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Flu Fact or Fiction, Foods for a Strong Heart, New Diabetes Drug

admin - January 18, 2013



Looking for the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the most common flu myths, best and worst foods for heart health and the FDA’s opinion of a new type 2 diabetes drug.

 

12 Flu Myths Busted 

12 Flu Myths Busted  | Life Line Screening BlogIf you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you know how serious the flu is this year. With that in mind, how much of what you know about the flu is really true or is a myth? ABC News released an article addressing the most common flu myths and why they are just that: myths.

What are some of these so-called myths? To name a few: the flu vaccine can give you the flu, the flu vaccine is dangerous, young, healthy people don’t need to get a flu vaccine because the flu is only dangerous for elderly or infants, and more. See why these and other common flu myths are far from truthful and why you shouldn’t listen when you hear such accusations by reading the full ABC News article.

 

Best and Worst Foods for Heart Health

When you have an unhealthy heart, you can have an unhealthy body all around. Many risk factors like obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and more can put you at greater risk for heart disease or stroke. The good news is that certain foods can help keep your heart healthy and strong by reducing these risk factors.

Recently, U.S. News ranked the best and worst diets for heart health. These 29 diets, as described by the Huffington Post, have their own way of reducing cardiovascular disease risk and lowering risk factors. The Mediterranean Diet, for example, puts a heavy emphasis on fresh produce, monounsaturated fats and protein, with low amounts of red meat and other foods that have been seen to be unhealthy for the heart.

A heart screening is another way to keep your heart healthy and stay knowledgeable about your risk for heart problems. Life Line Screening offers affordable health screenings that can help identify a possible threat from heart problems before they get worse. Learn more today.

 

FDA Panel Backs Approval of New Diabetes Drug

A new diabetes drug has been making headlines as of late. According to the New York Times, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration has backed the approval of a new drug for type 2 diabetes. The drug, called canagliflozin, is made by Johnson & Johnson. The medication lowers blood sugar by causing it to be excreted in urine.

Although the panel recommended approval of the drug, they were somewhat concerned about its possible side effects. Studies show that the drug may temporarily increase a person’s risk for stroke or heart attack.

Risk factors for diabetes include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history, advanced age, high triglycerides and more. If you think you might be at risk for diabetes, learn more about the type 2 diabetes screenings offered by Life Line Screening today.

 

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