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- Understanding Risk Factors for Heart Disease
By Dr. William Davis
A return-to-basics discussion about the tests that predict risk for heart disease--and what nutritional supplements help correct them.
Well before coronary heart disease itself gets underway, so-called risk factors for heart disease declare themselves. Atherosclerotic plaque initiates and grows for good reason. Risk factors identify some of those reasons.
This is the role of risk factors: To provide an indication that potential for atherosclerosis is present.
If you've become a bit confused about this conversation over the past few years, you are not alone. Controversy over the importance of risk factors, the overselling of cholesterol drugs, and the emergence of newly identified risk factors for heart disease has made this a rapidly changing, and often difficult to follow, discussion.
The understanding of risk factors for heart disease has come a long way since the 1940s, when it was not at all clear just what aspects of diet, lifestyle, or genetics lay behind the disease. Even cigarette smoking was still being advertised as a healthy habit: "Camels: Smoked by more doctors than any other brand!"
But, even after nearly 60 years of research and heated debate, there is not uniform agreement on what causes heart disease. We've zigzagged around the role of diet, cholesterol, and fats, while newly appreciated phenomena like inflammation, genetic factors, and vitamin D deficiency emerge and even further transform the discussion.
We might regard it as 60 years of confusion--or 60 years of wisdom gained. Despite the controversies and persistent uncertainties, surely there are some nuggets of wisdom to be learned.
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- Detecting Silent Diseases Before They Strike
By Eric Braverman, MD
We are shocked and surprised at the untimely deaths of celebrities, such as Tim Russert. And we all know someone who seemed to be the picture of health but suddenly died or developed a serious, fatal illness. Yet every one of these tragedies could have been prevented if the victim only knew that they were suffering from a silent disease. The truth is that disease is rarely silent, and illness is rarely isolated. In fact, most illnesses quietly begin an avalanche of health problems.
As we get older, one or more of our organs will start to fail before we are even aware of it. You may have found your first gray hairs, or have had a momentary lapse when trying to remember a phone number or someone's name. These clues aren't really the first signs of aging: by the time they occur, you're already well into the process. Inside your body greater changes have already started, and may be affecting your health in a number of ways. For example, if you are diagnosed with diabetes, your elevated sugar levels are also damaging your blood circulation, your kidneys, your skin, your eyes, your heart, and even the neurons of your brain. These issues used to be considered as "independent yet related symptoms of disease or comorbidity." But they all comprise the body's aging code.
The key to prolonging good health and continuing to lead a vibrant and active life is the ability to identify the aging parts of your body that may already be experiencing the ravages of silent diseases, and treating them at the earliest possible opportunity. By doing so, you are literally reversing the aging process by breaking the aging code. The goal is to intimately know your health status so that you can predict and prevent all forms of silent disease, including heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes. The single most effective way to do this is by combining early diagnosis with preventive anti-aging treatment.
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- Is Homocysteine Making You Sick?
By Robert Haas, MS
A New Bioactive Form of Folic Acid Can Lower Stubbornly High Homocysteine Levels When Ordinary B-Vitamins Fail
Many people suffering from cardiovascular disease, stroke, migraines, and dementia could be suffering from the adverse effects of elevated levels of homocysteine in their blood. This condition has also been linked to other problems, including osteoporosis, birth defects, macular degeneration, and certain types of cancer.
In most cases, doctors will not consider testing for homocysteine and could therefore be treating their patients without success. Most health-conscious people know their cholesterol level but few know their equally important homocysteine number.
In this article, you'll learn about a new non-prescription form of folic acid called bioactive folate (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5-MTHF) and discover how it can prevent the homocysteine-related conditions that disable and kill many Americans.
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- Featured Product: Resveratrol Caps
Findings from published scientific literature indicate that resveratrol may be the most effective plant extract for maintaining optimal health. Resveratrol, a constituent of red wine and possessing diverse biochemical and physiological actions, including estrogenic, anti-platelet, and anti-inflammatory properties, has long been suspected to have cardioprotective effects.
Scientists have hypothesized that resveratrol may be a key component of the famous "French Paradox", whereby the French traditionally were protected against heart disease despite a diet high in butter and animal fats. Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, a natural plant antibiotic which is produced by vitis vinifera as a response to attack by molds. Because of the wide-spread use of pesticides in modern wine-making, including the practice of copper sulphation, the level of resveratrol in modern wines has plummeted.
Red wine contains resveratrol, but the quantity varies depending on where the grapes are grown, the time of harvest, and other factors. In fact, usually only 1-3 mg resveratrol per liter of red wine is currently found, even in the most robust red wines. After years of relentless research, a standardized resveratrol extract is now available as a dietary supplement.
This whole grape extract contains a spectrum of polyphenols that are naturally contained in red wine such as proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, flavonoids, etc.
Based on studies that higher amounts of resveratrol may be beneficial, Life Extension offers a 100mg standalone product.
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