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Antidepressants and Stroke Risk, Carbohydrates and Alzheimer’s, How Healthy Behaviors Fight Disease

admin - October 25, 2012

High-Carb Diet Linked to Early Alzheimer’s | Life Line Screening

High-Carb Diet Linked to Early Alzheimer’s

Do you love filling your plate with delicious, mouth-watering pasta? Every time you do, you’re increasing your early Alzheimer’s risk.

One study shows that when older people eat heavy amounts of carbohydrates, they’re almost 4 times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Sugars in carbohydrates contribute to the development of MCI, a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, this First Coast News article says.

Lead author of the study, Rosebud Roberts, says even though not everyone with MCI develops Alzheimer’s disease, many do. The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is expected to triple by the year 2050. Currently, about 5.2 million people have Alzheimer’s in the United States.

To read more about how a diet high in carbohydrates is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, view this link:


Popular Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk

New studies show popular antidepressants (commonly referred to as SRRIs) such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro may lead to an increase in stroke risk.

One study found this increased stroke risk primarily affects individuals taking the antidepressants who are already at risk for stroke. Researchers suggest these individuals look into taking other forms of antidepressants.

“We should remember that the conditions people take SSRIs for—depression and anxiety—have their own risks in terms of adverse health outcomes, suffering, disability and even suicide,” said Dr. Jordan Smoller, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in a CBS article.

Life Line Screening conducts preventive health screenings for individuals at risk for stroke. Explore more information on how a stroke screening can bring you valuable peace of mind and then schedule your screening today.

Read the full CBS News article here:


Fight Disease with Automatic Healthy Behaviors 

Did you know that across the world, more than half of all deaths are caused by 4 diseases: heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease? Behaviors linked to the development of these diseases are smoking, overeating, drinking too much alcohol and not exercising.

Studies show that behaviors like those listed above aren’t driven by thinking about the consequences of the action. Instead, the behavior is automatic, performed without thinking, and shaped by our environments. The key, researchers say, is making healthy behaviors automatic rather than unhealthy behaviors. This can be done by altering your environment or changing automatic associations to make the healthier options more attractive.

To find out more on how to make healthy behaviors automatic, read the CNN article here:


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