admin - May 7, 2012
Omega-3 May Curb Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s
Researchers at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that the inclusion of omega-3 fatty acids in one’s diet – often associated with the so-called Mediterranean Diet of fatty fish like mackerel, trout, tuna, salmon, and other sources such as kale, tofu, soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed and more – may “significantly” lower their risk of developing memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, the researchers think they know why as well.
It turns out that a protein found in the blood called beta-amyloid is associated with memory problems and Alzheimer’s. Indeed, tangles and plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are clumps of this protein, perhaps akin to cholesterol clumps that accumulate in arteries that can lead to stroke and even heart attack. People in the study – 1,219 individuals over the age of 65 – who consumed foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids had significantly lower levels of beta-amyloid in their blood, with an apparent correlation being that the more omega-3s consumed, the lower the levels of amyloid in the bloodstream.
Interestingly, omega-3 was the only nutrient that showed an association with lower amyloid blood levels, period. This study also correlates with a 2010 study that found that people who ate foods high in omega-3 acids had a 40% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s compared to those who did not consume omega-3s. Although it’s best to get such nutrients from natural sources, omega-3 supplements can also be effective – though you should consult with your doctor before adding fish oil supplements to your diet because they may interact with other medications. Food for thought indeed!
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Early Menopause Raises Osteoporosis Risk and More
An article published in Medical News Today based on research from Skane University Hospital, Malmo, Sweden, indicates that women who experience menopause earlier than normal (defined as women who start menopause before the age of 47) nearly double their risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. Within the test group of women in the research study, 56% of the women who experienced early-onset menopause had osteoporosis by the age of 77, compared to only 30% of the women who started menopause after the age of 47.
According to the senior author of the study, orthopedic surgeon Ola Svejme, “The results of this study suggest that early menopause is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis, fragility fracture and mortality in a long-term perspective. To our knowledge, this is the first prospective study with a follow-up period of more than three decades.”
Life Line Screening believes this kind of study all the more validates the osteoporosis screening service we offer our customers, as understanding bone density loss earlier in its development means that proactive steps can be taken to counteract osteoporosis for a healthier, happier future.
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The History of National Stroke Awareness Month
Did you know that National Stroke Awareness Month has been around for over two decades now, since 1989? That’s right, for 23 years now medical professionals across the country as well as community organizations and health educators have taken upon themselves the task of raising awareness on the 4th largest killer in America – stroke as brought about by carotid artery disease.
On May 11, 1989, President George Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975, designating each May as National Stroke Awareness month – largely brought about by the urgings of the National Stroke Association. Since that time, various campaigns have been conducted every May to target the general populace on the dangers and issues surround stroke, as well as to draw attention to specific interest groups who are affected by stroke, such as African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and women.
Life Line Screening is proud of our stroke screening tests we conduct around the United States, and the many thousands upon thousands of men and women we have helped become aware of their personal development of carotid artery disease before a stroke manifested in their lives. This May we continue our work promoting education about stroke and stroke prevention as well as our stroke/carotid artery screenings across the United States.
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