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Statins for Everybody? A Closer Look at the New Statin Guidelines.

spilled_pillsIf you’ve been following the news, it’s likely that you’ve seen the controversy raging about the new statin guidelines for cardiovascular health, risk, and treatment.

In short, the new guidelines have changed dramatically, moving away from using LDL as the key measure of CV health, and instead focusing on age, lifestyle, race, and other factors to determine who is most at risk. What’s alarming to many is that the new recommendations make millions more people eligible for long-term preventive treatment with statins. Continue reading

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Trailblazing Thursdays: The Side Effects of Statins

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More than half a million Americans die of heart disease every year. Without statins, a cholesterol-reducing drug, that number could be even more staggering.

There’s no doubt about it: in a world wrought with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, statins are a necessary and beneficial part of traditional medicine. But how safe are they? Do the benefits outweigh the negative side effects?

The answer: It depends.

First, let’s take a look at some of the most common side effects of statins.

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Latest in Health News: Gluten-Free, Detecting a Stroke, Health Care Spending, and More!

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Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It or Not

There’s been a lot of talk recently about gluten, wheat, and the potential benefits of nixing them from your diet. We even featured our own article around the good and bad of grain consumption. But is it just another fad diet? Will it fade into the darkness like so many before it? Or is there actually something to it?

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Why WellnessFX Is Needed Now

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Metabolic syndrome is becoming more and more common in the United States. According to PubMed, metabolic syndrome is “a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery diseasestroke, and type 2 diabetes.” The two most important risk factors are extra weight around the middle and upper parts of the body, and insulin resistance.

We recently came across a blog post written by an individual who has been living with metabolic syndrome for a while now. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 17 which, understandably, came as a big shock. Like many kids, he wasn’t paying that much attention to his health or what he was eating. Just 50 years ago, this might not have been a big deal. Now, however, with kids becoming more and more sedentary with video games and computers, and the declining quality of our food, metabolic disorders are catching up with us quicker.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The Dangers of Too Much Calcium

We all know that calcium is good for us. As the mineral found in the greatest concentration in the body, it is crucial for maintaining proper nerve and heart function, blood clotting, and muscle contraction. The dairy industry has made calcium a household name, and many people take supplements to make sure they’re getting the right amounts. Then we learned about the importance of Vitamin D in the absorption of calcium, and we’ve supplemented with that as well.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.