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Vitamin D-3 and Reducing The Risk of Heart Disease

Crystals of Vitamin D Vitamin D3 – which is made by the body naturally when skin is exposed to the sun – can significantly restore the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by several diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Highlights Patients who have a heart attack often will have a deficiency of D3. (It doesn’t mean that the deficiency caused the heart attack, but it increased the risk of heart attack.) Vitamin D3 is a powerful stimulator of nitric…

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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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