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California ban on soda taxes worries health experts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

California’s new law banning taxes on sugary drinks in the nation’s most populated state handed the beverage industry a major victory.

Health advocates, however, say it’s a major defeat for the public’s well-being.

They’re already looking into options to repeal the law that passed Thursday after a […]

June 29th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Obesity, Sugar|Tags: , , |Comments Off on California ban on soda taxes worries health experts

How quickly electrical currents move through the legs may help predict heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Imagine stepping onto a scale – not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing.

That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance.

More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses […]

June 29th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How quickly electrical currents move through the legs may help predict heart failure

Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During her first pregnancy in 1994, Sophia Boulanger developed gestational diabetes and was later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Then in 2011, Boulanger was told she had 90 percent blockages in all five vessels supplying blood to the heart.

The quintuple bypass surgery that followed was […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, Stroke|Tags: , |Comments Off on Initiative aims to lower heart disease, stroke risk among millions with diabetes

We all need water for a healthy life – but how much?

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During the summer – and year-round – our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we really need every day to stay healthy?

The answer can get complicated.

“It’s hard to find an exact amount because it’s […]

June 8th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on We all need water for a healthy life – but how much?

Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

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Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year.

Yet even as the recovery continues – and as Puerto Ricans look ahead to the next hurricane season beginning Friday – physicians also […]

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Nutrition, Obesity, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Puerto Rico experts worry about long-term health issues as next hurricane season begins

South Asians’ high risk of cardiovascular disease has been hidden by a lack of data

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

South Asians living in the U.S. are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say.

Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are […]

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, multicultural, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Prevention, Research, Tobacco|Tags: , |Comments Off on South Asians’ high risk of cardiovascular disease has been hidden by a lack of data

Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study.

The findings, published Wednesday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of […]

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Preterm birth may help predict heart disease risk in women

‘Ideal’ heart health is eluding more of us, increasing risks of heart disease and death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The percentage of people with ideal heart health – measured by scoring seven lifestyle and biological markers – declined over two decades, according to a study that found people who maintain higher health scores over time have less risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

The research, […]

May 17th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Nutrition, Obesity, Patients, Physical Activity, Sugar|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on ‘Ideal’ heart health is eluding more of us, increasing risks of heart disease and death

Blood test could offer life-and-death clues for African-American diabetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Testing blood for a biological marker called suPAR could help better assess the risk of death among African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists have […]

May 1st, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blood test could offer life-and-death clues for African-American diabetics

How much does your doctor actually know about nutrition?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut down on sweets and processed foods. Increase consumption of fish, nuts and legumes.

This rudimentary advice has been dished out to the public for decades, yet soaring rates of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses linked […]

April 30th, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Obesity, Patients, Prevention|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on How much does your doctor actually know about nutrition?