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    5 Things You Could Do To Help Fight Gray Hair

    Our hair color comes from a pigment called melanin. With age, melanin is reduced which is why our hair turns gray and ultimately, white once there’s no melanin left.

    In 2016, researchers discovered a gene that accounts for 30% of hair graying. The research study involved 6000 people living in five Latin American countries. They looked into these populations because they represent a good mix of backgrounds. Kaustubh Adhikari, a research associate in cell and developmental biology at University College London, was the lead author of the study.

    The other 70% is likely due to factors such as age, toxic exposures, nutritional deficiencies and stress.

    To limit gray hair:

    1. Avoid smoking: There is a significant association between tobacco use and graying of hair.
    2. Minimize oxidative stress by avoiding pollution and stress: Oxidative stress may be defined as a state in which our free radicals (from pollution, poor diet, stress) outnumber our antioxidant defenses (from healthy diet). Graying hair may be an indicator of oxidative stress-induced damage.
    3. Eat a healthy antioxidant rich diet: The following are rich in antioxidants: Goji berries, wild blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans, artichoke, elderberries, kidney beans, cranberries, balckberries, cilantro.
    4. Increase vitamin B12 intake: Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with graying of hair. The following are rich in vitamin B12: Shellfish, liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products (tofu, soymilk), fortified cereals, red meat, low fat dairy, cheese and eggs.
    5. Normalize weight: Obesity is associated with graying of hair.

    Source: Adhikari, K. et al. A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features. Nat. Commun. 7:10815 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10815 (2016).

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    Understanding my cardiovascular risk

    The American Heart Association has guidelines and recommendations for estimating one’s cardiovascular disease risk. Risk assessment is extremely important since it shows if one is at a high risk of cardiovascular disease and if so, what can be done to address any cardiovascular risk factors one may have.

    Risk assessments are used to determine the likelihood of a patient developing cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke in the future. They are calculated using a number of factors including age, gender, race, cholesterol levels, blood pressure reading, diabetes and smoking status. Typically, these factors are used to estimate one’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years.

    Calculating the 10-year risk for cardiovascular disease using risk factors is recommended every 4-6 years in patients 20-79 years old who are free from cardiovascular disease.

    Stop by any of our clinics to get your yearly labs done. Once we have the lab results, we will be able to calculate your 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk accurately. We can discuss the implications of the findings and can also weigh the risk and benefits of various treatments and lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    Note: Cholesterol levels are accurate when drawn after fasting for at least 8-12 hours. Drinking water is allowed.

    Source: AHA

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    Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift : Heart Health

    One of the best gifts we can give our loved ones this Valentine’s Day is encouragement about living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

     

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. High blood pressure is the leading cause for heart disease.  Almost 70% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.

     

    But most of those deaths are preventable. According to the World Health Organization, about four out of five of the nearly 600,000 who die in this country every year from poor heart health could be saved with proper care and sensible precautions.

     

    • Smoking is a major cause of heart disease. It’s never too late to quit. The risk of a heart attack drops within two weeks.

    • For those who don’t smoke, avoiding those who do is important because exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the chance of developing heart disease by 30%.

    • The American Heart Association recommends just 30 minutes a day of moderateexercise, fives days a week. But every little bit helps. Even getting up and walking around while talking on the phone or watching TV can make a difference.

    • well-balanced, nutritious diet is heart-healthy as well. Portions are 100% under our control and learning how to eat smart portions is a big part of eating healthier. Cut down on sodium. Diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds,omega-3 fatty acids and low-fat dairy products is beneficial. Limiting consumption of red meat helps reduce saturated fats that clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes.

    • Stress is another factor. Focus on healthy outlets for stress, like taking a walk, journaling, volunteering or meditation. Getting a good night’s sleep – seven to eight hours – is also good for the heart.

    • There’s also a connection between dental hygiene and heart disease. Those who have gum disease often share the same risk factors as those with heart disease because the bacteria which causes gum disease can also inflame blood vessels. Daily brushing and flossing does more good health than just fight cavities.

     

    A heart-to-heart discussion about a healthy lifestyle may be the best gift we could give our loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

    Sources:
    CDCAHA

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