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Is a Vegetarian Diet Healthier?

There’s no question that vegetarian eating can be healthful and nutritionally adequate, according to the American Dietetic Association. But experts say that the question of whether vegetarian eating is better than non-vegetarian eating depends on exactly what is in that vegetarian diet.

Trans Fat Gets More Attention

Changes are coming that may help consumers cut back on trans fat. More detailed information on food labels may help us make wiser health choices.

Lifestyle Choices, Diabetes and Your Heart

Lifestyle choices, including eating a healthy diet and regular physical activity, are important for maintaining a healthy heart. For people with diabetes, these lifestyle choices are even more important.

Confusion Over Trans Fats

Trans fatty acids, commonly referred to as trans fats, are formed when vegetable oils are hydrogenated to harden and stabilize them. They have been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Researchers are now investigating other possible adverse effects.

High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

Your blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with your chances of getting heart disease. High blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. In fact, the higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack.

The Benefits of Cholesterol Lowering

Recent studies have shown that cholesterol lowering in people without heart disease greatly reduces their risk for developing CHD, including heart attacks and CHD-related death. This is true for those with high cholesterol levels and for those with average cholesterol levels.

What Makes Your Cholesterol High or Low?

Your blood cholesterol level is affected not only by what you eat but also by how quickly your body makes LDL cholesterol and disposes of it. In fact, your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, and it is not necessary to take in any additional cholesterol from the foods you eat.

Where Diabetic Patients With Chest Pains Should Be Treated

Diabetic patients with chest pain who have more than one other common risk factor for heart attack should be considered for direct admission for a complete cardiac work-up, bypassing a period of Chest Pain Unit (CPU) observation, according to a new analysis by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Heed Stroke’s Warning Signs

From the onset of stroke symptoms, time is precious. Getting emergency help within three hours can mean the difference between severe brain damage and full or partial recovery.

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