Health Issues

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

If you are getting your cholesterol tested, there is no need to fast to get accurate values. Fasting can be difficult when you have diabetes or your medical appointment is later in the day. A study just published in the European Heart Journal involving more than 300,000 people in the US, Canada and Denmark showed that … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the body, causing crystals to form in joints. The joints become inflamed and painful. Drinking too much alcohol or eating large amounts of dried beans, liver, meat, and shellfish can precipitate a gout flare. Many people report a gout … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

The Spanish call it a siesta. Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Bill Clinton, Yogi Berra and Margaret Thatcher were all faithful nappers who relied on this midday pause. A study reported at the European Society of Cardiology showed that midday naps lower blood pressure.  The study participants, almost 400 adults with high blood pressure, who napped … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

Commonly called a brain freeze, this is actually a type of headache that occurs rapidly but resolves quickly, as well. The correct scientific term is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It happens when you eat ice cream too fast or drink very cold beverages quickly. Swallowing the cold food or beverage rapidly changes the temperature at the back … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

In a very recent study from Sweden, the researchers found that the most effective way to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease was to target healthy people. Efforts to reduce the number of people who smoked, to help people lower their cholesterol and blood pressure cut down significantly on those who died of heart … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

You may be one of the lucky ones. Your blood pressure is normal and eating salty foods has little effect on your numbers. A current research review paper may make you rethink your luck. It showed even for people with normal blood pressure, excess sodium can take its toll on other organs. A high sodium intake … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

The popular supplement coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone), widely believed to act as an antioxidant in the body, protecting cells from damage by free radicals (renegade oxygen molecules), is unlikely to provide any benefit. This finding comes from a study conducted at McGill University. Ubiquinone is a fat-like substance found naturally in every cell in the body. Cells … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it comes to lowering your risk of heart disease. Eat moderate amounts of fat. Avoid trans fat. Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Eat less sugar and refined carbs. For more information about protecting your heart, check out one of our latest books, The Fat and Cholesterol Counter. … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

More than 55 years ago, researchers started to monitor 5,000 residents from Framingham, Massachusetts to better understand why some people got heart disease and others did not. The researchers discovered, by following all these people, that there was a connection between the level of cholesterol in the blood and the risk for heart disease. This … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

The energy drink market is exploding with sales of $12.5 billion annually. Men, Hispanics and those with children in the household are the largest users. The majority of this group is made up of young to middle-aged adults who are entering the age where risk factors for heart disease are starting to appear. Yet, few … Read More