A study that was just completed in March, and reported in JAMA showed that fish oil had no benefits in patients who either had heart disease or who were at risk for getting heart disease. Whether or not eating fatty fish twice a week is helpful or not remains to be seen. Yes, high doses of fish oil can lower triglyceride levels but this, too, will not reduce your risk of getting heart disease. However, it is well known that triglyceride levels greater than 500 will increase the risk of acute pancreatitis, which is an extremely painful disease.
As always, please feel free to discuss any and all supplements that you are either using or thinking about using with us. Do not trust your healthcare to the internet, family or friends.More
POWER PLATE AND HEART DISEASE
The two leading causes of death in the developed world are myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke, both of which are direct consequences of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. As the arteries lose their flexibility, the heart pumps blood but the walls of the arteries do not move as they should, causing an increase in blood pressure. As the heart pulses and the pressure is higher, the heart has to work harder to contract. The higher the pressure gets, the greater likelihood an individual will have a cardiac incident (heart attack or stroke). Atherosclerosis is primarily caused by chronic dietary habits, but also has environmental and genetic factors.
Here are 4 reports about the benefits of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) and the hypertensive patient:
1. In 2005, researchers in Japan found that the muscular reflexive engagement of the body through whole body vibration (WBV) exercise significantly increased blood flow and oxygenation (Yamada, et al.)
2. In 2008 a different group of Japanese researchers found that WBV (using Power Plate) acutely decreased arterial stiffness with males in their mid twenties. (Otsuki, et al. 2008)
3. In 2012 Dr. Figueroa and his research group showed decrease in arterial stiffness in a young obese/overweight female population. Subjects decreased their arterial stiffness significantly using WBV therapy 3 times weekly over 6 weeks.
4. In 2013, he and other researchers began research using WBV/ reflexive activation with post menopausal hypertension and pre-hypertension patients.
Dr. Figueroa and his research group showed blood pressure reduction with lower leg strength increase.
We have been successfully using POWER PLATE (WBV) for over 4 years at KAIZEN TOTAL WELLNESS. For more information, or to schedule a free demonstration, call 941-315-6182. Our programs are all medically supervised and provided by our own POWER PLATE CERTIFIED physical therapists and trainers.More
DEPRESSION AND HEART DISEASE
The Scientific Statement was published online February 24 in Circulation.
We all know that obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, genetics and smoking are the major risk factors for heart disease. But did you know that DEPRESSION is also linked to heart attacks? According to an American Heart Association panel, depressed patients were more likely to get heart disease than non-depressed people. It is hoped that by treating depression, we can help treat/prevent heart disease. We have known for years that all stroke patients benefit from antidepressants whether they are clinically depressed or not. There have also been numerous studies about quality of life in patients who have diabetes, heart disease, cancer or depression. As you can probably guess, the depressed patients consistently score worse than all of the other patient groups!
Even though depression is more widely accepted now than in the past, there is still a stigma associated with depression. Most insurance companies with NOT even pay the physician if a depression code is listed on the bill! And counseling! Forget about it. Insurance companies don’t mind paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for heart surgery, but to pay a few thousand for psychotherapy………..
A study presented September 27, 2013 at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Barcelona announced that first line treatment with sulfonylureas (glipizide, glimiperide, etc.) can increase the risk of heart disease 2 fold when compared to metformin. It is interesting because these same concerns were brought up in the 1970s. What is recommended is continuing to use METFORMIN as a first line drug, but adding a “GLIPTIN” (Januvia, Onglyza or Tradjenta) to help control sugars.
This combination is great because it does not cause weight gain nor cause low sugar reactions.
So why do some patients use sulfonylureas? They are CHEAP generics and many insurance plans will not cover the newer GLIPTINS (which came on the market in 2006).