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A million fewer heart attacks and strokes

A million fewer heart attacks and strokes

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has joined seeks to empower Americans to make healthy choices with Million Hearts™  to offer three online tools to calculate heart attack risk, track and manage heart health, and a tool that shows you what you’re doing right to protect your heart health—and where there’s room for change. Million Hearts™ [...]

February 7, 2013 Susan Health Screens, Heart Disease, Heart Health & Cholesterol Comments Off on A million fewer heart attacks and strokes

Blame modern life?

Blame modern life?

Heart disease is a modern epidemic. Before the industrial revolution—when people had to do almost everything by hand (and foot), manual labor and diets rich in protein and low in carbs, fats and salts, kept the bodies of our foremothers and forefathers fit and their heart muscle strong. Of course, there were other risks to [...]

February 7, 2013 Susan Diabetes, Heart Disease, Heart Health & Cholesterol, Miscellaneous health topics, Women's Health Comments Off on Blame modern life?

Why the fuss about homocysteine?

Why the fuss about homocysteine?

Like many of the chemical substances that work inside your body to build and maintain its cells and systems—homocysteine  is a metabolite.  It starts as one thing and ends as another. Or at least it should. Homocysteine for protein processing Methionine is one of 11 essential amino acids the body requires from dietary sources such [...]

January 15, 2013 Susan Heart Disease, Thyroid Screens Comments Off on Why the fuss about homocysteine?

Hypothyroidism increases risk of heart disease, attack or stroke

Hypothyroidism increases risk of heart disease, attack or stroke

You probably know this: The thyroid gland produces hormones that act upon every cell in the body. When the thyroid is “underactive” as in “hypo” thyroid disease, metabolic processes are disrupted resulting in a range of symptoms. But did you know, when one system goes awry, it can cause a domino effect in the body? [...]

January 15, 2013 Susan Heart Health & Cholesterol, Thyroid Screens Comments Off on Hypothyroidism increases risk of heart disease, attack or stroke

Building on your cholesterol check

Building on your cholesterol check

The American Heart Association recommends a fasting cholesterol test for adults over age 20 once every five years.  A simple test provides information about total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. But did you know there is a range of cholesterol tests?  For example, an NMR lipoprofile uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to evaluate [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Women's Health Comments Off on Building on your cholesterol check

Hey guys! Are you one of the 52 percent?

Hey guys! Are you one of the 52 percent?

If there are two things we know about men it’s that they dislike doctor visits and more than half don’t get enough exercise.  A third are considered obese and 31 percent have hypertension. Are you one of them? A simple blood and urine test, purchased online and fulfilled at a lab near you, can provide [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Men's Health, Obesity and related diseases Comments Off on Hey guys! Are you one of the 52 percent?

Hey girl! If you don’t do it, it won’t get done

Hey girl! If you don’t do it, it won’t get done

Did you know that one lab test provides more than 50 health screens for women?  If you decide to do anything for yourself during the holidays, do this. Kick off the season with a lab test that provides 50 measures of health, including a complete blood count, cholesterol check, screens for diabetes, kidney and liver [...]

December 2, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Diabetes, Thyroid Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on Hey girl! If you don’t do it, it won’t get done

NMR lipoprofile ideal for borderline cholesterol cases

NMR lipoprofile ideal for borderline cholesterol cases

Now, a more specific cholesterol measure is available for people with borderline LDL cholesterol levels or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) lipoprofile uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to measure how lipoproteins, such as LDL are metabolized. Unlike traditional cholesterol blood tests, the NMR lipoprofile measures the size of LDL [...]

September 4, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens Comments Off on NMR lipoprofile ideal for borderline cholesterol cases

Is the paleodiet a triglycerides antidote?

Is the paleodiet a triglycerides antidote?

Recent nutritional research examines the earliest human diet, the Paleolithic diet or paleodiet, in search of answers to recent health crises such as obesity and diabetes. The paleodiet was full of variety and was sourced mainly by hunting and gathering.  Early humans consumed berries, fruits, plants, as well as small and large game. However, due [...]

August 30, 2012 Susan Cholesterol Screens, Heart Disease, Men's Health, Nutrition, Obesity and related diseases, Women's Health Comments Off on Is the paleodiet a triglycerides antidote?

Nuts are a super food that can lower cholesterol

Nuts are a super food that can lower cholesterol

Nuts are a super food—a small food that packs a big punch. Full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, many health practitioners are “going nuts” over nuts. Eating nuts is a convenient way to add dietary protein and fiber to your diet. And antioxidants found in nuts are credited with cell protection properties that help fight [...]

August 30, 2012 Susan Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Nuts are a super food that can lower cholesterol