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The most common perimenopause and menopause symptoms are vasomotor symptoms, aka hot flashes and/or night sweats. In addition to numerous perimenopause/menopause symptoms, postmenopausal women in particular, are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Plant compounds such as French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) are rich in proanthocyanidins and have […]

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Women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study, were evaluated for the relationship between sleep duration and hypertension. In women who slept 5 hours or less, the incidence of hypertension was significantly higher than among those women who slept 7 hours. This association of 5 hours or less and hypertension was seen only in women […]

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Chocolate to the rescue once again

In this meta-analysis of randomized clinical trial on cocoa, chocolate or cocoa flavan-3-ols and cardiovascular biomarkers, a total of 42 trials and 1,297 individuals were systematically analyzed. Biomarkers of cardiovascular disease such as systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lipid profiles, fasting glucose, insulin, triglycerides, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), C-reactive protein (CRP) and flow-mediated dilation (FMD) were […]

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This paper was a retrospective analysis of data from 2710 men and 1143 women which included 626 postmenopausal women and overall, an average age of 30 or older in Seoul, South Korea. None of the study subjects were taking a calcium supplement and a 24 hour dietary recall was used to assess calcium intake. Women […]

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of red ginseng on menopausal symptoms and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in menopausal women. This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial was carried out in a total of 72 postmenopausal women who were randomly assigned to either red ginseng or placebo for 3 months. The […]

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A recent study confirmed what we probably all already know: Women who don’t smoke, have a body mass index lower than 25, exercise at least 30 minutes a day and eat a Mediterranean-style diet have a significantly lower risk of sudden cardiac death. In the Nurses’ Cohort Study that followed 81,722 women from 1984 to […]

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Good news for chocolate lovers

Researchers in Australia observed 1216 older women whose average age was 75, for close to 10 years and compared atherosclerotic vascular disease with chocolate intake, categorized as rare intake = < 1 25-50 gm serving per week and frequent intake = > 1servings per week. Approximately half of the women rarely ate chocolate and 36% […]

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A review of 25 trials that evaluated the risk of CHD related to the body’s omega-3 levels showed that there was an inverse relationship with major cardiovascular (CV) events and tissue levels of EPA and even more so, with DHA. [1] There have been three large randomized trials documenting omeg-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in […]

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Hibiscus and hypertension

The study was designed to compare the blood pressure lowering effects of sour tea (ST) -Hibiscus sabdariffa with black tea (BT) in type II diabetics with mildly high blood pressure. Patients were randomly assigned to drink one cup of Hibiscus or black tea two times per day for one month. Each infusion contained one tea […]

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In a randomized trial of more than 5400 women with cardiovascular disease or risk factors, women were randomized to placebo or a combination of folic acid 2.5 mg/day, Vitamin B6, 50 mg/day and Vitamin B12, 1mg/day. The women were over the age of 40, and two thirds of them had a history of cardiovascular disease […]

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