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High Blood Pressure Control Infographic

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High Blood Pressure Infographic: Make Control Your Goal

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, August 25, 2014 9:16 AM

Lowering your blood pressure is good for you. Learn more about your blood pressure at http://nodiet4me.com/health_products/blood_pressure/articles/index.html

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Eating healthy is cheaper than you think.

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Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) crunched the numbers and it’s official: the healthiest diets cost just $1.50 more than unhealthy diets.

 While cost is an issue in when it comes to adding more fresh produce and leaner meats such as fish in your daily diet, few studies have actually evaluated how much more expensive a healthier diet might be. An analysis of 27 studies from 10 higher income countries that compared price points for healthy and less healthy diets. The price differences per serving and per 200 calories for a variety of specific foods, as well as prices per day and per 2,000 calories, which is the average daily recommended caloric intake for U.S. adults.

The results confirm that healthier fare, like fruits, veggies and fish are more expensive than unhealthy foods like processed meals and snacks and refined grains.  However, swapping out some of these less expensive, and less healthy foods, for fresher and more nutritious ones added up to only about $1.50 more per day.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, December 6, 2013 6:03 PM

The cost, convenience and accessibility of fast food outlets like McDonald's & KFC challenges healthy eating. In my neighborhood, McDonald's offers the family combo (2 Big Macs, 2 McChickens, 4 small fries, 4 small sodas) for $9.99.  KFC has rolled out its $10 Weekend Bucket that offers 10 pieces of chicken for $10.
The value of this research from HSPH is that we can teach that the cost is not an impediment to healthy eating for most Americans.  Fast food accessibility and ease of use is still something that requires education: it's easier to buy a meal at a drive through window than it is to make a salad.
Like most healthy life strategies including exercise and diet - the healthy way is not the easier way.

Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, December 6, 2013 8:12 PM

Why skimp when it comes to good health. You'll wind up paying more in the long run.

Veronika Bujok's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:08 AM

people have taste, not have the time and willingness, but cooking is fun and live healthy is an art

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Fat Chance or Fat Choice? | Review of Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar

Fat Chance or Fat Choice? | Review of Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

We see many examples of people who have never really engaged with behaviour change and many who have tried hard but failed to achieve any meaningful outcome. So, how do we encourage real, life-changing and long-lasting behaviour change in our patients? When faced with many disappointments, can it even work?

Lustig spends most of the first half of the book explaining why behaviour change alone is so difficult. Our bodies have multiple adaptations to protect our body weight and we do not relinquish it without a fight. This battle is waged day by day in our guts (gut hormones) and our brains (leptin) making sustained weight loss incredibly difficult. Lustig clearly believes that individual behaviour change, while important, is inadequate to fully tackle the global obesity epidemic. Orchestrating this disaster, according to Lustig, is a food environment which has changed dramatically over the last 50 years in the Western World, in parallel to the rise in obesity, and Lustig argues that tackling this aspect of our culture should be a greater concern.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, October 1, 2013 4:36 PM

My patients' food environments are the biggest impediment to successful lifestyle modification adn weitght loss.

Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 1, 2013 8:41 PM

Yes, it's much more than changing one's diet - it really is about changing one's life style.

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Global Sodium Consumption & Death from Cardiovascular Causes

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High sodium intake increases blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but the effects of sodium intake on global cardiovascular mortality are uncertain.

In 2010, the estimated mean level of global sodium consumption was 3.95 g/ day, and regional mean levels ranged from 2.18 to 5.51 g/day. Globally, 1.65 million annual deaths from cardiovascular causes were attributed to sodium intake above the reference level; 61.9% of these deaths occurred in men and 38.1% occurred in women. These deaths accounted for nearly 1 of every 10 deaths from cardiovascular causes (9.5%). Four of every 5 deaths (84.3%) occurred in low- and middle-income countries, and 2 of every 5 deaths (40.4%) were premature (before 70 years of age). 

In this modeling study, 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular causes that occurred in 2010 were attributed to sodium consumption above a reference level of 2.0 g per day.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, August 14, 2014 9:23 AM

Nice multimedia presentation of the current data on salt and cardiovascular disease from NEJM editors.

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Heart Healthy Holiday Party Survival Guide

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Attending a holiday party doesn’t mean your heart healthy decisions should take a back seat. In fact, this is where they matter most. Holiday parties are prime for tasty, caloric snacks and sugary cocktails, which can be detrimental to heart health, and waistline. But it doesn’t have to be. Keep these five tips in mind the next time you’re invited to a soiree.

1. Put it on a plate 

2. Find a mix

3. Share

4. Stay hydrated

5. Pace yourself

 


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Addicted to ... Food?

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A study of 12 men found that glycemic load—distinct from calories or sweetness—can alter brain function and promote overeating. Is there such a thing as food addiction? A study using brain imaging suggests that high-glycemic foods may trigger the same brain mechanism as substance abuse.


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Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:53 PM

The benefit of the diets which reduce sugar and carbohydrates such as Glycemic Index, Atkins, South Beach, Belly Fat Cure are in part due to the reduced sugar effect on the brain.

From the article: 

This study narrows the difference to one variable only—the glycemic load—and indicates that this factor, distinct from calories or sweetness, can alter brain function and promote overeating. “These findings suggest that limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat,

RISE - The Multi-Media Magazine's curator insight, July 22, 2013 9:35 AM

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shelbylaneMD's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:53 AM

Addiction and dopamine.  "these foods contain chemical compounds that stimulate the brain's secretion of opiate-like, "feel-good" chemicals like dopamine, which drive our cravings for them....."