Polyphenols from Concord grape juice may improve memory in seniors

As America’s baby boomers continue to age, the number of people 65 years of age and older is expected to double to 70 million by 2030. As such, age-related cognitive decline and incidence of chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, is on the rise. Research supports that good nutrition – particularly a […]

Tips on how to increase HDL cholesterol

Thanks to powerful cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, driving down low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, has been the primary approach to improving cholesterol levels. But there’s more to the story of cholesterol and cardiovascular risk than LDL alone. Another key player is high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol. Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower cardiovascular risk. […]

Skipping heart medications doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

Health Behavior News Service – Although it might take some effort to find out why some patients skip taking their heart medicine, a new study finds that patients with coronary heart disease who most frequently miss a dose are more than twice as likely to suffer heart attack, stroke and death. The findings are important […]

Treat diabetes during pregnancy to reduce obesity risk in children

High blood sugar in pregnant mothers increases risk of childhood obesity. Treating diabetes during pregnancy can break the link between gestational diabetes and childhood obesity, according to a Kaiser Permanente study featured in the September 2007 issue of Diabetes Care. The largest study of its kind, this research shows that the risk of childhood obesity […]

Macadamia nuts included in heart-healthy diet

Penn State – Incorporating macadamia nuts into a heart-healthy diet can reduce cardiovascular disease risk, according to Penn State researchers. “We looked at macadamia nuts because they are not currently included in the health claim for tree nuts, while other tree nuts are recommended as part of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Amy E. Griel, […]

High Blood Pressure Information Added to NIHSeniorHealth

High blood pressure often is called “the silent killer” because many people don’t know they have it. Even though it doesn’t cause symptoms, high blood pressure is a major health risk. If it isn’t treated, it can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and other serious health problems. Information about the prevention, detection, and […]