You already know that a high-fiber diet is healthy, but now there's more specific evidence that eating fiber can extend your life. Researchers examined the dietary habits of close to 400,000 adults aged 50 to 71 and then tracked them over a nine year period.
I'm normally a little skeptical when advocacy groups designate certain months to raise awareness of specific diseases. The cause is certainly worthy, but I'm not sure that these public relations campaigns make much of a difference – especially when there seem to be so many of them. Some studies have shown "awareness fatigue" with so many campaigns around.
What if taking an inexpensive vitamin supplement every day could lower your risk of a heart attack? Scientists have known for a while that folic acid (which is one of the B vitamins, and is also known as folate) lowers blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is a suspected culprit behind heart attacks because it increases blood clotting. But they've been confused by multiple studies which failed to show that folic acid supplementation decreased heart attacks.
Males and females are different from the day they're born and those differences continue throughout our lives – especially as we become more vulnerable to the diseases of aging. One example is peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by narrowing or blockages of arteries in the legs. Having this disease puts you at increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke so it's worth paying attention if you experience pain in your legs when you're walking or climbing the stairs. That pain is a major PAD symptom.
Heart disease, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 adults each year – and 150,000 of them are under 65, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. Two of the biggest risk factors are high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). Both of these can be treated with medication but as the CDC pointed out in a disturbing report this week, two out of three people who could benefit from this treatment don't get it.
We're headed toward the Super Bowl this coming weekend, and for many of us, that means an evening cheering on our teams and chowing down on game food. I used to think that this was the unhealthiest part of the evening: massive subs or pizzas with everything accompanied by a six-pack. But it turns out that the Big Game poses a threat beyond excessive fat, carbs and alcohol.
Breast cancer gets a lot of press but it's not the leading killer of women in this country. That distinction goes to heart disease. As Baby Boomers get older, heart disease threatens to become not only an even more prevalent killer but also a huge drain on health care budgets. According to a recent policy statement in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the cost to treat heart disease will triple in the next two decades even if rates don't go up.