FATS: They cause heart problems, but not stroke. Right?
Just as we are advised to watch our blood pressure as we get older, the pressure within our eyes is equally at risk with advancing years. Changes in the ageing eye can lead to less-effective drainage of the clear fluid (aqueous humor) in the eye...
Most still believe that a high cholesterol diet is the cause of heart disease. But new research is showing that this view is an oversimplification of a complex process that has more to do with mo ...
While we tend to accept heart disease as an inevitable result of ageing, the overwhelming evidence is that heart disease is preventable through simple changes in lifestyle.
Sometimes advice about prevention is simply wrong. Many of the things we believe are preventative may actually do more harm than good.
Vitamin C maintains healthy blood vessels and prevents fat accumulation (Am J Clin Nutr, 1974; 27: 866-76).
Vitamin E protects blood vessels and prevents blood clots (Int J Vit Nutr Res, 1976; 46: 18-91).
High cholesterol, or hypercholesterinaemia, is conventionally treated with a low-fat diet, and a statin or anion-exchange resin drug. The drugs, however, come with a range of side-effects.
About six months ago, the pressures in my eyes were 22 mmHg (left) and 21 mmHg (right). The optician told me I should have my pressure tested every six months, as I was in danger of developing glaucoma.
It's great to hear that some commercial health products actually do live up to their hype.
For more than 50 years, medicine has claimed that a diet high in cholesterol and fat is responsible for coronary artery disease. However, growing evidence shows that heart disease may simply be a marked case of scurvy. Repairing blood vessels could...