Heart and Lung

Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes - Increased risk seen with Fast Food Eaters in Singapore

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that people in Singapore who ate fast food on a regular basis were at an increased risk for developing coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study was published in today’s online edition of American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

The researchers found that even eating fast food once weekly showed a 20 percent increased death risk from coronary heart disease compared to those who avoided dining at these places. There was a 50 percent increased risk of death from heart disease if the person ate out two-to-three times each week. There was an 80 percent increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease in those who ate fast food four or more times on a weekly basis.

FDA grants approval for Belviq - Prescription Weight Loss Pill

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) for overweight and obese people who also have either high blood pressure (hypertension), type-2 diabetes, or elevated cholesterol levels (dyslipidemia).

In order to qualify for the weight loss medication, the person's body mass index (BMI) needs to be greater than 27 (this is considered overweight). A BMI over 30 is considered obese. There also has to be a secondary condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes present. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over one-third of the US adult population is considered obese.

Heart Failure Risk reduced with regular moderate Coffee Drinkers

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(Best Syndication News) - Drinking coffee in moderation on a regular basis might lower your chance for developing heart failure, a recent study suggests. The findings were published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Heart Failure.

The researchers compared results from prior studies that correlated coffee consumption and heart failure. The good news is that the researchers found significantly lower risk of developing heart failure with moderate coffee drinking. The bad news is that they found excessive coffee consumption might increase the risk of developing serious heart problems.

Cholesterol Lowering Statins might reduce the risk of a Repeat Cardiovascular Event

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that there was a reduced risk for a cardiovascular event in people taking cholesterol-lowering statin medications. However, there was no associated reduction in all-cause mortality or stroke occurrence in women. The study results were published in the June 25, 2012 issue of the JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine.

Jose Gutierrez, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, and colleagues investigated results of 11 clinical trial results; when combined this involved a total of 43,191 participants. The researchers wanted to investigate if statin medications offered better prevention of recurring cardiovascular events compared to a placebo.

Men with reduced DHEA Steroid Levels at a higher Risk for Heart Disease

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that elderly men who had low levels of natural steroid hormones were at a higher chance for developing cardiovascular disease. The researchers presented their findings this Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting, which is being held in Houston, Texas.

Dehydroephiandrosterone (DHEA) is the steroid that was studied. The hormone is secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA-S, the sulfated form, floats through the blood and is converted in other tissues and is turned into estrogen and testosterone hormones.

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