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Genes and Coffee: Slow-Metabolizers

40 percent of people are fast metabolizers. About 45 percent have both a slow and a fast copy, and 15 percent carry two copies of the slow allele. Heavy coffee consumption (more than four cups day) was  linked to a higher likelihood of heart attacks in the slow metabolizers. Highlights For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes The health community can’t quite agree on whether coffee is more potion or poison. The American Heart Association says the…

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Comparing Diets — It’s Real Food That’s Important

A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention. Highlights Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food Researchers asked if one diet could be crowned best in terms of health outcomes. If diet is a set of rigid principles, the answer is a decisive no. In terms of broader guidelines, it’s a decisive yes. Scientific publisher Annual Reviews asked Katz to compare the medical evidence for…

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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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