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Archive for August, 2014

Brown Fat May Protect Against Diabetes

August 28, 2014

Not all fats are equal.

Adults who retain a high amount of brown fat are able to control blood sugar and burn off fat stores more effectively. Brown fat is also linked to weight control and can be important for managing diabetes

Everyone is born with a large amount of brown fat, and is useful in newborns since as it works it produces heat to regulate body temperature. As we age and regulate our body temperature on our own, brown fat is gradually lost.

In a recent study, researchers measured the amount of brown fat, and how well they metabolized glucose and their sensitivity to insulin. Men who had higher amounts of brown fat increased their metabolic rate by 15%, burning more calories and breaking down more blood sugar.

 

Preventing Diabetes

While there is no known way to control levels of brown fat, there are other steps you can take to prevent diabetes.

 

Start by adding Physical Activity to your Daily Routine
There are a ton of benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range. Both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but the best workout plan should include both.

 

Make sure your Diet includes Plenty of Fiber
Fiber can help you reduce your diabetes risk by working to improve your blood sugar control, promote weight loss by helping you feel full, and lowers your risk for heart disease. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

 

Opt in for Whole Grains
Whole grains can reduce your risk of diabetes and help you to maintain blood sugar levels.

Preventive Screenings
In addition to these tips, make sure you monitor other risk factors for diabetes including high cholesterol and blood pressure. For more information about type 2 diabetes risk factors and warning signs, or to schedule a preventive health screening, visit our diabetes screening page today.




Life Line Screening at the XXVI IUA World Congress

August 21, 2014

At Life Line Screening, we are proud to be a global leader in preventive health care. Since our founding in 1993, we have help save thousands of lives from preventable deaths by early detection of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease.

Life Line Screening’s Scientific Advisory Network members presented breakthrough research at the XXVI World Congress of Union Angiology this August in Sydney, Australia on the preventive benefits of ultrasound screenings.

 

Importance of Ultrasound Screenings

 

 




Danger of Heart Attacks for Young Women

August 8, 2014

Taking care of your heart at an early age just became more important for women.

New research shows that women who suffered a heart attack between the ages of 30 and 54 have a higher risk of dying once they arrived at the hospital. A cardiologist from Yale, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, found that between 2 and 3 percent of young women who were hospitalized for a heart attack died between 2001 and 2010. Compared to 1.7 and 2 percent for men, women have a much higher risk.

 

Why the Difference?

Young women are commonly thought to not be at a high risk for heart attacks, and many ignore symptoms and warning signs. Symptoms of a heart attack cover a wide range including chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea.

Education is the most important piece of the puzzle, making sure young women are aware that they are at risk for heart disease and heart attacks early in life. Without this realization there is a delay in recognizing symptoms, delayed diagnosis and a delay in treatment strategy.

 

Preventing Heart Disease

The best treatment for a serious condition such as heart disease is prevention. At Life Line Screening, we offer a preventive heart disease screenings. Here are the available options:

Complete Lipid Panel Screening: (High Cholesterol) A simple finger-stick screening that measures three lipids in the bloodstream HDL “good cholesterol”, LDL “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides in addition to total cholesterol.

C-reactive Protein Screening: This is a finger-stick screening that measures C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in the bloodstream that can assist in determining heart disease and stroke risk levels. CRP levels are higher because of infection and inflammation.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening: An ultrasound screening that measures the abdominal aorta.

Glucose Screening: A finger-stick screening that measures blood sugar levels after eight hours of fasting. This is meant to identify diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

High Blood Pressure Screening: This is performed at every one of our heart screenings, and measures diastolic and systolic blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease since it can cause a buildup of scar tissue in artery walls, that can lead to a heart attack.

For a complete list of risk factors and warning signs for heart disease, visit our screening page.

 




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