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Heart Attack risk higher with those taking Calcium Supplements

Heart Attack risk higher with those taking Calcium Supplements

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(Best Syndication News) - A recent trial study found that people who take calcium supplements might have a 30 percent higher risk for having a myocardial infarction or cardiovascular event. The reason why many elderly people take calcium supplements is to help build stronger bones because of osteoporosis. This study was published on the online bmj.com website.

The researchers wanted to further investigate previous research that found calcium supplements were showing an increased risk of heart attacks. In this investigation the researchers studied 12,000 patients in 11 randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements that did not have an additional vitamin D.

The researchers saw a consistent increased risk of around 30 percent higher for calcium supplement takers for a chance of a having a heart attack regardless of age, sex, and supplement taken. They also saw a non-significant increase for stroke risk and mortality. The authors caution that calcium supplements being so common could contribute to more heart disease across the mass population.

High Fructose Sugar intake increases risk for High Blood Pressure

High Fructose Sugar intake increases risk for High Blood Pressure

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(Best Syndication News) - Fructose is a sugar that is found in fruit, but is most commonly consumed in the form of high fructose corn syrup added to foods and drinks. While small amounts may be safe, a study found that eating high amounts of fructose in the diet in the form of added sugar may have increased a person's chance of developing high blood pressure also called hypertension. The study will be published in the next issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN).

Hypertension not only causes heart disease, it also causes kidney disease. Having high blood pressure is one of the most common on going medical conditions in developed countries. The researchers of this study wanted to look into environmental factors that increase the risk for developing hypertension. They wanted to see if added fructose sugars had any relationship to high blood pressure.

Beet Juice helps to Lower High Blood Pressure

Beet Juice helps to Lower High Blood Pressure

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(Best Syndication News) - The juice from beet roots contains nitrate that can lower high blood pressure said a study conducted at the Queen Mary University of London, which was published in the online edition of the American Hear Association's journal, Hypertension.

The study found that blood pressure numbers were reduced within 24 hours of people that took nitrate tablets, and for people that drank juice that was made from beet roots.

The author of this study, Amrita Ahluwalia, Professor of Vascular Biology at Queen Mary's William Harvey Research Institute said that the nitrate that is found naturally in beet root juice was able to increase the levels of nitric oxide circulating in the blood. In the study the participants were healthy volunteers that were given either nitrate capsules or beet root juice and the researchers then measured the blood pressure response and other biochemical changes in the circulatory system.

Mal-Nutrition in America - Food Advertisements on TV promote unhealthy Meals

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(Best Syndication News) - Food advertisements on television can be the beckon call for many to want to chow down on the not so healthy food fare. This mal-nutrition isn't making us skin and bones, it is making us fat and unhealthy. A study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association investigated how these advertisements can steer people into eating a nutritionally unbalanced diet.

The researchers put together a 2,000 calorie diet that was built around the food that was advertised on television. If a person based their diets on these foods alone, they would be eating 25 times the recommended daily amount of sugars, and 20 times the recommended amount of fat. They would be short of vegetables, fruits and dairy with half of the daily requirements not being met.

Bret Michaels TIA Stroke sends him back to Hospital

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[Best Syndication News] Rocker, Bret Michaels, has been back to the hospital after suffering a transient ischemic attack TIA, which is also called a warning stroke, or a mini-stroke. Michaels was reported to been feeling numb on his body's left side, but mostly felt the numbness on his hands and face which prompted him to get medical attention.

Michaels' doctor believes that he can still recover despite this health setback. On Bret Michaels website they explained that the doctors found a hole (Patent Foramen Ovale) in his heart which they believe could have caused the TIA stroke. They discovered this during the diagnostics testing looking for blood clots. The doctors don't believe that the brain hemorrhage that he suffered in April was related.

The doctor said that Michaels would be treated with outpatient care for the TIA stroke until they decide the best way to treat the heart condition. They will be injecting blood thinner and conducting blood tests to prevent blood clots that could contribute to a major stroke.

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