Smoking

Four Common Heart Risk Factors For Women

…factor for developing heart disease. The good news is that HDL is sensitive to factors such as smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise. So you can easily increase your HDL cholesterol by quitting smoking and dropping excess weight through a combination of healthy heart nutrition and physical activity…

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5 Things You Should (Almost) Never Do

…Maybe they will surprise you, too. So, here are five things you should avoid, at least most of the time: 1. Smoking: Not only does this addiction precipitate lung and pancreatic cancer, smoking can cause heart disease and a three-fold increase in age-related macular degeneration (AMD, the leading cause…

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Prevent Blood Clots by Reducing Fibrogen

…important contributor to high fibrinogen levels is cigarette smoking: Smoking is just about the worst thing you can do for your health. According to research, almost half of all heart risk factors can be attributed to cigarette smoking. While there may be some variations among labora?tories, an acceptable…

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

…light or occasional smoking or inhaling secondhand smoke can contribute to heart disease. Plus, like regular cigarettes, hookah can cause lung cancer later in life. In fact, an epidemiological study conducted by a researcher at the American Cancer Society, found that who smoked water pipes experienced…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…Whether you walk, dance, or play a sport, you want to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day. * If you smoke, quit. Sage Stallone was not alone in smoking a couple of packs daily. Smoking is hard on the heart because it slowly pushes up blood pressure at the same time that it encourages blood to…

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Is Your Heart, or Smoking, Affecting Your Memory?

…your heart. Researchers at the King’s College London just released new findings showing that high blood pressure, severe stroke risk factors, and smoking can impede cognitive function and memory. For their study, the researchers analyzed results from the Framingham study and English Longitudinal Study…

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Secondhand Smoke Hurts Your Pets

…still smoking. The handout is entitled “Secondhand Smoke and Your Pets,” written by Mardi Richmond and published by California-based Journeyworks Publishing. Even I was astounded at the message in the brochure. As a longtime pet owner, I just hadn’t given much thought to what second hand smoke could…

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Can Your Social Ties Protect You from Heart Disease?

…(an extended network of social support). It was also noted back then that smoking and lack of social support were the two leading risk factors for developing coronary artery disease in this group. That's interesting since smoking and hypertension are the two prominent risk factors for women. After years…

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6 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Bone Health

…Alcohol—Limit your intake to three glasses of wine per week. Alcohol, like caffeine, can pull calcium from bones. 6. Cigarette Smoking—The data on smoking indicate that it doubles the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture. Now it’s your turn: Are you avoiding these common bone robbers? You May Also…

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Statin Medications Will Not Reduce Lp(a)

…risk factors (homocysteine, fibrinogen and serum ferritin) evaluated by your doctor. * Be aware of other risk factors of heart disease, including smoking, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, high triglycerides, obesity, glucose intolerance and repressed emotions, which can have a harmful effect…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…help to prevent and treat VaD by reducing your risk for stroke including: * Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar in the normal range. * Avoid smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation. * Take 1–3 grams of fish oil daily. * For women over 65, take 100 mg of aspirin (equivalent to 1.25 baby aspirin…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…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 alpha blocking…

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Measuring Your HDL Cholesterol Level

…learning—and need to learn more yet. In the meanwhile, I urge you to do what you can to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. That would include not smoking, exercising regularly, and adhering to a good cholesterol-lowering diet. For more information about cholesterol screening guidelines and other tips…

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Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

…improve memory. Incorporating the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Into Your Diet * Use it for cooking. Just remember not to heat it to the point of smoking. Any oil, including coconut oil, can produce toxic byproducts when overheated. Another way is to eat coconut or coconut products every day. * Mix it…

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Watch Out For These Heart Risk Factors

…attack and stroke. * Oxidative stress. Unchecked free-radical activity accelerates age-related degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated by smoking, high sugar intake, excessive physical or emotional stress, heavy metal toxins, radiation, trans fats, and some drugs. * Poor bioenergetics. Bioenergetics…

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Coronary Artery Disease: More Common Than You Think

…about an unhealthy lifestyle. I probably don’t have to remind you traditional heart risk factors can predispose you to it, including: * cigarette smoking, * high blood pressure levels, * diabetes, * physical inactivity, * obesity, * unhealthy cholesterol levels, and * emotional stress. Research has clearly…

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Could Losing Weight Work as Well as a Statin?

As you know, I’ve found that inflammation—not cholesterol—is the real smoking gun in heart disease. Recently, a team of researchers, including the doctor who first linked heart disease to inflammation, has shown that weight loss in overweight or obese individuals reduces inflammation. Specifically…

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Osteoporosis 101

…(BMI) * Nutrition: Excessive intake of protein, caffeine (>400mg/day); inadequate vitamin D and calcium intake. * Lifestyle: too little exercise, smoking, too much alchohol (>7 drinks/week), and excessive dieting (yo-yo diets, anorexia, bulemia). * Diseases: Hyperthyroidism; hyperparathyroidism; multiple…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…attack and stroke. Oxidative stress. Unchecked free-radical activity accelerates age-related degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated by smoking, high sugar intake, excessive physical or emotional stress, heavy metal toxins, radiation, trans fats and some drugs. Poor bioenergetics. Bioenergetics…

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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

…it’s a warning we all need to heed if cell phones cause cancer. Is History Repeating? Cigarette manufacturers pushed back for three decades, saying smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer. Do we want to wait 30 years to find out just how pervasive the carcinogenic dangers from cell phones really are? But you…

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