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Why Conventional Blood Tests Aren’t Enough to Detect Heart Disease Risk

Why Conventional Blood Tests Aren’t Enough to Detect Heart Disease Risk

Despite regular testing for cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. at your doctor visits, and prescribed medications and diets for abnormal levels revealed from such testing, most people who have a heart attack or stroke have very few or even no conventional heart disease risk factors. This phenomenon has stumped doctors and researchers for decades. The truth is, conventional…

Four Blood Tests for Heart Disease Your Doctor Probably Missed

Four Blood Tests for Heart Disease Your Doctor Probably Missed

You are already familiar with the usual blood tests that tell you whether you’re at greater risk for heart disease—total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. But these tests only give part of the picture (and when it comes to cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the numbers aren’t as accurate as you’re led to believe). The following four…

Low-Fat Diet or Low-Carb Diet?

At one point or another—or, more likely, for as long as you can remember—you have avoided foods high in fats because you are heeding the advice of most dieticians and nutritionists, and the medical community at large. But you might be surprised to learn that fat is actually good for you, and the low-fat diet craze is based on faulty…

Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Diabetics

One of the best ways to get diabetes under control is by eating a low-carbohydrate diet. Carbohydrates include mostly sugars and starches, with fiber making up a smaller portion. Starches—as found in breads, pastas, pastries, crackers, etc.—break down into sugar in the digestive tract, so you can think of starches as “hidden sugars.” A diet high in carbohydrates is really…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Links Brain Health to Heart Health

Two of the most well-known beneficial effects of omega-3 fish oils are the improvements of cardiovascular and cognitive (heart and brain) health. These two benefits are usually investigated separately in studies, but a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal1 evaluated both together. They investigated the effects of fish oil supplementation on cognitive performance in healthy individuals, and related that…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Protects Against the Harms of Air Pollution

Here I am blogging about the benefits of omega-3s again. It seems that every week more research is published on the health protecting effects of omega-3s. This week is no exception. In a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, twenty-nine healthy adults were given either 3 grams daily of fish oil (containing about 2 grams EPA + DHA)…

Dietary Salt And Heart Health—What To Believe?

People with high blood pressure are generally advised to reduce their intake of dietary salt. The average U.S. salt consumption is about 3,400 mg per day, but the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend keeping sodium intake below 2,300 mg per day for healthy people, and under 1,500 mg for people with high blood pressure and for those at risk…

What Omega-3 Are You Getting?

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Many people are familiar with the term “omega-3.” And many people also know that good sources…