Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD’s) is a group of disorders related to the heart and blood vessels. Atherosclerosis causing the narrowing of the blood vessels, thrombosis causing a clot to form, and cholesterol stimulating the production of fat all play major roles in the occurrence of any CVD disease related disorders. But what can be done to avoid such diseases? Simple but effective changes to one’s diet and lifestyle is the answer.

7 lifestyle tips to help reduce blood pressure

27 August 2020

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is one of the most important risk factors for the development of heart disease and stroke. Our blood pressure can be influenced by many factors, including our genes, diseases such as kidney disease, certain medications and lifestyle. For most of us, lifestyle factors play the biggest role in increasing – or decreasing – our blood pressure.

Should we cut the carbs and opt for fats? 

06 October 2017

Recent media headlines claim that low-fat diets could increase your risk of early death by almost one quarter.  However, the coverage is based on a study that mainly looked at people in lower- and middle- income countries outside Europe, so it may not be relevant for the general European population.

Should we forget five-a-day? Not so fast!

06 October 2017

Recent media headlines claim that three servings of fruit and veg is enough to live longer. Should we forget about current recommendations for five portions a day? 

Can too much salt double your risk of heart failure?

06 October 2017

A high salt consumption increases our blood pressure- High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart failure. Could decreasing our salt intake prevent our risk of heart failure?

Beetroot may lower blood pressure and bread could serve as a ‘useful vehicle’ for delivery

05 September 2012

The consumption of beetroot juice or bread products enriched with beetroot may lower blood pressure over a 24h period after ingestion in healthy male individuals. These are the results of two studies performed by researchers...

Eating Beta-Glucan In Oats Lowers Blood Cholesterol

06 June 2012

In view of the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), identifying functional foods that reduce CVD risk factors (including high blood cholesterol) is an important area of research...

Eating a combination of cholesterol-lowering foods may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels

18 April 2012

People who ate a combination of recognised cholesterol-lowering foods for 6 months more effectively lowered their LDL (or bad) cholesterol than those who consumed a therapeutic low-saturated fat diet...

Trends in diet, serum cholesterol and BMI among Swedish adults

07 April 2012

Researchers in Sweden have used data from one of the largest databases in the world on dietary intake to identify 25-year trends in diet, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) among adults living in northern Sweden...

Review confirms that cocoa flavonoids may reduce cholesterol

04 April 2012

Consumption of cocoa products, including dark chocolate, may be able to lower levels of LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, according to a recent review published by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Veterans Affairs...