Worst Restaurant Meal in America? Something Fishy

Too much unhealthy trans fat, too little healthy fish – that’s basically the reason a Washington nutrition action group has named Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” the worst restaurant meal in America. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) called the meal of fried fish, hush puppies and onion rings “a heart attack on a hook.” In its report, CSPI says lab tests showed the fried fish meal not only contains an “astonishing” amount of trans fat and …

Salt Shake-Up: Low-Salt Push May Be Unhealthy

For years we’ve been told to slash our sodium consumption to protect against strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. But now an influential committee says there’s no scientific evidence that a very low-salt diet cuts the risk of heart disease. In fact, the new Institute of Medicine report says that cutting sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily – the current government recommendation for older adults (ages 51 and up), African Americans and those with diabetes, high blood pressure and …

Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke by Controlling Your Blood Pressure

The following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Direction of Million Heartsâ„¢, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a practicing cardiologist for almost 25 years, I often met men and women for the first time when they suffered a serious and life-threatening event-a heart attack or stroke. I enjoyed being part of a team that used its skills to minimize damage and offer hope for a healthier future, and …

The Takeaway: 2011’s Low-Profile Retirement Trends; Sodium’s Dangers Mitigated By Potassium

Retirement savers, take heed””these developments may not have made major headlines in 2011, but they’re still important to your retirement planning efforts. And while a diet high in sodium does increase heart disease risk, even more important is the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet.

The Takeaway: Boomers Adjust to New Retirement Realities; Salt Study Questions Wisdom Of Cutting Back

The percentage of boomers””73 percent””planning to postpone retirement longer than they thought has risen six percent since just this past spring. And new research shows that though cutting back on salt does lower blood pressure, it could increase other heart disease risk factors.

The Takeaway: Majority of Older Americans Get Too Much Salt; Social Security COLA and the Working ‘Retired’

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most Americans still consumer too much sodium, despite the fact that we should all know better. And the Social Security Administration has also bumped up the limits on the amount working ‘retirees’ can earn without seeing a cut in Social Security benefits