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Friday Roundup: How to Cut Heart Disease & Cancer Risk, Fiber & Stroke Risk, & More

admin - April 5, 2013

Life Line Screening Friday Roundup

Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. March is National Nutrition Month so this news roundup features recent headlines focused on diets and nutrition. Headlines include how to cut your heart disease and cancer risk all at once, fiber and stroke risk, and traits to look for in a doctor.


How to Cut Heart Disease AND Cancer Risk

Think you have to do something extra to lower your risk of heart disease and cancer – two very different diseases? Think again. New research published in the journal Circulation found that when people follow at least six of the seven heart-healthy guidelines given by the American Heart Association (AHA), cancer risk is reduced by 51 percent. In summary: you can reduce your cancer risk while you reduce your heart disease risk.

The seven heart-healthy guidelines from AHA include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, controlling your cholesterol levels, lowering your blood pressure, reducing blood sugar, and avoiding cigarettes. Think you can tackle six of those?

Read the full article on the research findings here:


The Impact of Fiber on Stroke Risk

If you’re aware that the foods you eat have a major impact on your risk of serious ailments like heart disease and stroke, you’re on the right track. Choosing to eat the wrong foods, like processed foods loaded with sodium or sugar, can raise your risk of stroke. On the other hand, eating foods high in fiber, like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, can lower your risk.

Studies have linked increased fiber intake with a reduction in serious stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Eating more nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with lowering other risk factors by not smoking and exercising regularly, can help keep your stroke risk down.

Read the full article here:


Searching for a Doctor? Look for These Traits

Choosing a doctor is a serious decision because ultimately, they will be treating the most essential element of your life: your health. Without health, you can’t live. That’s why it’s important to know what to look for while searching for a doctor, so you can find the right one.

ABC News Recent released a list of the top traits to look for in a doctor, which include things such as whether or not he takes his time, whether he is well-rested, whether he is up-to-date on current medical research and technology, whether he listens to and respects your concerns, and more. See the full list of traits here:


What’s Trending on

You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at Here’s what’s trending:

  • Sweeteners: Are there any natural sweeteners out there that aren’t bad for your health? Which ones do you prefer? Share with us.
  • No, You Can’t Have that Extra Large Coke? What are your thoughts on the NYC judge striking down the sugary-drink size rule? We’d love to hear. Share your opinion.
  • Favorite Book You Read in 2012: Were there any books you read last year that really stood out, captivated you, made you keep turning pages? What are your favorites? Join the discussion.


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