Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels) is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease and stroke. Although the death rates from cardiovascular disease (CVD) have declined, the burden of disease remains high. More than 2.200 Americans die of CVD each day (one death every 39 seconds); 785,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack and 795,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Archive for February, 2013
Those who look at a half empty glass rather than a half full glass may turn out to be the healthier ones, according to a recent study. A recent study from University of Erlang-Nuremberg in Germany has found that pessimists may outlive optimists just because of their negative attitude.
The specialists have discovered that there is more to green tea than meets the eye. In case you are interested in the herbal green tea benefits, you should know that the ingredients that green tea comes with have an effect on the way the body works.
Pregnant women are more prone to develop glucose intolerance, also known as gestational diabetes. This is the main reason why pregnant women are encouraged to keep a healthy weight by maintaining proper diet and performing regular exercise. During this time, the woman’s body undergoes a change in terms of using insulin, which is why maintaining a good level of blood sugar is encouraged among pregnant women. Along with these practices, there is a certain kind of natural supplement which has also been found and proven to help prevent gestational diabetes. It is called myo-inositol.
The health benefits of eating certain foods raw are numerous, as raw foods are essentially living foods that contain live enzymes, undamaged nutrients, and alkaline-forming compounds that help nourish and cleanse the body. And you do not necessarily have to take the leap to a completely raw diet to gain the many health benefits of raw foods. Simply incorporating more raw foods into your existing diet can help bring about positive changes that will help you look and feel your best.
Compared with other nuts, which typically contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, walnuts are unique because they are rich in PUFAs which may favorably influence insulin resistance and risk of type 2 diabetes. Walnuts are different among nuts specifically in that they are uniquely comprised primarily of PUFAs and are the only nut with a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid – the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.
Imagine for a moment the water pressure in a garden hose. If the pressure is too low, the hose is limp and won’t spray. If the pressure is too high, the hose can burst. Your arteries and veins — the vessels that carry blood throughout your body — work pretty much like that garden hose.
Did you know that aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men? In fact, 1 in 6 American males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Taking a saw palmetto extract may help protect your prostate from cancer. In addition, a substantial amount of research has shown that this herb can be used to improve your quality of life if you have BPH, and unlike certain pharmaceuticals often prescribed to relieve BPH syptoms, there are no known drug interactions associated with saw palmetto.
If you want to preserve your bones as you age, don’t skimp on vitamin-K rich foods, like deep-green vegetables. While we usually think of calcium–found in dairy products, greens, and fortified products like soy products–as the main nutrient essential for bone health, it’s not the only one you need to maintain healthy bones.
Vitamin D levels are almost universally low in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and patients on dialysis. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with multiple poor outcomes in dialysis patients including all-cause mortality and faster progression of kidney disease.