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Cardiovascular Health Linked to Transition from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Dementia

A clinical study published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience investigated risk factors in the transition from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to dementia. Seventy-six patients ages 57 to 89 diagnosed with MCI were followed for six years. Neurological examinations, laboratory tests, and cognitive and health assessments were conducted every three to six months. The study […]

Coconut Oil Raises LDL-Cholesterol; is Not a Healthy Choice

A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials recently published in the journal Circulation concluded that coconut oil consumption results in significantly higher LDL (bad) cholesterol than consumption of non-tropical plant oils such as soybean and canola. To a much lesser extent, it also raises HDL (good) cholesterol. Increasing HDL-cholesterol levels has not been shown […]

It’s Never too Late for Women to Lower Stroke Risk

An analysis of data published recently in the journal Stroke found that certain lifestyle changes, even later in life, were associated with lower risk of stroke. Nearly 60,000 women, who were an average of 52 years old at the start of the study, were followed for 26 years. Quitting smoking, being physically active for 30 […]

Eating Fish Associated with Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk than Meat and Poultry

A new analysis found that intake of fish was associated with lower rates of incident disease and mortality than intake of meat or poultry. The observational study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, pooled data from six prospective cohort studies to include nearly 30,000 U.S. adults. Intake of processed meat, unprocessed red meat, or poultry was […]

Diet and Stroke Prevention

On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. While there are numerous factors that increase risk (including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart rhythm disorders, high cholesterol, exposure to tobacco, physical inactivity, and kidney disease), diet is a major modifiable risk factor for stroke. Stroke Basics: There are two main kinds […]

Do We Need to Limit Dietary Cholesterol?

For decades, major dietary recommendations in the U.S. included advice to limit intake of cholesterol from foods to 300 milligrams (mg) or less a day. This recommendation was not included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Similarly, the 2019 guidance from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology did not […]

Red Meat Intake Increases Cardiovascular Disease Risk

A randomized controlled feeding trial published in the European Heart Journal found that red meat consumption is more likely to lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) than the consumption of white meat or plant proteins. One hundred and thirteen healthy adult volunteers ate specially prepared meals for three four-week periods. One diet was based […]

Diet and Blood Pressure: The Heart of the Matter

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. If not controlled, this generally symptomless silent killer can lead to serious consequences, including stroke, kidney disease, heart attack, and blindness. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be prevented-and controlled-through healthy lifestyle choices.

Q. I have high cholesterol and my doctor told me to eat more beans....

Q. I have high cholesterol and my doctor told me to eat more beans. Why?

Regaining Lost Weight Negates Many Cardiometabolic Gains

A recent study by Tufts researchers published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that regaining some or all of lost weight diminished the cardiometabolic benefits of that weight loss. It is known that losing weight improves cardiometabolic risk factors, such as HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, HbA1c, and blood pressure. Weight regain after weight loss is common, but up until now the impact on cardiometabolic risk factors was not well established.