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Are You Following the Right Diet for Your Heart?

February 16, 2015

When it comes to taking care of your cardiovascular health, make sure your heart is in the right place.
More than fifty percent of Americans have dieted within the past year in an effort to improve their overall hear health, but are those diets doing the best they can for your heart? The only diet that has been proven to improve cardiovascular health is the Mediterranean diet, but very few people have adopted this method.

So why aren’t more people following this? Unhealthy choices that we make are from all of the confusing “fad” diets that exist, and the convenience of unhealthy foods.

Confusion About Dieting

There are plenty of diets that all say different messaging. Some focus on cutting out carbs, while others insist that fat is the unhealthy aspect in our diets.

However, not all fat is bad fat. Olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat, is a staple in the Mediterranean diet.

The PREDIMED study found that for people at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events by 30 percent.

Convenience Foods Make Heart Health Inconvenient

While we may want to follow a heart healthy diet, we often stray from our diet for convenience reasons. Whether it’s grabbing something on the run, or making a quick visit to the vending machine at work, unhealthy foods are all around us.

Change Your Diet

After you cut through the clutter, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Finding ways to substitute healthier, Mediterranean style foods for unhealthier ones is actually very easy to do. A Mediterranean diet consists of vegetables, fish, fruit, nuts, olive oil, lesser amounts of meat, and moderate wine consumption as well as consumption of whole grains. Repeatedly this combination of foods has shown to protect the heart and arteries.




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

 

 




Stroke Dangers in the ER

May 15, 2014

Stroke affects 795,000 per year in the United States, meaning that one person has a stroke every 40 seconds. While 88% of stroke patients do not get a warning, research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore says that early warning signs of stroke are being missed by doctors in the emergency room for those who do get a warning.

 

How Strokes Are Misdiagnosed

12.7% of patients treated for stroke were originally misdiagnosed by the physician in the ER and returned later. Doctors confused early warning signs with other, less threatening conditions. Headaches and dizziness are symptoms of stroke, but also ear infections and migraines.

Based on this study, researchers believe that anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people are injured by a misdiagnosed stroke each year. However, certain factors seem to increase the risk of being misdiagnosed in the study:

• Women were 33% more likely to have a misdiagnosis
• Minorities were 20-30% more likely to have symptoms ignored
• Patients under age 45 had the highest risk

 

How You Can Detect Stroke

The more you know, the better off you are. Detecting a stroke early or before it happens give the patient the best chance at a full recovery. Early warning signs for stroke include:

• Numbness/Weakness of Extremities
• Confusion
• Blurred Vision
• Dizziness
• Loss of Balance
• Severe Headache
• Difficulty Speaking
• Face Drooping

Certain risk factors for stroke are preventable, other are determined by family history, race, age and gender.

Concerned about your risk for stroke? Annual stroke screenings are recommended for anyone over age 50, or if you have risk factors, age 40. We offer five screenings to help you understand your personal risk. Schedule your preventive stroke screening with us online today.




Community Healthcare is More Important than Ever

May 10, 2014

Looking for easy, convenient and affordable health care options? You aren’t the only one. The Health Resources and Service Administration state that about 20% of people in the United States live in areas with an insufficient amount of primary care physicians to meet community needs.

To add to this problem, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that there will be a shortage of potentially 45,000 physicians within the next six years.

The healthcare access gap is becoming more apparent in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More than 5 million Americans have signed up to receive insurance this year, and that number is expected to grow to close to 30 million by the end of 2017. With more Americans having the means to afford healthcare, the growing problem is that they do not have anywhere to go.

So where do you turn to for accessible healthcare? The answer is closer to home than you think – community based health options.

 

Community Healthcare

Community based health options offer up quality care and are options that are able to save you a more costly trip to the doctor’s office.

Option #1: Community health screenings – Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, offers affordable tests in local and in some cases under served communities. Our focus is to detect chronic diseases such as stroke, cholesterol and diabetes that are a burden on the healthcare system, and cause significant disability to individuals and their families.

Option #2: Retail Clinics – These are small practices mostly found in national drug stores, and are predicted to double by 2015. Accenture also reported that they will save the health care system around $800 million annually since they are used instead of a higher cost option.

 

Hospital Relationships

Retail clinics and health screening services are often partner with local hospital systems. Minute Clinic from CVS, for example, has a list of the hospital affiliations, meaning that they collaborate with those medical systems in the community.

Life Line Screening partners with many hospitals throughout the nation in an effort to make patients more aware of unrecognized health problems. We also encourage our screening participants to seek follow-up care with their personal physicians.

Community-based healthcare options like Life Line Screening are a way of providing accessible, easy, convenient screenings. Learn more about community health screenings.




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