Saturday, February 27, 2016

Is Diet Or Exercise More Important For Heart Disease Prevention?

A proper diet and regular exercise should form an indispensable part of a person’s lifestyle should he or she wishes to lower the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. But if he or she has to make only one choice, which of these two should he or she choose? 

Many people have a misconception that they can simply eat whatever they want and they can simply burn off the excess calories by exercising. Sadly, this might be misleading and unscientific.

Regular physical exercise, as shown by research, is no doubt essential for one to live a long, healthy life as physical activity helps prevent heart disease and stroke as well as other diseases including Alzheimer’s. Exercise also protects the joints from arthritis and pain. However, recent report published in the journal “Obesity Reviews” argued that regular exercise alone rarely helps lose weight, and sometimes even results in weight gain.

Numerous studies, on the other hand, have linked diet improvements to weight loss and lower risks of death and disease, regardless of the participants' exercise habits. Several studies tend to show that in terms of weight loss, diet does play a much bigger role than exercise. Nevertheless, people who have lost weight and are able to keep it off do exercise at the same time. In other words, a person’s health goals should include eating a proper diet and have a regular physical activity.

Problem is that for some people, they just do not have the willpower to tackle both at the same time. If this is the case, they should first focus on improving their diet, according to health experts. Imagine this, if a person wishes to reduce, say 500 calories, he or she needs either to walk 5 miles or to just cut a Snickers bar or similar food that is of 500 calories. Obviously, it is much easier for one to watch the diet than to walk 5 miles every day.

Obesity and overweight can lead to many medical disorders including Type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain types of cancer. Hence, maintaining a healthy weight is important! This can be done by balancing what is eaten with physical activity. If a person is sedentary, he or she should try to become more active. If one is already active, he or she should continue the same level of activity as he or she ages. Remember this, more physical activity is better than less, and any is better than none.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Heart Disease Prevention - Why Energy And Sports Drinks Should Be Consumed With Caution?

Several recent studies in the United States have found the rising popularity of these drinks among youth. For instance, a study published in May 2015 highlighted that about 1 in 5 youth up to 17 years old in the American consumes sports drinks at least once a week. Meanwhile, sales of energy drinks rose by 53 percent from 2007 to 2012 in contrast to decreasing sales for most other sugary drinks. Click the following link for more details:

Friday, February 05, 2016

Would Red Wine Cut Heart Disease Risk For Diabetics?

Being responsible for about 88,000 deaths in the United States, excessive alcohol consumption could lead to development of chronic diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and liver disease. This is what CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has been warning the general public.

A recent study, however, indicated that a glass of red wine at dinner is safe and likely to benefit people with Type-2 diabetes. Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev-Soroka Medical Center and Nuclear Research Center Negev, Israel found that people who followed a healthy diet and drank a glass of red wine at dinner had better HDL (good cholesterol) and other good health-related factors than people on the same diet who just drank mineral water. Their findings were published online 13 October 2015 in journal ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’.

In the study, 224 adults with Type-2 diabetes, who aged between 40 and 75, were randomly selected to drink 150 milliliters (about 5 ounces) of either mineral water, white wine or red wine with dinner for 2 years. All the participants were not alcohol drinkers previously, and they also followed a Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes plant-based foods, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and healthy fat instead of butter. 87 percent completed the trial, with 80 percent drinking their daily dose of wine.

2 years later, people who drank red wine with dinner had their HDL cholesterol increased, and they also had lower heart disease risk, as indicated by a lower ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. Compared to those who drank mineral water, people in the red wine group had fewer conditions of metabolic syndrome like a large waistline and high blood pressure, which would raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

The researchers, nevertheless, admitted that that except for a subset of participants whose livers processed alcohol relatively slowly, most people in the study did not have any improvements in their blood sugar levels. They also could not confirm those who drank wine at dinner had fewer heart attack or deaths, comparing to those who drank mineral water.

Risks and benefits of consuming alcohol for people with diabetes are indeed controversial. Though the study did suggest possible benefits of moderate drinking, for people with and without diabetes, it is not sure if doctors should ask their diabetic patients to drink.

While some health experts doubted the benefits to cholesterol, metabolic risk factors and blood sugar control were large enough to make a practical difference, they had no objection about adding a glass of wine with dinner. They, however, warned that wine itself might impact people’s blood sugar.

Drinking alcohol with food is always a better idea than drinking alcohol alone. Patient should check before and after meal sugars to see if alcohol is having any immediate impact on sugar control.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Heart Disease Prevention - How To Get Kids Eat More Fruits And Vegetables?

In a recent paper published online August 18, 2015 in the ‘Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’, researchers from the Utah State University in Logan suggested that kids might eat more fruits and vegetables if they are offered cash. According to them, cash prizes might help convince kids to overcome their fear of trying new things. Find out more at: