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Six ways women can reduce their risk of stroke

Posted March 10, 2014

Studies have shown that women are more at risk of suffering a stroke than men, and for the first time, women and their physicians are now armed with evidence-based guidelines on how best to reduce those risks.

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Milk proteins plus exercise may boost cardiovascular health for obese women

Posted March 9, 2014

Whey or casein supplementation with combined exercise training was associated with significant improvements in blood pressure and arterial stiffness in young obese women with hypertension, says a new study.

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‘Significant clinical impact’: Meta-analysis finds omega-3s equal lifestyle changes for blood pressure benefits

Posted March 9, 2014

Consuming omega-3 supplements or omega-3-rich food may be as effective as reducing sodium or alcohol, or increasing exercise for reducing blood pressure, says a new meta-analysis of 70 randomized controlled trials.

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Blood pressure-reducing diet may also diminish kidney stone risk

Posted February 27, 2014

A diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, moderate in low-fat dairy products, and low in animal proteins, refined grains and sweets may reduce risk for developing kidney stones, according to a new study published in the National Kidney Foundation’s American Journal of Kidney Diseases. March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) encourages people to learn about the kidneys and associated conditions, including kidney stones.

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Vegetarian diet could be used to lower blood pressure

Posted February 26, 2014

Vegetarians seem to have lower blood pressure, according to a new analysis. Could adopting a vegetarian diet be a useful strategy for lowering blood pressure?

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BP May Be Lower Without Meat in the Diet

Posted February 25, 2014

Vegetarians had lower blood pressure than their omnivorous counterparts, a meta-analysis showed. Blood pressure was an average of 4.8/2.2 mm Hg lower among vegetarians in controlled trials and 6.9/4.7 mm Hg lower in cross-sectional studies (P<0.001 for all differences), according to Yoko Yokoyama, PhD, MPH, of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, and colleagues.

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Green tea may offer blood pressure and cholesterol benefits, but too early for recommendations, says meta-analysis

Posted February 19, 2014

Consuming green tea may help manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 randomized clinical trials.

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Decision making may be improved with mindfulness meditation

Posted February 18, 2014

Meditation is generally very beneficial for many dimensions of well being. A great advantage of meditation to help you relax and feel good is that meditation helps you to avoid taking drugs for these problems, which often have troubling side effects. Meditation has also been found to help control blood pressure. Recent research shows that mindfulness meditation also helps to improve your mind.

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The use of dietary supplements and their association with blood pressure in a large Midwestern cohort

Posted November 30, 2013

There have been numerous studies assessing the association of diet and blood pressure but little is known about the association between less commonly used nutritional supplements and blood pressured. The purpose of this study was to quantify the use of dietary supplements and their potential association with blood pressure in a large population-based cohort of adults in the Midwest.

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Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar could halve obesity-related risk of heart disease

Posted November 22, 2013

Controlling blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood glucose may substantially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke associated with being overweight or obese, according to a study from a worldwide research consortium led by a team from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Imperial College London, and the University of Sydney. Among the three factors, high blood pressure was found to pose the biggest risk for heart disease, and an even bigger risk for stroke, among overweight or obese participants.

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