Heart Disease Risk, Middle-Aged Weight Gain and Red Wine...

From: St George Consultants Ltd
Published: Tue Aug 10 2010

If you''re one of the three in ten Americans who deal with anxiety, you may sometimes fear you''re having a heart attack. Now two recent European studies appear to confirm the role that anxiety disorders play in your risk of developing heart disease or suffering a fatal cardiac event.

"Heart disease is recognized as the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States." Says Kirsten Whittaker, editor of the Daily Health Bulletin. "Experts now believe that there may be a genetic component to anxiety, and today''s estimates have almost 40 million Americans coping with anxiety disorders."

If you''ve gained weight (especially about the middle) after the age of 50 you''re at a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes according to new research. A weight gain of as little as 20 pounds tripled the risk of diabetes in study subjects. This echoes the warning of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) - being overweight at any age is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

Coffee lovers will enjoy hearing this bit of news. Some recent research has found that drinking 5 daily cups of coffee appears to lower your risk of developing mouth and throat cancer.

The team was exploring the relationship between the intake of coffee or tea and head and neck cancers. They were surprised to find that those who drank more than 4 cups of coffee each day had a 39% lower risk of getting mouth cancer. The protection was found for oral and pharyngeal cancer, but not for cancer of the larynx. Experts believe this could be important in terms of explaining why the drink might be helpful.

We''ve all heard that drinking red wine is good for your heart, now two studies have given experts important clues on just how these richly colored wines deliver their heart healthy benefits along with the great taste.

In the first study researchers examined the biological behavior of resveratrol in human fat cells. This is the substance, found in the skin of red grapes, that''s been shown to be a potential protection against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer''s disease. The second of the two studies finds that red wine enhanced the health of blood vessel cells.

Finally, this week in the DHB we report the news that researchers have linked too much sitting with back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity as well as an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Those who have sedentary jobs tend to have larger waistlines and higher blood pressure and blood sugar than those who don''t sit as part of their job.

Experts also believe that immobile muscles slowly lose the ability of metabolize fats and sugars. This encourages high cholesterol and ups your diabetes risk. Sedentary jobs up the chances of developing cardiovascular disease and have also been linked to a greater risk of metabolic syndrome.

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