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Low Vitamin D Associated with Atherosclerosis

May 22, 2012
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The carotid artery is the artery going up the neck to the brain and face. An atherosclerosis is  a narrowing or constriction of an artery. A recent study found that low vitamin D levels are associated with subclinical carotid atherosclerosis. Just one more reason to insure you get enough Vitamin D. Read Abstract
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Read Your Calories Before Choosing

May 17, 2012
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A study of people in fast food chains found that those who took the time to read the calories of the foods on the menu selected meals with “106 fewer kilo-calories than customers who did not see or use the calorie information.” This was more than a 12% reduction. Before you order (or let...
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Hospitals Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

May 15, 2012
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Statements by the World health Organization shed light on the incredible number of hospital errors that lead to additional disease and often death: “If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country… your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of...
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Low-Risk Lifestyle Dramatically Reduces Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

May 10, 2012
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Sudden cardiac death currently accounts for more than half of all cardiac deaths. But a woman’s lifestyle can greatly reduced the odds of a sudden cardiac death every happening. A low risk lifestyle includes “not smoking, body mass index of less than 25, exercise duration of 30 minutes/day or longer,” and a diet that...
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Milk & Soy Protein Lower Blood Pressure

May 8, 2012
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People with high blood pressure increase their likelihood of disease and even death. A recent study looked at consuming milk or soy protein vs. carbohydrates as they impacted blood pressure. The results of the study “indicate that both soy and milk protein intake reduce systolic BP compared with a high-glycemic-index refined carbohydrate among patients...
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Secondhand Smoke Causes Hearing Loss in Teens

May 3, 2012
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Approximately 60% of children are exposed to secondhand smoke. In addition to the more obvious health dangers, a new study has found that this exposure can also cause hearing loss as they reach adolescence: “Secondhand smoke is associated with elevated pure-tone thresholds and an increased prevalence of low-frequency SNHL (sensorineural hearing loss) that is...
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Eating Lots of Fish Can Reduce Diabetes Risk in Men

May 1, 2012
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Another reason for men to eat seafood is revealed in a new study from Japan. Researchers determined that “In a population with high fish and seafood intake, fish consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes in men but not in women.” While this study didn’t show any benefit in lowering...
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Muscle Mass Lowers Diabetes Risk

April 26, 2012
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There are many benefits to staying fit. Research has recently determined that “higher muscle mass (relative to body size) is associated with better insulin sensitivity and lower risk of PDM (prevalence of transitional/pre- or overt diabetes). This helps explain the correlation between those who are overweight and diabetic. Read the Abstract
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Folate Helps Teens Get Better Grades in School

April 26, 2012
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A new study found that the amount of folate (folic acid) consumed by teens can impact how they do in school. Specifically the study found that “folate intake had a positive association with academic achievement in the 15-year-olds.” The best sources of folate are fruits and vegetables, followed by grains and nuts. Read the...
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Teen Eating Disorders Continue Into Adulthood

April 24, 2012
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A recent study tracked teens with eating disorders for more than 20 years into adulthood to determine if those eating disorders continued as they became adults. “Study findings indicate that disordered eating behaviors are not just an adolescent problem, but continue to be prevalent among young adults. The tracking of dieting and disordered eating...
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Inactivity Doubles Risk of Pulmonary Embolism for Women

April 19, 2012
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A pulmonary embolism is where a main artery to the lungs is blocked by a blood clot. This can cause difficulty breathing, chest pain and even death. A recent study found that “the risk of pulmonary embolism was more than twofold in women who spent the most time sitting compared with those who spent...
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More Potassium, Less Sodium

April 17, 2012
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The ratio between your sodium (salt) intake and your potassium intake can have an impact on your health. A recent study found that “higher sodium-potassium ratio is associated with significantly increased risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) and all-cause mortality, and higher sodium intake is associated with increased total mortality.” Good sources of potassium include...
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NSAIDs Increase Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

April 12, 2012
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Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where the heart beats quickly and irregularly. It can increase the risk of stroke or heart failure. A new study has found that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other over the counter pain relievers increase the risk of atrial fibrillation by approximately 17%. Other...
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