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Statins and Weight Gain

Individuals prescribed statin therapy for high cholesterol levels have increased their caloric intake by nearly 10% and their intake of fat by 14% over a recent 10-year period, while no changes in eating habits have been observed among statin nonusers.  Highlights Individuals prescribed a statin had a larger increase in body-mass index (BMI) than those who weren’t taking the lipid-lowering medication. Statin users were consuming an extra 192 kcal per day in 2009–2010 than they were in 1999–2000, and this…

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Heart Healthy Habits: Doctors

   Highlights   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts     “I get 8 hours of sleep a night, every night.” “I schedule exercise.”  “I eat a Mediterranean diet.”  “I make time for my friends and loved ones.” “I meditate.” “I respect the power of blood pressure.” “I take care of my teeth”  “I keep a gratitude journal.” “I spend time in outdoors, in nature.”   Read More: Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen Dr. Parker’s Commentary As…

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Heart Health

  Higher baseline total olive oil consumption was associated with 48%  reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality.   Highlights from the article:  Olive Oil Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality The aim  of the study was to assess the association between total olive oil intake, its varieties (extra virgin and common olive oil) and the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in a Mediterranean population at high cardiovascular risk. 7,216 men and women at high cardiovascular risk, aged 55…

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Yogurt Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

 Higher intakes of yogurt were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction.   Highlights from the article:  Eating yogurt may reduce cardiovascular disease risk A  new study in the American Journal of Hypertension  suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women. Higher dairy consumption has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance. Higher intakes of yogurt were…

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Oats Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Long-term dietary intake of oats or oat bran has a beneficial effect on blood cholesterol. Highlights from the article: Oats and CVD risk markers: a systematic literature review High consumption of whole-grain food such as oats is associated with a reduced risk of CVD and type 2 diabetes. Out of sixty-four studies that assessed systemic lipid markers, thirty-seven (58 %) and thirty-four (49 %) showed a significant reduction in total cholesterol (2-19 % reduction) and LDL-cholesterol (4-23 % reduction) respectively, mostly in hypercholesterolaemic subjects.…

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Should I Weigh Myself Every Day?

Dr. Parker’s Commentary   There are numerous conflicting articles on the Web on both sides of this question about daily weighing.  When I am trying to make a decision about something, it try to review most of the articles I can about an issue and then make a decision. The problem with all advice and research findings is that it applies to the average and not to the individual.   On the average, eating whole grains is probably a good idea;…

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