Get moving to lower your risk of chronic disease

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Beyond the well-known benefits of weight management and helping maintain strength, balance, and flexibility, regular exercise can also help reduce the occurrence of a host of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, breast cancer, and heart disease.

One study found that regular physical activity was associated with a risk reduction of 75% for breast cancer, 49% for cardiovascular and heart disease, 35% for diabetes, and 22% for colorectal cancer.[1] For people already suffering from a chronic condition, it’s also important to work up a sweat a few times a week because regular physical activity helps manage symptoms and improves overall health. Here’s how exercise can help in the prevention and management of some of the most common chronic conditions. Diabetes Research has shown that consistent physical activity, along with other healthy lifestyle habits (such as maintaining a healthful diet) can help Read more

Cardiovascular risk of anti-inflammatories

In the last number of months the debate has intensified about the cardiovascular risks of anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol, which are among the best known of these drugs (NSAIDs: traditional nonspecific non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs and COX-2: selective inhibitors of cyclo-oxygenase-2).

Some recent publications have shed some light on this issue by way of different studies that have carried out research on the cardiovascular risks, and other types of risks in the administration of both types of anti-inflammatories.

Several studies that allow conclusions to be drawn The Finnish group, Helin-Salmivaara et al., kept track of more than 33,000 patients diagnosed with first myocardial infarction to test their association with the administration of these two types of anti-inflammatories. The results show that, although there was a moderate increase in the risk of first myocardial infarction with the use of either of these compounds, the risk was similar in both types of anti-inflammatories. Another recent study by Anderssohn et al., assessed the risk of ischaemic stroke in those of type COX-2 and concluded that this risk depends only on the individual properties Read more

The heart of our health

Best Doctors Blog, advances diagnose cardiology

Cardiovascular diseases are, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects regarding our well-being. They are also one of our main concerns when it comes to health issues.

The above is understandable for if we look at the estimates of deaths in Western countries for the coming years, we will be able to see that 1 in 3 deaths will occur as a result of a cardiovascular disease.

The impact of cardiovascular diseases in Europe According to data from the European Society of Cardiology: • Every year cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) cause over 4 million deaths in Europe, with 1.9 million of them taking place in the EU. • CVDs cause 47% of deaths in Europe and 40% in the EU. • The rates of obesity, one of the major risk factors, are high in virtually all of Europe. In particular, the data of child obesity in UK is alarming: statistics from the most recent large-scale survey inthe UK shockingly reveal that 25 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls aged between Read more