Monday, July 23, 2012

New Heart Disease Magic Pill

Everyone with a family history of high blood pressure and/or heart disease wishes there was a magic pill that could prevent the disease from moving any further down the ancestral line. It’s scary, knowing that your father, grandfather and brother have dealt or past away from cardiovascular diseases. And as you take your arginine supplements, exercise, eat right and watch your blood pressure, there is always a risk. That’s why some new information out of the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine in London is so interesting.

The Research
Researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London tested apolypill consisting of three blood pressure medications – amlodipine, losartan and hydrochlorothiazide – and simvastatin, a cholesterol-busting drug.  They found that during a three-month period, a single polypill significantly lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels in 84 study participants who were age 50 and older and had no history of cardiovascular disease. –

Sure, the study used participants with no family history of heart disease, but the results affect all cardiovascular treatments.

The potential for this pill is huge, Ward said, because the data suggest healthy adults 50 and older can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke from ever happening.

Researchers did say that this pill is not for those who are smokers, on high blood pressure or high cholesterol medications, are obese, or have other ‘bad’ habits. They also noted that the pill should absolutely be ‘used in conjunction with diet and exercise.’

Theoretically, it makes sense that the polypill works, but there is nowhere near the amount of evidence needed to prove it should make the jump from experimental to clinical use.

The Reality
If you have a family history of cardiovascular diseases, even if you don’t, the reality of this possibly fatal condition is that diet and exercise and a healthy lifestyle are the only, true way to fight the inevitable. If you eat right, maintaining low cholesterol levels, lowering your sodium intake, watching your fatty foods, keeping your blood pressure low with breathing exercises and low stress, as well as l-arginine supplements, and maintaining a positive outlook, you can beat the inevitable.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Low-Card Diets Linked to Heart Disease

A new study is linking low carbohydrates, an essential element to many weight loss programs, with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It’s amazing, right, that the very thing you are doing to try and get healthy and lose weight could be killing you. While you’re eating right, taking your arginine supplements to lower high blood pressure, and cutting out your carbs, you could be doing damage to your body.

The Study
According to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal, a low carbohydrate diet can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease by 4%. The tentative reason that researchers pointed out for this increase risk of heart attack was the link between low-carb diets reduces ‘the intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals, while increasing intake of protein, usually accompanied by cholesterol and saturated fats.”

Low-carb diets have been popular for many years now, requiring individuals to reduce or completely cut out carbohydrates in order to fill their body with more lean protein and ‘healthy foods.’ It’s made complete sense over the years that filling up on carbs, especially empty carbs, can be detrimental to your weight. But this new study is showing how cutting our carbs completely means that you’re probably cutting out some elements of your natural diet that are beneficial for your body, main fiber and vitamins.

From a dietary survey, the researchers found that if women decreased their carb intake by 20g a day and increased their protein intake by 5g, they had a 5% increased risk of cardiovascular disease. – Huffington Post

The Response
Of course, the people behind many of these low-carb diets, including the Atkins diet, are speaking out against this recent report.

Responding to these findings, Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition and education for Atkins Nutritionals Inc, told HuffPost Lifestyle: “To suggest this is a report on an ‘Atkins-style’ diet is extremely misleading. This observational study simply states that ‘fewer carbs’ and ‘higher protein’ intake was associated with higher incidence of heart disease.

The key to any diet, no matter what, is to make sure your educated on the benefits and risk factors. Do you know how your body will response to a change in diet and a change in arginine supplements? Before you start any diet regiment, speak to your doctor and get the “ok.”