Tag: prevent heart disease

New Details on the Risk and Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to

Newsbriefs: Statins; Thyroid Cancer; Heart Attack Test

Should You Take A Statin To Prevent Heart Disease?
In late 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its 2008 recommendations on statins for the prevention of heart disease (JAMA, Nov. 15, 2016). After weighing benefits and harms, they now suggest adults age 40-75 with no history of coronary artery

Are Sunflower Seeds Healthy?

Are Sunflower Seeds Healthy?

They can be eaten as a snack, sprinkled on top of salads, baked into granola bars, and made into a peanut butter substitute, but are sunflower seeds healthy?

Is Chocolate Actually Good for Your Heart?

Chocolate lovers are turning their candy wrappers into celebratory confetti over recent headlines (“The More Chocolate, the Better”) linking chocolate consumption to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. While previous studies have suggested the flavonoid compounds in dark chocolate might have heart benefits, the findings also associated milk-chocolate consumption

Finding High-Protein Foods from Plant Sources

Finding High-Protein Foods from Plant Sources

Some plant foods contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and healthy fats, along with a significant amount of protein. Studies suggest that adopting a plant-based diet lowers your risk of chronic disease and extends your life. Many health experts recommend including a few meatless meals that contain high-protein foods from plant

Hail Hazelnuts!

The Folklore. Filberts and hazelnuts (also known as cobnuts and hazels) are different names for the same tree and its small, sphere-shaped nut. The English named it hazelnut, and then French settlers came to call it filbert because the nuts would begin to ripen around August 22, St. Philibert Day.

2. Protein-Rich Superfoods

Your body requires protein to build, maintain, and repair muscles, bones, skin, nails, and hair. Protein is also an essential element in various compounds, including enzymes, hormones, antibodies and neurotransmitters, that your body needs to function properly. If you don’t consume enough protein, you may experience loss of muscle mass,

Who Cares for Your Heart?

Primary care physicians can help you with basic heart-health needs such as managing high blood pressure medications, providing recommendations about heart- smart foods and suggesting appropriate exercise options. But when your heart requires more attention than your primary care physician can provide, you may be referred to a heart specialist.

“Patients

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Consider Pros and Cons Carefully

During the 1980s and 1990s, older women were advised to take estrogen and other hormones to ease menopause symptoms and keep their hearts healthy. But in 2002, data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)—a large, randomized trial of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women—revealed that estrogen use failed to

Newsbriefs: Whole Grains; Mediterranean Diet

Big Benefits from Whole Grains.
People who regularly eat whole grains gain many health benefits, including lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association early this year found that people who consumed whole grains had a

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