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We can't cure heart disease or diabetes. But we can help prevent or delay them and other chronic illnesses in one vital way -- with a healthier diet. Easier said than done, of course. Most of us consume far too much sugar, saturated fats and salt, largely through highly processed foods. Often without even knowing it.
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Natural, nutrient-dense foods are known to help protect against, mitigate and even cure many chronic diseases, slow the effects of aging and promote longevity. They are able to do so by decreasing and controlling inflammation in the body, which is at the root of many ailments and a major contributor to premature aging.
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Pine nuts are edible seeds that come from the cones of pine trees, making them labor-intensive to produce. Not surprisingly, they're expensive to buy (ever made pesto?). But considering their nourishing array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pine nuts offer a wide variety of health benefits to older adults.
Heart exercise, simply put, is aerobic exercise--a form of physical activity that causes you to breathe harder and your heart to pump faster, circulating blood through your veins so oxygen can get to the working muscles -- your heart is a muscle, see the connection?
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By bringing attention to the breath throughout the day we can cultivate self-awareness. Something as simple as learning to breathe properly can have a significant impact on both your body and mind, leaving you feeling more efficient, productive and energized!
It is well-known that heart disease is society's leading killer. In contrast, it is largely unrecognized that people with bipolar disorder are at particularly high risk of heart disease.
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'Tis the season to make new year resolutions. For many, that often means vowing to commit to a new diet - again. And let's be frank, we certainly aren't restricted for choice of diets. The diet landscape is glutted with plans that promise rapid weight loss, yet fail to deliver.
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In a recent study, researchers weigh-in on the conventional wisdom that supercharging your "good" cholesterol to very high levels can help reduce the risk of heart disease. What they found instead was that both low levels of the cholesterol -- known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) - and very high levels could lead to a higher risk of death.
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Nutrition can be a complex subject with many factors and variables influencing health and disease. Despite consumer trends moving towards a more balanced approach to nutrition, rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes are still on the rise in Canada and the United States. To decrease your chances of developing chronic lifestyle diseases, let's explore my top three diet tips that will help you stay on track with your healthy living strategy.
It's not only back pain we're talking about.
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According to polls, most of us think of ourselves as healthy, despite the fact that the obesity crisis keeps growing and multiple diet- and lifestyle-related diseases continue to rise. While the exact...
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Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
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For people who have heart disease, have suffered a heart attack or who have an implantable heart device, resuming sexual activity can be concerning. Is sex safe, or will it increase the risk of complications or death? At a recent Sunnybrook Speaker Series event, cardiologist Dr. David Newman examined the topic and offered some sound guidance.
Just another reason to adopt the Mediterranean diet.
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If you're still relatively young, don't roll your eyes because you don't think this topic is relevant to you. Instead, consider this sobering fact: While a heart attack comes on quickly, cardiovascular disease typically develops over many years, even decades.
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A young heart is a healthy heart.
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A young heart is a healthy heart.
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February is Heart Month. Let's show our hearts a little love. Do something healthy for your heart. What do you want to do to love your heart? Cut down on alcohol? Train for that couch-to-5K? Walk to school once a week with your kids? Make a pledge and share it with your family and friends so they can support you in your effort.
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In the span of roughly 50 years, the government and mainstream media condemned dietary fat before making a now near-complete 180. In 2016 butter is no longer bad, and in case you missed the headlines, the U.S. government declared cholesterol no longer "a nutrient of concern for overconsumption" and completely removed it from their dietary guidelines.
As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our universal health care system. But the reality is that it isn't reaching everyone. Unless we work together to build the relationships that foster good health, people and communities across Canada will continue to be left out of the "universal" health care system. So here is what we are doing about it.
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Legumes are high in fibre. Meat is not. Fibre helps lower cholesterol, which is helpful in the prevention of heart disease. Fibre also helps us have regular bowel movements, and helps control blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and keeps you feeling full for longer.
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I have to admit, I hate talking about what not to eat. Not only is it boring and a kill-joy, but it perpetuates the myth that dietitians take away food choices. But, if you are trying to lower your cholesterol levels, here are some interesting nutrients you'll want to consider including more often.
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February is heart month, which means there is no better time than now to focus on your heart health. It's easy to take your ticker for granted -- you go about your daily life and probably don't think much about the organ that makes it all possible.
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How can we keep up our vegetable intake -- or add more -- when prices are skyrocketing? A registered dietitian shares tips to help you fill up on veggies but not empty your wallet.
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There's one thing in common between the eating habits of our ancestors: no one counted carbs or fat. They simply ate the foods that were natural to their environment and experienced remarkable health. Living under these conditions for thousands of years led to genetic changes in each group that were then passed on to you and I.
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Here are six changes you can make to your lifestyle to help out your heart (and other parts of you, too). Try even just one to give your heart a little love this year.
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Pomegranates have always brought up happy memories for me. Here are my favourite recipes featuring pomegranates collected from dietitians and chefs across North America. There's everything from refreshing beverages to nourishing salads to delightful desserts. Enjoy!
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Canadians drink about 10 billion cups of tea a year and the amount continues to increase! There are thousands of studies investigating the potential health benefits of tea. How can this ancient beverage boost our health?
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The push for doctors to treat social issues like poverty is starting to change the way we practice medicine and how we work with community agencies and those with expertise in income benefits, food security and poverty law. Many health organizations now are right in the middle of advocacy for better social conditions. Major medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian College of Family Physicians have been vocal in their support for this approach. This demonstrates a real acceptance by the medical mainstream that reducing patients' poverty is a core part of a doctor's job.
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Make it a point to get up and move!
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If your cholesterol score is proving tricky to lower, and you've tried other methods, then it's possible these drugs can help you. And the next trick? Cutting the costs for these drugs as effectively as the drugs cut cholesterol levels -- solve that, and we'll be that much closer to a revolution in cardiac care.
Twenty years ago, heart disease was the number one killer of Canadians. That number has dropped over the years thanks in part to research examining the causes of heart attacks and recommendations for better preventative behaviours. Despite this drop, there is still much to be learned about how heart attacks happen. One of the most studied causes is the atherosclerotic lesion, better known as plaque. This accumulation of cells, fats, minerals, and other organic material tend to accumulate in the arteries as we age. If buildup happens to occur in the coronary artery, cardiac arrest may inevitably happen.