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Dementia Risk Tied to Chronic Use Of Several Common Medications

Dementia Risk Tied to Chronic Use Of Several Common Medications

A  new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown a significantly increased risk for developing dementia in those chronically taking  medications with an anticholinergic effect, especially  at higher doses  for a long period of time.  Many of these drugs which are commonly taken by older Americans are over the counter as well as prescription medications. They include diphenhydramine (Benadryl), antihistamines like chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), the  antidepressant doxepin (Sinequan), and antimuscarinics used for  bladder control like oxybutynin (Ditropan). This study also suggests that dementia risk linked to anticholinergic medications may persist – and may not be reversible even years after people stop taking these drugs.

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THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION / LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLE OF 2014- Added Sugar Has A Greater Role Than Salt in High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

Today I present the winner, the single most important article of the year. The title of this blog says it all-

Added Sugar Has A Greater Role Than Salt in High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

As I’ve state with our daily countdown of the top ten, the most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease.  Today’s pick in conjunction with our #2 pick presented yesterday is about crucial evidence that shows that we need to change the longstanding dietary advice that medicine and public health officials have been telling the public for many years.  They have been telling us to avoid eating saturated fat like eggs, while the evidence shows that eating too much sugar and processed carbohydrate is the more important factor in how  heart disease is  promoted by eating the typical American diet. Also eating a low salt diet is not the best advice for everyone. People will be very surprised to learn that sugar is more of a problem than salt, for promoting the development of high blood pressure. These most important findings of 2014 , should be  a wake-up call, informing us that us we need to change the advice given to the public  for many years now, about preventing cardiovascular disease. This is the single most important message that we should take from the nutritional research published in 2014. Heart disease is our number one killer and people have not been advised correctly about how to prevent it.  It’s time for everyone to understand, DON’T  EAT THE  SUGARS IN PROCESSED FOODS ! They are bad for you.

And finally, HERE’S #1 !

Added Sugar Has A Greater Role Than Salt in High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

The British online medical journal Open Heart has just reported that an analysis of all current  available evidence shows  that we need to  drastically change the dietary advice that Americans  and Europeans are given regarding how to prevent heart disease.  There is more and more accumulating evidence that eating fat and salt are  not the problems that we have been told they are. Eating sugar added to processed foods  is the problem.

As per the analysis presented in this study,  sugars which are added to processed foods are likely to play a greater role in causing high blood pressure and heart disease, than added salt. People whose dietary intake of added sugar is greater than 25% of  their total daily calories have fully three times the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease risk compared to people whose sugar intake is low.

Cutting salt intake has been the standard dietary approach to lower high blood pressure, but that advice  is “debatable,” according to the authors of the study.They advocate that we should  now be emphasizing the avoidance of added sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup added to processed foods.

The article states, “Sugar may be much more meaningfully related to blood pressure than sodium, as suggested by a greater magnitude of effect with dietary manipulation. Compelling evidence from basic science, population studies, and clinical trials implicates sugars, and particularly the monosaccharide fructose, as playing a major role in the development of hypertension”.  The research regarding  high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener in processed foods is clearly  worrisome. The data shows that a daily intake of more than 74 g of fructose is associated with a  77% increased risk of blood pressure above 160/100 mm Hg. Excess intake of added sugars has also been strongly associates with elevated  blood cholesterol and other researched blood fats, as reported here in the blog post, New Study Proves that Eating Saturated Fat Does Not Increase Fats in the Blood (Dec 3, 2014).

It is important to note that the  naturally-occurring fructose and other sugars found in fruits are not harmful and should be an important part of  a heart healthy diet.

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#4 of THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 20014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

On this seventh day of our daily countdown please see #4 of my TOP 10 research articles of the year. The most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease.  Today’s pick is about the evidence that shows that following the basics of a healthy diet and lifestyle can literally save your life. In that regard , it is my hope that some reader(s) of my top 10 Research Articles of 2014 will take any of  the information to heart and it  can inspire  them to enjoy better health in their lives. If I am of help to any reader in this way, my job will have been well done.

Thank you and HERE”S #4

“Healthy Lifestyle Choices May DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK IN MEN”

According to newly published research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the big news is that fully 80% or more of the heart attacks occurring in men are preventable by a healthy lifestyle.

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#6 Of THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 20014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

On this fifth day of our daily countdown please see #6 of my TOP 10 research articles of the year. The most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease.  Today’s pick is about Omega 3 fatty acids, in this case from fish oil supplements , and the increasing proof that everyone should be mindful of the importance of fish, nuts, and other foods or supplements that provide omega 3 fatty acids , and  may help optimize our health and prevent disease.
It is my hope that some reader(s) of my top 10 Research Articles of 2014 will take any of  the information to heart and it  can inspire  them to enjoy better health in their lives. If I am of help to any reader in this way, my job will have been well done.

Thank you and HERE”S #6

Use of Fish Oil Supplements Prevents Cognitive Decline and Brain Atrophy

Researchers have completed a study that found  the preventive  use of fish oil supplements  reduced cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults.  The study at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital examined whether there may be  a preventive role for fish oil supplement use  for declining  brain function. The study is  published in the medical journal of Alzheimer’s & Dementia with the title  Association of fish oil supplement use with preservation of brain volume and cognitive function.

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#8 of THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 20014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

On this third day of our daily countdown please see #8 of my TOP 10 research articles of the year. The most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease. In 2014 the facts now show clearly that advising people to eat low fat and low salt is proving to be wrong. Sugar is the problem. Both Picks #1 and #2 for 2014 are on this same crucial topic. And today’s pick is another piece of evidence that eating a diet that avoids sugars is the healthy way to eat.
It is my hope that some reader(s) of my top 10 Research Articles of 2014 will take any of  the information to heart and it  can inspire  them to enjoy better health in their lives. If I am of help to any reader in this way, my job will have been well done.

Thank you and HERE”S #8

New Study Shows Low Carb Diet Reduces Inflammation,Cardiovascular Risk

New research has shown that a low-carbohydrate diet, but not a low-fat diet, reduced inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease risk.

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#9 of THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 20014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

On this second day of our daily countdown please see #9 my TOP 10 research articles of the year. The most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease. In 2014 the facts now show clearly that advising people to eat low fat and low salt is proving to be wrong. Sugar is the problem. Both Picks #1 and #2 for 2014 are on this same crucial topic.

The importance of  exercise takes up three of our top  10. Even if it isn’t big news that exercise is good for you, it is being proven again and again to be helpful in different ways, and it’s importance simply cannot be overemphasized. The  importance to our health  of vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids has also been shown  again in new research this year.
It is my hope that some reader(s) of my top 10 Research Articles of 2014 will take any of  the information to heart and it  can inspire  them to enjoy better health in their lives. If I am of help to any reader in this way, my job will have been well done.

Thank you and HERE”S #9

Senior Athletes Prove Exercise Slows The Aging Process

A review of  research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up) entitled The Effects of Fitness on the Aging Process appears in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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