Most often associated with poor bone health, vitamin D deficiency may also raise a person’s risk of ischemic heart disease – which may manifest as heart attack, coronary arteriosclerosis, or angina. Other studies suggest that vitamin D deficiency may increase blood pressure and consequently, the risk of heart attack. Peter Brondum-Jacobsen, from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and colleagues utilized data collected from 10,000 Danes enrolled in the Copenhagen City Heart Study, which measured levels of vitamin D in blood, comparing the 5% lowest levels of vitamin D (less than 15 nanomol per liter serum) with the 50% highest levels (more than 50 nanomol per liter serum)., and then followed nationwide Danish registries for hospital admissions. The team observed that low levels of vitamin D compared to optimal levels are linked to 40% higher risk of ischemic heart disease, 64% higher risk of heart attack, 57% higher risk of early death, and to no less than 81% higher risk of death from heart disease. The study authors summarize that: "We observed increasing risk of ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction, and early death with decreasing plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.”
Peter Brondum-Jacobsen, Marianne Benn, Gorm B. Jensen, Borge G. Nordestgaard. “25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels and Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction, and Early Death: Population-Based Study and Meta-Analyses of 18 and 17 Studies.” Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol., August 30 2012.
Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress for an extended period of time post-workout.
University of North Carolina (US) team reports that a relatively small number of places in the human genome are associated with a large number of diseases.
Large-scale Danish study reports that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a markedly higher risk of heart attack as well as early death.
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Meta-analysis reaffirms that acupuncture provides more relief from various types of chronic pain than does usual care and should be considered a valid therapeut
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Regular consumption of olive oil may help to reduce cardiovascular risk by improving the function of cells that line the blood vessels.
Daily consumption of dried apples for six months lowers total cholesterol by 13%, and LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 24%, among postmenopausal women.
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Supplementation with a polyphenol-rich grape powder reduces inflammatory markers involved in cellular damage.
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Eating Western-style fast food on a regular basis significantly increased the risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease.
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51. Hormone Health for Women: Estrogen & Progesterone
Replenishing the hormones that decline in menopause may help alleviate some of its symptoms. For these women, either combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT, as estrogen with progesterone) or estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) may be appropriate.
As part of a hormone replacement program for menopause, estrogen has been shown in clinical studies to:
• Replenish bone density
• Reduce coronary artery disease and risk of heart attack...