By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2022 40 Comments
    Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

    When people hear that sugar-sweetened beverages pose health hazards, some respond by switching to diet soft drinks. That certainly seems reasonable, but evidence now suggests it might not be the best…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2022 11 Comments
    How to Stay Healthy with a Mediterranean Diet

    Would you like to be able to improve your health by what you put on your plate? Health professionals and patients alike may doubt that diet can be as powerful as pills. When it comes to important bene…

    By: Terry Graedon September 8, 2022 5 Comments
    Could Step Counters Help Us Ward Off Dementia?

    Do you wear a FitBit or a fancy watch? What about a lower-tech pedometer? Step counters are popular because they give us feedback on how many steps we have taken in a day. Even if the common goal of 1…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2022 17 Comments
    People with Heart Failure Suffer on Low Sodium D…

    Should you eat less salt? Public health authorities generally include cutting back on sodium as one of the important dietary steps we can all take for good health. In particular, doctors admonish peop…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2022 38 Comments
    Is Lp(a) Contributing to Unexplained Heart Attac…

    Are physicians overlooking a key risk factor for heart disease? Is Lp(a) contributing to unexplained heart attacks? Despite a concerted effort by the American Heart Association and over 30,000 cardio…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2022 2 Comments
    Gout Attacks Increase the Risk for Heart Attacks…

    Over 9 million Americans suffer from gout. This inflammatory condition is associated with high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. When crystals precipitate into joints they cause extreme pain. Th…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2022 12 Comments
    Drugs That Are More Dangerous in Hot Weather

    "Hot as hell" is a phrase we have heard a lot this summer. And with good reason. Temperatures have soared in much of the country. And it's not over yet. Anyone without air conditioning has really been…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2022 10 Comments
    Is It Really Risky to Eat Red Meat?

    For years, scientists have been trying to figure out if people who eat red meat are more likely to die prematurely of heart disease. In 2019, a series of research papers published in the Annals of Int…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2022 12 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

    Do you think of chocolate as a sinful snack or a healthy bite? Chocolate candy itself probably should be considered sinful. It usually contains too much sugar to count as health food. The cocoa flavan…

    By: Joe Graedon July 28, 2022 25 Comments
    Is Napping Good for Your Health or Bad for Your …

    Do you get drowsy after lunch? Now that so many people are working from home, the temptation to take an afternoon nap may sometimes be overwhelming. Some prior studies showed that napping was not heal…

    By: Joe Graedon July 21, 2022 68 Comments
    The Salt Wars Rage On | How Do You Cope with the…

    Americans have been told for more than 50 years that they should cut back on salt. Doing so was supposed to help lower blood pressure. That in turn would theoretically reduce the risk of heart failure…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2022 20 Comments
    Why Haven’t You Been Tested for Lp(a) Levels?

    A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (March 1, 2022) confirms that “…studies provide robust evidence that Lp(a) levels are causally associated with atheroscleroti…

    By: Terry Graedon June 30, 2022 9 Comments
    Show 1307: Cocoa Compounds and the COSMOS Trial

    This week on our nationally syndicated radio show, we explore the power of cocoa compounds to help heart health. Our first guest is Harvard’s Dr. JoAnn Manson, lead investigator of the COSMOS trial.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2022 13 Comments
    Show 1306: The Best-Kept Secret in Heart Disease

    In our nationally syndicated radio show this week you’ll learn about a cardiac risk factor you may never have heard mentioned. Although scientists identified lipoprotein a as an important problem in…

    By: Joe Graedon May 12, 2022 114 Comments
    Are Calcium Pills Hardening Your Heart Arteries?

    One of the biggest flip-flops in modern healthcare disappeared without a trace. For decades, doctors, nutrition experts and registered dietitians have been urging women to take calcium pills to streng…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2022 15 Comments
    How Not to Die of a Heart Attack

    No one wants to die of a heart attack, but too many Americans still do. Nearly 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each day in the United States. That totals more than 350,000 a year. When the h…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2022 4 Comments
    Show 1300: How Vitamin D and Omega-3s Help Your …

    In our nationally syndicated radio show this week, we consider the benefits of two dietary supplements against autoimmune diseases. Although health care providers are sometimes skeptical about the val…

    By: Terry Graedon May 4, 2022 11 Comments
    Will You Live Longer If You Sip Green Tea?

    Is coffee or tea your beverage of choice? A study from China, where a lot of people prefer tea, suggests that you might want to sip green tea. Recently, a symposium sponsored by the US Tea Council sum…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2022 30 Comments
    Should You Take Aspirin for your Heart? Does You…

    Aspirin is well over 100 years old, but scientists are still trying to figure out if it should be used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) was created …

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2022 10 Comments
    How Well Do CAC Scores Predict Heart Attack Risk…

    Do you have plaque in your coronary arteries? Unless you have had symptoms that sent you to a coronary cath lab, you might not know. Over the last decade or two, though, doctors have used CT scans to …

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2022 54 Comments
    Is Lp(a) the Best Kept Secret in Heart Disease?

    Ask most people about their risk factors for heart disease and they will likely mention total cholesterol (TC), LDL-C (“bad”) cholesterol and HDL-C (“good”) cholesterol. Sometimes people even …

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2022 23 Comments
    Show 1249: How Near Death Experiences Transform …

    For many years, possibly even centuries, some people who unexpectedly survived a life-threatening event have recounted amazing experiences. Between the time they appeared to die and when they revived,…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2022 8 Comments
    Why Grandma Was Right About Vegetables

    Your grandmother may have told you to eat your vegetables. Ours certainly urged us to do so. If she did, she was right. Vegetables and fruits are good sources of flavanols, plant compounds that appear…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2022 7 Comments
    How to Boost Your Cardiovascular Health with Coc…

    Thousands of years ago, native people in Mexico, Central America and the Amazon basin treasured cacao. That's the tree whose fruit is the source of cocoa and chocolate. In fact, they domesticated it s…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2022 7 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

    Have you ever wondered what you should be eating to optimize your health? Nutrition scientists have been arguing that the entire dietary pattern matters more than a handful of individual foods reputed…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2022 12 Comments
    What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improv…

    An ongoing argument often surfaces around Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween. You'll see a number of feature pieces suggesting that chocolate is actually good for you. These stories are frequently …

    By: Joe Graedon March 17, 2022 24 Comments
    Do Statins Save Lives? Doctors Don’t Agree!

    Many people wonder how effective statins are for preventing a heart attack in healthy people with high cholesterol. Even more important, do statins save lives in this population? There are few more co…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2022 23 Comments
    Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

    How many steps do you take a day? During the pandemic, stay-at-home orders might have made it difficult to take a nice long walk and get your step count up. However, a systematic review shows that fit…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2022 2 Comments
    Daily Exercise Boosts Lifespan

    Everyone agrees that exercise is beneficial for your health, though not everyone actually participates in daily exercise. Muscle-strengthening exercise, in particular, can reduce the risk of premature…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2022 4 Comments
    How to Help Your Heart with a Mediterranean-Styl…

    Are there good ways to promote heart health? A reader wonders whether dietary advice to avoid fat and cholesterol is still valuable, or whether a Mediterranean-style diet would be more helpful. Diet A…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2022 87 Comments
    Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

    Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. Is it good or really bad for you? They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a cent…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2022 4 Comments
    Active Seniors Have Fewer Heart Attacks and Stro…

    Many studies have shown that moderate to vigorous exercise can help ward off heart attacks and strokes in middle-aged people. Now research shows that older women also benefit if they are active in the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2022 31 Comments
    Will Certo and Grape Juice Help Your Sore Knees?

    People with sore joints face a terrible dilemma. Pain interferes with quality of life. On the other hand, medications like diclofenac and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make p…

    By: Joe Graedon February 7, 2022 27 Comments
    How Dangerous Is It to Stop Taking Aspirin?

    Aspirin gets very little respect. Perhaps that's because it is well over 100 years old, or because it is inexpensive and available over the counter. Whatever the reason, it's our observation that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2022 21 Comments
    Dairy Fat and Olive Oil Are Friends, Not Foes

    Do you remember your high school biology class? You learned that there are three building blocks of nutrition: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. For decades, fat has gotten a bad rap. We were told tha…

    By: Joe Graedon January 13, 2022 10 Comments
    Amazing Benefits from Half a Tablespoon of Olive…

    We have been writing about the health benefits of olive oil for decades. A study in the January 18, 2022 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) suggests that as little as ha…

    By: Terry Graedon December 27, 2021 6 Comments
    Are Plant-Based Spreads Better Than Butter?

    Ask a nutritionist if you should be eating a plant-based diet, and the answer is likely to be yes. Consuming more vegetables, more fruits, more nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains–it's all good fo…

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2021 21 Comments
    Just How Scary Is Saturated Fat?

    Have you ever heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? It's not true. Many old dogs learn new tricks with the right training and motivation. It turns out that it could be a lot harder…

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2021 18 Comments
    Intermittent Fasting for Better Heart Health

    Intermittent fasting is getting more attention. Going without food for at least 12 hours and up to a day or longer has been promoted for weight loss and blood sugar control (Nutrients, Oct. 14, 2019).…

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 2 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Go to Sleep?

    When do you go to sleep? Are you a night owl or an early bird? The answer to that question has implications for your risk of cardiovascular disease. Finding a Good Time to Go to Sleep: A new study in …