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Is Anti-Statin ‘Internet Cult’ Threatening Lives?

 

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A wave of anti-science skepticism may put people with high cholesterol at risk if they’re convinced to quit life-saving statin medications, heart experts warn.

 

Source: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Newsletters

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6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers Slideshow – Sharecare

You probably know that smoking, poor diet choices and a sedentary lifestyle are bad for your ticker, but you may be surprised to find that other things – like climate change, your relationship status and even the sports you watch — could increase your heart attack risk.

Source: 6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers Slideshow – Sharecare

25 Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism | Eat This Not That

Keep your thyroid humming and your metabolism soaring by eating these healthy foods that keep everything on track. They’ll also help you lose weight.

Tired? Stressed? Can’t lose weight? You’re not alone. In fact, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering a chronic, undiagnosed health issue. It’s called hypothyroidism: a condition that pumps the brakes on your metabolism because the master gland—your thyroid—isn’t functioning at its prime.

Source: 25 Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism | Eat This Not That

20 Ways to Reboot Your Thyroid

20 Ways to Reboot Your Thyroid

As the metabolism-controlling gland, your thyroid is pretty important for weight regulation, body temperature, energy levels, and overall health.

Maybe you’ve noticed the scale is creeping up for seemingly no reason, and you can’t pinpoint why you keep gaining weight. Or maybe you’re more tired than normal or need to wear three layers at all times because you’re constantly freezing. Sound familiar? These are all signs of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), the butterfly-shaped gland located in your throat that’s responsible for your metabolism, important hormones, body temperature, and how you use energy. It also influences the function of vital organs, such as your heart, brain, liver, and kidneys.

On the flip side, an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) is marked by increased nervousness, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, and sudden weight loss. People who have hyperthyroidism are also at risk of developing anemia, which is an iron deficiency that leads to a lack of healthy red blood cells.

If you’re noticing negative symptoms such as the ones listed above, your thyroid might not be functioning as optimally as it could be. Although these lifestyle and dietary changes aren’t a guaranteed cure-all, they can help regulate this important gland. If you believe you are having serious issues with your thyroid, make sure you see a doctor who can administer the proper tests and diagnosis.

 

Source: 20 Ways to Reboot Your Thyroid

Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals, in five Florida counties.

Rats and snails in Alachua, Leon, St. Johns, Orange and Hillsborough counties tested positive for the rat lungworm parasiteaccording to a study in PLoS ONE by researchers in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Researchers say people and pets can become infected by eating snails, infected frogs and crustaceans, causing potentially fatal meningitis.

Source: Rat lungworm parasite reported in Florida counties – Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Here’s What Happens When You Quit Smoking

Research has demonstrated that it is never too late to quit smoking and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

  • About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked; in 2015 that number had dropped to 15 percent and experts would like it to drop to 12 percent by 2020
  • Research has found it’s never too late to quit as people between 50 and 74 demonstrate improved health benefits each year after quitting
  • When you quit smoking your body repairs the damage done by the toxic chemicals in the cigarettes, reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers each year you remain smoke free

Source: Here’s What Happens When You Quit Smoking

The Major Health Risk You Take Every Day

Most people think smoking is the worst thing for their health. Perhaps the worst thing of all is something most of us do every day: sitting.

Sitting isn’t dangerous just because it means you’re not exercising. It’s dangerous all by itself.

Prolonged time spent on your bum has significant metabolic consequences. It negatively affects your blood sugar, triglycerides, good cholesterol, resting blood pressure and levels of the “appetite hormone” leptin, all of which are biomarkers of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Source: The Major Health Risk You Take Every Day