Heart and Lung

Eating Legumes helps reduce heart disease risk and control blood sugar

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(Best Syndication News) - According to a new study, eating one cup of legumes in conjunction with a diet full of low-glycemic foods on a daily basis helped to control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The randomized controlled trial study results were reported in the Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine publication.

The study involved 121 patients who have type-2 diabetes. They were randomly assigned to either a low-glycemic index diet based around legumes, or they were assigned to follow a low-glycemic index diet with the emphasis around eating whole-wheat foods. The legume group was asked to eat a minimum of one cup of legumes daily, such as dried beans, lentils, or chickpeas.

Heart Attacks more deadly for Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women have a higher chance of dying from a heart attack (ST elevation myocardial infarction) than men. Dr Guillaume Leurent from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Rennes, France presented the study’s findings at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2012 meeting in Istanbul, Turkey this week. This is the first annual event hosted by the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

The researchers found that women tended to have longer delays before being treated. The women suffering a heart attack were treated less aggressively, and there were more complications with longer hospital stays.

Previous research showed women having worse outcomes with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) events. So the French researchers decided to investigate whether there were any gender differences in the way they were treated.

High Blood Pressure reduced in Men treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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(Best Syndication News) - A study investigated men for sleep apnea to see if treating the breathing disorder would have a positive effect on their hypertension and diabetes. The researchers found that treating men with positive airway pressure (PAP) while sleeping also reduced their blood pressure. The study results were published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

"All types of patients may benefit from this treatment, even those with other chronic medical conditions," said Bharati Prasad, MD, MS, the study's principal investigator. "It's important to now do a prospective study enrolling different types of patients with sleep apnea."

Increased Risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Death from Extended Sitting

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(Best Syndication News) - A European study found people who sat for extensive periods of time had an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death. The study results were published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Lead author, Dr. Emma Wilmot, a research fellow in the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Leicester, and colleagues investigated the results of 18 other studies that had a combined 794,577 participants. There investigation found that people who sat for long periods were at a two-fold increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death.

Study finds Increased Rate of Younger People having Strokes

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(Best Syndication News) - Strokes are happening more often at a younger age, according to a new study. The researchers published their findings in the October 10, 2012 online issue of Neurology.

Study author, Brett Kissela, MD, MS, with the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in Ohio and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that the increasing stroke numbers in younger people may be related to diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. Another reason may be from improved MRI imaging, which could lead to a better diagnosis for stroke.

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