Calcium pills can harm men’s hearts?
Almost unthinkable but this is a new finding based on a study of close to 400,000 middle aged Americans initiated in 1995-1996. It shows that men who take calcium tablets are more likely to die of heart disease within the next 12 years than those who do not take extra calcium in supplement form. This conclusion was reached by researchers at the National Cancer Institute in the USA.
Volunteers answered queries on their lifestyles, general health and diet, including use of supplements. Researchers then tracked the number who died and the causes of death over 12 years. About half of the men and more than two-thirds of the women said they took calcium supplements or multivitamins containing calcium at the outset. Continue reading
A British study has found that vegetarians are one-third less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart related diseases. Keeping to a vegetarian diet keeps you healthy and fit, something scientists, researchers and medical practitioners have been discussing and debating for decades.
Researchers at the University of Oxford tracked almost 45,000 people living in England and Scotland who initially gave a regular report on their diet, lifestyle and genera health in 1990s. One-third said they kept to a strict vegetarian diet. Over the next 11-12 years, 1086 of the participants were hospitalized for heart diseases, and 169 died. Continue reading
It is now proven that lack of sleep can lead to heart diseases.
According to the December issue of Journal of the American Medical Association, people who get 5 -7 hours of sleep nightly are almost twice as likely to develop early signs of blood vessel damage as those who get more rest. The research is led by Diane Lauderdale, an epodemiologist at the University of Chicago. The study involved 495 people aged 35 – 47 who did not have existing heart damage to see whether a lack of sleep might be a contributing factor to heart diseases.
The largest group of subjects received 5-7 hours of sleep a night. Over the 5 years of study, about 11% developed calcified arteries. With less than 5 hours of nightly sleep, the danger rose starkly with 27% developing blood vessel calcification during the study. In contrast, only 6% of those who received more than 7 hours of sleep showed signs of heart damage at the end of the study.
Earlier studies had shown that lack of sleep may contribute to obesity and diabetes.
Heart disease often occurs only after years of damage to the blood vessels that surround and support the cardiac muscle. A key step in the damage occurs when deposits of calcium build up on blood vessel wall, setting the stage for the growth of plaque laden with fat, clotted blood and immune cells.
Are these 7 mistakes killing your sleep?
(source: Mind Your Body, 1 Jan 2009)
This is not directly about healthy living or eating healthy, but this is a very interesting tool that we can all try out. Named “Your Disease Risk“, this is a really cool set of questions that you can answer online, and instantly get an estimate of your risk level for:
– Heart Disease
Quote from the Harvard School of Public Health:
Your Disease Risk has been transferred to the Washington University in St. Louis and can be accessed at: www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu.
This important health tool was originally developed at the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health and is also accessible at www.diseaseriskindex.harvard.edu.
So, if you think you are really healthy now, or if you think you might be a tad at risk, go answer some questions and have a feel for what your risks factor are with Your Disease Risk.
My dad unfortunately had to go through an emergency heart bypass surgery recently. He had mostly followed an average dietary lifestyle all along. In a general medical check-up 1 of the major arteries was found to be 90% clogged.
(photo courtesy : buffalo.edu)
The operation was successful & he recoverd remarkably well, thanks to my mother’s support. But his appetite levels were low, prompting me to advice him certain sprouts beneficial for his situation. Raw sprouts are rich with enzymes and don’t need any digestion. They provide all the nutrients with minimal calories so even with low food intake he can be assured of his body getting all the essential micro nutrients. I was pleased to find him game for them . Here are my 3 recommendations for everyone’s benefit: Continue reading