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 …

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2021 79 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 November 8, 2021 28 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 October 18, 2021 46 Comments
    If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabet…

    The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are crystal clear. Middle-aged people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) should be on a statin-type choles…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2021 17 Comments
    Do You Really Have High Blood Pressure?

    Have you been told you have high blood pressure? Doctors recognize that untreated hypertension can increase your chance of developing heart disease, kidney damage or stroke. Consequently, you should t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 2 Comments
    Getting Systolic Blood Pressure Under 130 Makes …

    How important is strict blood pressure control to prevent strokes, heart attacks and other adverse cardiac events? A large randomized, controlled trial from China confirms that getting systolic blood …

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2021 4 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 August 16, 2021 2 Comments
    Why Don’t Weights on Doctors’ Scales…

    Any time you walk into a doctor's office, one of the first things they do, even before measuring your blood pressure, is ask you to step on the scale. Perhaps the number is what you expected; sometime…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2021 0 Comments
    The FDA Fails on Ventilators, CPAP Machines …

    How well does the FDA assess the risks of medical devices? A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (July 26, 2021) analyzed a random sample of 1000 adverse event reports in the FDA’s MAUDE datab…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2021 26 Comments
    How to Choose Whole Grains for a Longer Life

    Nutrition experts have long been advising us to eat whole grains, and epidemiologists have evidence that getting three servings of whole grains daily can reduce the chance of an early death. In fact, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2021 0 Comments
    How a DASH Diet Can Protect Your Heart

    The DASH Diet—Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—has been shown to lower blood pressure. Numerous studies since 1997 have demonstrated its effectiveness against diabetes and depression as wel…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 1 Comments
    People with Cardiovascular Disease Do Better Eat…

    Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer throughout the world. People at high risk are often prescribed a number of medications to control cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2020 7 Comments
    What Should You Eat for a Healthy Heart?

    How important is diet in the prevention of heart disease? And what exactly should you eat for a healthy heart? Cardiologists have long emphasized the importance of avoiding cholesterol and saturated f…

    By: Terry Graedon September 3, 2020 8 Comments
    Colchicine from Crocus Helps Protect Heart

    The autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale, has been used medicinally for more than 3,000 years. The ancient Egyptians used the underground portions for joint pain. In the 19th century, chemists isolated …

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2020 22 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Coffee and Choco…

    Americans have a puritanical streak. This way of thinking suggests that if something hurts or tastes bad, it must be good for you. Conversely, if it tastes good, you might conclude it's bad for you. T…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2020 14 Comments
    Will Adequate Magnesium Keep Your Heart Healthy?

    Magnesium has long been a neglected mineral.  Health care providers are more likely to pay attention to minerals such as potassium, although some of the same drugs that lead to potassium depletio…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1187: Are Supplements Really a Waste of Tim…

    Last summer, a major review of research on supplements to improve heart health concluded that most do nothing to prevent heart attacks, strokes or premature death from cardiovascular causes (Annals of…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 3 Comments
    Are People More Active with Step Counters?

    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 September 26, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1182: How You Can Use Exercise as Medicine

    Does medicine mean “drugs and surgery” to you? That is certainly how a lot of people see it. However, physical activity–exercise–has powerful abilities to help us heal. How can we use exercise…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2019 10 Comments
    Home Blood Pressure May Be Better Than Clinic

    Do you take your blood pressure at home? Home blood pressure monitoring can be extremely helpful. Measuring your own blood pressure in the privacy of your home can help sidestep the nerves that lead t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2019 22 Comments
    Is Napping Good for Your Health or Bad for Your …

    To nap or not to nap? It may not be the most pressing question you face, but it is one that has been challenging investigators for years. Some prior studies showed that napping was not healthy, while …

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2019 9 Comments
    Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

    People who consume a lot of soft drinks may be putting themselves at risk. That's the conclusion from a large study not in the US but in Europe (JAMA, Sept. 3, 2019). The EPIC study stands for Europea…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2019 1 Comments
    Is Your Diet Putting You at Risk for Heart Disea…

    By now, it should come as no surprise that dietary choices can affect health. But do you know how your diet affects your risk for heart disease and stroke? Meat Eaters vs. Vegetarians vs. Pescatarians…

    By: Terry Graedon August 21, 2019 5 Comments
    How Soon Do Smokers Benefit from Quitting?

    Ask any health professional what you should do to stay healthy, and you'll hear the advice: Don't smoke! If you do smoke, quit! It should come as no surprise to learn that heavy smokers are more likel…

    By: Terry Graedon May 16, 2019 2 Comments
    Will Eating Your Vegetables Ward Off Heart Failu…

    When your grandmother urged you to eat your vegetables, she had your health at heart. She might not have known why, but scientists have confirmed that people who eat about a cup of dark green leafy ve…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Mu…

    How many hours a day do you sit? Be honest, please. If you work in front of a computer, we’ll bet you spend more than eight hours a day sitting. And that doesn’t count time sitting in your car, si…

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1160: How Good Is the Evidence for Cutting …

    For decades, public health experts have been admonishing Americans to cut the salt in our diets. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that we limit ourselves to 2,300 mg of sodium daily.…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 43 Comments
    Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB R…

    Week after week, month after month, we have been learning about ARB recalls. These angiotensin receptor blockers have been taken by at least two million Americans to control blood pressure or treat he…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 33 Comments
    The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Hospi…

    Have you ever heard of the law of unintended consequences? This is when something that was supposed to be beneficial turns out to bite you in the butt. Here is just one example: Kudzu is an ornamental…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2019 11 Comments
    Unbelievable! Yet Another Drug Recall | Amlodipi…

    OK, we admit it, we're starting to sound like a cracked record when it comes to drug recalls. We apologize. It is really sad that we have to issue regular reports about FDA oversight and pharmaceutica…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 26 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. A new analysis in The BMJ suggests that might not be the best strategy. Non-sugar sw…

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 16 Comments
    Why You Can Die of a Broken Heart

    Can you really die of a broken heart? This centuries-old idea may have seemed like an old wives' tale or a romantic fancy powering folk songs like "Barbara Allen." (Here's a link to Joan Baez singing …

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 17 Comments
    Statins Fail to Help Healthy Older People

    Statin drugs that lower cholesterol are among the most important tools cardiologists have for preventing heart disease among middle-aged patients. Until recently, however, no one knew whether drugs su…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2018 11 Comments
    Was Aspirin to Blame for Leaky Heart Valve?

    Nonprescription drugs don't always get the respect they deserve. Many over-the-counter medications have significant effects, for good or for ill. If you take anything day in and day out, you should di…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2018 158 Comments
    The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain R…

    Doctors love NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). That’s largely because they don’t have a lot of other tools in the toolkit when it comes to treating pain and inflammation. Opioids have…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 26 Comments
    When Is High LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

    You have probably heard that high LDL cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. That is the reason doctors prescribe medication to lower cholesterol. Most people imagine this is most important f…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    Better Diet for Poor Americans Is Not a SNAP

    Poor diet may underly a wide range of undesirable health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to help very low-income…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2018 14 Comments
    High Protein Diet Is Linked to Heart Failure Ris…

    Many people striving to lose weight turn to a low-carb diet to try to jump-start the process. Instead, they try to get most of their energy from fat or protein sources. But does this increase their he…