Why Early Baldness may be a Higher Heart Disease Risk Factor than Obesity

Multiple studies have found that men who are balding and/or graying prematurely have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It’s not comforting news at all, but it’s not a sure sign that you will develop heart disease. You might not be able to stop baldness or graying (at least not without pharmaceutical assistance), but you can affect a lot of other conditions that could reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Studies and Stats

Indian, Japanese and Danish studies have all found an elevated occurrence of heart disease in men who were prematurely balding or graying, even after controlling for factors like obesity. The Japanese study found that balding men had a 32 percent greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, and the Indian study found that the risk of cardiovascular disease related to baldness outpaced that of obesity, which has long been considered a factor in cardiovascular disease.

Potential Causes

Researchers still aren’t completely sure why early baldness and graying seem to be so indicative of disease risk. One theory is that hormonal changes that affect heart health also leave hair graying or falling out. Another theory says that people who are graying early could be biologically aging more quickly.

What This Means for You

Regardless of what’s behind the correlation, the presence of early baldness or graying is something to note, but it is not something to worry excessively about. You can’t change the fact that you have this extra risk factor, and the elevated risk is really just that — a risk factor, not a destiny. What you should do is watch those parts of your life that you can control. For example, eat a heart-healthy diet, and get a reasonable amount of exercise; also, control obesity and blood pressure. If you have other conditions that could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, like sleep apnea, treat those so you get better sleep.

Your doctor can help you work out a suitable plan for keeping your heart healthy. Don’t worry if you have a risk factor; instead, be proactive.

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Do Painkillers have a Link to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

A new study conducted by a group of European researchers and published in the British Medical Journal shows that people who actively take NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat pain are at a higher risk for heart attacks than those who do not use these types of drugs for pain relief.

The study looked at over 450,000 people from three different countries that suffered a heart attack. The people ranged in age, health condition, ethnic and economic backgrounds, and were from both sexes. What they discovered is that over 15 percent of these people recently begun taking NSAID prior to their heart attack.

The highest risk group was those that began the drug regiment a month prior to their heart attack and were using prescription strength pain killers. Those in the lowest group were taking over-the-counter (OTC)strength medications and took them infrequently. Those who took the medications most often, even OTC strength had higher risks of suffering a heart attack.

What Does This Mean?

At this point in time, researchers are not sure what their findings mean. They have discovered a connection between these pain medications and heart attack risk, now they have to learn why. Additional studies have begun to discover if this risk has anything to do with other health conditions, the reasons for taking the pain medications, or if something in these medicines themselves are what is causing the increased risk.

Anyone who is currently taking these medications regularly are encouraged to speak with their doctor about any risks that may be associated with their use.

If you are taking pain medications that are considered a NSAID, you are encouraged to take special care to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Make sure that you are eating right and that you get enough exercise each day to keep your heart strong. If possible, reduce use of these medications if your doctor approves and your condition allows.

NSAID drugs include: Voltaren, Rofecoxib, Celebrex, Ibuprofen, and Naproxin. These medications are available in prescription strength alone or mixed with other medications. Some of these medications are available over-the-counter in weaker strengths. Check all medications that you take to see if they contain these medications and then speak with your doctor.

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Seafood Fanatics

Heart-Healthy Recipes for Seafood Fanatics

Seafood is a delightful style of cuisine that puts emphasis on fish and other meats commonly found along the coast and major bodies of water. Because of how versatile and delicious this style of food is, individuals can check out all types of recipes to improve their heart-health and enjoy great flavor.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Vegetables

This is a particularly delicious take on a medley classic. Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, lemon zest, asparagus and salt and pepper to taste, stirring until the food just begins to soft. Transfer the vegetables to another bowl, and cover to keep warm. In the same skillet, cook shrimp and garlic in two teaspoons of oil until the shrimp has cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and parsley before adding the vegetables. Combine the two well and mix before serving for a delicious and nutritious take on a seafood classic. The shrimp and the vegetables can provide individuals with necessary health benefits, such as cholesterol management.

Scallops Yakitori

In this Japanese food classic, combine sake, soy sauce, sugar and mirin with Worcestershire sauce and ginger in a relatively small saucepan. Bring this to a simmer over medium heat and cook until it has reduced before pouring into another bowl to cool. Add the scallops and mushrooms to the sauce, stirring well in order to coat all of the components as evenly as possible. Let this refrigerate for half an hour before getting the bamboo skewers. Once ready, skewer the components and grill them on the skewers until the scallops are cooked to a firm and opaque texture, which may take around three minutes. Serve immediately or with rice and enjoy!

Crab Salad Melts

These melts use the delicious taste of crab to stand out among other seafood classics. In order to make, cook asparagus until it is tender before mixing with the other components. Add crab, celery, scallion, lemon juice, low-fat mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt and pepper, scallion and bell pepper to the asparagus and mix together until the mixture is homogeneous. Stir well before placing on English muffin halves and covering with one teaspoon of low-fat cheese. Put these in the broiler until the cheese has melted and serve immediately or with tea. This tasty treat can also be substituted with other vegetables to taste.