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Jan 28
2011

Medical news: Blood test could detect heart disease in people who show no symptoms

Posted by jfrancis in UT Southwest Medical Center , testing method 2011 , symptoms , Protein , 

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blood testWhat if you could find out if you are at a high risk of heart disease before showing any symptoms? What if you had the opportunity to save your life before you were even aware that you were at risk of a premature death in the first place? You'd probably go for it, right? Well thanks to new information provided by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center this may all be possible one day. These researchers have recently discovered a new blood testing method that could help doctors detect heart disease in patients who show no symptoms.

This new test looks for a protein called cardiac troponin T (cTnT), which research has discovered that people with detectable levels of this protein are about seven times more likely to die within six years from heart disease. So far researchers have tested for this protein on more than 3,500 different samples of blood provided by individuals, and out of that 3,500 25% of the samples were detected to contain cTnT with the use of this highly sensitive testing method.

This new testing method is actually just a more sensitive version of a standard blood test normally used to determine if someone is having a heart attack. What makes the sensitive test so different from the standard test is that the standard test can only detect cTnT in a very small percentage of the population, limiting it's ability for assessing risk in people who show no symptoms of heart disease. The sensitive test however can detect cTnT in almost everyone with chronic heart failure and chronic coronary artery disease, even before they show any symptoms.

Oct 12
2010

Foods That Curb Your Hunger

Posted by jay11284 in weight loss , Protein , Hunger , Healthy Eating , Fiber

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If you feel full, you'll eat less. Certain foods help you feel full for hours so you don't go and reach for the bag of cookies or the extra sweets. Another great thing about this list of foods is that they have good protein, good fiber and good fats. To loose weight and stay healthy you have to eat, but you have to eat right.

Jul 19
2010

The Facts About Hummus

Posted by loves2laugh in Protein , hummus , chickpeas

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Many people wonder if hummus is really good for you considering it contains a lot of fat. But hummus has good fat with plenty of Omega 3 in it. Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern spread that can be found in any grocery store and in restaurants across the country. That little bowl of “pureed chickpeas” is one hot food trend and better yet it can improve your health.

Hummus is typically made from pureed chickpeas, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, sesame seed butter (tahini), and olive oil. It has gained rising popularity in the “refrigerated flavored spreads” category for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. According to a Chicago based market research firm, more than $300 million in sales was made in just 2009 alone.

Jun 18
2010

Do You Know What’s in Your Food?

Posted by Courtney6190 in vitamins , unsaturated , trans fats , Sugar , sodium , secret , saturated , Protein , 

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You shouldn’t believe everything you read, especially when it comes to the labels on your food. Companies are able to mislead consumers by advertising healthier foods when in actuality their products contain completely different amounts of vitamins, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, fat- both saturated and unsaturated, sodium, cholesterol and various other ingredients.

 

May 19
2010

Foods That Help Build Muscle

Posted by jay11284 in Yogurt , Water , Salmon , Protein , Omega 3 , Muscle , Food , Fatty

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Foods That Help Build Muscle

Eggs

Some call eggs the Perfect Protein. Eating the Yolk has it's benefits as well so you don't always have to go with just egg whites. The yolk contains Vitamin B12 which is necessary for fat breakdown. They also happen to be full of other vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins B6, B12, D and E. The incredible edible egg is a pretty accurate slogan.

Almonds

They contain Vitamin E which is a great source of alpha-tocopherol which helps restore muscle after a heavy workout. So how many almonds should you have? About two handfuls a day seems to do the trick.

Salmon

Contains lots of high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids too. Omega-3s are good because they decrease muscle-protein breakdown which improves recovery and warrants more gains.