March 13, 2014

New Heart Disease Risk Factor

1 Gestational Diabetes and Early Heart Disease

Gestational diabetes may be an early risk factor for an increased risk of early heart disease, say researchers from Kaiser Permanente. Published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the 20-year study shows that a history of gestational diabetes could serve as a risk factor for the development of early atherosclerosis in women in midlife prior to onset of diabetes or metabolic diseases. The study examined carotid artery media thickness, which is an early indicator of sub-clinical atherosclerosis and predictor of heart attack and stroke for women. Among patients who didn't develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome, researchers found a 0.023 mm larger average carotid artery intima-media thickness in women who had gestational diabetes compared to those who didn't.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Upbeat People Less Likely to Have Heart Disease

Tags: Atherosclerosis Risk Factors, Gestational Diabetes, Journal of the American Heart Association, Early Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis Midlife

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Small Drop for Bad LDL

2 Vitamin D May Reduce LDL Cholesterol

Vitamin D could reduce LDL, known as "bad" cholesterol, finds a randomized, double-blind trial. The small three-year study involved 576 postmenopausal women who took either a placebo or a daily dosage of 400 units of vitamin D plus 1,000 milligrams of calcium. The study, published in Menopause, found that the group of women receiving the vitamin D and calcium had a small drop in LDL levels, as well as significantly higher serum levels of vitamin D. Researchers controlled for more than 20 variables, including smoking and alcohol consumption. Despite the drop in LDL, researchers say that more research is needed before making a conclusion about the relationship of vitamin D and heart health.

More at New York Times | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Low LDL Levels Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

Tags: LDL Cholesterol, Effects of Vitamin D, Vitamin Usage, Menopause Journal, North American Menopause Society

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