- 5/08 - Salt may be harming more than your blood pressure.
Research indicates that not only did a high salt diet
increase systolic blood pressure (the high number) but also
stiffness in artery linings and in the left ventricle of the
heart. Test results were based on a study of young men with
normal blood pressure eating a high salt diet (about
5,200mg) for 5 days. Hypertension
- 4/08 - Eating more food less often can damage your health,
according to researchers at the the National Institute on
Aging (NIA) and US Agricultural Research Service (ARS),
putting individuals at higher risk of high cholesterol and
- 10/07 - DHA and EPA, the long-chain omega-3s found in fish
oil may lower your risk of heart disease. The short-chain
omega-3, ALA, is less beneficial and may raise the risk for
prostate cancer. When reading labels, be sure either DHA
and/or EPA is listed including the amount. If not listed,
read the ingredients for fish or fish oil (DHA and EPA) or
algal oil (DHA). If the ingredients show flaxseed or flax
oil or soybean or canola oil, the omega-3 is probably ALA.
Nutrition Action Healthletter
- 10/07 - Postmenopausal women who ate at least half a
grapefruit every other day (which researchers believe may
raise estrogen levels) have a 30% higher risk of breast
cancer than those who don't eat grapefruit.
- 7/04 - The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection
Act, which goes into effect in 2006, will require plain
English labeling of products containing wheat, milk, soy,
peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, or eggs. These foods
account for about 90% of all food allergies.
- 7/04 - The federal government may be replacing the Food
Guide Pyramid with something that will motivate people to
eat healthier. New dietary guidelines are currently being
reviewed and a revised version is due out in early 2005.
- 3/04 - The FDA is urging food packagers to change product
labels to reflect serving sizes actually consumed. For
example, nutritional information on a 20-oz soda should
reflect 1 serving instead of 2.5 servings, since most people
drink the whole bottle at one time.
- 2/04 - Institute of Medicine advises healthy 19-50 year-old
adults to keep their sodium intake to 1,500mg. Older
individuals, African Americans, and people with chronic
diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, and kidney
disease, should consume less.
- 1/04 - New product by Astaris, Nutrifos® 100 Sodium-Free,
enables poultry, meat and seafood processors to improve
quality and taste of low-sodium brands, particularly
chicken- and turkey-based breakfast meats.
- 10/03 - Health experts testifying before Congress,
suggesting that heavy reliance on carbohydrates and
avoidance of fats are causing overweight Americans. Want
government to overhaul food pyramid, citing pyramid does not
account for differences in unsaturated fats and high-fiber
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- 4/08 - Women who get 5 hours or less sleep are twice as
likely to develop high blood pressure and increases your
risk of obesity, depression and diabetes (other factors that
increase your odds of developing heart disease).
- 4/08 - Even though you may sleep through a night of noises,
such as snoring, sirens, or screeching care, your body is
aware of the noise and raises your blood pressure. Anything
exceeding 35 decibels (dB), such as the hum of a
refrigerator (40 dB), raised the blood pressure of study
volunteers and the louder the noise, the higher the blood
pressure. European Heart Journal
- 1/07 - Moderate alcohol consumption may benefit people with
hypertension from having a heart attack. Studies show that
men who had 1 or 2 drinks a day had fewer deaths from heart
attacks than nondrinkers. Annals of Internal Medicine
- 10/06 - Blood pressure medications, in particular, Thiazide
diuretics, beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, may help
protect bones from breaking. Journal of Internal Medicine
- 3/05 - Changes to the retina may not only indicate
hypertension, but also help gauge the risk of a future
stroke or heart attack. Several studies show that people who
show changes in their retinal blood vessels are 2-4 times
more likely to have a stroke than those without changes.
Harvard Health Letter
- 7/04 - According to a Taiwanese study, consumption of 4 fl
oz (120 mL) per day or more of green or oolong tea in
moderate strength for one year significantly reduces the
risk of developing hypertension. Archives of Internal
- 3/04 - "Modest" increases in physical activity in previously
sedentary hypertensive individuals significantly decreases
blood pressure. While exercising just 30-60 minutes per week
reduces both systolic and diastolic, 61-90 minutes per week
reduced diastolic even more. However, increasing exercise
activity and frequency did not show additional reductions in
blood pressure. American Journal of Hypertension
- 2/04 - Studies indicate reduced salt intake and increased
potassium intake can lower blood pressure, however people
with kidney problems impairing potassium excretion and those
on certain types of drugs, like ACE inhibitors, should
consult with a healthcare provider before consuming more
potassium. Foods rich in potassium include potatoes,
halibut, squash, spinach, beans, salmon, yogurt, mushrooms,
bananas, orange juice, brussels sprouts, tuna, broccoli and
- 1/04 - Melatonin may lower nocturnal blood pressure. In a
study of 16 men with untreated hypertension, a significant
reduction in nocturnal blood pressure and improved sleep
occurred after three weeks of melatonin therapy (daily dose
of 2.5mg one hour before bedtime). A single dose had no
effect on blood pressure. Hypertension
- 10/03 – Study indicates Type A personalities (impatience,
hostility and competitiveness) and depressed individuals
with constant anxiety run a higher risk of developing
hypertension than more placid individuals.
- 10/03 - Low birth weight and lower socioeconomic class
associated with increased blood pressure in adulthood.
- 10/3 - Hypertension on the rise in U.S., nearly one third of
all adults -- 58 million -- have high blood pressure
according to researchers at University of South Carolina in
Columbia and Medical College of Wisconsin. After years of
decline, hypertension has increased 3.7 % (approximately 7
million people) during the past decade.
- 9/03 - Several studies indicate 50% of hypertensive patients
are insulin resistant. Insulin resistant individuals with
normal blood pressure could eventually develop hypertension
and coronary heart disease. Journal of Clinical Hypertension
- 4/08 - Several studies have found a link between gum
disease and heart disease. Periodontal deep-cleaning
promoted healthier blood flow to the heart.
The New England
Journal of Medicine
- 4/08 - A number of studies show moderate consumption of
alcohol, including beer can be good for your heart health.
Alcohol, in moderation, raises HDL (good cholesterol) and
has a favorable effect on blood vessels, making a clot less
- 3/04 - Recent studies find increased exercise reduces the
risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and
metabolic syndrome. More active or physically fit
individuals are less likely to experience coronary heart
disease (CHD) -- or acquire CHD at a later age -- and have
lower mortality rates than their sedentary counterparts. In
fact, the most sedentary individuals generally demonstrate
twice the rate of coronary artery disease as the most
physically active individuals.
- 3/04 - The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
diet not only benefits hypertension but also improves
insulin sensitivity. Diabetes Care
- 10/03 - World Health Organization warns women to take better
care of themselves. Heart attacks and stroke kill more women
each year than breast cancer.
- 8/03 - Studies indicate that roughly 90% of people with
severe heart disease have one or more classic risk factors—smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity
and diabetes. A healthier lifestyle—quitting smoking,
losing weight, exercising, lowering blood pressure and
controlling diabetes—could prevent or delay a majority of
the 650,000 new heart attacks each year.
- 4/08 - Moderate exercise - walking briskly half an hour a
day - can lower your risk of a stroke. University of South
Carolina Prevention Research Center
- 7/04 - According to a recent study, the risk of developing
dementia is high after a stroke. Alzheimer-like symptoms
appear during the first years after a stroke and then later
shifts to vascular dementia in subsequent years.
- 10/03 - A Danish study found that hypertensive women using
hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were at twice the risk of
having a stroke as nonusers. Conversely, HRT use in women
with normal blood pressure did not raise the risk.
- 9/03 - Daily consumption of green or yellow vegetables and
fruit reduces stroke risk 26% compared to once or less per
week according to 16-year Japanese study.
- 6/04 - New study indicates diabetics are 65% more likely
to develop Alzheimer's than non-diabetics.
- 3/04 - The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
diet not only benefits hypertension but also improves
insulin sensitivity, according to the results of a study at
Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
- 9/03 - Blood pressure control as important to Type 2
diabetics as blood glucose control. The British Journal of
Diabetes and Vascular Disease
Other Related News
- 7/04 - According to the AARP, prices for medicines
most used by older Americans rose steadily after the
Bush administration enacted the new Medicare law late
last year. Prices for drugs used most by the elderly
grew 6.9 percent in 2003. But the increase since
President George W. Bush signed the Medicare bill into
law was even sharper.
- Updated guidelines suggest people at risk for heart
attack or stroke and other high-risk patients should
reduce their LDL (bad) cholesterol to under 70. Other
high-risk patients include those who have two risk
factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary
heart disease, or diseased blood vessels to the brain,
arms, or legs.