Do artificially-sweetened beverages increase your risk of having a stroke? Maybe, be you have to be African-American, overweight, under-exercised and on a diet termed by the government to be unhealthy. It also helps if you have high blood pressure.
coronary heart disease
Are the very real physical costs of your outrage worth it? Albeit the election, contentious divorce or nonstop negativity, there are tangible prices to our responses to these and other types of triggers.
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control reveals that the number of heart-failure-related deaths is on the rise, in contrast to the slow, steady decline seen for over a decade. Another key finding was that the death rate was higher for blacks than for whites or Hispanics.
We at ACSH have been screaming into the wind about the folly of the supplements industry for years. Supplements are nothing but unregulated drugs, and ending this illogical divide between them and prescription drugs is long overdue.
Today we give a shout out to John LaMattina, the former president of R&D at Pfizer and now regular commentator at Forbes.
Based on a position paper written by John C. LaRosa, M. D. President, State University of New York Health Science Center Brooklyn, New York, USA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Executive Summary
Whenever I have visited a physician over the last decade, the following scenario has been replayed: We discuss my cholesterol levels (total, LDL and HDL). We review dietary guidelines and other medical recommendations. Then I say, "Don't forget to remind me to drink a glass or two of wine daily." Invariably, the doctor demurs: "That hasn't been proven to protect you against atherosclerosis."
Through the ages, conventional wisdom has been that the moderate intake of alcoholic beverages is consistent with a long and healthy life. Modern medicine became particularly interested in the effects of alcohol consumption on mortality in the 1950s and '60s when coronary heart disease became a major cause of death in the United States and in most other industrialized countries. Primarily from epidemiologic studies designed to identify factors associated with high death rates from coronary heart disease, it became apparent that these rates were lower among drinkers of small to moderate amounts of alcohol than among non-drinkers. However, these studies did not often explore effects of alcohol consumption on overall mortality rates.