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  1. Heart Health: How Sleep can Help

    Heart Health: How Sleep can Help
    How much sleep do you get per night? In a national study by the American College of Cardiology in Chicago, it showed that those who had less than six hours sleep per night were at increased risk of having c ongestive heart failure or suffering a stroke. Other studies have shown that conversely, th...
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  2. Statins Hurt Muscle Mass

    Statins Hurt Muscle Mass
    Statins are a range of cholesterol reducing drugs taken by an estimated 25% of all Americans over the age of 45. Statins are commonly used to reduce cholesterol and prevent a build-up of plaque in the arteries – a pre-cursor to heart disease and stroke. However, statins may have detrimental side eff...
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  3. Dark Chocolate: Take It To Heart

    Dark Chocolate: Take It To Heart
    Believe it or not, one of the best prescriptions for a healthy heart can be found at the candy counter. Researchers have confirmed that consuming a small amount of dark chocolate every day provides key cardiovascular benefits that can reduce “bad” cholesterol and prevent hypertension. An artic...
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  4. Heart Healthy Diet To Prevent Heart Disease

    Heart Healthy Diet To Prevent Heart Disease
    Widespread consumption of highly processed, carbohydrate-loaded, nutrient-poor foods has led to an epidemic of overweight and obesity in America - one of the main factors underlying the high incidence of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Increasing fiber intake, eating whole ...
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  5. Can Frequent Sex Heal the Heart?

    Can Frequent Sex Heal the Heart?
    In addition to eliciting pleasant sensations within the body, regular sex may offer a number of other benefits to the health. It has been found that sex can boost immunity, burn calories, act as a pain killer, and improve sleep. What might be even more surprising to some is that regular sex ...
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  6. Hyperinsulinemia: A Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer and Heart Attacks

    Hyperinsulinemia: A Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer and Heart Attacks
    Insulin is a peptide hormone made by beta cells of the pancreas. It controls carbohydrate and fat metabolism, causing cells in the liver, skeletal muscles and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood. In the liver and skeletal muscles, glucose is stored as glycogen, and in fat cells (adipocytes)...
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  7. Benefits of Gratitude

    Benefits of Gratitude
    What we think and how we approach life can have a profound impact on how we feel. In the last couple of years, scientists and researches have discovered that meditation, for example, produces tangible benefits in health. Meditation has actually been shown to have neuro-protective benefi...
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  8. The Role Of Inflammation In Heart Disease

    The Role Of Inflammation In Heart Disease
    Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the US today. Heart disease is caused by a process called atherosclerosis in which fatty deposits called plaques gradually build up in coronary arteries, causing blockages that restrict blood flow to the heart. One out of every 2 Americans over the a...
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  9. Sipping Hibiscus Tea Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

    Sipping Hibiscus Tea Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
    Ah, tea… for us tea-lovers, it’s like a hug in a cup. But tea brings with it many more benefits than just ‘simply’ pleasure. Different types of tea offer different sorts of therapeutic benefits and medicinal properties. According to research, the lovely Hibiscus sabdariffa plant ...
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  10. What is Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease in Later Life?

    What is Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease in Later Life?
    A British report on Age and Aging recently looked at four lifestyle factors that affected the overall risk of senior women suffering disablement or disease in the following seven years. The study focused on women in their 60s and 70s and looked at their current lifestyle in terms of smoking, alco...
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