It seems that vegan and vegetarian diets are infiltrating the lives of nearly everyone. Thankfully, plant-based diets are not a dangerous trend. Many fad diets tend to deprive the body of essential nutrients but primarily plant-based diets do not. Whether or not you want to go full-vegan or vegetarian, plant-based diets provide a healthy foundation for your body and the environment.
The latest news in mainstream veganism is that Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, has been reported to join the throngs of herbivores. Many of you remember that he has suffered from high cholesterol and heart conditions for years. He underwent a bypass surgery but Clinton’s cholesterol was still out of control. After undergoing extensive research, he decided to adopt a nearly-vegan lifestyle. He eats small amounts of fish on occasion, but he’s essentially cut all animal products from his diet. He consumes no dairy and has added a protein supplement to his diet. (more…)
Tune in this Wednesday, October 6 to The Dr. Oz Show to learn just how important your cholesterol levels are when it comes to your health.
From HDL (the good cholesterol) to LDL (the bad cholesterol), Dr. Oz will explain exactly what these numbers mean and why your cholesterol may be a ticking time bomb for your health.
High cholesterol has been associated with an increased risk for heart disease. Find out what you can do to get your levels in a healthy range to reduce your disease risk with Dr. Oz’s Five Step Plan. (more…)
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. And while you should be aware of your cholesterol levels and what affects them every month, it doesn’t hurt to give it a little extra attention now and again.
First, it’s a good idea to know what constitutes healthy and unhealthy cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association has an established range for your daily cholesterol intake:
– Less than 200 mg/dL is considered healthy.
– 200 to 239 mg/dL is borderline high cholesterol.
– 240 mg/dL and above is an unhealthy cholesterol level.
Many foods can contribute to an increase in your unhealthy cholesterol levels, but what you may not know is that some foods actually have the opposite effect. Yes, instead of medications and supplements, sometimes actual natural nourishment is the solution. (more…)
Researchers at Imperial College London are suggesting that fast food restaurants could counter the health risks of eating their foods by offering customers free statins, a prescribed drug used to lower cholesterol, with their meals. I know, when I first read that, I thought it was a satire worthy of the pages of The Onion.
But no, the researchers are serious.
Statins are valuable due to their ability to reduce the amount of unhealthy LDL cholesterol in the blood and a person’s risk of having a heart attack.
In their research published in the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Darrel Francis and his colleagues calculate that the reduction in cardiovascular risk is enough to counter the increase in heart attack risk from eating fatty fast food. (more…)
After a large-scale study in West Virginia, researchers are suggesting that cholesterol screening be a mandated test for American kids, which would allow for early diagnosis.
The study found that one-third of children whose cholesterol levels were high enough to merit treatment were being missed by guidelines so dependent upon family history.
Dr. Richard Besser, senior health and medical editor for ABC News, is cautious of the study. He said the study did not take into account obesity levels and that we should be careful putting young children on medication they may have to use for the rest of their lives.
Researchers at the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston have found that keeping your cholesterol at healthy levels may have a very important extra benefit: cancer prevention. Their analysis of 24 trials investigated the pros and cons of cholesterol treatment interventions, such as the use of statins.
What they found was that high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, can cut the risk of cancer. And with each 10-point rise in HDL levels came a 36 percent decrease in a person’s risk for developing cancer. HDL cholesterol is best known to help against heart disease.
A new study has found that heart attacks have dropped by a dramatic 24 percent in a large group of people studied in Northern California. Even more dramatically, there was a 62 percent drop in the most severe type of heart attack, known as an ST-segment elevation heart attack. A coronary artery is fully blocked.
The study’s authors don’t think it’s happened by accident.
“We believe improvements in targeting risk factors are in part responsible,” says the study’s senior author, Dr. Alan Go, M.D., the assistant director for clinical research at Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, California. “We’ve observed in our population that fewer people are smoking, and there’s better control of blood pressure and cholesterol.”
The fitness world is driven by supplements. Everyone is looking to find that edge to be and look the best. As a fitness specialist, I recommend going the natural route and earning the desired results the hard way. Either way, I’m excited that more and more people are beginning to exercise and making healthier lifestyle changes. If you do decide to go the supplement route, which is fine, below are a few of the new and booming supplements of 2010:
According to a recent review of 25 studies, eating 67g of nuts on average every day – a portion the size of a small bag – reduces cholesterol levels by 7.4 percent.
The research team at Loma Linda University in Southern California believe that nuts help block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream
“Increasing the consumption of nuts as part of an otherwise prudent diet can be expected to favorably affect blood lipid levels (at least in the short term) and have the potential to lower CHD [coronary heart disease] risk,” say the researchers in a prepared statement.
Home fitness is becoming ever more popular these days and having the right equipment is a must. It’s on the rise due to cutting costs, lack of time, parenting, and sometimes comfort levels. Since I am a firm believer in exercise, I am happy that many people today are making an effort, whether at home or in the gym.
I recently purchased a BodyForm Total Fitness Platform to use for my in-home clientele and it’s rather amazing. The BodyForm Platform is easy to use and extremely effective.
The BodyForm Platform is a compact home fitness machine that provides you with a total body workout anytime and anywhere. It is great for the home, office, or even the gym.