April 8, 2013

Egg Consumption and the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Filed under: health,health food,healthy food,heart disease,stroke — drwatson @ 3:14 pm

Are eggs healthyWe have all heard the rumors that a diet high in eggs can increase our risk of heart disease and stroke. But is this actually the truth?

In an attempt to uncover the facts, we went searching for the research around egg consumption and the risk of heart disease.

Here’s what we found.

The link between eggs, heart disease and stroke
Typically, it was believed that the high cholesterol levels present in eggs could potentially lead to a significantly increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

However, the results of a meta-analysis from BMJ revealed that this may not be the case. The meta-analysis reviewed information from almost half a million participants from eight clinical studies and showed no direct link between high consumption (one per day) of eggs and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

The meta-analysis did illustrate though, that further research was needed on the impact of egg consumption on those suffering from diabetes, as this relationship appeared to result in an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Cholesterol and eggs
So why then are individuals with high cholesterol levels often recommended to decrease their egg consumption?

The clinical review team from the BMJ meta-analysis believe this is because it is often assumed that no other dietary changes will be made, so in order to impact cholesterol levels you should reduce egg intake. This is largely because eggs do actually pack a whopping cholesterol punch. There is almost 210 mg of cholesterol in every large egg!

Despite this, the meta-analysis confirmed that in their opinion, egg consumption did not lead to a risk of heart disease and stroke.

Benefits of egg consumption
In fact, the researchers on the BMJ research panel insisted that the consumption of eggs led to a variety of health benefits.

They suggest that eggs are both inexpensive and readily available, and are a great low-calorie option for the public.

Eggs also contain nutrients, proteins and minerals, which the BMJ team say could actually decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. They are full of calcium, iron,
potassium, and vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6 and B9.
So don’t scratch eggs off the weekly shopping list just yet!

It looks like that egg a day for breakfast isn’t actually so bad for you after all. To increase the quality of the eggs you consume, look for barn-laid eggs or free-range eggs. Not only is this a cruelty-free option, but eggs produced this way are also less likely to be contaminated by salmonella and are considered to be a better quality.

Happy egg eating!

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July 9, 2010

Tea and Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of CHD

Filed under: heart disease — Tags: , , , , — drwatson @ 9:49 pm

In a recent study, it was found that drinking a moderate amount of tea and/or coffee can decrease the risk of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). Many people around the world, and especially in the United States, are suffering from CHD. Some of you may be wondering what CHD actually is. Well, it is a type of heat disease that involves the blood vessels becoming narrower and thus not transporting sufficient amounts of oxygenated blood to the heart.

In terms of how much to drink, approximately two to three cups of coffee will decrease the risk of CHD. For tea, pretty much the more you drink the more you will benefit. About six cups of tea showed the best results. In addition to lowering the risk of CHD, tea can also play a role in decreasing the mortality rate.

Although coffee and tea can be beneficial, it is also important to weigh the negative effects they have. For example coffee and tea both contain caffeine. In fact, coffee contains two times the amount of caffeine than in tea. Caffeine can cause many health problems.

The study stating that moderate amounts of tea or coffee can decrease the risk of developing CHD was performed in the Netherlands. The tea and coffee used in this experiment was what most people in the Netherlands drink. Filter coffee as made in the Netherlands and black tea were used. The results pertain to only these types of drinks. Other types of tea and coffee may not have as much of an effect or none at all.

June 21, 2010

Five Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease

Filed under: heart disease — Tags: , , , — drwatson @ 5:54 pm

high blood pressure, heart attack, cholesterolEvery year, approximately two hundred and fifty thousand people die from a heart attack or heart disease, before they even reach the hospital. If any of your family or friends has ever had a heart attack, you’ve seen the drastic impact that it can have not only on their own life, but also in the lives of those around them. Heart disease and the risk of having a heart attack is easily attributed to certain factors, all which can be readily changed with a few lifestyle adjustments.

Five Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease:

  1. Manage your blood pressure – Researchers estimate that having high blood pressure doubles your risk of having a stroke. High blood pressure can easily be managed by taking medication and implementing exercise routines and a healthy diet into your lifestyle. If you haven’t gone to the doctor in a while, it might be a good idea to check up on your blood pressure, as this condition rarely has any symptoms.
  2. Stop smoking – If you smoke cigarettes, you’ve likely heard this phrase many times in your life. Due to pharmaceutical development and new methodology, it’s easier to quit smoking today than it was ten years ago. There are several different methods to quit smokingmedication that doesn’t contain nicotine is available, in addition to lots of new methods and support groups.
  3. Work off the beer belly – Researchers have attributed a significant amount of risk with abdominal obesity, so it might be a wise idea to try and work off those few extra pounds. Try exercise, or talk to your doctor about a weight loss medication.
  4. Eat healthy – Having a healthy diet will benefit you in ways you never imagined were possible – you’ll have more energy, less weight gain, lower cholesterol, and more happiness!
  5. Increase you physical activity – If you aren’t currently physically active, don’t worry – I’m not recommending that you run a marathon. You can easily incorporate exercise into your life by walking your dog around the block or walking to the local convenience store for whatever’s missing in your refrigerator. If you’re serious about getting back into shape, you may want to consider attending a boot camp or seeing a personal trainer, it’ll help you to stay accountable and ensure that you aren’t going at it alone.

Unfortunately, heart disease has become a rather common condition that almost anyone can develop. If you are concerned or have any questions about heart attacks and heart disease, contact your healthcare provider for more information.

October 8, 2009

How to Lower High Blood Pressure

Many people don’t realize how bad high blood pressure can be for your body, and even more don’t know how to lower high blood pressure even after they know they have it. High blood pressure can lead to early damage of the blood vessels and heart. This can cause strokes, kidney problems, and heart disease.

Because high blood pressure does not normally present any sort of symptoms it is important to get you blood pressure tested regularly. There are ways though that you can help keep your blood pressure down and decrease the risk of any potential outcomes of high blood pressure.

  • Don’t smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product.
  • Try to lose weight if you’re overweight
  • Moderate intensity exercise 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 7 days per week
  • Limit how much sodium you eat.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Eat foods containing enough potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  • Avoid fat and cholesterol.
  • Try relaxation techniques

There are also medications that can be taken to help lower your blood pressure. Medications are important and you may need to take them, but switching your lifestyle habits will make you healthier and if you don’t have high blood pressure may save you from developing it in the first place.


August 17, 2009

5 Benefits of Red Wine

It’s been said for centuries; “A glass of red wine each day is good for you” – and it’s true. Here are a few reasons why red wine is good for your health.

1. Heart Disease – The most studied benefit of red wine is its ability to protect against various types of heart disease. Scientists believe that regular consumption of red wine is a sure defence against coronary heart disease because of its ability to reduce the production of cholesterol.

2. Clots – Moderate wine drinkers have been found to have lower levels of protein fibrinogen (fibrinogen promotes blood clot formation)

3. Kidney Stones – Red wine has the ability to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

4. High Blood Pressure – Too much alcohol can increase blood pressure; however a study found that the blood pressure of wine drinkers after two glasses and a meal was lower than its initial state.

5. Reverse Smoking Effects – smoking impairs the body’s natural ability to relax it’s vessels. Red wine decreases this harmful effect on the cells in the vessels.

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