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  • Three tips for lower cholesterol numbers and a cleaner bill of health
  • Three tips for lower cholesterol numbers and a cleaner bill of health
    Statistics show that 28% of adults over age 40 take lipid-lowering statin drugs to keep their cholesterol levels from reaching the danger zone. If this includes you, you may think that your prescription gives you the license to eat anything and everything you want. But it doesn't - statin drugs don't undo any cholesterol overload regardless of what you eat! On that note, we're sharing three ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2018]
  • Yoga can help prevent cardiovascular disease - here's how
  • Yoga can help prevent cardiovascular disease - here's how
    As it turns out, yoga is more than just a stretch. Practising this form of meditation regularly can also help you prevent cardiovascular disease. According to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, yoga may help lower your cardiovascular disease risk as much as conventional exercise, such as brisk walking! Read on to learn more about how yoga helps your heart. ... ››› more
  • [30 December 2017]
  • The little-known heart health benefit of quitting smoking
  • The little-known heart health benefit of quitting smoking
    Quitting smoking comes with many benefits. After one day, your lungs start to clear. After two days, your body is free of nicotine and your sense of smell and taste improve. After three days, your energy levels increase and you can breathe more easily. And the list of benefits has just been extended - a study published in the American Heart Journal has revealed that smokers who've quit may also... ››› more
  • [21 December 2017]
  • Seven tips to prevent prehypertension from becoming high blood pressure
  • Seven tips to prevent prehypertension from becoming high blood pressure
    Prehypertension is blood pressure readings with a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 90 mm Hg. If you don't take steps to take charge of it, prehypertension can develop into high blood pressure (hypertension) with readings equal to or greater than 140/90 mm Hg. “The good news is prehypertension can be prevented or reversed by making healthier choices da... ››› more
  • [06 December 2017]
  • Just one sugary drink per day can boost your blood pressure
  • Just one sugary drink per day can boost your blood pressure
    It's well-established that drinking soft drinks and other sugary beverages raises your risk of obesity and diabetes. As if you needed another reason to cut back on the sweet stuff, a new study suggests that sugary drinks can boost your blood pressure, too. According to the study, even one sweetened drink per day can contribute to higher blood pressure. And the more sugary beverages you drink, t... ››› more
  • [01 December 2017]
  • Where your body stores fat may increase your heart attack risk…
  • Where your body stores fat may increase your heart attack risk…
    You'd think that it's the amount of fat in your body that affects your risk for heart attack and other chronic health problems. However, a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America shows that it's actually where your body stores fat that affects your risk not only for heart attack, but also stroke and diabetes. To reach these findings, the researc... ››› more
  • [29 November 2017]
  • These four foods ‘cholesterol helpers' - include them in your diet!
  • These four foods ‘cholesterol helpers' - include them in your diet!
    Experts used to think that dietary cholesterol, found in animal-based foods like egg yolks and prawns, raised total blood cholesterol levels. However, new studies have shown that this isn't true. One thing that we do know for sure is that certain foods - think avocados and almonds - can help manage or improve your overall cholesterol profile and reduce your risk of heart disease. Here are four ... ››› more
  • [29 November 2017]
  • Beware: These three foods make you look older!
  • Beware: These three foods make you look older!
    Ever noticed that your skin looks and feels a little ‘off' after a series of holiday parties, braais or cocktail-filled beach days? “What you eat affects your skin - for better or worse,” says Ariel Ostad, MD, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. While the odd chocolate binge or night out of drinking won't age you overnight, a poor diet in the long run can speed up the ageing pr... ››› more
  • [27 November 2017]
  • Stop gobbling up your food! It increases your risk of metabolic syndrome...
  • Stop gobbling up your food! It increases your risk of metabolic syndrome...
    Are you one of those people who wolf down their food at every meal? Well, you might want to slow down - preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2017 revealed that people who eat slowly are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, while those who eat fast are more likely to develop the serious health condition. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster ... ››› more
  • [22 November 2017]
  • Is cardiovascular disease behind your sexual dysfunction?
  • Is cardiovascular disease behind your sexual dysfunction?
    The link between cardiovascular disease and sexual dysfunction is nothing new - especially not in men. In fact, researchers have known for years that erectile dysfunction is disproportionately common among men with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure and diabetes. While there are many causes of ED, including psychological ones like depr... ››› more
  • [20 November 2017]
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