Pre-diabetes might increase Stoke Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that some patients identified as having pre-diabetes may be at a higher risk for having a stroke. The study was published online at

Pre-diabetes is typically diagnosed with a fasting blood glucose test. The person fasts for 12 hours and is tested after not eating any food. The normal range for blood glucose after a fast is between 70.2 to 100 mg/dl. The pre-diabetes range for this test is between 100 to 126 mg/dl.

Pre-diabetes can be resolved with diet and exercise. However, if pre-diabetes is left untreated it could become type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, pre-diabetes patients have the same vascular risk factors as those that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. However, the future stroke risk had not been recognized in pre-diabetes patients.

Eating Foods High in Vitamin D might reduce Stroke Risk in Japanese-American Men

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(Best Syndication News) - A 34-year study of Japanese-American men found an increased stroke risk later in life with those who did not eat a diet high in vitamin D. The study was published in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.

The study’s lead author, Gotaro Kojima, M.D., said that eating foods high in vitamin D might be helpful for preventing strokes. Dr. Kojima is a geriatric medicine fellow from John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Vitamin D interested researchers because of the possibility that it may help reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Vitamin D has long been established as a necessary nutrient for preventing rickets in children and to help prevent bone loss in adults.

New Treatment for Brain Swelling

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(Best Syndication News) European researchers say they have come up with a new treatment to save the life of people suffering from swelling of the brain. Their method can safely manipulate the blood vessels in the brain to allow for a periodic opening of the channels between the blood vessels and the brain cell lining.

The goal is to relieve acute pressure on the brain caused by stroke, brain injury, tumors, or other conditions that can cause swelling. Over the years, there has been little change in the treatment of this condition, according to Dr. Matthew Campbell, of the Ocular Genetics Unit at Trinity College Dublin.

Dwelling next to Highway reduces Survival Rate after Heart Attack

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that people who survived a heart attack and lived less than 328 feet from a highway had a 27 percent increased death risk within 10 years compared to survivors that lived over 3280 feet from the major roadway. The US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science funded this study.

Murray Mittleman, MD, DrPH, a physician in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of BIDMC's cardiovascular epidemiological research program reasons that air pollution and noise could play a role in the increased death risk.

Gum Disease not the cause of Heart Disease or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - The American Heart Association assembled a committee of cardiologists, dentists, and infectious disease specialists to investigate if gum disease causes heart disease or stroke. The committee concluded that gum disease does not cause atherosclerotic heart disease or stroke. Additionally, the treatment of gum disease has not been proven to prevent heart disease or stroke. The new statement by the committee was published in Circulation, which is an American Heart Association journal.

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