Why It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Most people associate cigarette smoking with breathing problems and lung cancer. But smoking also is strongly linked to cardiovascular disease – and the habit can drastically shorten your life.

Do Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Matter?

Cholesterol is hot in the news ever since a top nutrition advisory committee stated that people no longer need to be concerned about eating foods high in cholesterol earlier this year. This guideline caused confusion as people wondered: Is checking my cholesterol still important? Do I need to change my diet? Do my numbers matter? … Read More

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Moderate Activity May Be All Your Heart Needs

If you’re a middle-aged woman who didn’t get to the gym every day last week, here’s some good news. Moderate physical activity (including walking and doing housework) may be enough to keep your heart and blood vessels healthy, according to a recent study. As part of The Million Women Study in the United Kingdom, 1.1 … Read More

Running is a Life-Saver, Study Finds

A new study finds that running just a few minutes each day may significantly decrease your risk for heart disease. And you don’t have to run very far or very fast to improve your heart health. The researchers concluded that running even 5 to 10 minutes each day is good. It “is associated with markedly reduced risks … Read More

Added Sugar = Added Risk for Your Heart

A recent study that links added sugars in the diet to heart disease is bad news for your sweet tooth. However, the new data empowers doctors and patients with solid information about how the sugars added to many foods – and especially soft drinks – take a toll on heart health. The study’s conclusion sums … Read More

Sitting All Day Could Shorten Life

Even if you do moderate exercise at the gym or at home, prolonged sitting is proving to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. So says a study of post-menopausal women released this spring by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Researchers blame the negative cardiometabolic effects of sitting in a chair for many … Read More

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Should I Cut Meat From My Diet?

Research on meat-rich diets seems to repeatedly suggest cutting back on eating meat, but that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate it from your plate entirely. How often do you eat meat? A study on the health effects of meat-rich diets appears in the June 3 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine. For the Adventist … Read More