Regular dental care reduces cardiovascular disease risk in women – Women who get regular dental care reduce their risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third, according to a new study led by a University of California, Berkeley, researcher. The analysis, which used data from nearly 7,000 people ages 44 to 88 enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study, did not find a similar […]

Garlic oil may help prevent diabetic cardiomyopathy – Garlic oil has “significant” potential for preventing cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes, scientists have concluded in a new study. Their report, which also explains why people with diabetes are at high risk for diabetic cardiomyopathy, appears in ACS’ bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Wei-Wen […]

Blueberries fight atherosclerosis, increase antioxidant enzymes – Blueberries may help fight atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, according to results of a preliminary U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded study with laboratory mice. The research provides the first direct evidence that blueberries – rich in polyphenols – can help prevent harmful plaques or lesions, symptomatic of atherosclerosis, from increasing in size in […]

Activated vitamin D may prevent heart failure – Vitamin D benefits: strong bones, a healthy immune system, protection against some types of cancer. Recent studies suggest there’s yet another benefit of vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D keeps the heart fit for life’s demands and protects against heart failure. University of Michigan pharmacologist Robert U. Simpson, Ph.D., thinks it’s apt to call vitamin […]

Low vitamin d level increases risk of heart disease

JAMA / Archives – Low levels of vitamin D appear to be associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in men, according to a report in the June 9, 2008 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Studies have shown that the rates of cardiovascular disease-related deaths are increased at higher latitudes and during the winter months […]

New CT scan detects soft plaque in coronary arteries

A significant number of patients who suffer a heart attack never have any warning signs. For many of these individuals, the source of the problem is noncalcified plaque, a buildup of soft deposits embedded deep within the walls of the heart’s arteries, undetectable by angiography or cardiac stress tests – and prone to rupture without […]

Pycnogenol lowers blood sugar, LDL, and blood pressure in type 2 diabetics

Natural antioxidant pycnogenol in moderate doses improved blood sugar and reduced blood pressure medications. A new study published in the May 2008 (volume 8, issue 25) edition of the journal of Nutrition Research shows Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract (high in polyphenols) from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces blood sugar in type […]

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. […]

Oxidized LDL cholesterol may cause metabolic syndrome

JAMA – Higher concentrations of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) that has been modified by oxidation is associated with an increased incidence of abdominal obesity, high fasting glucose levels and high triglyceride levels and the metabolic syndrome, which includes a combination of these conditions, according to a study in the May 21, 2008 issue of JAMA. Studies in […]