Mediterranean Diet Beats Low-Fat to Cut Heart Disease

Which diet would you rather follow to protect against heart disease and stroke – the Mediterranean diet, which stresses fish, nuts, olive oil, beans, fresh veggies and wine, or a low-fat diet, which basically makes you cranky and miserable? We all know the answer to this one, and now science backs us up. A major study in Spain of nearly 7,450 adults ages 55 to 80 who were at high risk for heart disease found that those who followed a …

Berries May Cut Women’s Heart Attack Risk

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but for women, eating berries three times a week may keep the cardiologist at bay. A large new study that followed nearly 94,000 young and middle-aged women for 18 years found that those who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack. The women, ages 25 to 42, were registered with the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II. They completed …

Winter Kills: Even Mild Ones Cause More Deaths

It doesn’t matter whether you spend winter shoveling snow in Massachusetts or walking on the beach in California, you’re more likely to die of heart-related issues in the winter months, a new study finds. Cardiac researchers with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles reported this week that it’s not the climate that causes heart-related deaths to spike in the winter, it’s just the season. Basically, winter is bad for your heart. Compared to the summer months, people are 26 to …

Even Fit Boomers Have Heart Disease Risk

If you’re 45 and fit – meaning you don’t smoke and don’t have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol – don’t feel too smug. You still have a one in three chance of developing heart problems, including stroke, by the time you’re in your 80s or 90s, new research finds. On the other hand, you may live up to 14 years longer free of heart ailments than do those who are not so fit. For boomers who are less …

Wine. Beer. Spirits. Yeah!

Booze. One of humanity’s earliest culinary inventions and possibly one of the things that started agricultural civilization in the first place, alcohol has been with us for a long time. But we are still learning much about how it affects the body and about our consumption habits. In other words, there’s good points and there’s bad points. A recent study suggests that moderate and constant consumption (two beers a day) gave men a 42% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The …