January 7, 2015

Look to the Hass

1 A Daily Avocado Lowers LDL Cholesterol

If you're trying to lower your LDL "bad" cholesterol, adding an avocado a day to your moderate-fat, cholesterol-lowering diet may provide some results. Researchers recently learned for the first time that additional LDL lowering occurs when one daily avocado is included as part of a cholesterol-lowering diet with moderate fat. The avocado diet lowered LDL cholesterol 13.5 mg/dl, compared to a decrease of 8.3 mg/dl for a moderate-fat diet without avocados and 7.4 mg/dl for a low-fat diet without avocados. Reported in Journal of the American Heart Association, the study used Hass avocados, the smaller, darker variety with bumpy skin and a higher nutrient content compared to Florida avocados. Researchers note that we should start thinking of new ways to incorporate avocados into meals.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Legumes Lower LDL Levels

Tags: How Lower LDL Cholesterol, Journal of the American Heart Association, Lower Cholesterol Naturally, Health Benefits Avocado, Hass Avocado Health Benefits

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Nearly Double the Risk

2 PTSD Linked to Greater Diabetes Risk in Women

Women who have PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women without the stress disorder, finds a new study from Columbia University and Harvard. The new study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that the greater the severity and number of symptoms of PTSD, the higher the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The data, provided by the Nurses Health Study II, showed that by age 60, almost 12 percent of women with the highest rates of PTSD symptoms developed type 2 diabetes, compared to 7 percent of women with diabetes and no exposure to trauma. Higher body mass index and antidepressant use accounted for almost half of the increases in diabetes among women with PTSD.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Diabetes Costs to Triple

Tags: Diabetes Risk Factors, Risk Factors Type 2 Diabetes, Women PTSD, JAMA Psychiatry

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