Diabetes

5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

…of snacks that are loaded with too much fat, calories, and sodium. Americans are literally snacking their way to obesity, poor heart health, and diabetes. How can we continue to have delicious snacks while maintaing heart health? By making smart, informed choices. The truth is there are many heart-healthy…

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The Not So Sweet Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

diabetic with wide swings in her blood sugar, and I remember watching her sprinkle artificial sweeteners on her cereal. She enjoyed using these substances in her diabetic diet, even though I didn’t think it was a good idea. My mother also had a chronic tremor. Her doctor attributed it to the diabetes,…

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How to Lower High Triglyceride Levels: 5 Easy Steps

…woman and your triglycerides are elevated (above 200 mg/dL), you want to put some effort into lowering them, especially if you are a diabetic. If you are a diabetic woman who also has high triglyceride levels, your risk of developing heart disease increases to 200 times normal. How to Lower High Triglyceride…

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Skipping Breakfast Puts Your Heart at Risk

…your body stores fat, leading to more fat storage around the middle. All of these are major risk factors for heart disease and warning signs that diabetes could soon develop. Skipping breakfast puts your heart at risk in so many ways. In fact, the researchers found that those participants who were accustomed…

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Prevent Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

…as directed. * Delta tocotrienol: Take 100–200 mg of this natural form of vitamin E once a day. * Get grounded! Remember, heart disease—like diabetes, cancer and a host of autoimmune problems—is a disease caused by inflammation. In the case of heart disease, it’s the arterial walls that get…

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Avandia and Your Heart

…bay—have reason to be concerned. Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter have gotten my take on Avandia, as well as alternative solutions to treat diabetes, over the years. But the drug is back in the news this week, so let’s update you all on the subject. After years of discussion regarding the safety…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…prostate cancer. * Vitamin D3, which up to 85 percent of us are deficient in, is essential for heart and bone health, and protecting against cancer and diabetes. * Vitamin C helps to prevent coronary artery disease, strengthens the blood vessel walls and improves vasodilation. So, what should you take to enjoy…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

…does everything right for your health. The health benefits of watermelon include quenching inflammation, an underlying culprit in heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and asthma. How to make Watermelon Delight: Fill up a blender with chunks of chilled watermelon. Add water (either filtered…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…can give anyone with more than two episodes of AF a year is to take Coumadin. If you have fewer episodes of AF and no other health problems like diabetes, congestive heart failure, leaking heart valves or an enlarged heart, aspirin is a second choice. Finally, I want to mention that you never want to…

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8 Ways to Outsmart Poison Ivy

…unknowingly find themselves in. I should know. When I was seven years old, I spent a week in bed with poison oak. My poor mom was hospitalized with her diabetes, so my dad had to take time off from work to tend to me. It is a fond memory of my father’s Italian-style TLC, but I vowed never to get myself in…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…published in the journal Diabetes Care said that the death rate of people in the U.S. with diabetes has dropped substantially. Plus, the number of people with diabetes and heart disease has dropped as well, but is still much higher than those who don’t have diabetes. Facts About Diabetes and Heart Disease…

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…individualize your own approach to address as many modifiable risk factors as possible. What Are the Alzheimer's Risk Factors? * High blood pressure * Diabetes * High LDL cholesterol levels * Age * History of stroke * Head trauma Our age and genetics are factors that are not within your control. In fact,…

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A Delicious Heart-Healthy Breakfast—Overnight Oatmeal

…soluble fiber offers a sustained energy release. Plus, the American Diabetes Association also advises that foods high in soluble fiber, like oatmeal, may actually stabilize blood sugar and lower your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite heart-healthy breakfast?…

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Choosing the Best Form of Magnesium

…blood magnesium level is also the most common nutrient deficiencies we see. The mineral is often “used up” and thus depleted in patients with: * Diabetes * Congestive heart failure * Atherosclerosis * Chest pain * High blood pressure levels * Cardiac arrhythmias * Heart muscle disease * Hheart attack…

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On the Road With Dr. Sinatra

…every month keeps us abreast of the latest in cardiology. When Dr. Sinatra hears of a cutting edge way to prevent heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, or what have you, he tracks down the story. He sleuths it out and gets the details so he can bring it straight to his monthly…

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Is Niacin Effective and Safe? Here’s My Take

…the risk of stroke, heart disease, and death. Plus, it caused serious side effects—including skeletal and gastrointestinal problems, as well as diabetes. These niacin findings are based on the results of two clinical trials. The first, called the AIM-HIGH trial, looked at 3,414 high risk patients taking…

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How to Naturally Protect Your Vision Health

…told me that the thing she missed most was seeing a simple sunset. You see, my mom developed cataracts subsequent to diabetes. Her deteriorating vision health was difficult. Diabetics have a high incidence of both cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading causes of blindness today. Vision health…

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Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

…and is a great choice for a light lunch or side dish with dinner. And since it’s low glycemic, it’s a perfect recipe for people living with diabetes. Simple Salad Caprese Serves 2 * 2 large tomatoes cut into 10 slices * 10 large fresh basil leaves * 2 ounces light mozzarella cheese cut into 10…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…the American Diabetes Association suggest giving statins to nearly everyone with diabetes as a preventive measure against cardiac events Yet, the problem with both those recommendations is that there’s strong—and growing—evidence that statin use can lead to diabetes, and diabetes is one of the…

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4 Heart Risk Factors That Affect More Women Than Men

…“Dr. Sinatra” way to safe weight loss. * Diabetes: Diabetic women have a higher risk for heart disease than diabetic men. This is because the incidence of diabetes and its complications (including heart disease) is much higher in women. If you are a diabetic woman, your risk for heart disease is five…

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8 Ways to Avoid Colorectal Cancer

…Losing excess weight is extremely important to holding down your colorectal cancer risk. A healthy weight also decreases your diabetes risk, which is important since diabetes is linked to higher rates of colorectal cancer. 2. Exercise: You want to try and exercise for at least 20-minutes, three times…

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7 Reasons Why Exercise Is More Powerful than a Drug

…reduce breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. 7. Lower your blood sugar by improving your use of insulin and preventing insulin resistance and diabetes. Now it’s your turn: What is your favorite type of exercise? You May Also Be Interested In: * Why Yoga is Powerful “Medicine” for Your Heart…

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Sugar is a Major Cause of Heart Disease

For years, we’ve been told to watch our fat intake. But if you saw me on Dr. Oz’s show, you heard me say that the real villain in heart disease isn’t fat—but sugar. With Americans eating a diet that’s high in sugar, and other refined carbohydrates that are converted to sugar, we’re…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…sudden cardiac death that is independent of all the other usual American Heart Association heart risk factors, such as age, chronic hypertension, diabetes, smoking and so on. Electropollution and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia A lot of people have poor respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Medications, such as…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…other antioxidants such as CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin E and selenium, to create powerful synergistic protection. For the elderly, those with diabetes, smokers, women taking birth control pills, people susceptible to infections and those with compromised immune systems, I wouldn't hesitate to use…

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Menopause and High Blood Pressure

…blood pressure can climb. This is nothing to take lightly. High blood pressure levels are linked with serious degenerative health issues like Type 2 diabetes and renal failure, and can shorten a woman’s lifespan by 10 to 20 years. What’s even scarier is that high blood pressure levels often give you…

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Is Your Heart Getting Too Little (Or Too Much) Vitamin D?

…with low levels of vitamin D is extremely long and growing. Having adequate levels of vitamin D can help to protect you from everything from type 2 diabetes, to dementia, and cancer. One of the biggest bodies of research in support of vitamin D is the Nurses' Health Study (NHS). This enormous investigative…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

…their families. There Are Many Risk Factors for Stroke * Family history * Advancing age * Race (African Americans have higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and tobacco use, all of which are independent risk factors for stroke) * High blood pressure * Atrial fibrillation * High inflammation marker…

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Treat Heart Disease With a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…The lutein in tomatoes along with pumpkin seeds and other fine herbs and spices can help men with their prostate concerns. From heart disease and diabetes to sleep and sex, The Healing Kitchen will educate you about natural, tasty remedies for many of the illnesses that afflict the 20th century. If you…

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Even Mildly High Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk, Significantly

…having a stroke compared to those in the normal blood pressure range. This was true regardless of other stroke risk factors, such as smoking and diabetes. What’s also important is the higher the blood pressure, the higher the stroke risk. Those individuals at the high end of pre-hypertensive—meaning…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

…inflammatory activity as much as you can is a “no-brainer” for healthy brain aging, as well as protecting yourself from a host of issues from diabetes to arthritis and more. In addition to the earlier blog tips for reducing inflammation, remember that moderate aerobic exercise can also help increase…

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Warming Up When Your Hands and Feet Are Always Cold

…in the extremities, I generally found that what causes cold hands and feet could often be a number of things, from peripheral artery disease, to diabetes and Raynaud’s syndrome. How to Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm * Take the “awesome foursome” which can make a real difference in your heart health…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

…and 50% of people who have high cholesterol do not have heart disease. * Recent studies suggest statin drugs are associated with a higher risk of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. Dr. Bowden and I agree that while Big Pharmacies are busy raking in over $31 billion annually by…

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The Most Important Cholesterol Ratio to Watch

…Also Be Interested In * 7 Must-Know Cholesterol Facts Your Doctor Won't Tell You * An Important Warning About Cholesterol Lowering Statin Drugs & Diabetes RESOURCES J.M. Gaziono et. al. Circulation 1997; 96(8): 2520-25

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The Health-Boosting Power of Pure Maple Syrup

Truth be known, I consider myself a maple syrup snob—or maybe I should say “connoisseur.” Years of enjoying Vermont winter skiing with our kids included gathering around the breakfast table for the comforting breakfast of steel cut oatmeal drizzled with fresh local maple syrup. My Vermont…

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The Ideal Homocysteine Level for Cardiac Health

…consider switching to a methyl folate supplement, such as metafolin, the most highly bioavailable form of folic acid (not to be confused with the diabetes medication Metformin). I normally recommend 800 mcg daily. If metafolin doesn’t normalize your homocysteine level, you can add oral B12 in the form…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra: The A4M Conference

…from all the relapsing and suffering he sees—something more preventative. Just like cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure levels, diabetes, and other conditions, many lung disorders can be chronic and debilitating. And just like heart disease, there are so many adjunctive "alternative…

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Testosterone Levels and Cardiovascular Health

…(insulin resistance), oxidative stress, and clotting. Therapy for high testosterone levels has also been found to improve heart failure, angina and diabetes, but supplementing can be tricky. If you are interested in pursuing it, I highly recommend you do so with an experienced anti-aging doctor. You can…

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The Heart-Brain Connection

…healthy fats, and nutrients. The same Pan Asian Modified Mediterranean diet (PAMM) that Dr. Sinatra recommends to prevent cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders as well as promote overall optimum health, is a no-brainer when it comes to your mind. Everything that encourages healthy…

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Heart-Healthy Diets: 6 Surprising Foods to Avoid

…inflammation. Chemical sugar substitutes like aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin haven’t earned my trust either and can potentially contribute to diabetes and cancer. If you have to feed a sweet tooth, opt for very small amounts of honey, pure maple syrup, or the natural sweetener Stevia. 5. Margarine…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…inflammatory chemicals. Lowering your body weight by just 10 percent can bring down your blood pressure numbers and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. So when it comes to weight loss, keep in mind that a little means a lot. 5. No pain, no gain. Getting patients to exercise is a challenge for every…

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A Healthy Heart Diet Should Not Include High Fructose Corn Syrup

…hormonal reactions that contribute to weight gain and obesity, as well as arterial disease. Weight gain and obesity are the key risk factors for type 2 diabetes. * In animal studies reported just this year, a high fructose intake was found to raise the level of uric acid, which in turn inhibits nitric oxide…

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Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

…dropped to just 33 beats per minute (BPM), which he and his doctor attributed to his fitness. It wasn’t until the endocrinologist who monitors his diabetes expressed alarm that he was given a Holter to wear for 24 hours to see if he needed a heart pacemaker. It showed that not only was his heart rate…

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Debunking the Gluten-Free Myth

The biggest mistake people make when going on a gluten-free diet is that they eat foods that are high in sugar which can cause inflammation and weight gain. Gluten-free diets have received a lot of press in the last few years—with people touting it as the “secret to better health and weight…

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The Health Benefits of Resveratrol

…replication and enhancing cancer cell death in a variety of laboratory cell culture studies. * Muscle health, by reducing muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer. How much resveratrol should you take? As with every nutrient there is a “sweet spot” for dosing. If take 30 mg of resveratrol daily…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

…inflammatory chemicals. Lowering your body weight by just 10 percent can bring down your blood pressure numbers and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. * Saturated fat is something to be feared. Patients often avoid foods containing saturated fats, such as meat, eggs, nuts, and butter, fearing that…

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Walking Club Check-In: 10 Reasons to Walk!

…quicker mood elevator than antidepressants. 7. Your blood sugar will decrease, improving your use of insulin and preventing insulin resistance or diabetes. 8. You'll age more gracefully. When flexibility, bone mass, and muscle tone improve, you look and act younger. Lack of mobility gives away your age…

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Stroke Risk Factors—Why Younger People Are Having Strokes

…ischemic and people are developing risk factors for ischemic strokes at younger ages. These risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. There is also recent evidence showing that blood viscosity increases (thickens) with exposure to EMF technology, including cordless phones, cellular…

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How to Control Your Sugar Intake

…several days, sending blood sugar and insulin levels soaring toward weight and behavior problems, as well as seeding degenerative ailments, like diabetes, that are showing up at earlier and earlier ages. I’m not one to put a damper on fun, but I do want to make a case for moderation—during Halloween…

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Cholesterol Testing and Children: Should Children Take Statin Drugs?

…, soda, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed junk food. Those things—not high cholesterol—are what is making them fat, insulin resistant, diabetic, and vulnerable to early heart disease. Unfortunately, there’s no money to be made in exercise and dietary modifications. There are, however, huge…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…additional caution is that dark chocolate can act as a trigger-food or stimulant for people with an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). And, if you're diabetic, you must factor in the blood sugar problems that any sweet can cause and decide if chocolate is safe for you. The dark chocolate health benefits…

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A New Reason Toast to 2012 With a Glass of Red Wine

…cancer cells in laboratory experiments. * It protects against fragile, leaky blood vessels that are involved in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy—major causes of vision loss. What’s the best way to get your daily dose of resveratrol? While an occasional glass of red wine is certainly…

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Share Your Love on Valentine's Day

…me because she had read my medical record. Some of my friends call me the bionic man. Ha! I can't really lift trains. I am an insulin dependent diabetic and have had the following operations: Seven bi-passes, carotid artery, aortic artery, kidney cancer and prostate cancer for which I had radiation…

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