every 30 minutes improves health

HealthDay reports research suggesting “that getting out of your chair every half hour may help improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health.”

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Snoring is a potential killer

Do you, or someone you love snore excessively or even stop breathing for seconds at a time while asleep? It could be obstructive sleep apnea, also called OSA, and that would mean a significantly increased risk for premature death.

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Who has lower cardiovascular risk, teetotalers or light drinkers?

Light alcohol consumption has been reported to be cardio-protective among apparently healthy individuals; however, it is unclear whether this association is also present in those with cardiovascular disease.

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Lonely seniors at high-risk to use risky medications

Recent research indicates that lonely seniors are much more likely to take opioid analgesics, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs, and other medications potentially putting them at increased risk for drug dependency, attention problems, falls, accidents, and premature mental decline.

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Increased risks identified from red and processed meats

New research reveals that eating processed or red meats can increase your risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death and disability.

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Fake Beef

The latest fad in the “vegetarian” and “healthy food” categories involves a slew of so-called “plant-based fake meats” that purport to be healthier for people and the planet. But, are they?

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Whole grains reduce waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol

A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that older adults who consumed at least three servings of whole grains every day had a reduced waist size, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar compared with those who eat less … Continue reading

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Nordic Diet Lengthens Survival with Improved Mental and Physical Function

Adults with higher adherence to a Nordic diet (also known as NDDP, the Nordic Prudent Diet Pattern) had greater odds of prolonging survival with optimal physical and mental function.

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Southern-style diet associated with higher odds for sudden cardiac death

I love my wife’s “GRITS” T-shirt. “GRITS” stands for “Girls Raised in The South.” We were both born and raised in the south, so we’ve also followed the data on what we were fed growing up!

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What’s the best diet to lower blood pressure?

A recent study found that the DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet was the best.

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Coming in One Week — The National Release of “The Natural Medicines Handbook”

Launching across the U.S. on Tuesday, April 6, is my 38th book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions.

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New Year’s Resolution #2 – Have a small piece of dark chocolate daily

In the past I’ve blogged on How to Make Chocolate a Healthy Indulgence and on the Largest Study to Date Links Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk. Now comes another study about the healthful benefits of chocolate.

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Meeting heart-health guidelines dramatically reduces risk of early death

HealthDay reports, “People who follow seven recommended cardiovascular health behaviors are much less likely to die than those who follow few or none of the behaviors, according to a study that included nearly 45,000 US adults.”

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Blueberries, apples linked to reduced risk of diabetes

Fox News reports that, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increased intake of blueberries, apples and pears may be associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.

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Lack of sleep opens door to health problems

In his column in the Los Angeles Times, Davis Lazarus writes that “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million Americans – more than one-quarter of the population – say they don’t get enough sleep.”

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Review of pycnogenol studies says most too flawed to prove efficacy

The New York Times “Well” blog reports on research into pycnogenol, which is an extract from “French pine bark” that can be made into a supplement that users claim “strengthens cardiovascular systems and eases symptoms of chronic disorders like asthma, … Continue reading

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Sugary drinks linked to increased heart attack risk

The CBS Evening News reported that research published in Circulation suggests that “men who drink soda or other sugary beverages greatly increase their risk of heart attack.”

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Red meat consumption linked to increased risk of premature death

A study linking red meat to a higher risk of early death generated significant coverage online and in print, and was also featured on ABC World News, which reported that a “major medical study from the Harvard School of Public … Continue reading

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Research shows daily walk helps beat “obesity genes”

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that a study to be presented at an American Heart Association meeting “shows that people who are genetically prone to obesity can offset that influence by half by walking briskly one hour … Continue reading

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Ten foods provide half of sodium eaten in US

New figures from a US food survey detail that nine out of ten adults in the US consume more sodium than is recommended. See if these data hit home at your house.

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Citrus fruit consumption linked to reduced stroke risk in women

The ABC News “Medical Unit” blog reports, “Eating citrus fruits can be considered a marker of healthy living, and may lessen the risk of stroke, according to research published in the journal Stroke.”

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Frequent walking helps regulate glucose, insulin levels

Reuters reoirts that according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care, taking a walking break every twenty minutes, rather than prolonged sitting, could help regulate the body’s glucose and insulin levels after meals.

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How concerned should you be about the statin warnings?

This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.

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FDA adds new safety warnings to statins

Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications.

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