Tag: hardening of the arteries

Reduce Your Risk of Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a disease in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium and fibrin (the protein that forms a blood clot) clump together and form what’s called plaque. That accumulation can restrict blood flow. Lack of good blood flow can have serious and

Seeds are Rich in Healthy Fat and Fiber

Although seeds may be small in size, they are big in nutrition. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

What Is Heart Disease?

What Is Heart Disease?

Many people ask these types of questions: What is congestive heart failure? How do heart attack symptoms in women differ from heart attack symptoms in men)? What is hypertension? And what is heart disease? Yet there is no simple way to define cardiovascular disease, because it’s actually a broad term

Coffee Drinkers Have Clearer Arteries

Scientists may now better understand at least one way in which coffee could help to protect against cardiovascular disease. A large new Korean study reports that people drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 41% less likely to show signs of coronary artery calcium than non-coffee drinkers. This

Worried About Diabetes or Your Heart? Eggs Not Harmful

Two recent studies suggest egg lovers aren’t at higher risk of type 2 diabetes or coronary artery disease. In a new meta-analysis, egg consumption was largely unrelated to risk of type 2 diabetes. And in a population study, egg consumption was not associated with increased incidence of coronary artery disease

Q&A: Kidney Disease Diets; Curry; Mackerel Recipes; Red Grape Juice

Q. Can you advise me about a diet for the management of chronic kidney disease?
A. Jeanne P. Goldberg, PhD, Friedman School professor and director of the Nutrition Communication Program, responds: “A useful answer to your question would require considerably more information about your specific condition and that goes beyond the

3. Fats, Carbohydrates, and Protein

Basic Nutrients
Before you worry about getting enough of specific vitamins or minerals, it’s smart to consider the dietary roles of the three most basic forms of nutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and protein. These are so fundamental to the nutritional quality of the foods we eat that their relative proportions are actually

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