Why Stress May Be Your Heart’s Worst Enemy

Psychological stress activates the fear center in the brain, setting into motion a cascade of reactions that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

#anxiety-and-stress, #blood-pressure, #brain, #cholesterol, #emotions, #heart, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #meditation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #stroke, #tai-chi, #yoga

Coronary Calcium Scan: A Heart Test That Can Help Guide Treatment

Many doctors recommend the heart test to pinpoint which patients would benefit from treatment to reduce their cardiovascular risk.

#age-chronological, #arteriosclerosis-and-atherosclerosis, #blood-pressure, #calcium, #cholesterol, #content-type-service, #diet-and-nutrition, #doctors, #heart, #obesity, #preventive-medicine, #tests-medical, #weight

Can Lifestyle Changes Remove Plaques in Your Arteries?

Diet, smoking cessation, stress management and exercise can decrease the size of atherosclerotic plaques and help to stabilize them so that you are less likely to have a heart attack.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #heart, #smoking-and-tobacco

For Women in Their 40s, High Blood Pressure May Carry Special Risks

Women, but not men, with even mildly elevated blood pressure in their early 40s were at increased risk for later heart disease and early death.

#blood-pressure, #cholesterol, #diabetes, #heart, #hypertension, #men-and-boys, #smoking-and-tobacco, #women-and-girls

How Lifelong Cholesterol Levels Can Harm or Help Your Heart

The longer you have high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, the greater your risk of a heart attack.

#blood-pressure, #cholesterol, #heart

Why Exercise Is More Important Than Weight Loss for a Longer Life

People typically lower their risks of heart disease and premature death far more by gaining fitness than by dropping weight.

#cholesterol, #diabetes, #exercise, #heart, #iscience-journal, #longevity, #obesity, #weight

Can a Low-Carb Diet Help Your Heart Health?

Overweight people who ate fewer carbohydrates and increased their fat intake had significant improvements in their cardiovascular disease risk factors.

#american-journal-of-clinical-nutrition, #carbohydrates, #cholesterol, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #fiber-dietary, #food, #heart, #obesity, #oils-and-fats, #weight

The Best Time of Day to Exercise for Metabolic Health

Late-day exercise had unique benefits for cholesterol levels and blood sugar control, a study of overweight men eating a high-fat diet found.

#cholesterol, #diabetes, #diabetologia-journal, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #heart, #weight

Colombians Ask: Who Would Dare Patent Panela?

Makers of Latin America’s favorite traditional sweetener say a sugar engineer wants exclusive control of their centuries-old product.

#california, #cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #inventions-and-patents, #latin-america, #patent-and-trademark-office-us, #sugar, #your-feed-science

Foods That May Lead to a Healthier Gut and Better Health

A diet full of highly processed foods with added sugars and salt promoted gut microbes linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

#cholesterol, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #digestive-tract, #health-foods, #heart, #microbiology, #nature-medicine-journal, #obesity, #research, #vegetables, #weight

Is It Better to Cook With Coconut Oil or Olive Oil?

Proponents of coconut oil point out that it is rich in phytochemicals with healthful properties. But so is olive oil.

#antioxidants, #cholesterol, #coconuts, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #oils-and-fats, #olive-oil

Does Coconut Oil Deserve Its Health Halo?

“It’s been known for a long time that coconut oil raises blood levels of artery-damaging LDL cholesterol,” one expert said.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cholesterol, #coconuts, #diet-and-nutrition, #heart, #oils-and-fats

How Exercise Changes Our Blood

When we exercise, even for a few minutes, hundreds of molecules related to our metabolic health rise and fall in our bloodstreams.

#cholesterol, #diabetes, #exercise, #heart, #obesity

Statins May Have Cancer Benefits

Statin drugs, commonly prescribed for heart health, may prolong survival in some cancer patients.

#breast-cancer, #cholesterol, #colon-and-colorectal-cancer, #melanomas, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs

Think You Have ‘Normal’ Blood Pressure? Think Again

Even levels of blood pressure that are generally considered “normal” may be high enough to foster the development of heart disease, new research shows.

#blood, #blood-pressure, #cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #heart, #hypertension, #salt

For Older People, Reassuring News in the Statin Debate

There is accumulating evidence that the benefits of statins far outweigh possible risks, and nearly all statins on the market are now available as inexpensive generics.

#cholesterol, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #heart, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs

A ‘Cure for Heart Disease’? A Single Shot Succeeds in Monkeys

A novel gene-editing experiment seems to have permanently reduced LDL and triglyceride levels in monkeys.

#cholesterol, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #heart, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #kathiresan-sekar, #monkeys-and-apes, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #triglycerides

Trump ‘Remains Healthy’ After Taking Hydroxychloroquine, His Doctor Says

The president has hailed the drug as a cure for Covid-19, but his own health officials have questioned its effectiveness and safety. His doctor’s comments were part of a summary of the president’s health.

#cholesterol, #conley-sean-patrick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weight

Generic Drug Maker to Admit to Fixing Prices for Cholesterol Medication

Apotex will admit conspiring to inflate drug prices, pay $24 million and cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the pharmaceutical industry.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cholesterol, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #quarantines, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sitting Is Bad for Our Health. Should We Squat More Instead?

Our bodies may be evolutionarily adapted to continual muscular activity, something we don’t achieve with chairs.

#chairs, #cholesterol, #evolution-biology, #exercise, #hadza-tribe, #legs, #muscles

The Keto Diet Is Popular, but Is It Good for You?

Low-carb, high-fat eating can lead to weight loss, but scientists debate the long-term effects on health.

#calories, #carbohydrates, #cholesterol, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #insulin, #obesity, #oils-and-fats, #sugar, #vegetables, #weight

HDL Cholesterol: Too Much of a Good Thing?

As with many other good things in life, this usually helpful protein is best in moderation.

#blood-pressure, #cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #heart, #lipoproteins, #weight

Do High-Cholesterol Foods Raise Your Cholesterol?

The best evidence available suggests that saturated fat, rather than dietary cholesterol per se, is the major contributor to serum cholesterol.

#arteriosclerosis-and-atherosclerosis, #cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #heart, #oils-and-fats

How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?

Medical researchers, normally a genteel lot, disagree sharply on the extent to which side effects from statin drugs are a problem.

#cholesterol, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #heart, #muscles, #placebos, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs

Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil?

Fish clearly has health benefits, but fish oil supplements may not carry the same ones.

#cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #fish-farming, #heart, #mercury-metal, #omega-3-fatty-acids, #seafood

Am I at High Risk for a Heart Attack?

Physicians use a number of different factors to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

#blood-pressure, #calculators, #cholesterol, #diabetes, #heart

Mediterranean Diet vs. Statins to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke?

The Mediterranean diet helps even if you are taking statins and, along with other benefits, might help avoid the need for statins altogether.

#cholesterol, #diet-and-nutrition, #heart, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs