WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
A survey of more than 100 studies has shown that high
blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine are a clear and present
danger to arteries (although the American Heart Association says
that a cause-and-effect relationship between high homocysteine
levels and heart risk has not yet been established), and that
reducing homocysteine levels by taking a folic acid supplement
can reduce the risk of heart disease by 16%, stroke by 24%, and
of deep-vein blockages by 25%.
DEFICIENCY: Those who consume an excess of sugared drinks significantly increase their chances of being deficient in common vitamins and minerals. (Circulation, 2002; 106:2623-9.) Sugared drinks carry the sugar, but none of the nutrients such as vitamins and minerals necessary to process the sugar. Since most diets are already deficient in these nutrients, such drinks only exacerbate the problems.
DIABETES: Niacin supplements can reduce the chance of a second heart attack by approximately 50% in people with diabetes and milder blood sugar problems. Such individuals face two to four times the normal risk of heart attacks. The magnitude of niacin's effects on lowering heart attack risk is similar to that of other drugs, including aspirin, beta-blockers, statins and treatments that cut cholesterol.
DIET: A new study comparing a diet high in protein and fat but low in carbohydrates with the American Heart Association-suggested low-fat plan showed that after six months, people shed about 50% more pounds on the low-carb plan. HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels in the low-carb group rose 11%, on average, while triglyceride (fats linked to heart disease) levels dropped 49%. Those on the AHA diet saw no change in HDL and only a 22% decline in triglycerides. (All this, and the AHA ardently sticks by their dietary recommendations and vilifies a high-protein, low-carb diet.)
GENETIC CONTEXT: A recent study suggests that all dogs are descendants of wolves. In fact, DNA taken from 140 domestic dogs and 162 wolves from three continents found that they differed by only 1%, and that gray wolves are 20 times more closely related to domesticated dogs than they are to coyotes. (J Hered, 1999; 90(1):71-77.)
GENETICS: Childhood nutrition, particularly among males, seems to influence the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later generations. (Eur J Hum Genet, 2002; 10:669 - 71.) This is another indication that genetics can be influenced by nutrition, making what we eat, and most significantly what we feed our children, more than just a personal decision.
PROSTATE CANCER: A diet rich in flaxseeds blocks the growth and development of prostate cancer. The flaxseed diet has been found to reduce the size, aggressiveness and severity of tumors, and even to prevent prostate cancer in some.
PROSTATE CANCER: A diet rich in garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and scallions has been found to cut the risk of prostate cancer by more than 33%. Those who ate 2 grams of garlic per day deceased their risk of prostate cancer by more than 50%, and eating even small amounts – one clove daily – markedly cut the risk. Scallions, which lowered the risk of prostate cancer by up to 70%, were found to be most beneficial.
MEDICAL DANGERS: According to the American Heart Association, as many as one in seven heart attacks in heart patients may be the result of medical errors. Of those heart attacks caused by medical blunders, medication mistakes are to blame 44% of the time, and half are preventable. (Circulation, 2002; 106:2623-9.)
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