to separate diet myths from the truth can get rather confusing to say the
least. Indeed many of the diets out there completely contradict what health
what really works? Well, that’s a difficult question, but I feel it’s important
to focus on what reputable scientific evidence is telling us. Otherwise we
could end up changing our eating habits as often as the wind changes!
recent study has provided the strongest evidence yet that government recommendations for
lowering blood pressure can help prevent heart attack and stroke.
followed more than 88,000 healthy women for nearly 25 years (aged mid-30s –
late 50s). They examined their food choices, finding that those who focused on
healthy eating habits similar to those recommended by the government’s DASH plan were the healthiest.
women ate twice as many fruits, vegetables and grains as the more typical A...
Most Americans eat too much salt (or sodium). In some studies nearly three times the healthy amount of 1.5 grams per day. 95% of men and 75% of women eat 5.8 grams per day. A diet high in sodium increases blood pressure and is directly linked to heart attacks and strokes . These effects are more pronounced in blacks, older patients, those with high blood pressure at baseline, and those with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Sources of Salt Only 5 to 10% of our total sodium intake comes not from table salt added to food. The vast majority is from restaurants and processed foods. The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently called for a reduction in salt added to food. What can Change As opposed to smoking, which you'll know you're doing, high sodium intake is often "hidden". You might not know exactly how much salt is in the food prepared in restaurants. Even food you buy in the grocery store might have confusing labels. ...
Blood is carried from the heart to all the body's tissues and organs in pipes, called arteries and veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of those pipes. The unit for measuring blood pressure is millimeters of mercury (mmHg). In most people, hypertension , or high blood pressure , is defined as either: a systolic pressure consistently at 140 or higher or a diastolic pressure consistently at 90 or higher. In some groups, such as those with diabetes or kidney disease , a high blood pressure is a systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 or higher or a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 80 or higher. Each time the heart beats (about 60 to 70 times a minute at rest) it pumps blood out into the blood vessels. When the heart is pumping the blood, it is called systolic pressure. When the heart is relaxing in between beats, your blood pressure falls; this is the diastolic pressure. A normal blood pressure is less than 120 (systolic)/80 (diastolic). If the...
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