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Study Says These 4 Foods Help Lower Cholesterol

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLowering your cholesterol and reducing your heart disease risk may be as easy as adding a daily serving of beans or other legumes to your diet, according to a new analysis of Canadian and American studies. Canadian researchers reported that a ¾-cup daily serving of beans, chickpeas, lentils or peas resulted in a 5 percent drop in “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — and, by association, a potential 5 percent drop in heart disease risk. It also didn’t matter which of …

Huh? 87% of Men Age 60-Plus Should Take a Statin?

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf statin guidelines released last fall were followed to the letter, nearly all men between ages 60 and 75 would be taking a cholesterol-lowering drug even if they didn’t have heart disease, according to a new study that analyzed the impact of the controversial recommendations. The Duke University-led study projected that following the guidelines would result in nearly 13 million more Americans taking statins, most of them 60-plus. Among adults 60 to 75 without heart disease and not on statins, …

FDA to Ban Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mary Clare Jalonick of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out artificial trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 …

CDC: 4 Things Could Prevent 200,000 Deaths Yearly

Posted on 09/5/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAt least 200,000 Americans under age 75 die needlessly each year from heart disease and stroke that could have been prevented by doing four important things: quitting smoking, reducing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and taking a daily low-dose aspirin if a doctor approves. The findings are from a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that also points out that more than half of these avoidable deaths are occurring among those under 65. “These findings are really …

Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

Posted on 06/28/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthIn predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL—or ‘bad’—cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are • eating while …

Carnitine: A New Reason to Cut Back on Red Meat?

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMaybe it’s not really cholesterol from that big, juicy steak that’s linked to heart disease. Instead, it could be a compound in red meat called carnitine, which does a number on our gut bacteria if we eat too much meat too often, suggests intriguing new research. Carnitine seems to have a profound effect on certain bacteria in the intestine; these in turn produce a chemical linked to clogging of the arteries and heart disease. The more meat we eat, the …