Belly fat doubles death risk from heart disease

MayoClinic.org – One of the largest studies of its kind has found that people with coronary artery disease who have even a modest beer belly (belly fat) or muffin top are at higher risk for death than people whose fat collects elsewhere. The effect was observed even in patients with a normal Body Mass Index […]

The Nrf2 knockout scare – can dietary antioxidants hurt you?

A recent UCLA study on the actions of a cellular antioxidant regulator, Nrf2, found that it had some connection to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque, and that reducing Nrf2 decreased atherosclerosis. But should these study findings scare you away from eating Nrf2-promoting dietary antioxidants found in broccoli, blueberries, and dark chocolate, or from taking the […]

Reducing salt in teen diet linked to future heart health

UCSF.edu – Cutting back on salt in teenagers’ diets by as little as one-half teaspoon, or three grams, a day, could reduce the number of young adults with high blood pressure by 44 to 63 percent, according to new research presented Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2010 meeting in Chicago. The […]

How SAM-e, vitamin B6 boost hydrogen sulfide in body

UMich.edu – How the dietary supplement SAM-e boosts the activity of a natural protein that uses vitamin B6 to make more hydrogen sulfide in the body has been revealed by researchers at the University of Michigan. The researchers have solved the structure of this protein that is integral to processes responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and nervous system. The protein […]

Monounsaturated fatty acids in diet improve cholesterol levels

CMAJ.ca – Adding monounsaturated fats (MUFA) to a cholesterol-lowering dietary portfolio in patients with mild to moderate elevated cholesterol levelsincreased HDL by 12.5 percent and lowered LDL levels by 35 percent, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Low HDL-C levels and high LDL-C levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The addition […]

Healthy lifestyle beats genes for improving cardiovascular health

Northwestern.edu – Is cardiovascular health in middle age and beyond a gift from your genes or is it earned by a healthy lifestyle and within your control? Two large studies from Northwestern Medicine confirm a healthy lifestyle has the biggest impact on cardiovascular health. One study shows the majority of people who adopted healthy lifestyle behaviors in young adulthood […]

Functional food synergy improves cholesterol, inflammation, memory

Lunduniversity.lu.se – For the first time researchers have found out what effect multiple, rather than just single, foods with anti-inflammatory effects have on healthy individuals. The results of a functional food diet study show that bad cholesterol was reduced by 33 per cent, blood lipids by 14 per cent, blood pressure by 8 per cent and a risk marker […]

Waist size, not BMI, best predicts cardiovascular risk in children

UGA.edu – Waist circumference (or waist size), rather than the commonly used body mass index measure (BMI), is the best clinical measure to predict a child’s risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes later in life, according to a new long-term study published by researchers at the University of Georgia, the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart, Australia and the […]

Lifestyle program improves weight loss, cardiovascular health in diabetics

NIH.gov – An intensive lifestyle intervention program designed to achieve and maintain weight loss improves diabetes control and cardiovascular disease risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to four-year results of the Look AHEAD study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are published in […]