After astonishing statistics about heart disease morbidity and mortality from the Heart and Stroke Foundation were released in the last few years, many at-risk individuals have made changes in their dietary, exercise, drinking and smoking habits. In order to avoid heart disease caused by lifestyle choices, individuals have gone as far as consuming entirely plant-based diets and spending a majority of their time participating in vigorous exercise. Watch the video below to learn some basic changes you can make to prevent heart disease.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia found that eating high protein foods could benefit women’s heart health as much as quitting smoking, getting exercise, eating a low-sodium diet and reducing alcohol consumption. They found that eating large amounts of amino acids from a combination of plant and animal sources could prevent conditions such as high blood pressure and arterial stiffness. In this study, seven amino acids were under study. Researchers found that glutamic acid, leucine and tyrosine, which are commonly found in animal sources of protein, have the ability to lower arterial stiffness. All amino acids found in plant sources have the ability to lower blood pressure.
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In my opinion, this research is insightful but individuals should remember that saturated fat, which is commonly found in high protein red meats, can contribute to plaque buildup and ultimately, heart disease. I would include a variety of plant-based high protein foods such as legumes and tofu to obtain the benefits outlined by this study but to also minimize the amount of saturated fat consumed.
Artherosclerosis | NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
I think that this research is important to pass on to your family members as many people think they have to go to an extremity in order to prevent heart disease caused by lifestyle choices. I think it is important to remember that even small changes in your diet such as incorporating more wholesome, high protein foods into it can make a large difference. In many cases, heart disease is preventable and I strongly believe that if everyone supports each other in making good lifestyle adjustments, heart disease will no longer be the number one killer in Canada in generations to come. Here is a look at some differences in dietary habits over time which may provide hints as to why heart disease is so prevalent in this generation.
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October 12, 2015 in Biological Sciences, Issues in Science, Public Engagement
Tagged amino acids, arterial stiffness, cardiovascular disease, health, Heart and Stroke Foundation, heart disease, high blood pressure, plant based, protein, Science in the News
By Edouard Hue
Many people relate taller heights with better genetics and being healthier. With the new findings of scientists in Sweden
, this may prove to be a myth. As you have probably heard, cancer can occur due to a variety of hereditary genetics and environmental factors. Nutritional deficiency, smoking, and high stress levels are the obvious factors that come to our mind but can we also consider height as a cancer risk factor? Let’s have a closer look.
Scientists spend many hours researching different cancer risk factors in order to find a way to eradicate cancer. However, it still remains as one of the deadliest diseases. In one of the studies, scientists studied 5.5 million Swedish men and women and they calculated that for every 10 centimeter increase in height the cancer risk increase by 18% in women and 10% in men. Many factors could be responsible for the association between height and risk of cancer. For instance, taller people have greater amount of growth hormone in their body, more number of cells, and more calories required. Professor Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research in London states that in addition to cell growth, this hormone prevents cell death. Therefore, the amount of growth hormone increases the total cell number in the body which also increases the risk of cancer. Moreover, tall people may have higher risk of certain cancers. I would encourage you to watch the following video if you want to find out what type of cancers are more probable to develop in tall people.
However, it is not all bad for tall people since studies have shown that they have lower risks for heart diseases. Researchers tested 200,000 people and found the genetic code that relates height and coronary heart diseases. They determined that for every 2.5ins decrease in height, the risk of coronary heart disease increases by 13.5%. Cardiologist and CBS News medical contributor, Dr. Narula, explained the case by saying that shorter people may get their coronary arteries blocked easier because their coronary arteries have smaller diameters or maybe this is the case because tall people are more active or have healthier habits than short people. Dr. Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester in the U.K, believes that nutritional deficiency in childhood could be the reason that some people become shorter and this may cause health problems during their lifetime.
By NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
In general, these results just show the association between height and cancer or height and coronary heart diseases; these associations do not necessarily mean that if you are tall you will get cancer or if you are short you will die because of coronary heart diseases. Most important factor in determining your health condition is your lifestyle.