In 2007 researchers believed the diabetes drug Avandia might triple heart risks. And now they know for sure! A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals elderly diabetics taking rosiglitazone, the other name for Avandia, were more likely to suffer congestive heart failure and more likely to die; The New York Times reports.
Bad news for me! My family knocks off early. New research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society claims children of centenarians have greater longevity and 78% lower risk of heart attack, 83% lower risk of stroke and 86% lower risk of diabetes; Reuters reports.
Well, for those of us with short-lived elders, this is NOT a death sentence. Eating a healthy diet will boost your longevity, so will staying busy and independent and health guru and near-centenarian, Jack Lalanne, insists enjoying all the wonderful things we have helps too.
- Having no stress would be great! And there’s an added perk for cancer patients. New research in Cancer claims reducing stress, by exercising and eating healthfully, can help prevent relapses and fight cancer; via NewScientist.
- China’s food safety has drawn intense scrutiny, prompting the FDA to open an office in Beijing. According to a spokesperson it will enhance the regulatory cooperation between the United States and China; CNN reports.
- A new study in Envrionmental Health Perspectives reveals women exposed to higher doses of hairspray increase their baby’s risk for a birth defect called hypospadias. Researchers blame phthalates, a chemical most often found in plastics; via the BBC News.
- Great Britain wants to ban happy hour. Health officials claim low-priced drink specials entice young adults to imbibe and this has caused an increase in liver-related deaths among young people; the Associated Press reports.
- Here’s another ban idea. Research in the Journal of Law & Economics suggests banning fast food commercials could cut childhood obesity by 18%. Findings reveal fast food ads have helped triple the rate of obesity; via the Associated Press.
- Diabetic women, younger than aga 65, have worse cardiovascular risk profiles than diabetic men of similar age. The findings in Heart claim women’s lower risk of heart attack than men vanish when they’re diagnosis with diabetes; Reuters explains.
According to Dr. Fuhrman, eating a vegetable-based diet can help type-1 diabetics reduce their insulin requirements and keep glucose levels under excellent control. Good thing! Because a new study in Diabetes Care reveals strict blood sugar control staves off diabetes-related eye and kidney disease; via Reuters.
A study of depressed type-2 diabetics revealed they had a higher than average hemoglobin A1C level, an indicator of long-term blood sugar control. Published in General Hospital Psychiatry researchers suggest the pangs of depression may impede them from making necessary lifestyle changes to control their diabetes; via Reuters.
It gets worse. New research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism claims insufficient levels of vitamin D lead to heart trouble and another study, this one Hypertension, reveals low vitamin D is associated with high blood pressure; Reuters reports.
And recently the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested doubling children’s daily intake of vitamin D. It can help prevent rickets and diabetes in kids.
Not good. New research in Pediatrics claims more and more kids are taking medications for chronic conditions, like hypertension, diabetes, depression and high cholesterol. No surprise, but childhood obesity is being blamed; via Booster Shots.
Actually, we’ve seen this before. In fact, some people want to prescribe statins to kids. Sure, heart disease starts in youth, but instead of stuffing pills down their throats. Why not teach kids the importance of healthy eating and NOT the easy way out!
A new study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases claims diabetics eating fish twice a week have less risk of kidney disease because they excrete less protein in their urine, a common indicator of kidney trouble; Reuters reports.
Here’s what Dr. Fuhrman said about it:
Anytime you add fish, fish oil, DHA supplements, flax or walnuts to a diet you will see dramatic health benefits for a variety of illnesses. This is consistent with other studies, so in that context it is reasonable to advise people to include sources of omega-3 and even DHA in their diet. This can be met with plant sources of omega-3 and a vegan DHA supplement such as DHA Purity or this need can be met with fish or fish oil.
Other foods, like green vegetables, beans, raw nuts and seeds, actually help prevent and reserve diabetes. Now, DHA deficiency has been linked to depression, dyslexia, aggressiveness, alcoholism and even reduced intelligence.
But, before you go fish crazy, be mindful of seafood’s pollution issues.
According to the CDC the rate of new diabetes cases in the United States nearly DOUBLED over the last 10 years. West Virginia has the highest rate, 13 in 1,000 adults, while Minnesota boasted the lowest rate with 5 in 1,000 adults having diabetes; the Associated Press reports.
And, to make matters worse, new studies in Archives of Internal Medicine show U.S. diabetics have doubled their spending on diabetes-related drugs. Posting a total bill of $12.5 BILLION! Experts suggest finding ways to drive down the cost; via the Associated Press.
Now, a more frugal option would be HALTING the spread of diabetes! A vegetable-based nutrient-dense diet can prevent and reserves the effects of diabetes. So does exercise, like Tai Chi. And previous research shows eating more green veggies helps lower diabetes-risk too.
Hopefully you did! Because new research in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals 20 years of turning the clocks back has caused a DROP in the number of heart attacks on the Monday following the time switch, the extra hour of sleep could be why; via the Associated Press.
Sleep is good? Wow, who would have thought! A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are also smart ways to SUPERCHARGE your heart. And remember, things like diabetes, asthma and even erectile dysfunction have the opposite effect, they INCREASE heart disease-risk.