What are the Health Benefits of a Month off Booze?

The health benefits of a month off booze include (Mehta et al., 2018): An average 26% reduction in insulin resistance (This occurs when the hormone insulin becomes less effective at making the body remove sugar from the bloodstream, raising the risk of type 2 diabetes.) Improvements in liver health. An average 13% fall in cholesterol levels. A 6%… Read More

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Can You Be Fat but Fit?

You can’t be “fat but fit”. An analysis of more than half a million people in Europe found that even when overweight people have healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, they are still 26 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease. References New Scientist (2017) Cardiac Weight Risk. New Scientist. 19 August 2017. Lassale,… Read More

What are the Changes in Biochemical & Functional Parameters for (Military) Men during Exercise?

Research Paper Title Changes in biochemical and functional parameters for men during exercise. Background Benefits of physical activity are undeniable. The aim of the present research was to determine the effects of physical activity and age on cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, as well as changes in the functional parameters of the cardiovascular… Read More

A Guide to Coronary Calcium Scans

Here in Australia, a number of organisations offer coronary calcium scans. What, I hear you say, is a coronary calcium scan? Why Look At Coronary Calcium? A coronary calcium scan looks for specks of calcium (or calcification) in the walls of the coronary (heart) arteries. Calcification can be an early sign of coronary heart disease… Read More

Lipid Profile, Cardiovascular Disease & Mortality Events

Research Paper Title Divergent Pathway of Lipid Profile Components for Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality Events: Results of over a Decade Follow-up among Iranian Population. Background Data regarding the impact of different lipid measures on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and mortality events is not consistent. The researchers aimed to evaluate the relationship between different lipid parameters and… Read More

Assessment of Chest Pain in a Low Risk Patient: Is The Exercise Tolerance Test Obsolete?

Discussion Paper Title Assessment of chest pain in a low risk patient: is the exercise tolerance test obsolete? Background This is one of a series of occasional articles that highlight areas of practice where management lacks convincing supporting evidence. The series adviser is David Tovey, editor in chief, the Cochrane Library. To suggest a topic for this series, please… Read More

What is the Association between Sugary Drinks & HDL Cholesterol in Children?

Research Paper Title Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake Is Positively Associated with Baseline Triglyceride Concentrations, and Changes in Intake Are Inversely Associated with HDL Cholesterol Increases over 12 Months in a Multi-Ethnic Sample of Children. Background Intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is linked to greater cardiometabolic risk in adults. Although longitudinal evidence is sparse among children, SSB… Read More