If I hadn’t known about a new study of yogurt for properties that can help us keep our diabetes and high blood pressure in check, I wouldn’t be enjoying soy yogurt now.
I love yogurt, but have preferred a dairy product, plain nonfat yogurt from Straus Family Creamery , a family-owned farm just north of San Francisco. This yogurt is surprisingly thick for being nonfat. It is also quite sour, but is delicious when I add a non-caloric sweetener.
After eating more than my share of soy cheese, I couldn’t imagine that soy yogurt could taste anything like the real thing. I was wrong, at least for two of the three soy yogurts that I was able to find in the places where I buy my food, Whole Foods and Wild Oats , the two biggest natural food chains.
Two soy yogurts taste great and offer health benefits. One comes from WholeSoy & Co. , an independently owned company in San Francisco. The other comes from Stonyfield Farms , in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The French food giant, Groupe Danone, owns...
The big news announced yesterday was that people older than 60 can now have higher blood pressure before their doctors will tell them to take drugs to bring it down. But the guidelines for those of us who have diabetes remain the same.
An expert panel says in its new guidelines that people over 60 need to keep their blood pressure below 150/90 rather than the 140/90 level as previously recommended. And people with diabetes of any age still need to keep it below 140/90.
The expert panel of 17 academics reported its findings in JAMA , the Journal of the American Medical Association after reviewing the evidence for the last five years. The full-text of its report, “2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults,” is free online .
The goal for people with diabetes, 140/90, means a systolic blood pressure of no more than 140 millimeters of mercury, abbreviated as mmHG. This systolic pressure shows the pressure on our blood vessels whe...
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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