Blood pressure recording over 24 hours is the best predictor of heart and vascular disease

High blood pressure is the most important treatable risk factor for diseases of the heart and the arterial system. Blood pressure recorded over 24 hours predicts these complications more accurately than blood pressure measured on a single occasion. That is the conclusion of an international study coordinated by Professors Jan A. Staessen and Zhen-Yu Zhang of KU Leuven in Belgium. […]

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Mankai duckweed plant found to offer health benefits

Mankai, a new high-protein aquatic plant strain of duckweed, has significant potential as a superfood and provides glycemic control after carbohydrate consumption, a team of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has determined. Hila Zelicha, a registered dietician (R.D.) and Ph.D. student in the BGU Department of Public Health and her BGU colleagues researched the glycemic aspect of […]

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High cholesterol could TRIPLE old people’s dementia risk, study warns

High cholesterol could TRIPLE risk of dementia in the over-60s as doctors urge the elderly to cut down on cheese and butter to protect their brains Researchers in Indonesia said a history of high cholesterol was a ‘major risk’ Small study found people with high cholesterol had a 50/50 chance of dementia Cholesterol is raised by foods with a lot […]

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Birthweight, height together provide insight into future heart health

It’s the proportionately of a newborn — a measure that includes both birthweight and length — that may best tell doctors whether a child is born with an increased risk for heart problems later in life, investigators report. Birthweight, while important, tells only part of the story of fetal growth, while the additional consideration of length, gives a more complete […]

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Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list: Grasshoppers and silkworms have antioxidant capacity similar to fresh orange juice, says study

For the first time, a study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. Sure, most of them don’t have six legs — and scorpions, spiders, and centipedes aren’t even insects. But for open-minded health freaks, it’s good news: crickets pack 75% the antioxidant power of fresh OJ, and silkworm fat twice that of olive oil. And while even […]

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Cholesterol levels below 50 can RAISE stroke risk by up to 170%

Low cholesterol can RAISE risk of stroke: LDL levels below 50 linked to 170% greater risk of fatal vessel ruptures The American Heart Association recommends keeping your ‘bad’ cholesterol low to prevent heart disease  But new Penn State research suggests that there is such a thing as too low  An LDL below 100 is considered ‘good’ and linked to a […]

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Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at work

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, but a new study suggests that not all types of sitting are equally unhealthy. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, found that leisure-time sitting (while watching TV) — but not sitting at work — […]

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Unsalted tomato juice may help cut heart disease risk

At the end of the study, blood pressure in 94 participants with untreated prehypertension or hypertension dropped significantly, according to the researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan. Drinking unsalted tomato juice may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, benefitting those at risk of cardiovascular disease, a study has found. For the research, published in Food Science & Nutrition, […]

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Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol

Contrary to popular belief, consuming red meat and white meat such as poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study, led by scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) — the research arm of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland — surprised the researchers with […]

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New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks: Policies that limit ultra-processed food intake are urgently needed, say researchers

Two large European studies published by The BMJ today find positive associations between consumption of highly processed (“ultra-processed”) foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The researchers say further work is needed to better understand these effects, and a direct (causal) link remains to be established, but they call for policies that promote consumption of fresh or minimally processed […]

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