Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) -- also known as 'good cholesterol.' The findings bring into question the current use of total HDL cholesterol to predict heart disease risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 out of 3 American adults live with higher than normal blood sugar levels known as prediabetes. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine recently found that while men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility. It's a finding that may help pre-diabetic women reduce their risk for heart disease through a low-carb diet.
Omega 3 supplements have little or no effect on the risk of heart disease, stroke or death -- according to new research led by the University of East Anglia, UK. Increased consumption of omega 3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that that it will protect against heart disease. But a new UEA-led Cochrane review -- the international gold standard for high quality, trusted health information - finds that omega 3 supplements offer little, if any, benefit.
The presence of sticky, aggregation-prone LDL in circulation is an independent predictor of cardiovascular death. This novel finding indicates that in addition to LDL-cholesterol levels, the quality of the cholesterol-carrying LDL particles also needs to be considered when estimating the cardiovascular risk of a person, say the researchers from the University of Helsinki and Wihuri Research Institute.
In a new study, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health measured how often and when women with high blood pressure during pregnancy develop high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol after pregnancy.
Two new Morgridge Institute for Research studies suggest the current tests, which measure the abundance of lipid classes, are insufficient. Rather, lipids identified and studied at the individual species level -- instead of grouped in classes -- may be better signatures of metabolic health.
New review in the journal Clinical Nutrition finds that plant-based diets improve cardiometabolic risk factors in those with type 2 diabetes.
Researchers have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat -- a sensitivity spread by tick bites -- with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart. This buildup may increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
The new journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published the first issue of Volume 3. This is a special issue on adult congenital heart disease with guest Editor Diego Moguillansky of the University of Florida Medical School.
Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study. Researchers found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body's response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop.