Category Archives: Health, Fitness & Food

Lipitor vs. Crestor — The battle of the statins

Statins such as Lipitor or Crestor are used to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes, what’s the difference? and is one better than the other? Cardiovascular disease is a collective term that describes diseases relating to the circulatory system. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include heart failure, heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, and ischemic heart…

The link between coffee and blood pressure

Moderate amounts of coffee intake may reduce high blood pressure. Coffee is a staple of many diets around the world. As coffee consumption has increased throughout the years, several studies have linked moderate coffee drinking (3-5 cups per day) with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, those who are heavy coffee drinkers…

The negative side effects of vaping

Researchers studied the negative side effects of vaping among youth, finding an increase in problems with remembering, concentrating, and decision-making. Electronic cigarettes were invented in 2003 as an alternative to smoking. Smoking electronic cigarettes is known as vaping and is increasingly popular with high school students. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of high school…

Can physical activity reverse the effects of a sedentary lifestyle?

New guidelines on recommended physical activity consider ways to potentially counter the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. It is no secret that regularly getting physical activity is healthy for the body.  Exercise can have a variety of physical health benefits; it can promote heart health, muscle development and maintenance, bone density, maintenance of…

Could fitness trackers predict COVID-19?

Early research suggests that fitness trackers can predict COVID-19 by tracking changes in a person’s activity. One of the keys to preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for the COVID-19 illness – is quick identification, tracing and isolation of cases before it can be spread further to others. This has been particularly…

Is high intensity training for older adults beneficial?

Recent study compares high intensity training for older adults with moderate intensity continuous training. For adults aged 65 and older, the World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. The exercise improves heart and brain health, and lowers the risk of death from…

Do sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors show promise for type 2 diabetics?

Researchers compared sodium glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors to DPP-4 inhibitors. According to the American Heart Association, people that suffer from diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease as those without it. Diabetics are more likely to have high blood pressure, cholesterol, body weight, and blood sugar, all of…

Is more than one glass of wine good for you?

Study shows that even moderate alcohol consumption is associated with high blood pressure, especially in patients with diabetes mellitus. Heavy alcohol consumption and its link to high blood pressure has been studied for a long time with early studies dating back to 1915. However, there have been conflicting reports on the risks and benefits of…

Omega-3 benefits improve heart health more than previously thought

New study shows omega-3 benefits heart health and decreases risk for heart attack. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world and is the cause of death in approximately 17.9 million people annually. Poor health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking lead to cardiovascular disease. There are…

Reduced risk of obesity – one of the benefits of eating nuts, study finds

In a large multi-year study, investigators study the benefits of eating nuts in preventing gradual weight gain.   Despite being high in calories, just a half serving of nuts per day (14 gm or ½ oz) is associated with a lower risk of weight gain and obesity, just one of the benefits of eating nuts,…