AskNadia: Does Taking One Baby Aspirin for Cardiovascular Benefit Men Only?

Hello Nadia, I read somewhere that the cardiovascular benefits of one baby aspirin a night only applies to men….is this true? My GP has me taking one baby aspirin at bed time due to my family history of cardiovascular disease (father, deceased of CHF at 65; first heart attack at age 50) although I show no signs/symptoms thus far (normal to low BP, clear cardiac

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Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Fresh Fruit Lowers Heart Disease Risk

New research has found that fresh fruit consumption is associated with lower risks of stroke and heart attacks. These findings came from multiple annual studies that examined about 500,000 Chinese adults. Participants were chosen on the basis that they did not have a history of anti-hypertensive treatments or heart disease prior to partaking in the study. The findings showed that a 100-gram portion of fruit

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Death Risk Higher in Polytrauma Cases for People With Diabetes

Having diabetes increases the risk of complications or death in cases where patients have suffered polytrauma compared with patients who don’t have any history of medical comorbidities. (Comorbidities are defined as the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases in a patient.) Polytrauma is defined as multiple injuries to the body or organs where at least one is life-threatening and exacerbated by the trauma of the

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No Such Thing as ‘Healthy’ Obesity, Study Says

While the last few years have sparked debate over whether those who are overweight or obese can still be classified as healthy, a new study seems to put the issue to rest. Researchers in Korea found that even if blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels are normal, those who are obese are still at a greater risk of arterial plaque buildup than those who are slimmer.

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CDC Reports Decline of Diabetes-Related Complications

While new cases of type 2 diabetes are rising rapidly, recent research shows that complications from the disease are on the decline.Research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over a 20-year period, rates of the five major complications associated with diabetes – heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower limb amputation and deaths from hyperglycemia – all saw drastic

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Cardiovascular Death Rate Among Americans With Diabetes Drops 40 Percent

Here is a statistic to warm the heart-literally: The death rate from heart disease and stroke among American adults with diabetes dropped 40 percent from 1997 to 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The overall mortality rate among people with diabetes dropped 23 percent. Researchers at the CDC, who studied data from 250,000 patients, said that a combination of factors may

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Yogurt Drink Tamps Down Type 2 Inflammation

Iranian scientists report that a traditional Middle Eastern yogurt drink, doogh, when fortified with vitamin D, decreases the markers that indicate inflammation in persons with type 2 diabetes. The fortified drink decreases levels of C-reactive protein and interleukin proteins, which are common inflammatory markers. Drinkers consuming the fortified doogh were found to have significantly higher levels of the hormone adiponectin, which is a known anti-inflammatory.

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My Fight With Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Hypertension

After my recent heart attack, it got harder to keep my diabetes under control. No matter how hard I try, I’m always struggling with my sugar levels these days. Checking them at every meal and at bedtime is a job, but it keeps me healthy and alive. So many people I know have died from diabetes, in part because they failed to do the daily

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Diabetes and Exercise

Do you struggle with controlling your sugar levels during exercise? When my doctor changed my exercise regimen after my heart attack, my biggest struggle was keeping my sugar levels stable. We all like to see low numbers, but no one likes the shaking associated with low blood sugar or that feeling we have for the rest of the day after our levels have fluctuated. So

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Veganism and Diabetes

As I was sitting in the hospital after a heart attack, my cardiologist walked in and said, “You have to stop eating meat.” “Red meat?” I asked hopefully. “All meat,” he replied firmly. It was disconcerting, to say the least, because meat has been in my life since I could feed myself. But my cardiologist explained, “If you don’t want to end up back here

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