Diabetes Type 2

The Heart-Brain Connection

…women, researchers found that those women who ate the most green, leafy and cruciferous vegetables were two years younger than their counterparts in mental function. And while we may lack RDA-type information about what quantities of these foods are best for your brain, it certainly can’t hurt (and…

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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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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates; 30 percent healthy fats; and 25 percent protein. * If you have a family history of diabetes (whether type 1 or type 2) or if you are overweight, you have a higher propensity for developing insulin resistance. Many with insulin resistance also have high…

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New Research Makes Olive Oil One of My Top Heart-Healthy Foods

…Francisco Perez-Jiminez of the University of Cordoba, researchers recruited 20 people with metabolic syndrome—a condition that’s linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and premature death. For six weeks, the participants ate a breakfast that contained olive oil that was either low in phenolic compounds…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…results are important in terms of possible primary prevention with simple dietary awareness and intervention. What Is a Hemorrhagic Stroke? There are two types of strokes. Most are ischemic in nature which are caused by a clot or plaque which blocks an artery to, or within, the brain. The remainder are hemorrhagic…

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7 Reasons Why Exercise Is More Powerful than a Drug

…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 * How to Knock Out Diabetes—Before…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

Many people think of diabetes and heart disease as two separate conditions, but they're closely related. The most common problem is atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that usually starts before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. The accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…Were More Likely to Lead to Diabetes Than Low Doses In this newest study published in journal Diabetologia, the researchers looked at two types of statins: simvastatin and atorvastatin. Those taking high-dose simvastatin had a 44% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, versus 28% for those taking…

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Statin Medications Can Cause Diabetes, Memory Loss

…require makers of cholesterol-lowering statin medications to put new warnings on the label—namely that these drugs can up your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and memory loss. First off, I praise the FDA for finally stepping up and doing the job they should be doing. As I'll mention in a minute, I do…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…-damaging 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…

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Dark Chocolate Can Be Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

…chocolate intake (1-2 bars per week), moderate intake (3-4 bars per week), and high intake (more than 4 bars per week). They didn’t specify the size or type of the bars eaten, but all blood pressure levels were measured by well-trained pharmaceutical students. What they found is that those participants who…

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A Healthy Heart Diet Should Not Include High Fructose Corn Syrup

…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 (NO), a key chemical that helps keep arteries dilated. * High fructose corn syrup interferes with the metabolism of two key minerals…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

…damaging 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…

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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…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

I thought I knew all there was to know about the perks of different types of fruit, but then I discovered a refreshing summertime drink with a fruit I had underestimated: watermelon. Watermelon contains a number of important nutrients, including: * Carotenoids lycopene and beta carotene that neutralize…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…"experimental group" ate an 80-g chocolate bar containing 557 mg of procyanidins, while the "controls" nibbled on a white chocolate bar. Blood samples taken two hours later revealed that the study group had a definite rise in antioxidant activity, which reverted to normal within six hours. In essence, this finding…

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