Monday, February 18, 2008

Low Dose Aspirin For Heart Protection

Aspirin is still one of the best ways to prevent heart attack and manage heart disease. Newer researches however have given evidence that low dose aspirin is safer and better tolerated than higher doses. One of these studies showed that taking more than 100 mg of aspirin a day increases the risk of bleeding, from nosebleeds to bleeding in the stomach and the brain. The study has found that serious bleeding occurs in five percent of heart disease patients taking 200 mg a day or more aspirin daily, but only one percent of heart disease patients taking the lower dose of aspirin experience bleeding. Lower doses such as 30 mg have shown to have excellent tolerability.

Although the study does not address how well different doses of aspirin prevent heart attacks, it is very much probable that low dose aspirin is as effective as higher doses to prevent second heart attacks. Aspirin helps prevent the formation of clots that block blood flow to the heart to prevent heart attack in people at high risk of having one and among those who have already suffered from a first heart attack. Although aspirin has existed for more than a century, it was only in 1998 when the US food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule to provide doctors updated information on the use of aspirin for me and women who have had a heart attack or stroke or are at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tips In Raising A Healthy Child

Looking after your child’s health and well-being can be a very daunting task, especially with work and other household chores you have to attend to, fortunately here are some nutrition and health tips available to parent everywhere.

1.) Be a good example to children – Your good counsel about proper nutrition will definitely fall on deaf ears if you don’t practice what you preach. As a parent, you should realize that the best way to instill good habits in your children is to become a good example for them. This includes eating the right kinds of food.

2.) Ask how their day in school went – Inquire particularly about the kinds of food that they have eaten. You can’t monitor what your children are eating in school, but at least encourage them to make better choices. Better yet, prepare special healthy and nutritious snacks for them every morning so you can be sure that they are getting the proper nutrition they need and deserve.

3.) Exercise with your children – Apart from eating well, exercise is another important component of a healthy lifestyle. Start your children on a healthy regimen of regular physical activities by encouraging them to exercise with you.

4.) Be appreciative of your children – Take notice of your child’s development, especially when it comes to health and nutrition. Don’t forget to let them know how good they look because of their healthy diet.

5.) Make I love you cards and insert them in your child’s notebook - This is another way of letting your child know how much you love him and care for him.

6.) Bring your child to the supermarket or grocery – It is a very good venue for you to teach your children about the different kinds of food available. Don’t fail to answer all their questions and explain to them the benefits of the different kinds of food as well as those that they must avoid of eat sparingly.

7.) Give your child two glasses of milk everyday – Providing two glasses of milk to your child every day is the easiest, most convenient and most affordable way for you to make sure that he gets most of the essential nutrients known as the go, grow and glow foods they need to grow strong and healthy.


Friday, February 08, 2008

Diabetes Kills Every 10 Seconds

Diabetes is growing at a terrifying speed and is quickly becoming a very real threat to young people’s living all over the world. This metabolic disorder ranks as the fourth main cause of death in the world. If not controlled, it’s deadly arm strikes with heart attacks, kidney failures, blindness, amputation and obesity. The statistics say it all. Within the next 20 years, this metabolic disorder will reach epidemic proportions with 19,000 developing diabetes daily and that number will grow to 333 million by 2025.

The scariest thing about this disease is that more than 50 percent of people with diabetes are unaware of their condition. This in turn leads to expenses amounting to millions in treating complications that arise from undiagnosed or poorly treated diabetes. By the end of this year, diabetes will cause more that 3.8 million deaths globally, more than six percent of the total world mortality rate and similar in magnitude for those reported for HIV/AIDS in 2002. Statistics shows that a person dies of a diabetes related illness every 10 seconds. So we must make it a habit to have regular checkups so we can immediately treat the disease in the early stages if in case we have this condition.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Omega-3 Increases Heart Patient Survival

There is something to be said about the health benefits of fish oil. Research evidence from well designed scientific researches consisting of multiple large scale population studies and randomized controlled trials show that intake of recommended amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in the form of dietary fish or fish oil supplements lower blood triglycerides and reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease.

The American Heart Association and other international heart experts in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease or CVD has recommended omega-3 fish oil, particularly in those who already had a previous heart attack. Known CVD risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity and persistent uncontrolled stress.

The clinical benefits of fish oil have been reported after three months of use, and these benefits persists up to 3.5 years of follow-up. The beneficial effects of fish oils have been attributed to various mechanisms, including reduced triglyceride levels, reduced inflammation in the arteries causing arteriosclerosis or narrowing, slightly lowered blood pressure, reduced blood clotting and reduced tendency of the heart to develop rhythms.