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Stroke Risk and Meditation, Growth of Diabetes Rates, Prescription Drugs and Grapefruit

admin - December 7, 2012

Stroke Risk and Meditation | Life Line ScreeningLooking for the latest health news? Stay up to date with news roundups from Life Line Screening, posted every Friday. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the link between meditating and lower stroke risk, the dramatic rise in diabetes rates and prescription drug safety.


Does Meditating Lower Stroke Risk?

Using a mantra, which is a word, sound or phrase that’s repeated silently, to focus and prevent distracting thoughts from popping up in the mind promotes relaxation and a sense of mental calm. New research has shown, however, that this activity might also have physical benefits for the body; particularly lowering risk of stroke.

“It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy to repair and maintain itself,” said study author Dr. Robert Schneider in a CBS News article.

Life Line Screening urges anyone over the age of 65 to take advantage of stroke screenings that can identify risk of stroke before it happens. Learn more about the benefits of a preventive health screening today.

For specifics regarding this study that links meditation to lower stroke risk, view this link:


Diabetes Rates Soar in the South

A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that rates of diabetes are skyrocketing, primarily in the southern states. In Oklahoma specifically, the rate of people with diabetes has tripled since 1995.

“The rise in diabetes has really gone hand-in-hand with the rise in obesity,” Linda Geiss, lead author of the report, said in an Associated Press article.

To really put these growing numbers into perspective, the article states that in 1958, fewer than 1 in 100 Americans had obesity-related Type 2 diabetes. In 2010, approximately 50 years later, that number had grown to 1 in 14 Americans.

Life Line Screening urges those with diabetes risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history and older age to consider a type 2 diabetes health screening to identify the condition early. Learn more about preventive health screenings and diabetes now.

Read the full Associated Press article on the rise in diabetes rates here:


Taking a Medication? Don’t Take it With Grapefruit Juice

Unknown to many people, serious health hazards may arise when certain prescription drugs are combined with grapefruit juice. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, more than 85 drugs may interact negatively with grapefruit juice. Some of these drugs are cholesterol-lowering medications, blood pressure medications, cancer treatments or antibiotics.

The health problems that can occur if taking a drug with grapefruit juice may include sudden death, acute kidney failure, respiratory failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and other serious side effects. If you’re taking a prescription drug and are unsure if it’s safe to take with grapefruit juice, talk to your doctor.

Read more about the consequences of consuming grapefruit juice with prescription medications here:


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