Entries in High Cholesterol (3)


Sugary Beverages Could Increase Female Cardiovascular Risks

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Drinking as little as two sweetened beverages a day can not only widen a woman’s waistline, but can increase her risk of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Researchers found that women who drank two or more sweetened drinks, such as soda or flavored water, were four times as likely to develop high cholesterol and impaired tolerance for glucose—both associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center followed more than 4,000 men and women ages 45 to 84 over a five-year span and monitored their sugar-sweetened beverage intake along with weight, waist circumference, cholesterol and diabetes markers.

The effects from the study on women were not found in men.

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Children Should Get Cholesterol Tests, Panel Says

Thomas Barwick/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- All children should be screened for cholesterol levels between ages nine and 11, and again between ages 17 and 21, even those who are not at an increased risk of high cholesterol and heart disease, according to new guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Previously, experts recommended that only certain children be screened for cholesterol early in life, such as those children with a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease or children who have diabetes or are obese. But a panel of experts from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute now recommends that all children be screened to help pediatricians detect elevated cholesterol in their young patients, with the goal of preventing heart disease later in life.

The guidelines will be presented Sunday at a meeting of the American Heart Association and are published online Friday in the journal Pediatrics.

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Study: More Business Trips May Lead to Increased Health Risks

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- People who travel often for business are at higher risk for various health problems such as obesity and high cholesterol, according to researchers at the Columbia University.

Researchers analyzed the health data of more than 13,000 employees participating in a corporate wellness program.  Eighty percent of these employees traveled at least one night per month, while nearly one percent of the group were extensive travelers, spending up to 20 nights each month on business trips.

They found that heavy travelers experienced an increase in rates of "less-than-good" health along with the increase of nights on the road.  Furthermore, extensive travelers were 92 percent more likely to develop obesity compared to non-travelers' 33 percent likelihood for the disease.

The study's authors attribute the health risks linked to extensive travel to poor sleep, fattening foods and long periods of inactivity, among other factors.  They suggest that companies that require employees to travel should also offer stress management classes, choose accommodations with fitness facilities and encourage healthier food choices with meal reimbursements.

The study is published in the April issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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