The symptoms of advanced heart failure are debilitating.
Any kind of exertion results in rapid onset of fatigue and shortness of breath. Even simple tasks like washing the dishes or walking a block can leave you exhausted.
Today’s heart-failure patients are prescribed multiple drugs that yield important benefits. Yet as their heart deteriorates, they are often restricted to a bed, couch, or wheelchair.
Americans are living longer and surviving early-life cardiac events via improvements in prevention and treatment. These include stenting procedures to open blocked coronary arteries, along with greater use of blood tests to identify risk factors before acute heart attack manifests.
Common pain medications are more dangerous than originally thought.
A recent study showed pain-relieving drugs taken for as little as one to seven days increase risk of heart attack by 48% for those taking ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®). This same study found that naproxen (Aleve®) users suffered 53% more heart attacks.1
Those who chronically use NSAID drugs like ibuprofen increase their risk of kidney impairment by 32%.2
In their search for natural compounds to extend the human lifespan, scientists have focused on ways to activate an enzyme called AMPK.
AMPK is found inside every cell and serves as a master energy sensor. Its activity level influences body fat composition and how long you’ll live.
During their investigations, scientists discovered that boosting AMPK resulted in an unexpected benefit: the reduction of abdominal fat.
With age, people often unwittingly fail to ingest sufficient protein in their diets.
Protein is a major building block in our body. It is especially important to help preserve muscle mass.
If you are not already ingesting excess calories, an easy way to ensure against protein insufficiency is a concentrated powder made from high-quality organic peas.
Healthy arteries expand and contract smoothly with each heartbeat.
With age, soft tissues such as arteries stiffen and lose youthful flexibility.
The phrase “hardening of the arteries” describes loss of arterial elasticity and obstructed blood flow. This “hardening” is an important predictor of heart attack and stroke.1-3
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 56,000 people a year die from flu-related illnesses.1 During the 2015-2016 flu season 310,000 people were hospitalized due to flu-related illnesses.2
Colds and the flu are often treated with a variety of medications designed to reduce symptoms but that have no ability to activate the body’s own immune response to fend off invading bacteria or viruses.
Scientists wanted to find a way to stop the common cold and flu before they take hold.
Skin cancer accounts for 40% of all human malignancies.1
Over 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure.2
UV causes skin cancer by damaging cell DNA, inhibiting DNA repair, and impeding the removal of aged cells that cannot be repaired.3-5
Scientists have identified a plant extract that—taken orally prior to sun exposure—inhibits UV-triggered DNA damage.6,7
A staggering number of Americans suffer from a disorder called “metabolic syndrome” that is characterized by a combination of:1
- High blood sugar
- Increased blood pressure
- Abdominal obesity
- Abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Those with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, type II diabetes and early death.2
Each morning, about 64% of adult Americans consume at least one cup of coffee.1
The brain responds by releasing noradrenaline that provides a quick energy boost. This is often followed by a “caffeine letdown” whereby noradrenaline in the brain is depleted and subsequent coffee fails to provide sufficient mental boost.
Most people are aware that a buildup of plaque in coronary arteries leads to heart disease, the cause of more American deaths than any other ailment.
But few know that not all arterial plaque is the same. There is hard (calcified) plaque and soft (noncalcified) plaque.