Tag: prevention of cardiovascular disease

No Heart Benefit Seen for Women Taking Multivitamins

Multivitamin supplements are no substitute for a nutritious diet in preventing cardiovascular disease, according to a large new study of multivitamin use in women. Despite the widespread use of multivitamin supplements, few studies have investigated whether they reduce the risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. In 2012, results from

Eat Your Reds (Veggies, That Is!)

Eating greens used to be synonymous with eating more vegetables. Today, eating a rainbow of vegetables is the mantra for healthy eating. Research continues to reveal the unique nutrients found in every color spectrum—green, red, yellow, orange, purple, white—but red vegetables received a nod from the USDA with the addition

Make Olive Oil Your Number One Oil

The olive tree, which dates back at least 6,000 years, has long been a symbol of friendship among nations. In fact, the dove with an olive branch is a long-standing icon of peace, and olive branches were awarded to the winners of Olympic games as a token of victory. For

Multis Don’t Prevent Heart Disease or Cancer

In an updated recommendation on vitamin and mineral supplementation to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concludes that “current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms” of the use of multivitamins, as well as the use of single or paired nutrient

Aspirin Therapy is Not Without Risks

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued new guidelines for aspirin therapy, but also cautions Americans to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of taking the drug. The new guidelines (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 12) highlight aspirin’s protective effects against colon cancer, as well as heart attack

Should You be Taking Aspirin?

According to a recent national survey (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, May), 52 percent of people age 45 to 75 are taking aspirin daily or every other day. Many have been advised to do so by their doctor, says Mount Sinai cardiologist Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD. “Aspirin can help keep

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