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Cardiovascular Disease Trends Increase among Young Generations

Cardiovascular disease trends pose significant health risks to those 18-45 years old, according to a review published online in Nature Reviews Cardiology.

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease in Adolescents

Children and adolescents with low intakes of phylloquinone, a form of vitamin K, may be at risk for enlarged heart valves, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Physicians declare: “It’s time to save our patients.”

Avoiding meat, dairy, refined sugar, and processed foods and increasing vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and plant milks will move patients away from a state of disease and toward a state of health, according to an article published in the Permanente Journal.

Obesity Pandemic Continues

Obesity rates continue to rise throughout the world and have more than doubled in 70 countries, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Vegan Diets Benefit Heart Health

A vegan diet demonstrates the ability to prevent and treat heart failure, according to a case study and short literature review in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

Hypertension Increases Risk of Death from Heart Disease

High blood pressure early in life increases the risk of dying from heart disease, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

Component in Animal Products Linked to Heart Disease

Choline, a nutrient found in meat and fish, may increase the risk for heart disease, according to a study published in Circulation.

Eating Soy Instead of Dairy Benefits Health and Economy

Plant-based dietary patterns that exclude dairy and include soy prevent major chronic diseases and impart a large financial savings on health care, according to new research presented at a conference in Brussels.

Obesity Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Obesity contributes to heart disease and diabetes risks despite recent claims of “metabolically healthy obese” classifications, according to a study published in The Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Plant-Based Diet Best for Heart Disease and Obesity

A whole-food, plant-based diet is best for reducing weight and cholesterol, according to a study published this week in Nutrition & Diabetes.

Poor Diet Linked to Premature Death from Heart Disease and Diabetes

A study published this week in JAMA linked eating too much meat and too few vegetables to early death from disease.

Physicians Address Food Myths

A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology analyzed the evidence behind recent food trends and myths.

Fight Early Death with 10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily

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Increased fruit and vegetable consumption decreases the risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and premature mortality, according to a new review published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. After reviewing 95 studies, researchers concluded that eating just 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetables combined per day could reduce one’s risk for heart disease, stroke, all-cause mortality, and cancer by 8, 16, 8, and 10 percent, respectively.

Alcohol Increases Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Alcohol consumption increases risk factors for heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

SNAP Participants at Heightened Risk for Death from Heart Disease and Diabetes

Participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their risk of death from chronic disease, compared with those who do not participate in the program, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Animal Products Increase Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke

Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), a molecule produced during digestion of red meat, eggs, and dairy products, increases the risk for a fatal heart attack or stroke, according a study published in European Heart Journal.

Plant-Based Diets Prevent Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Plant-based diets decrease risks for heart disease and type 2 diabetes and aid weight management, according to a review published in Nutrition Bulletin.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Publishes Stance on Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful, may prevent and treat chronic diseases, and are better for the environment, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of nutrition professionals.

Recommendations to Avoid Saturated Fat Confirmed

Dietary saturated fat is linked to developing heart disease, according to a new study published in The BMJ.

High-Protein Intake Increases Risk for Heart Failure

High amounts of protein increases risk for heart failure in women, according to data presented this week at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting.

Grains Protect Against Heart Disease

Consumption of both refined and whole grains helped reduce weight, blood pressure, and total and LDL cholesterol among overweight and obese patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention a Concern for All

Risk factors for heart disease remain a concern across the age spectrum and particularly for African-Americans, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Dairy and Other Animal Fat Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Replacing animal fats with plant-based foods decreases your risk for heart disease, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Vegetarian Diets Reduce High Blood Pressure

Vegetarian diets protect against hypertension, according to a study published in the Journal of Hypertension.

Replacing Animal Protein with Plant Protein Lowers Risk for Mortality

Replacing animal protein with plant-based sources of protein lowers risk for mortality, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Plant-Based Diets Improve Obesity-Related Inflammation

A plant-based diet improves biomarkers for obesity-related inflammation, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online in Obesity Reviews.

Protective Effect of HDL Null if LDL Levels High

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may not protect against heart disease if low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) levels remain high, according to a study published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Red and Processed Meat Consumption Endangers Global Health

Rising red and processed meat consumption around the world negatively impacts lower socioeconomic groups, according to a report published online in The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.

Red Meat Linked to Earlier Onset of Puberty

Red meat intake during childhood leads to earlier onset of puberty in adolescent girls, according to a study published online in the Journal of Nutrition.

Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Dementia

Metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors including high blood sugar and blood pressure and a large waistline, leads to dementia, according to a study published online in JAMA Neurology.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer

Vegetarian and vegan diets improve health and protect against early death from disease, according to a meta-analysis published online in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

Fatty Liver Linked to Heart Disease

Fatty liver disease is linked to heart failure, according to an article published online in Radiology.

Fruit Prevents Erectile Dysfunction

Adding more fruit to your diet reduces your risk for erectile dysfunction, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Heart Disease Detected in Obese Children

Obese children may show signs of heart disease as young as 8 years old, according to an abstract presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla.

Meat and Eggs Increase Risk for Stroke

Red meat, processed meat, and eggs increase risk for stroke, according to a study published online in the journal Stroke.

Vegetarian Diets Lower Cholesterol Levels

A vegetarian diet is beneficial for heart health, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Fruit and Vegetable Intake during Young Adulthood Prevents Heart Disease

Eating fruits and vegetables as a young adult prevents heart disease later in life, according to a study published online in Circulation.

Removing Saturated Fats Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Replacing saturated fats with healthful carbohydrate-rich foods and unsaturated fats is best for reducing risk for heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Multiple Chronic Conditions Lower Life Expectancy

A combination of two or more chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, or stroke can increase your risk of dying prematurely, according to a study published in JAMA.

Eggs Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Egg consumption may increase the risk for heart disease, according to a study published in Atherosclerosis. Researchers monitored the diets of 23,417 South Korean participants through the Kangbuk Samsung Health Study and found that heart disease risk increased incrementally with increased egg intake.

Hypertension Early in Life May Lead to Heart Disease

Hypertension in young adults may increase risk for heart disease later in life, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

High-Protein Diets Increase Weight Gain

Those at risk for cardiovascular disease should avoid high-protein diets that may increase weight-gain and risk for early death, according to a presentation at the European Congress on Obesity that took place in Prague, CZ. Researchers re-analyzed the 2013 Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet (PREDIMED) Trial.

Vegetarian Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Attack

Favoring fruits and vegetables over animal products reduces risk of dying from a heart attack, according to an abstract presented at an American Heart Association meeting this month.

Fried Foods Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Fried foods can increase your risk for heart disease by as much as 68 percent, according to an abstract presented by Harvard at an American Heart Association meeting this month in Baltimore.

Whole Grains Protect Against Heart Disease

Adding more whole grains to your diet may protect against heart disease, according to a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Plant-Based Diet Reverses Angina

A low-fat, plant-based diet holds potential relief for angina sufferers, according to a new article published in Case Reports in Cardiology. The case study, led by Robert J. Ostfeld, M.D., of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine followed a 60-year-old man with angina. Four months after he adopted a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, he lowered his blood pressure, lost weight, and improved his symptoms.

Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Obese Children

Vegan diets reduce the risk of heart disease in obese children, according to a study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers led by Michael Macknin, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic compared a plant-based diet with an American Heart Association diet in 28 overweight children along with one parent of each child. Those who followed the plant-based diet excluded added fat and animal products and focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Low-Carb Dieting Takes Another Blow

People who consume more whole grains live longer, according to a new study from Harvard.

Erectile Dysfunction May Be First Sign of Heart Trouble

Men with early stages of heart disease are more likely to complain of erectile dysfunction, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions this week.

Pre-Pregnancy Weight of Mom Affects Offspring's Risk of Dying

Children of overweight women are more likely to die from heart disease or stroke in adulthood, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions.

Low-Carb Diets Increase Risk of Death for Heart Patients

A low-carbohydrate diet high in animal products is associated with an increased risk for dying, according to a new study published by the American Heart Association.

Byproduct of Eating Animal Products Leads to Heart Failure

A compound produced in the gut when the body digests meat may lead to heart failure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. For five years, researchers followed 720 patients who had previously been treated for heart failure.

Drinking Milk Associated with Fractures and Death

High cow's milk intake is associated with increased risk for bone fractures and death, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers followed 61,433 women and 45,339 men for more than 20 years and 11 years, respectively.

Childhood Obesity Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Heart disease in adults begins in childhood, according to an article published in this month's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Healthful Diet Prevents Heart Attacks

Lifestyle choices, including a healthful diet and exercise, may prevent four out of five heart attacks, according to an article published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Fruit Prevents Heart Disease

Daily intake of fruit may decrease the risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent, according to data presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

Plant-Based Diet Reverses Heart Disease

Heart disease can be dramatically improved by a plant-based diet

Processed Meat Linked to Heart Failure

Processed meats can double your risk of dying of heart failure

Fishy Diet Does Not Promote Heart Health

Diets high in fish do not promote heart heath and may increase risk of heart disease

Fiber Extends Life After a Heart Attack

Fiber extends life after heart attack

Iron in Meat Linked to Heart Disease

Iron in meat increases heart disease risk

Vegetarians and Vegans Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Vegetarians and Vegans Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Fruits and Vegetables May Prevent Early Death

Eating Seven Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Each Day May Prevent Early Death

Cholesterol Levels Lower in Vegans

Those who consume vegan diets have better cholesterol levels than people who eat meat, fish, dairy, and/or egg products, according to a study published this month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

America Lags Behind Other Nations in Health

America's health compares poorly with that of other developed nations, according to an annual survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of its 34 member nations.

Exercise as Effective as Drugs in Disease Treatment

Exercise may be as effective as medications in certain types of disease management, according to a new review published this week in the British Medical Journal.

Omega-3 Not Linked to Cognitive Improvement

Omega-3 fatty acids, often derived from fish oil, do not improve cognitive ability, according to a new study published online in Neurology.

Cutting Out Meat Boosts Heart Attack Victims' Chances for Survival

People who improved their eating habits the most after a heart attack had a better chance of surviving, according to a study online this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Red and Processed Meat Intake Linked to Death for Colorectal Cancer Patients

Colorectal cancer survivors who consume the most red or processed meat are more likely to die over a 7.5-year follow-up, compared with those who eat the least

Eggs Harmful to Health

Eggs increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a new meta-analysis published in Atherosclerosis.

Fish Oil Does Not Improve Heart Health

Supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids does not improve heart health, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Component of Animal Products Increases Risk of Heart Disease

A byproduct of dietary choline, a component abundantly present in animal products, can lead to greater risk for heart attack, stroke, and death, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Eating More Meat, Dairy, and Other Unhealthful Foods Leads to Worse Aging

After an average 16-year follow-up, people who consumed a "Western-type" diet, including a high intake of red and processed meats, whole dairy products, and fried foods, were more likely to die prematurely and to suffer from various chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and mental health disorders, compared with people who avoided such dietary patterns.

Researchers Discover New Way Meat Causes Heart Disease

People who eat meat produce more artery-clogging intestinal byproducts than people who follow vegan and vegetarian diets, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic.

Vegetarian Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease, according to a new study in the March issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Fish Oil Does Not Benefit Heart

Fish oil does not lower the risk of cardiovascular disease or death, according to a new review in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Meat Bad for You and Environment

People who consumed the least amount of red and processed meat products had reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer, compared with those who consumed the most, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal Open.

Meat Increases Stroke Risk

Red and processed meats increase the risk of stroke, according to a new meta-analysis published by the American Heart Association.

Low-Carb Diets Increase Risk of Heart Disease

A low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet greatly boosts risk of heart disease, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

"Low-Carb" Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk

Low-carbohydrate diets can lead to weight gain and heightened risk of heart disease, according to a new study in Sweden.

Fish Oil Supplements No Help to Heart or Brain

Two new studies found that omega-3 supplements, often sold in the form of fish oil, do not improve the health of the brain or heart.

Nearly a Quarter of U.S. Teens Have Diabetes or Prediabetes

The prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among teens is up from 9 percent in 1999-2000 to 23 percent in 2007-2008, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

Fish Oil Does Not Prevent Heart Disease

People with a history of heart problems gain no benefit from fish oil supplements, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Red Meat Increases Risk of Dying

Eating red meat and processed meat increases the risk of dying prematurely, including from heart disease or cancer, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Vegetarian Men at Reduced Risk for Heart Disease

Vegetarian men weigh less and have less cardiovascular disease risk, compared with nonvegetarians, according to a new study in Nutrition and Metabolism.

Calcium Intake Associated with Cardiovascular Disease

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a study published this week in the British Medical Journal.

Lower Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks with Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarians have significantly lower blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, blood sugar, and triglycerides, compared with nonvegetarians, according to a recent study published in Diabetes Care.

Higher Fiber Intake for a Longer Life

Higher fiber intake is associated with significantly lower risk of dying, according to a study published online this week. Fiber is only found in foods from plants, such as beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Healthy Body Linked to Healthy Mind

People over the age of 65 with metabolic syndrome are at an increased risk of cognitive decline, according to a study published this month in Neurology.

Cholesterol in Eggs is Dangerous

The authors of a new publication in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology explain that the cholesterol in one egg exceeds the maximum amount recommended by the American Heart Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program.

Current Heart Disease Therapy Does Not Target Cause: The Western Diet

Renowned Cleveland Clinic researcher Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., highlights the need to change standard approaches to heart disease in an article to be published next week in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Omega-3 Supplementation Not Protective for Heart Patients

Heart patients who supplement with omega-3 fatty acids in addition to standard drug therapy show no reduction in recurring cardiovascular events, according to a new study.

Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Heart Disease

Erectile dysfunction is associated with increased risk of fatal heart attacks, according to a new study in the journal Circulation.

Vegetarian Diet and Healthy Lifestyle Rejuvenate Coronary Arteries

A low-fat vegetarian diet may help prevent heart attacks, according to a new study in this month's American Journal of Cardiology.

Eating Fish Does Not Protect Against Heart Failure

In a study out this month, researchers found that consuming fish does not reduce the risk of heart failure.

Case Study Shows Risks with Atkins Diet

In an article published in today's Journal of the American Dietetic Association, PCRM researchers present a case study of a previously healthy 51-year-old man who developed high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and erectile dysfunction after going on the Atkins Diet, which avoids carbohydrate and emphasizes fatty foods.

Fish Oils Offer No Heart Benefit

In a report presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting this week, researchers announced that omega-3 fatty acids, prevalent in fatty fish, have no heart-health benefit.

Plant-Based Diet Helps Reduce Premature Aging and Disease Risk

In a study released today by The Lancet Oncology, Dean Ornish, M.D., and colleagues found that comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a low-fat vegan diet, increase the body's ability to fight premature aging, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.

Overweight and Obese Teens More Likely to Die of Chronic Disease

A study in today's American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who were obese or overweight in adolescence were three to four times as likely to have died of heart disease by middle age as compared with their thinner peers.

Increased Egg Consumption Linked to Mortality

In the Physicians' Health Study I, which included 21,327 participants with an average 20 year follow-up, researchers found that those who consumed seven or more eggs per week had an almost 25 percent increased risk of death than those with the lowest egg consumption.

Diabetes Study Partially Halted Due to Deaths

The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study, a multicenter trial testing whether intensive control of diabetes can reduce cardiovascular risks, has been partially halted due to increased deaths in the intensively treated group.

High-Fat Fast-Food Meals Cause the Heart to Beat Harder and Blood Pressure to Rise

A new study from the Journal of Nutrition finds that a single fatty meal can cause the heart to beat harder and blood pressure to rise.

Walnuts Improve Artery Flexibility

A new study from the American Journal of Cardiology shows that adding walnuts (a healthy plant source of omega-3 fatty acid) to a high-fat meal reduces negative changes in arteries.

Impotence Provides a Warning for Future Heart Problems

A new study further supports erectile dysfunction is a warning sign for heart disease.

Children With Diabetes Face Higher Risks

A newly published Journal of the American Medical Association study finds that individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in childhood are more likely to end up with kidney disease and increased death rates, compared with those diagnosed in adulthood.

No Benefit of Omega-3s

A new British Medical Journal study finds no evidence of health benefit from taking omega-3 supplements or eating oily fish.

Fit or Not-Being Fat Is Riskiest for Your Heart

Excess body fat is more dangerous for your heart than being sedentary.

Impotence Predicts Heart Disease

A new JAMA study adds more evidence that erectile dysfunction is a sign of artery disease.

Fish Oil Increases Risk of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Some Patients

In a new JAMA report, investigators found that fish oil may increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias in some patients.

Low-Carb Diets: New Concerns about Cholesterol and Regained Weight

Tomorrow's Annals of Internal Medicine contains two reports that raise more cautions about low-carbohydrate diets.

Premarin Increases Stroke Risk

Tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that women treated with Premarin (estrogens derived from horse urine, Wyeth) alone were 39 percent more likely to have a stroke during a 7-year follow-up period in the Women's Health Initiative, compared to women treated with placebo.

HRT Use Plummets

Tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that the use of hormone replacement therapy has plummeted in the U.S. since studies confirmed that HRT increases risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Is the Atkins Diet Linked to Heart and Kidney Problems?

Some people on low-carbohydrate, high-fat, high-protein diets are starting to complain about heart and kidney problems they believe may be linked to the diet.

Vegetables Fight Diabetes and Colon Cancer

Two studies in the December 2003 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition add more evidence against fatty meats, dairy products, and eggs, while supporting the health value of vegetable-rich diets.

Vegetarian Diets Help Type 2 Diabetes

Vegetarian diets provide a nutrient combination that is likely to be beneficial in treating diabetes and preventing complications, according to a review in the September supplement of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Heart Disease and Cancer Deaths

Today's New England Journal of Medicine reports that adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet reduced mortality from heart disease and cancer in a group of 22,043 healthy adults.

Aspirin After Bypass Surgery: Safe or Deadly? And Is More Exercise Always Better? New Studies Get to the Heart of These Questions.

Aspirin's ability to promote bleeding has made surgeons leery of its use immediately after heart surgery.

HRT Provides No Heart Benefit, Increases Risk of Blood Clots and Gallstones

Hormone replacement therapy did not reduce the risk of heart problems in 2,763 postmenopausal women with coronary heart disease participating in the Heart and Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study (HERS) for 6.8 years, according to a new report published in JAMA.

Anger and Heart Disease

Men who rate themselves as generally angry on questionnaires given early in life are, by the age of 55, three times more likely to have heart disease and six times more likely to have a heart attack (myocardial infarction), compared to other men. The Johns Hopkins University study appears in today's Archives of Internal Medicine.