Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

The food we eat provides us with energy in the form of glucose.  However, if you have diabetes, glucose builds up in your blood and cannot get into your cells to be used for energy.  When glucose levels remain high, over time, it can cause damage to your eyes, kidneys and nerves.  You are at… Read more »

Undiagnosed Diabetes in Heart Attack Patients

According to one study, at least 1 in 10 heart attack patients may have undiagnosed diabetes.  Researchers tested the A1C levels (a standard test to determine blood sugar levels) of 2,854 heart attack patients who did not have a known diagnosis of diabetes and found some interesting data. Among the patients, 287 (10.1 percent) were… Read more »

Why Whey is Good for Your Heart

If high blood pressure runs in your family, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of adults in the United States (108 million, or 45%) have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.  Hypertension rarely presents with symptoms and is caused by factors like obesity, inactivity, smoking and high salt diets.  It’s often referred… Read more »

Exercise for High Blood Pressure

It’s true that any exercise is better than none when it comes to heart health, but how and when you do it can make a significant difference.  You can lower your blood pressure with low-impact exercise like walking, lightweight training and swimming, especially if you spread it throughout the day.   Exercise lowers blood pressure by altering… Read more »

Reduce Heart Disease Risk with Krill Oil

Diet and exercise are among the easiest ways to promote heart health.  Studies suggest that a diet rich in higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants may help prevent your risk of coronary heart disease and improve other risk factors, such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure levels, blood glucose levels and even stress. Krill oil… Read more »

Making Everyday Activities Heart Healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), adults should get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines moderate aerobic activity as “anything that makes your heart beat faster.”  Using this logic, many of your daily activities can become heart healthy exercises if you do them faster or with more… Read more »

C is for Cardiovascular

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that’s readily available in many fruits and vegetables.  Vitamin C is rapidly finding new applications in cardiovascular health improvement by protecting against endothelial dysfunction, reducing high blood pressure, and the blood vessel changes that precede heart disease.   Oranges are often the popular choice for vitamin C, but they aren’t the… Read more »

The Heart Health Dangers of Sitting

We all know that leading a sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for heart disease. The more you sit, the less you move, and the less you move, the more your risk increases. There’s a new saying in the world of heart health: Sitting is the new smoking. There is a lot of new evidence… Read more »

Improve Your Heart Health with Potassium

You can improve your heart health with potassium.  Potassium plays a role in every heartbeat.  One hundred thousand times per day, it helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood through your body. Potassium also helps your muscles to move, your nerves to work, and your kidneys to filter blood. Potassium doesn’t treat or prevent heart disease. But getting enough of it can improve your heart health… Read more »

Heart Disease – What You Need to Know

February is American Heart Month.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  How much do you actually know about heart disease?  Here’s everything you need to know. The heart is like any other muscle in the body and requires adequate blood supply to provide oxygen to allow the muscle… Read more »