Atherosclerosis -- The Silent KillerWritten by Nicholas Webb
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What is atherosclerosis and what are its consequences? As we have seen, with atherosclerosis plaques form along inner lining of arteries. Sometimes plaques may weaken and become unstable and eventually rupture. When this occurs, contents of plaque, when coming into contact with blood flow within artery, form a clot or thrombus. Such clot may totally block blood flow. If clot breaks off and travels through artery to another part of body, this is called an embolus. If clot blocks an artery to heart, a heart attack will be result. If clot blocks an artery that supplies brain result will be a stroke. Finally if clot blocks a peripheral artery of leg, walking may become and difficult and gangrene There is much debate just lately as to whether diet, in particular our intake of fats and cholesterol, is such an important issue. We have big medical establishments saying we should limit eating foods such as red meat, eggs and cheese and on other hand apparently healthy people eating a high protein, low carb diet. Such diets are frequently based on meat, fish, cheese and eggs.
To avoid any confusion, it is a safe approach to eat a healthy well balanced diet and pay particular attention to way in which food is prepared. Limit frying and opt for steaming or broiling. Regular exercise is also highly recommended and if you smoke: stop. These measures will greatly help to keep your cholesterol under control and make progression of atherosclerosis less of an issue.
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Medicne for diabetesWritten by gold
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which contained zero, 500, 700 or 1,000 milligrams of Salacia oblonga extract. Afterward, researchers used finger-prick method to draw blood samples from each person every 15 to 30 minutes for three hours. These blood samples were used to determine insulin and blood glucose concentrations. The biggest changes in blood glucose and insulin levels usually happen within first two hours after eating. : : The beverage that contained highest concentration of herbal extract - 1,000 milligrams - provided most dramatic reduction in insulin and blood glucose levels. Insulin levels were 29 percent lower, while blood glucose levels were 23 percent lower as compared to control drink, which contained no herbal extract. : : As Salacia oblonga can cause intestinal gas, researchers had study participants collect breath hydrogen samples hourly for eight hours after drinking test beverage. The participants collected their breath in small plastic tubes. The researchers then analyzed these breath samples for hydrogen and methane content - level of either substance in breath corresponds to level contained in colon. : : The subjects also rated frequency and intensity of nausea, abdominal cramping and distention and gas for two days after consuming each test meal. : : While test beverages containing Salacia oblonga caused an increase in breath hydrogen excretion, reports of gastrointestinal discomfort were minimal, Hertzler said. : : Right now he and his colleagues are trying to figure out what dose of herb is most effective, and when it should be taken relative to a meal. : : "We want to know how long it takes for herb to bind to enzymes that break down carbohydrates," Hertzler said. "The participants in this study took herb with their meal, but maybe taking it before eating would be even more effective." : : The researchers also want to study effects of Salacia oblonga in people with diabetes. : : "A lot of studies show that lowering blood sugar levels reduces risk for all kinds of diabetes-related complications, such as kidney disease and nerve and eye damage," Hertzler said. "We want to see if this herb has this kind of effect." : : Salacia oblonga is still relatively difficult to find in United States, Hertzler said, although there are manufacturers that sell herb through Internet. : : This study was supported by Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories in Columbus. : : Hertzler is continuing to conduct Salacia oblonga studies with Ross Products Division of Abbott Laboratories. He has no links to company beyond this affiliation. : : Hertzler conducted work with former Ohio State colleague Patricia Heacock, who is now at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey; Jennifer Williams, a clinical scientist with Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories; and Bryan Wolf, a former research scientists with Ross Products Division
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