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Researchers Compare Exercise, Drugs as Cardiovascular Treatments | News | The Harvard Crimson

Researchers Compare Exercise, Drugs as Cardiovascular Treatments | News | The Harvard Crimson | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it

Structured exercise programs may be as effective, or even more useful, than medication to treat cardiovascular conditions. The authors evaluated and synthesized the results of 305 previous studies to compare the benefits of drug and exercise regimens on disease outcomes.  

After identifying four conditions for which exercise has been studied as a preventive technique—coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and type-2 diabetes—Naci and Ioannidis compared the efficacy of drugs used to treat these conditions to previously-reported effects of exercise.

 They found that structured physical activity was more effective than drug use in the treatment and prevention of strokes, and equally effective in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and diabetes.  Diuretic drugs were more successful than exercise, however, in treating heart failure.

“[Our study] will trigger debate, which is really important,” said Naci. “In cases where we have evidence of exercise, exercise seems to do really well in comparison to drugs, but there are still a lot of instances where we don’t know how exercise fares against drugs.”


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There is never a magic bullet in health care.  A consistant exercise program is one part of a total healthy lifestyle.  The proper foods and quality nutrition is also important for our overall health. 

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Dr. KGM BIYABANI's comment, November 3, 2013 12:00 AM
TREATMENT REGIMENS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT'S DISEASE AND THE TREATMENT REGIMEN OUTCOMES. ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STUDY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR".; TREATMENT REGIMENS MAY INCLUDE MANY PREVENTIVE AS WELL AS CURATIVE THERAPIES, BOTH PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL. AT THE END PATIENT/PERSON MATTERS. THERE SHOULD BE "AND" instead of "OR". OF COURSE THERE IS NEVER A MAGIC BULLET IN HEALTHCARE;THAT'S WHY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR" AS DR. BILAZARIAN HAS SAID. AND I AGREE WITH ROBIN THOMAS ABOUT "THE MAGIC BULLET" PART ONLY.
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TREATMENT REGIMENS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT'S DISEASE AND THE TREATMENT REGIMEN OUTCOMES. ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STUDY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR".; TREATMENT REGIMENS MAY INCLUDE MANY PREVENTIVE AS WELL AS CURATIVE THERAPIES, BOTH PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL. AT THE END PATIENT/PERSON MATTERS. THERE SHOULD BE "AND" instead of "OR". OF COURSE THERE IS NEVER A MAGIC BULLET IN HEALTHCARE;THAT'S WHY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR" AS DR. BILAZARIAN HAS SAID. AND I AGREE WITH ROBIN THOMAS ABOUT "THE MAGIC BULLET" PART ONLY.

Randy Randhawa, DC's curator insight, November 5, 2013 10:45 AM

Daily motivation, "structured exercise programs may be as effective, or even more useful, than medication to treat cardiovascular conditions."

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PCRM | Subway’s Health Claims are Bologna

PCRM | Subway’s Health Claims are Bologna | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
A new PCRM report reveals that Subway’s “Eat Fresh” campaign is a pile of bologna.
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Think eating at Subway is a healthy alternative?  Think again!

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Do American Doctors Really Take Enough Nutrition Courses? The Answer May Surprise You

Do American Doctors Really Take Enough Nutrition Courses? The Answer May Surprise You | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
As more and more people have begun learning from alternative media and taking nutrition education [...] (RT @WIFP: Do American Doctors Really Take Enough Nutrition Courses?
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11 Graphs That Show Everything That is Wrong With The Modern Diet

11 Graphs That Show Everything That is Wrong With The Modern Diet | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
The Western diet is incredibly harmful. These 11 graphs show how the diet changed in the past few decades, which explains the rise in many serious diseases.
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What we eat does make a huge difference!!

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Effect of vitamin E and memantine on functional decline... [JAMA. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI

Vit E shown to decrease functional decline in mild to moderate Alzheimer's patients. 

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Nutritional support slows the decline, giving us more quality time with our loved ones.   

#alzheimersresearch #vitE  #nutrition

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Safe, Effective Alternatives to Aspirin

Safe, Effective Alternatives to Aspirin | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
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Along with the other natural supplements suggested here, I would add Proflavanol C100,  a grape seed extract from USANA.  Clinical studies have shown not only anti-inflammatory effects, but an increase in peripheral blood flow, an benefit to the cardiovascular system.  You can purchase Proflavanol C 100 at www.robinthomas.usana.com

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Besides some of the natural recommendations here, I would suggest a grapeseed extract.   You can purchase an excellent product called proflavanol at www.robinthomas.usana.com  

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High-Fat Diet During Puberty Speeds Breast Cancer Development

High-Fat Diet During Puberty Speeds Breast Cancer Development | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 4, 2013 2:16 PM

New findings show that eating a high-fat diet beginning at puberty speeds up the development of breast cancer and may actually increase the risk of cancer similar to a type often found in younger adult women.

In addition to the accelerated breast cancer development, this type of diet produces a distinct gene signature in the tumours consistent with a subset of breast cancers known as basal-like that can carry a worse prognosis.

Sandra Haslam, physiology professor in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and one of the lead investigators of the project, says “Cancers of this type are more aggressive in nature and typically occur in younger women. This highlights the significance of our work toward efforts against the disease.”

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Nutrition News: Blood sugar and your brain - Marblehead Reporter

Nutrition News: Blood sugar and your brain - Marblehead Reporter | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Nutrition News: Blood sugar and your brain Marblehead Reporter What happens is that hyperglycemia -- in both diabetics and pre-diabetic states - can promote inflammation of the lining of small blood vessels, leading to thickening and weakening of...
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Stabilizing blood sugar is important for all of us whether we have diabetes or not.  Some of these foods from USANA Health Sciences are a delicious way to stabilize your blood sugar:  http://robinthomas.usana.com/?page=page4&market=en

#healthyweight #bloodsugar

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Frozen produce may retain vitamins better than fresh stored: study - FoodNavigator-USA.com

Frozen produce may retain vitamins better than fresh stored: study - FoodNavigator-USA.com | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Frozen produce may retain vitamins better than fresh stored: study FoodNavigator-USA.com Frozen produce is statistically equal to fresh when it comes to vitamin and mineral content, and retains vitamins equally so or better than produce stored in...
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Especially in the winter, I use frozen veggies. I do purchase local fresh produce throughout the growing season, though.  

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Andrew Saul, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service editor, apologizes for NBC's vitamin ignorance

Andrew Saul, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service editor, apologizes for NBC's vitamin ignorance | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it

I would like to apologize for NBC News. It seems that the organization that brought us Lowell Thomas, John Cameron Swayze, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley has lowered its standard of reporting.

 

NBC's supplement-bashing headline article, "Vitamins don't prevent heart disease or cancer, experts find" displays an ignorance of clinical nutrition that is difficult to ignore, and, thanks to its media prominence, can't be. 

 

Of vitamin supplementation, NBC specifically said that a "very extensive look at the studies that have been done show it may be a waste of time when it comes to preventing the diseases most likely to kill you."

 

The "very extensive look" encompassed 24 preselected studies. It looks like they just possibly may have missed a few...


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:19 AM

From time to time a fake study appears, commissioned by pharmaceutical interests, that 'shows' nutrition has nothing to do with health... and it gets into mainstream media who blindly report the disinformation.  Nothing to worry about, really, if you have the proper information at hand...

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:39 AM

Thanks Sepp. Vital. Profusion of fraudulent medical research.

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JAMA Network | JAMA | Shutdown Underscored Vulnerability of US Public Health and Biomedical Research to Political Wrangling

JAMA Network | JAMA | Shutdown Underscored Vulnerability of US Public Health and Biomedical Research to Political Wrangling | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Medical news: The effect of the #shutdown on #publichealth and #research http://t.co/IRdQ5nvHer http://t.co/Nh8wsQ6qC7
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The effects are long-reaching when science is #shutdown 

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Mental health news: Omega 3 fat, alpha lipoic acid help Alzheimer's disease - Food Consumer

Mental health news: Omega 3 fat, alpha lipoic acid help Alzheimer's disease - Food Consumer | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Mental health news: Omega 3 fat, alpha lipoic acid help Alzheimer's disease Food Consumer Monday Nov 11, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A randomized placebo-controlled pilot trial scheduled to appear in the Jan 2014 issue of Journal of Alzheimer's...
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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 12, 2013 7:50 PM

Freshly ground flaxseed is an excellent, low cost source of these fats.

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Diet and saturated fat: what to believe? - Health & Wellbeing

Diet and saturated fat: what to believe? - Health & Wellbeing | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it

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For decades, doctors have told us saturated fat raises cholesterol which leads to heart disease. For almost as long, some sections of the community – including some medical professionals – have argued that cholesterol is not the villain it's made out to be when it comes to your heart.

The debate reached fever pitch recently after the publication of an editorial in the British Medical Journal, which stated the advice to reduce cholesterol has in fact increased our risk of heart disease.

This was followed by a program on ABC TV's Catalyst examining whether the role of cholesterol in heart disease is one of 'the biggest myths in medical history'.

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Pros and Cons of Grass-fed Dairy Products vs Factory Farming

Pros and Cons of Grass-fed Dairy Products vs Factory Farming | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Grass-fed dairy products are not just healthier but they can help you to lose weight as well.
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If you eat meat and If you are not sensitive to dairy, casein, and whey - these are good points.  

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'Eat like a Greek?' Decoding the Mediterranean diet - The Globe and Mail

'Eat like a Greek?' Decoding the Mediterranean diet - The Globe and Mail | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
'Eat like a Greek?' Decoding the Mediterranean diet The Globe and Mail In the past year, leading medical journals have reported that the Mediterranean diet may ward against heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as chronic illness after...
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More Ginger, Please!

More Ginger, Please! | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Of all the functional foods out there, ginger arguably has the most functions. It’s used to settle the stomach and reduce pain, and it has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.
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Can EPA-rich supplements help brains work 'less hard' and boost mental performance?

Can EPA-rich supplements help brains work 'less hard' and boost mental performance? | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
Omega-3 supplements rich in EPA may improve cognitive performance with a reduction in neural activity observed, indicating that the brain worked ‘less hard’, report researchers from Australia.
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Interesting, if not conclusive research on EPA supplements

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Vitamin D sufficiency associates with an increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines after intense exercise in humans

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Latest research from our friends at TOSH on vit D and athletes.  

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Flavonoid-rich diet may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes: Study

Flavonoid-rich diet may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes: Study | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
High consumption of flavonoid-rich foods may be associated with a lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by improving blood sugar management, say researchers.
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Flavones are found in herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme and celery.  Anthycyanins are found in berries, grapes and other red or blue colored fruits and vegetables.  Think about eating the rainbow!  #healthyeating #usanalifestyle  

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15 Ways to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack

15 Ways to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
15 Ways to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol and the Risk of Heart Attack - from magnesium to vitamin K2 to fish oil, reduce inflammation, promote healing.

 

The new guidelines that were recently issued by the American Medical Association for the use of statin drugs really ticked me off.  Under the new guidelines, roughly 1/3 of all adults should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.  Many healthcare practitioners already feel there is an overuse of statin medication in the United States.  Many people on statins suffer with serious side effects, which I’ll get to in a bit.  Also, 50% of people who die suddenly from heart attacks do not have high cholesterol.  Clearly, handing out statins like PEZ is not the answer – unless you’re a big pharmaceutical company looking to improve your bottom line.  In this post we’ll discuss the role of cholesterol in the body, side effects of stain medication, and ways to naturally reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack.


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I would add a top quality grapeseed formula to this list.  Recent research suggest huge cardiovascular benefits with grapeseed extract. 

#hearthealth  http://robinthomas.usana.com 

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USANA Guarantees Label Matches Product - EIN News

USANA Guarantees Label Matches Product - EIN News | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
USANA Guarantees Label Matches Product. Press release distribution provided by EIN News
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Learn more about USANA's quality guarantee at http://robinthomas.usana.com  Click on the link Science at the Heart. 

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UCLA Study: Low-Fat Diet, Fish Oil Supplements Could Help Prevent Growth Of Prostate Cancer - CBS Los Angeles

UCLA Study: Low-Fat Diet, Fish Oil Supplements Could Help Prevent Growth Of Prostate Cancer - CBS Los Angeles | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
A new study by UCLA researchers found that men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements showed changes in their cancer tissue that may help prevent disease growth and recurrence.
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Just shows that the science of nutrition is always evolving.  

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CoQ10 Reduces Inflammation

CoQ10 Reduces Inflammation | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
CoQ10 Reduces Inflammation and Enhances Antioxidant Activity in Patients ...

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Don’t Swallow Everything You See

Don’t Swallow Everything You See | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it
A recent study found that 80% of the foods athletes promote are high in energy &low in nutrition. Dr. Walsh's take >> http://t.co/G6wLRu36nf
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Researchers Compare Exercise, Drugs as Cardiovascular Treatments | News | The Harvard Crimson

Researchers Compare Exercise, Drugs as Cardiovascular Treatments | News | The Harvard Crimson | Nutrition Science | Scoop.it

Structured exercise programs may be as effective, or even more useful, than medication to treat cardiovascular conditions. The authors evaluated and synthesized the results of 305 previous studies to compare the benefits of drug and exercise regimens on disease outcomes.  

After identifying four conditions for which exercise has been studied as a preventive technique—coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and type-2 diabetes—Naci and Ioannidis compared the efficacy of drugs used to treat these conditions to previously-reported effects of exercise.

 They found that structured physical activity was more effective than drug use in the treatment and prevention of strokes, and equally effective in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and diabetes.  Diuretic drugs were more successful than exercise, however, in treating heart failure.

“[Our study] will trigger debate, which is really important,” said Naci. “In cases where we have evidence of exercise, exercise seems to do really well in comparison to drugs, but there are still a lot of instances where we don’t know how exercise fares against drugs.”


Via Seth Bilazarian, MD, Steve Kingsley
Robin Thomas's insight:

There is never a magic bullet in health care.  A consistant exercise program is one part of a total healthy lifestyle.  The proper foods and quality nutrition is also important for our overall health. 

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Dr. KGM BIYABANI's comment, November 3, 2013 12:00 AM
TREATMENT REGIMENS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT'S DISEASE AND THE TREATMENT REGIMEN OUTCOMES. ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STUDY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR".; TREATMENT REGIMENS MAY INCLUDE MANY PREVENTIVE AS WELL AS CURATIVE THERAPIES, BOTH PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL. AT THE END PATIENT/PERSON MATTERS. THERE SHOULD BE "AND" instead of "OR". OF COURSE THERE IS NEVER A MAGIC BULLET IN HEALTHCARE;THAT'S WHY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR" AS DR. BILAZARIAN HAS SAID. AND I AGREE WITH ROBIN THOMAS ABOUT "THE MAGIC BULLET" PART ONLY.
Dr. KGM BIYABANI's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:04 AM

TREATMENT REGIMENS ARE TO BE INDIVIDUALIZED ACCORDING TO THE PATIENT'S DISEASE AND THE TREATMENT REGIMEN OUTCOMES. ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STUDY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR".; TREATMENT REGIMENS MAY INCLUDE MANY PREVENTIVE AS WELL AS CURATIVE THERAPIES, BOTH PHARMACOLOGICAL AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL. AT THE END PATIENT/PERSON MATTERS. THERE SHOULD BE "AND" instead of "OR". OF COURSE THERE IS NEVER A MAGIC BULLET IN HEALTHCARE;THAT'S WHY THERE SHOULDN'T BE AN "OR" AS DR. BILAZARIAN HAS SAID. AND I AGREE WITH ROBIN THOMAS ABOUT "THE MAGIC BULLET" PART ONLY.

Randy Randhawa, DC's curator insight, November 5, 2013 10:45 AM

Daily motivation, "structured exercise programs may be as effective, or even more useful, than medication to treat cardiovascular conditions."