Think of your metabolism as an engine. It's ability to "run" means biochemical processes that keep us alive are ongoing. Your metabolic rate is the pace at which your body uses energy, which is measured in calories. So it's important to know just how many calories you need to "exist" so you can then decide if you are overeating and therefore gaining weight or under-eating and therefore capable of dropping weight.
What do you specifically need the calories for??
•1- To run basic body functions like breathing, blood circulation, to maintain body temperature, basically just to exist.
•2- Calories to burn - they are used in eating, digestion, absorbing nutrients, and storing food. About 10-15% of daily calorie intake goes here.
•3- Calories for physical activity.
So your metabolic rate can increase to process what you eat and of course, to help you move....
Like most of you, I take aspirin daily, 162.5mg (it used to be 325 until my stomach rebelled). Most cardiologists recommend aspirin for heart disease sufferers.
Aspirin works by interfering with the generation of thromboxane A2 (TXA2) which is needed for platelet aggregation (clotting). The COX-1 enzyme acts on arachidonic acid (AA) to produce endoperoxides that in turn produce TXA2. Aspirin interferes with the generation of TXA2 by irreversably acetylating the platelet COX-1 enzyme thereby blocking its access to AA. Because platelets are anucleate , they cannot generate additional COX-1. In the absence of TXA2, platelet aggregation does not occur. Got all that?! Most practitioners prescribe anywhere from 81mg to 325mg for heart patients. Studies such as CURE suggest 81mg is optimal. The ISIS-2 study puts the dose at 162mg (for recent heart attack sufferers) and, frankly, since aspirin is so cheap, many simply make the leap to "more must be better." Ahh, but there are downsi...
While 50% of our population is female, 100% of us have females in the family who are at risk ultimately for heart disease. A group of medical societies and associations have recently put together a set of guidelines for heart disease prevention that have been endorsed by the American Heart Association, among others. These guidelines were then picked up and disseminated by many newspapers through the Associated Press, New York Times and Reuter’s news syndicates. But what do they really mean, and does every woman now have to start taking aspirin or put in an emergency call for guidance from her physician (as the newspapers suggest)? In multiple studies, done initially in men, then in men and women, and more recently in women alone, aspirin has been demonstrated to have a beneficial effect on large populations of people who are at risk of having a stroke or heart attack. When a study of 1,000 people at 10% risk over time is done, we expect 100 people to have a stroke or heart attack durin...
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