Dr. Ann

September 28, 2020 • Heart Health

How to Avoid Heart Disease

  If you can reach the age of 45 free of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and tobacco use, you can breathe a huge, heart-felt sigh of relief. Based on a landmark analysis undertaken to determine how various cardiovascular risk factors at various ages impact the risk of heart disease, the expected […]

Over the past two decades, whole grains have garnered a sparkling reputation for broad-spectrum disease protection and a large review of past studies adds further credibility to this wholesome food group. For the review, the researchers selected studies that focused on whole grains and the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. When […]

Want to defend your body against the ravages of stress and at the same time slow down your aging? Then get healthy! In a totally uplifting and encouraging report, scientists found that adhering to the “three pillars” of healthy living – staying physically active, getting adequate sleep, and eating right – was a powerful antidote […]

If you love your morning coffee as much as I do, you will be pleased to hear that your daily java ritual may be perking up the function of your blood vessels. In a study conducted in 27 healthy adults who were not regular coffee drinkers, drinking a single cup of caffeinated coffee increased blood […]

If you are concerned with type 2 diabetes, you will be pleased to hear that the scrumptious Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to provide significant protection from this modern-day epidemic. In a powerful review that combined 19 former studies including over 162,000 people from several different countries and ethnic backgrounds, a Mediterranean diet was found to […]

In a heart warming study that provided more stunning evidence for the profound influence a healthy lifestyle can have on cardiac risk, Harvard researchers identified 4 factors we can count on to keep our tickers ticking. In this evaluation, scientist followed a whopping 81,722 women over a 26 year period of time. Study subjects who […]

In a highly encouraging report that echoes previous findings, scientists concluded the greatest benefits come from losing just 5% of body weight. Yes, the biggest health bang for your efforts can be attained with very modest weight loss. For this study, researchers randomly assigned 40 obese adults to maintain weight or to lose 5, 10 […]

September 2, 2018 • Heart Health

BPA and Blood Pressure

 The alarm bells for exposure to BPA have been getting louder over that past few years, and higher blood pressure may indeed be another cause for concern. BPA is a compound found in some plastics as well as the liners used for most canned foods and beverages. Although a definitive verdict on BPA exposure and health is […]

It’s true: sleep is vital for a healthy metabolism. In a jolting study that really grabbed my attention, scientists found that a single night of sleep loss impaired metabolism on par with eating a high-fat diet for six months! We know from past studies that both poor sleep and high-fat diets can impair the action […]

Red meat harbors a long and illustrious list of potentially harmful compounds. They include: Nitrates/nitrites (processed varieties) Excessive iron Antibiotic residues Hormone residues Pro-inflammatory sugars Heterocyclic amines Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons Saturated fats Carnitine Advanced glycation end products An unfavorable omega 6/omega 3 ratio Environmental toxins (pesticides, PCB’s, dioxins, etc.) It’s no wonder that red meat […]

I am already wildly enthusiastic about berries for health. In a Harvard based study that monitored the eating habits of over 93,000 women for 18 years, those consuming the most berries were 32 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack vs. those consuming the least. Scientists speculate that berries’ robust supply of blue/purple anthocyanin […]

If you enjoy eating spicy foods, you will be pleased to hear that this palate preference may also lengthen your life. In a new study that followed the health and diets of over 450,000 Asian study subjects for a median of 7 years, those consuming spicy foods often were less likely to die. Relative to […]