The Mediterranean Diet Has Medical Benefits

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There has been a great deal of news lately surrounding the Mediterranean diet.  We know this diet is definitely a big help when it comes to fighting heart disease, and there are numerous reports that it can increase life expectancy.  Recently, there have been several reports looking at whether it helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  The debate goes back and forth, and certainly there has been some groundbreaking work by Columbia University looking into the matter, but I think it’s time to make a commonsense point.   There is great reason to continue studies here, but we also know the Mediterranean diet is just good for you.  

 

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Study of Cholesterol and Memory

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Yet another study looking at the importance of monitoring cholesterol and keeping it at the proper levels.  Cholesterol is important to monitor and to look at and evaluate. According to a report from the journal of the American Heart Association, people who have lower levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, have a higher risk for memory problems than those with higher levels of HDL.  The information was based on a study of 3,700 adults.  The scientists tested the participants 15 to 17 years ago and then a second time between 2002 and 2004.  They found that those whose HDL levels went down between the two tests had a 61% higher risk for memory problems than those with high HDL levels.  This is not an all or nothing study, but it shows that there’s a relationship.  We’re learning more and more about the link between high cholesterol, heart disease and vascular problems, and dementia.  Clearly, it’s something that we cannot ignore.  We have to look at it, understand it, and learn more as time goes on.   

 

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Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Rates

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Diabetes is becoming a huge health issue in this country and the biggest reason is because of the problem of childhood obesity. Young children are more overweight, and as a result, diabetes is going to occur more commonly in them, and the problems associated with diabetes, at younger ages, and that is a key concern. One of the big issues we have is that people will have heart disease, obesity, and other related problems, including kidney problems, at earlier ages. It’s critical that we look into it and make changes.

 

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Cholesterol Measurement and Heart Disease

Cholesterol Measurement and Heart Disease

There is no doubt that heart disease is a known killer and we have been aware that controlling cholesterol is a major way to reduce the chances of problems, but cholesterol is not the only way we measure these things. At the very minimum, doctors order a lipid panel which includes studies like LDL, or bad cholesterol, triglyceride, and HDL, or good cholesterol. If necessary, we can break it down more. All of this is because as we have studied the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease, we have found there is more to watch than a simple test. You may or may not need many of these specific tests based on your own past medical history and family history, but it can make a difference. It’s very important that you understand that cholesterol measurement, and the various fractionated areas of cholesterol, are important to look into because they can help provide a window into your overall health.

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Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-Food Restaurants Contribute to America’s Weight Problem

Fast-food restaurant. For most Americans, you can’t live without them, but can you live with them? They dot the landscape of our country, city after city, but with a nation on the run, with countless single parents, or couples trying to split time between work and the demands of a heavy family schedule, those fast-food restaurants can offer a quick and often cheap, filling meal. Fast-food restaurants are not entirely to blame for our nation’s growing weight problem. Many offer healthy options, but studies show that most of us turn them down because of other reasons. As a result, we are facing obesity as an issue. The combination of lack of exercise and high fat foods is causing us to be obese. The long-term problems of obesity are great. They include heart disease and diabetes. The bottom line here is we have to do whatever we can to control obesity.

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Stress Affects Your Health

Stress Affects Your Health

You can’t underestimate the role of stress. Stress can lead to high blood pressure. It can actually lead to severe heart problems and problems down the road. It can affect your health. If you’re dealing with stress, take the opportunity to try to find ways to reduce the pressure. To try to kind of cut back on it. Stress is something, a situation, where when you feel the tension, it can affect hormones in the body and cause what we call a catecholamine surge. That is not good if it’s on a consistent basis.

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The Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has been used for centuries as a cure for all types of ills. One of the biggest claims by those who endorse green tea is that it helps fight cancer, but studies haven’t supported those claims over the years. What the studies do support is the fact that drinking green tea actually helps reduce the chances of developing a wide variety of problems including heart disease. Tea, in various forms, can help people relax and in many cultures, it’s associated with rest time. The average American drinks 155 cups of tea each year. The good news is that tea is relatively safe, however, be concerned about products that are sold in tea extract pill forms. Again, you can definitely have a cup a tea if everything else is fine and just not worry about it.

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