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 …

Apple-a-Day Drops ‘Bad’ Cholesterol 40 Percent

Posted on 10/12/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthStatins, schmatins. Just eat one whole apple a day and you can cut your cholesterol. By a lot. Or so a new study from Ohio State University suggests. A group of healthy older adults ages 40 to 60 who ate an apple a day for four weeks ended up lowering their levels of LDL — called the “bad” cholesterol because it gums up the arteries — by a whopping 40 percent. Wow, we thought, that old saying really is true. …

Statin Benefits Outweigh Diabetes Risk

Posted on 08/10/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in four Americans over age 45 take the cholesterol-lowering drugs collectively known as statins. Recently, some researchers have raised concern that these drugs could increase diabetes risk, especially among post-menopausal women or people taking high statin doses. But a large new analysis shows that the cardiovascular benefits of statins outweigh diabetes concerns, even for high-risk groups.

An Anti-Cholesterol Shot Plus Why You Should See Your Heart Damage

Posted on 03/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMonthly injections of an experimental drug that can reduce cholesterol, as well as evidence that images of clogged arteries can motivate people to lose weight, were among the new studies presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific sessions in Chicago this past weekend. First up — those scary scans of your coronary arteries. Apparently, seeing really is believing when it comes to convincing reluctant patients to get serious about their heart disease. Two new studies found that patients …