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Sugar & Saturated Fats on the Brain, Calcium & Heart Attacks, Longer Lives for Diabetics

Joelle Reizes - May 25, 2012



Friday Roundup:

 

Sugar & Saturated Fats – Not Friends to Brain Function & Memory

Two recent articles on the Food Navigator website are continuing an interesting trend in reporting about the detrimental effects of saturated fats and sugars – veritable foundations of the fast food industry – and their detrimental effects on cognitive brain function and memory. Both articles tout the apparent fact that certain beloved substances simply are not good – either for the human heart or for the human brain. In the article on saturated fats and brain function, a research team studied data from more than 6,000 women, finding “that women over 65 who consumed the highest levels of saturated fats had worse overall cognitive function than those who consumed the least.” In the article on the detrimental effects of sugar in the body and the positive effects of omega-3 oils instead, “The study….suggests that a diet consistently high in fructose “slows” the brain and hinders memory and learning. However, the study also finds that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the effect.”

That’s good news to know for those who have determined to take charge of their health and watch what they eat. Knowledge is indeed power when it comes to healthy living.

You can read the full articles on sugar and fat consumption and their negative influence on brain function by visiting these website pages: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Sat-fats-hamper-brain-function-and-memory-study/?c=I4yCUtO7kH%252B2AHZkvKIizA%253D%253D&utm_source=Newsletter_Subject&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%252BSubject

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Sugar-makes-you-dumber-fish-oil-can-help-research?nocount

 

Calcium Supplements May Raise Heart Attack Risks

For those women (and men) who are concerned about osteoporosis and have begun a regimen of taking calcium supplements to help maintain or increase their bone density, this Swiss study may not be what you really want to hear. According to the Swiss researchers, calcium supplements may contribute to a greater risk of heart attack, although the cause and effect nature of the connection seems hard to explain currently, and the dietary supplement industry is taking issue with the findings.
According to the WebMD article released this Wednesday, “‘The increase [in risk] is, I would say, moderate,’ says Sabine Rohrmann, PhD, assistant professor of chronic disease epidemiology at the University of Zurich.

Rohrmann and her team followed nearly 24,000 men and women for 11 years. Those who took calcium supplements had an 86% increased risk of heart attack compared to those who used no supplements. However, the actual number of heart attacks during the follow-up period was small, with 354 recorded. The researchers found a link, or association, between calcium supplements and heart attack, but the study cannot show cause and effect.”

While this subject will clearly be receiving more attention in the future, Life Line Screening encourages everyone who begins a major supplementation regimen to consult with their doctor first, particularly if taking prescription medicine for some other condition. Life Line Screening also offers osteoporosis screenings across the United States to help men and women understand the state of their skeletal framework.

You can read the full article on calcium supplements and heart disease risk by visiting this website page: http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20120523/calcium-supplements-may-raise-heart-attack-risk

 

Death Rate Dropping for People with Diabetes

Great news was reported this week on the pages of WebMD.com – “from 1996 to 2006 the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke decreased by 40% among people with diabetes.” In other words, people with diabetes are living longer lives. Since individuals afflicted with diabetes do tend to die earlier in life compared to those without the malady, heart-healthy habits such as exercise and diet control as well as better control of blood sugar levels are being credited with the large improvement in life expectancy and disease control.

“‘This is good news,’ says researcher Edward W. Gregg, PhD,” in the WebMD article. “He’s the acting director of the division for heart disease and stroke prevention at the CDC in Atlanta. ‘We are seeing a reduction in death rates in people with diabetes, and this is largely due to prevention efforts. This should be a source of empowerment and motivation for people with diabetes. People can cut their risk of developing cardiovascular disease in half if they are able to manage their risk factors.’”

At Life Line Screening, we’re committed to helping men and women with proactive health screenings in order to find developing illnesses earlier in their history, thus increasing their chances of battling the disease or at least mitigating its severity. Type 2 diabetes screenings are one of our core service offerings.

You can read the full article on the dropping diabetes death rate by visiting this website page: http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20120522/death-rate-dropping-for-people-with-diabetes




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Joelle Reizes

I am the Communications Director at Life Line Screening with more than 15 years of experience in the field of health communications, much of it specifically working with health screening programs. Read More.

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