New blood test predicts stroke risk in patients with diabetes

Having diabetes is a risk factor for many other health conditions, including stroke

New blood test predicts stroke risk in patients with diabetes“To be successful at preventing strokes from occurring, we first need to accurately identify those who are likely to have a stroke so we can target stroke prevention therapies to the correct at-risk people,” says Frederick Korley, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine. Korley is the author of a new […]

Using pedometers to count your steps could help make you healthier, study finds

People who track their daily steps may not only be more active, they may also be less likely to develop health problems that lead to events like heart attacks or broken bones, a new study suggests

Using pedometers to count your steps could help make you healthier, study findsResearchers examined data on 1,297 participants from clinical trials that randomly assigned half of the people to track steps with pedometers over 12 weeks while the rest of them did no tracking at all. When they joined the trial, people took about 7,500 steps a day and got 90 minutes a week of moderate to […]

Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes, reveals study

Smokers who have a stroke are much more likely to have another one if they don’t quit or at least cut back, a Chinese study suggests

Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes, reveals studySmoking has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and serious cardiac events like heart attacks and strokes. But the new study sheds light on how smoking influences the risk of a second stroke in patients who already had one. Among the 3,069 stroke survivors in the study, 1,475, or 48 per […]

Skipping breakfast harmful for heart health, says study

Skipping breakfast may have negative effects on appetite-regulating hormones, blood sugar and insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar). Prior studies have shown that breakfast fans are less likely to be obese or have diabetes or heart disease

Skipping breakfast harmful for heart health, says studyMiddle-aged adults who routinely skip breakfast are more likely to have clogged heart arteries than those who enjoy a big morning meal, a new study finds. The findings are the latest to link breakfast to better heart health. They suggest that people who eat breakfast, especially a hearty one, are less likely to harbour plaques […]

Morning walks could be better than drugs at lowering blood pressure, reveals study

Researchers at the University of Western Australia found that 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill in the morning improved participants’ blood pressure readings for the rest of the day. They say that for some individuals, the morning walking could replace the need for medication

Morning walks could be better than drugs at lowering blood pressure, reveals studyAccording to a new study published in the journal Hypertension, just half-an-hour of walking in the morning could be as effective as medication at lowering blood pressure. According to the charity Blood Pressure UK, about one-third of adults have high blood pressure, which is defined as a reading of more than 140/90mmHg and, in Britain, […]

Diabetes in pregnancy linked to future heart disease risk, finds study

Women with pregnancy-related diabetes are at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease in the decade after childbirth, a research review suggests

Diabetes in pregnancy linked to future heart disease risk, finds studyWhile so-called gestational diabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease later in life, some previous research suggests this risk may depend on whether the condition evolves into type 2 diabetes that persists after delivery. Researchers examined data from nine previous studies with almost 5.4 million mothers. Overall, about 8,000 women […]

Junk food’s immediate impact on your cells revealed by scientists

A University of Illinois team analysed how much exposure to junk food is needed before cells see an impact. They used state-of-the-art scanning techniques to look at the impact on human cells. Junk food caused the cell membrane to immediately stiffen and thicken compared to those not given lipoproteins

Junk food’s immediate impact on your cells revealed by scientistsSlipping out of your diet into a junk food rut has a near-immediate impact on blood vessels at the cellular level, alarming new research has found. Eating burgers, pizzas and sausage rolls over a short period can trigger hardening of the arteries, by rapidly changing their structure, warn scientists. The condition, known as atherosclerosis, is […]

What can the ability to balance reveal about brain health?

Stand on one leg. Can you stay that way for 20 seconds? Yoga lovers, among others, have always preached the importance of balance in health and fitness. Some experts believe that a simple one-leg test could be an indicator of problems, particularly stroke risk 

What can the ability to balance reveal about brain health?“Vision, inner ear and problems in the cerebellum, as well as sensation in the feet and leg weakness, can all impact balance,” said Dr Shari Rosen-Schmidt, a neurologist in Plano, Texas. “If you can’t stand on one foot for 20 seconds, especially if you could before, maybe you should be further evaluated for vascular problems […]

Living in greener neighbourhoods linked to better heart health, state researchers

People who live in neighbourhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests

Living in greener neighbourhoods linked to better heart health, state researchersAt the population level, residential green space has long been linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and respiratory problems, as well as a lower risk of hospitalisation for events like heart attacks and strokes, researchers note in the Journal of the American Heart Association. But there isn’t as much evidence showing […]

Multivitamins have no beneficial effect on heart health, say researchers

Multivitamins are popular, but they don’t appear to boost your heart health, according to a new study. The study, which analysed information from several million people in five countries, found that taking multivitamins did not prevent heart attacks, strokes or death from heart disease

Multivitamins have no beneficial effect on heart health, say researchersPeople who take multivitamin and mineral supplements to improve their heart health may be wasting their money. According to a new report, these supplements provide no clinical benefits that prevent heart disease or cardiovascular death. The study titled ‘Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality and Should Not Be Taken for This Purpose’ was […]