March 21, 2012
By John Phillip
“Here is yet another report that shows sugary drinks like soda need to be avoided. If you’re still drinking them, why?!” –KTRN
Researchers publishing the results of a study in the prestigious American Heart Association journal Circulation have found that men who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who didn’t drink any sugar-sweetened drinks. This should come as no surprise as sweetened (and calorie-free) beverages have come under scrutiny for contributing to increased risk of potentially fatal conditions such as diabetes, dementia, stroke, liver necrosis (fatty liver) and obesity.
Excess glucose in the bloodstream is easily converted to triglycerides by the liver and promptly stored as fat, typically around the waistline for use during leaner times. This survival mechanism worked very well for our ancestors of several hundred generations past, but times of plenty now exist regularly, several times each day for most.
Humans were never metabolically wired to consume the large amount of nutrient-poor calories as we do today, and it is leading to an early grave for millions. The bottom line is simple: eliminate calories from sugar-sweetened beverages and lower your risk of heart disease by one-fifth.
Researchers reviewed the beverage consuming habits of 42,883 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, and after controlling for risk factors including smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and family history of heart disease, they determined that daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages resulted in a20 percent increase in cardiovascular disease. Scientists found that less frequent consumption, on the order of twice weekly to twice monthly did not increase risk.
January 24, 2012
By Mike Barrett
“If you’re going to eat sugar – it really needs to be Organic Cane Sugar. Everyone should know this by now.” –KTRN
On average, Americans consume 475 calories worth of added sugars each day. That is about 30 teaspoons, or 5x more than even the American Heart Association recommends.
The disturbing aspect is that if nothing changes, the rampant sugar consumption continues, and cumulatively begins bearing down on your health in the form of diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Just how much sugar are you consuming on a daily basis?
Keep in mind that the recommended amount of sugar to consume on a daily basis is 25 grams.
Carcinogenic Sugar Hiding in 4 Common Food Products
It is common knowledge that soda, sweets, ice cream, and other similar foods are loaded with sugar. In fact, an average bottle of Coke contains over 60g of sugar, and an 8oz Snapple contains up to 23g of sugar. Similarly, a 16ox Starbucks Mocha Grande Frappuccino contains over 40g of sugar, and that is only one of the many popular products purchased very often by coffee lovers.
While it is fairly easy to avoid sugar by picking up on this common knowledge, there are still many foods that contain large amounts of sugar that the general population simply doesn’t know about. Some of these foods or products are:
January 6, 2012
Alliance For Natural Health
“Exercise is key. Get out of that chair. Check out this exclusive KTRN article about how to keep off the weight with working out.”
Studies say that even moderate to vigorous exercise doesn’t counteract the damage.
A study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation showed that each extra hour of television watching (the ultimate sitting sedentary activity) per day was associated with an 18% increase in deaths from heart disease and an 11% increase in overall mortality. People who watched TV for at least four hours a day were 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who watched two hours or less, and 46% more likely to die of any cause.
We have smart readers, and many of you will immediately ask: “Weren’t there other factors, not just sitting, that resulted in this outcome?” Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case. There are specific reasons why sitting, in itself, appears to be dangerous. The message seems to be to move around. But if you aren’t moving around, stand or lie down, which humans have done throughout their history. Avoid sitting in a chair, an activity that is relatively new for human beings and not at all good for us.
Surprising as it is, the increase in heart and mortality risk observed in the Circulation study affected people who met exercise guidelines—and were independent of eating habits as well! Studies reported significant associations between total sedentary time with blood glucose, blood lipids, and adiposity, even in people who performed moderate to vigorous exercise several times each week.
Animal studies also show that how much time we are sedentary is related to how well our bodies process fats. The studies in rats show that leg muscles only produce the lipase lipoprotein (fat-processing) molecule when they are being actively flexed—that is, when standing or, better still, walking around—and low levels of the molecule are associated with health problems, including heart disease. In short, sitting makes this important molecule slow down. In fact, actively contracting the muscles produces a whole suite of substances that have a beneficial effect on how the body uses and stores sugars and fats.
“Many people, on a daily basis, simply shift from one chair to another—from the seat in the car to the chair in the office to the chair in front of the television,” said to the lead author of the study. “Even if someone has a healthy body weight, sitting for long periods still has an unhealthy influence on blood sugar and blood fats.”
It should be noted that sitting too much is not the same as exercising too little. They do completely different things to the body. Standing recruits specialized muscles designed for low-intensity activity—muscles that are very rich in enzymes. The lipoprotein lipase enzyme grabs fat and cholesterol from the blood, burning the fat into energy while shifting the cholesterol from LDL (the bad kind) to HDL (the healthy kind). When you sit, the muscles are relaxed, and enzyme activity drops by 90% to 95%, leaving fat to camp out in the bloodstream. Within a couple hours of sitting, healthy cholesterol plummets by 20%.
November 15, 2011
by: S. L. Baker
“Vitamin C rocks, but not ascorbic acid. Remember, whole food based vitamins only.” –KTRN
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 5.7 million people in the US suffer from heart failure and it takes the lives of about 300,000 Americans each year. Currently, heart failure has no cure although certain medications and lifestyle changes can help many people live longer; in severe cases some heart failure patients undergo heart transplants. But now there’s a new treatment that could dramatically help heart failure patients. And it’s not a new type of surgery or Big Pharma prescription — it’s plain old vitamin C.
These findings were just announced at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011, underway in Orlando, Florida. “We found that adequate intake of vitamin C was associated with longer survival in patients with heart failure,” Eun Kyeung Song, Ph.D., R.N., lead author of the study and assistant professor at the Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, in the University of Ulsan in Korea, said in a media statement.
Heart failure is a common and often deadly condition that results when the heart can’t pump an adequate amount of oxygen and nutrient rich blood through the body. The symptoms that result can include fatigue, loss of appetite, fluid build-up and kidney failure. Shortness of breath also occurs when heart failure causes blood to back up behind the heart, leading to increased pressure or fluid in the lungs.
For the new study headed by Dr. Song, the researchers worked with 212 patients with an average age of 61. Approximately 45 percent of the participants had moderate to severe heart failure. When the scientists tested their vitamin C levels, they found that heart failure patients with low levels of the vitamin had the highest levels of high sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP), a marker for inflammation and a risk factor for heart disease. Those with lower vitamin C levels in the body also had more major cardiac events and higher death rates.
July 12, 2011
By Anne Harding
People who eat more sodium and less potassium may die sooner of heart or other problems than people who consume the opposite, a large, 15-year-study has found.
The study of more than 12,000 Americans provides more ammunition to health advocates who say that slashing salt intake will save lives. But not everyone is convinced, as some research is contradictory.
In the new study, men consumed an average of 4,323 milligrams of sodium a day, while women took in 2,918 milligrams.
The American Heart Association recommends people limit their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day or less.
The group with the highest sodium-to-potassium ratio had a mortality risk about 50% higher during the study than the group with the lowest, according to the report by Elena V. Kuklina, M.D., and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University, and the Harvard School of Public Health. The research was published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
May 3, 2011
By Bill Hendrick
According to the American Heart Association, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S. Yet most Americans between 18 and 24 are dangerously naive about their health and assume they are healthy even though they eat too much fast food, drink too many sugary and alcoholic beverages, and engage in other behaviors that put them on the road to stroke.
That conclusion is based on a survey of 1,248 Americans ages 18 to 44 who were asked about their health and beliefs about proper behaviors and their risks for suffering a stroke. The survey was conducted by the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association.
“This survey shows the dangerous disconnect that many young Americans have about how their behaviors affect their risks for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases,” says neurologist Ralph Sacco, MD, in a news release. Sacco is president of the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association.
“Starting health behaviors at a young age is critical to entering middle age in good shape,” he says. “The investment you make in your health now will have a large payoff as you age. We want everyone — especially young people — to strive to avoid stroke, which can affect anyone at any age.”
March 14th, 2011
Women who enjoy a daily dose of coffee may like this perk: It might lower their risk of stroke.
Women in a Swedish study who drank at least a cup of coffee every day had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less coffee or none at all.
“Coffee drinkers should rejoice,” said Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Coffee is often made out to be potentially bad for your heart. There really hasn’t been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad.”
“If you are drinking coffee now, you may be doing some good and you are likely not doing harm,” she added.
But Hayes and other doctors say the study shouldn’t send non-coffee drinkers running to their local coffee shop. The study doesn’t prove that coffee lowers stroke risk, only that coffee drinkers tend to have a lower stroke risk.
“These sorts of epidemiological studies are compelling but they don’t prove cause,” said Dr. David S. Seres, director of medical nutrition at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.
The findings were published online Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Scientists have been studying coffee for years, trying to determine its risks and benefits. The Swedish researchers led by Susanna Larsson at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said previous studies on coffee consumption and strokes have had conflicting findings.
“There hasn’t been a consistent message come out,” of coffee studies, said Dr. Cathy Sila, a stroke neurologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.
For the observational study, researchers followed 34,670 Swedish women, ages 49 to 83, for about 10 years. The women were asked how much coffee they drank at the start of the study. The researchers checked hospital records to find out how many of the women later had strokes.
There were a total of 1,680 strokes, including 205 in those who drank less than a cup or none. Researchers adjusted for differences between the groups that affect stroke risk, such as smoking, weight, high blood pressure and diabetes, and still saw a lower stroke risk among coffee drinkers. Larsson said the benefit was seen whether the women drank a cup or several daily.
“You don’t need to drink so much. One or two cups a day is enough,” she said.
Larsson, who in another study found a link between coffee drinking in Finnish men who smoked and decreased stroke risk, said more research needs to be done to figure out why coffee may be cutting stroke risk. It could be reducing inflammation and improving insulin sensitivity, she said, or it could be the antioxidants in coffee.
Larsson and others point out that those who want to reduce their chances of a stroke should focus on the proven ways to lower risk: Don’t smoke. Keep blood pressure in check. Maintain a healthy weight.
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November 18th, 2010
By: Helen Briggs
Fat cells taken from the waistline could hold promise in treating heart attacks, say researchers.
A pilot study on 14 patients in the Netherlands and Spain found that stem cells extracted from fat and delivered to the heart appeared to boost heart function after a heart attack.
Doctors now plan to extend the study to over 300 heart attack patients at 35 clinics in Europe.
A UK heart charity said the approach was “promising”.
The research, which was presented at the American Heart Association’s annual conference, followed 14 patients who had suffered a severe heart attack.
Doctors used liposuction to take fat from the abdomen of each patient, extracted millions of stem cells, then delivered these to the heart within 24 hours.
Ten of the patients were given stem cells; while four had a “dummy” treatment.
Six months on, the patients given stem cells had a lower amount of damaged muscle in their hearts – about 15% compared with 25% in the control group.
Lead author, Eric Duckers, of the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, said: “The study suggests that these cells can be safely obtained and infused inside the hearts of patients following an acute heart attack.”
Professor Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation, said small clinical trials in the last few years had tested whether stem cells from bone marrow could help the heart recover after a heart attack, “with some promising results”.
But he called for further research.
“This pilot study shows for the first time that stem cells from a patient’s fat tissue may be similarly beneficial, indicating a potential new and more convenient source of stem cells,” he said.
“However, since we still know very little about the way these cells could help to repair the damaged heart, there needs to be more research to understand what the stem cells actually do.
“That will help us to understand more about how they could be used for real patient benefit.”
The results of the study, known as Apollo, were not statistically significant, possibly because of its small size.
Researchers now plan a larger trial which will look at the treatment in more detail.
April 20, 2010
The Washington Post
By: Jennifer LaRue Huget
Hold the bread. Hold the outrage, too.
Have you read what they’re saying about KFC’s new Double Down sandwich? You know, the one that uses two fried chicken filets in place of a bun, with bacon and cheese stuck in between? In addition to “the vilest food product created by man,” bloggers have called it “angina on a plate” and “potentially lethal.”
I’m not going to defend the Double Down as a healthful meal choice. But those who think it’s the worst thing you can order from a fast-food restaurant haven’t done their homework.
According to the KFC Web site, a fried Double Down has 540 calories, 290 of them from fat (that’s 32 grams of total fat, 10 of them saturated and 0.5 trans fats). It also delivers 1,380 milligrams of sodium. (A grilled version has 80 fewer calories and nine fewer grams of total fat — but 50 more milligrams of sodium.)
As I say, this is clearly not health food. But it is also clearly not the worst thing out there. Tool around the site of any major fast-food chain and find the nutrition data. (It’s a fun exercise, Double Down research aside.) While increasingly you can find better-for-you options on most menus, there’s still plenty of high-calorie, fat-laden and sodium-spiked food to be had. Even at Subway, which has built a reputation as the land of healthful sandwiches, a six-inch chicken and bacon ranch sandwich has 570 calories, 250 of them from fat (28 grams total) and 1,190 milligrams of sodium.