Both sesame and rice bran oil are low in saturated fat, with previous studies suggesting that both improve cholesterol levels. Devarajan Sankar, from University Chikushi Hospital (Japan), and colleagues studied 300 people, average age 57 years, with mild to moderately high blood pressure, for 60 days. Subjects were divided into three groups: one group was treated with a calcium-channel blocker medication; the second group used a blend of sesame and rice bran oils daily – 1 ounce as part of their meals; the third group received both the medications and the oil blend. Subjects using the oil blend saw an average drop in systolic blood pressure of 14 points, and those using both the oil and medication saw a 36 point reduction (systolic blood pressure dropped 16 points in those subjects on medication only). Diastolic blood pressure also dropped significantly, with an 11 point drop among participants consuming the oil and 24 for those using both the oil and medication (diastolic blood pressure dropped 12 points in those subjects on medication only).
Devarajan Sankar, et al. “Sesame and rice bran oil lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol” [Abstract 186]. Presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions, 19 Sept. 2012.
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54. Screenings Save Lives
Age-appropriate screening tests lead the list among all the things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick. Screening tests can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. The age at which you will start having regularly scheduled screenings will vary, based on your sex, your age, your medical and family history, and other factors.
Men should have the following screenings:
• Cholesterol Checks: At least every 5 years, starting at age 35. If you smoke, have diabetes, or if heart disease runs in your family, start having your cholesterol checked at age 20.
• Blood Pressure: At least every 2 years