Soda Linked to Stroke Risk, Foods that Can Lower Your Cholesterol Level, and Coffee’s Positive Effect on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention
admin - June 8, 2012
Drinking Soda’s Not Too Sweet an Idea If You Want to Guard against Stroke & Diabetes
Some of you may have heard about the recent study published in the American Journal of Nutrition, concerning findings of an increase in the risk of stroke for those who drink more than one soda a day. If not, CNN’s diet and fitness expert Dr. Melina Jampolis has also been talking about it on the CNN website. It turns out that soda consumption has been increasing significantly over the past few decades, and is being blamed in part for the childhood obesity epidemic in America, as well as being linked to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol – all of which can help to contribute to stroke as well.
Considering that recent statistics show that half of all Americans consume at least one sugar-sweetened drink per day, and that men and women consume on-average 178 calories and 103 calories per day respectively from sugar-sweetened beverages, it might be time for you to think about how much soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages you or your loved ones are drinking. Keeping in mind that the consumption of soda pop and other sweetened drinks often displaces other healthier drinks in your diet such as soy milk, green tea or even naturally sweetened fruit juices may help you to keep that liquid sweet tooth at bay, and may prove beneficial for your teeth too!
Life Line Screening offers stroke screening tests as well as Type 2 diabetes tests, which you may wish to consider if you’re a big fan of sugary drinks and NOT a big fan of exercise and healthy eating choices. You can learn more about soda pop and its connection to stroke and other debilitating diseases by visiting this website page: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/18/health/jampolis-dangers-drinking-soda/index.html
10 Easy Food Swaps to Cut Cholesterol, Not Taste
Everyone these days knows that too much “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in one’s body is not a good thing, and can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, to name just a few negative consequences. Most people also know that there’s “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the body, and that our bodies needs a certain amount of cholesterol for the manufacture of hormones and several other body functions. As mammals, we manufacture our own cholesterol on a regular basis. The trouble comes about when we consume other mammals, or by-products of mammals – such as cheese, butter, eggs, etc. We’re then getting additional cholesterol those animals manufactured, and too much of that extra cholesterol is what starts getting our bodies into trouble. The good news is that simple dietary changes can help to lower cholesterol levels in most people, often times without the need of taking medications for cholesterol at all.
A new article from our friends at Health.com chronicles ten simple substitutions you can make in your diet that will help you to cut your cholesterol consumption. And they’re flavorful switches that you’ll enjoy! Some of the suggested switches include using walnuts in salads instead of croutons, drinking red wine instead of alcoholic cocktails, using vinegar and lemon juice instead of fattening salad dressings, and eating popcorn instead of tortilla chips. We think those all sound like tasty switches that will have your heart saying “thank you” instead of “Is there a doctor in the house.”
Life Line Screening offers high cholesterol screening tests for those who are concerned about their LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. To read all ten dietary substitutions to help your body lower its cholesterol level, visit this website page: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307281,00.html
Drinking Coffee May Delay Alzheimer’s Disease
Rounding-out our food and nutrition-based Round-Up blog post this Friday is another news piece about beverage consumption – only this time some really good news about a beverage millions of Americans start their day with each day. More and more men and women are concerned about dementia and the most common type of dementia today – Alzheimer’s disease. As we’re living longer and longer lives each generation, we want those extra years to be happy and productive, not full of diminishing memory, mood swings and brain capacity. An article released just this week from the good people at WebMD.com reports on a study soon to be released in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, announcing the very good news that 3 cups of coffee a day can “turn the tide” against the debilitating condition in older adults who are already experiencing memory problems.
“According to the findings, people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than their counterparts with lower caffeine levels,” WebMD reports in the article. “The new study included 124 people aged 65 to 88 who had mild cognitive impairment, which is the medical term for mild memory loss. About 15% of people with MCI develop full-blown Alzheimer’s disease each year. In the study, blood levels of caffeine were more than 50% lower among people with MCI who developed Alzheimer’s during follow-up, when compared with their counterparts who did not worsen. Coffee was the main, or only source, of caffeine among people in the study.”
Life Line Screening encourages all our readers to make healthy, informed choices about the food and beverages you put into your body. You are what you eat, after all. To learn more about the advantages of coffee for staving off memory decline, please read this website page: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20120607/coffee-may-help-turn-tide-on-alzheimers-disease
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