High Cholesterol Bad for Heart But Too Low Cholesterol Bad for Mental Health

cholesterol and depression

Cholesterol, a vital component of our body but falsely perceived! Have you always believed to the common idea of “the lower, the healthier” in regards to cholesterol levels? Well, the next time your physician says that and wants to put you on statins, tell him that he is wrong! It is time to overcome this cholesterol myth!

The cholesterol ­lowering hysteria started in the mid­ 80s when it has been identified as risk factor of heart disease, and drugs companies to profit from the huge market of statins, amplified that hysteria with national awareness campaign spreading the mantra of “lower your cholesterol to avoid heart attack and stroke”. Of course millions of people fell in that scheme – nobody wants to die of sudden death.

Is cholesterol really dangerous? The answer is NO! It is produced by the liver, then travels in the circulatory system performing a variety of essential functions. It contributes greatly in the manufacture of primary human hormones for instance testosterone and estrogen, the synthesis of vitamin D, the creation and maintenance of cell membranes. All these functions are definitely vital for overall health.
Can high cholesterol cause heart attack? The answer is not a straight YES! Excessive LDL cholesterol levels in addition to calcium and other particles can build up in plaque that may obstruct arteries inhibiting the blood flow that may result in heart attack. But, cholesterol is only one of the many factors that can contribute to heart disease. These are some of the other culprits: hypertension, smoking, diabetic issues, alcohol, caffeine or drug abuse, stress, some OTC and prescription medications. In fact, many people die of heart attack while having normal cholesterol levels [source: cholesterolmenu.com].

Should you take medication to lower your cholesterol levels? The answer is NO, NO and NO. Even though these cholesterol ­lowering drugs “could possibly reduce” heart attacks or strokes risks, this obsession with cholesterol reduction absolutely disregards the negative effects that can arise with low cholesterol on our health, especially mental health.

Research studies have established a link between low cholesterol and depression along with many impulsive actions such as brutality and suicide.
– In 1993, a scientific study on men of 70 years old and more, unconditionally revealed that depression was 3 times more prevalent in men with low total serum cholesterol compared with the group with high levels.
– Another study on men of 40 to 70 years old revealed that the group with low total cholesterol in long ­term have an increased occurrence of depressive symptoms than men with higher levels of cholesterol.
– Women also are not spared from depression when they have low cholesterol levels. This has been proved by a Swedish research including 300 women of 31 to 65 years old, all in good health. The study determined that women that have the lowest cholesterol experienced considerably more depressive symptoms compared to the others.
Why do I believe in the exactness of these studies? Because I have personally experienced the impacts of low cholesterol on mental health.

Alicia’s sad story in few words

Last year, Alicia, happy wife and mother of two girls, went to her old doctor for her annual physical exam (“old doctor” because after what happened to her, she would be fool to keep him). When she got her lipid panel results, the doctor said her total cholesterol is 225 mg/dl over the recommended level of 200. He put her on statin as prevention to heart disease he said. Few weeks later, her levels started to get down and the doctor was happy! “Keep on taking your medication and let get your cholesterol low”, he said. But, while she was following the treatment, her mood was declining. Anxiety, depression and violent behaviors follow. Her work was affected, so was her marriage and her relationship with her kids. Thankfully, her husband was patient, strong and lovely enough to support her in that awful period. For the first time of her life, Alicia went to a psychologist. Fortunately, he was clever enough, after evaluating many aspects of her life, to ask if she was taking any sort of medication and especially a cholesterol ­lowering medication! “YES! What’s wrong with that? She said. Alicia was totally shocked to hear the truth. Today, she is recovering slowly and feeling better since she has stopped taking these poisons.

In conclusion, what to do when you have high cholesterol? How to get it back to normal levels? First of all, don’t be obsessed with that! Simply, follow a healthier diet like this low cholesterol diet in 15 steps by CholesterolMenu.com, avoiding processed foods loaded with trans fats and eating more fruits, veggies, omega­ 3 rich fish and whole grains. Exercise more on a regular basis, limit alcohol and stop smoking.

Shrimp Benefits and Disadvantages for Cholesterol

grilled lemongrass shrimp

Like many other foods, shrimp has received bad press because of its cholesterol content. Forbidden during the 1990s, shrimp has found its way back to diet as a healthy alternative for the heart. Although shrimp has relatively high levels of cholesterol (about 200 mg in 12 large boiled shrimp), it only contains half the cholesterol contained in an egg.

Cholesterol and shrimp

It is low in fat and in calories and high in protein, contains vitamins D and B12. But the best news is that shrimp is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, fatty acids that have been shown to prevent heart disease. Two weekly servings of fish or shrimp with omega-3 fatty acids are as effective as taking a fish oil supplement a day.

Good and bad news about shrimp

Like most foods we like, there have been arguments for and against eating shrimp since the beginning of time. Prohibited for a long time because of its high cholesterol content, research has shown that for 75 percent of people whose serum cholesterol is not affected by diet, shrimp poses no risk of raising cholesterol levels.

Shrimp is a great low-fat alternative to other popular seafood and contains omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, fatal arrhythmias, high blood pressure, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. However, if you are one of the 25 percent of the population at risk for high levels of cholesterol, you may want to consult with your doctor before including shrimp in your diet.

Shrimp, low-fat and low cholesterol diets

One fact that shrimp has managed to survive the cholesterol shade is that it is very low in fat. 100 grams of shrimp contain only 2 grams of fat without any of them being in the form of saturated fat. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that a diet that includes shrimp has more benefits than one that includes eggs.

The researchers found that shrimp consumption increased LDL levels by 7 percent, and increased HDL levels by 12 percent. On the other hand, eggs increased LDL levels by 10 percent but only raised HDL levels by 7 percent. It was also found that shrimp reduced triglycerides by more than 13 percent.

Shrimp benefits

The benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Like any other food we choose to include in our diet, relative benefits must be weighed against the risks. It is true that shrimp is higher in cholesterol than other sources of protein, but for most people looking for a heart-healthy diet, this is not a problem.

When choosing foods, it is important to consider fat content and its other nutritional values that reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The controversy over eating shrimp shells

One of the most controversial issues that came up recently about the value of eating shrimp is eating its shell. Shells of shrimp and other crustaceans contain a substance called “chitosan”.

Used for years to purify water, chitosan is being investigated for its ability to lower LDL levels while increasing HDL levels and helping to lose weight. Many believe that chitosan binds to fat molecules during digestion, rendering them unable to be absorbed by the body and stored as fat. Since they are not absorbed, the body removes them from the digestive tract. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


Food during trips in people with diabetes

diabetic diet

Planning a trip usually begins a few weeks or months before its start. You must have planned many things such as airline tickets, route, hotels or even renew the passport. In the case of people with diabetes, it is also impossible to think of a few extra care, because diabetes is also going on a trip.

On trips, adaptation to the meals of each country is extremely complex, since different foods are regularly consumed, cooked in other ways to which you are used and all this only for a few days.

The preparation

You need to start by recalling that one of the bases of food in the treatment of diabetes is to recognize those foods that contain carbohydrates and to differentiate them from those that hardly contain carbs. On trips, this represents a challenge because variations in food are constant and the decision – making process becomes a time of some stress. How to decide on the dose of insulin if you do not know what you’re eating?

Therefore, in the pre-trip, it is advisable to seek all necessary information about the type of existing food culture in the country.

Sometimes we turn to topical, like that in China only eat rice, Japanese sushi or Italian pasta or Spanish gazpacho and potato omelet. Influenced by many factors, and depending on the area to which you are traveling, the type of accommodation or type of trip, you will enter one or the other type of food and preparations.

For those who use insulin quickly at each meal, on the internet, it is possible to find some information about the content portions of carbohydrates of some common foods in each country.

Learning to read food labels in other languages is essential to identify the word carbohydrate or carb in the language of the destination country. So read nutrition labels correctly to avoid surprises.


During the trip by car, train, boat or plane, take any precautions necessary in reference to diabetes. The schedule may change unexpectedly due to delays or last minute changes, so it is advisable to have at hand a supplement containing carbohydrates, in the form of liquid or solid foods such as sticks or a small snack to avoid problems in controls at airports.


Meals in hotels or restaurants usually include a larger amount of food than is taken in the day. Pay attention to the imbalances that this may cause. It is important that the number of carbohydrates is similar to that taken regularly. This enables to avoid imbalance in the levels of blood sugar.

However, in situations where it is performed more physical activity than the usual, as a path trekking or visiting a big city with long walks, you can include a lot of carbohydrates somewhat higher, preferably in the form of low-calorie foods like fruits or small sandwiches, avoiding pastries. In this case, it is recommended to increase the number of glucose controls to adapt the intake of carbohydrates depending on the activity being performed.

One of the already mentioned objectives is to maintain consumption carbohydrate similar to that performed regularly. To achieve this, at every meal you need to select the same food groups than regular food.For example, a lunch or dinner should include vegetables, protein foods such as meat or fish, and flours as rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetables or bread. It will end with a fruit.

The type of flour (the main source of carbohydrates) may vary from one country to another. The rice, the wheat, and corn are present in the vast majority of countries around the world, the rice is the most present in Asian countries or wheat or corn in European and North American countries. But other cereals like millet, more widespread in South America and in India, the bulgur, typical of Middle Eastern, used in preparing the tabbouleh, the teff, basic cereal in Ethiopia, or quinoa increasingly present in Europe, is typical of some countries in South America. The content of carbohydrates is very similar in all these cereals, but the difference is that some like teff and quinoa are much less refined, pass blood much more slowly.

Another difficulty is the way each food culture mixtures or distributes food, which can hinder identification. For example, in some countries, food is divided into individual portions but eaten directly from a large dish or main source. Elsewhere, small portions of many foods (Spanish-style tapas) making it difficult to control the amount consumed.

If possible, it is best to select the amount of food that is going to take and place on a plate, as this will help to recognize and measure (visually) the amount.

Finally, during trips, you should be careful when taking food that may be contaminated as they could lead to gastrointestinal disorders including vomiting and diarrhea. This can cause a serious imbalance in the levels of glucose with an increased risk of hypoglycemia. To avoid this, it is recommended to exercise caution, taking water preferably bottled and avoiding raw foods (salads or fruits) since they may have been washed with contaminated water.

In short, travel is a passion for many people. People with diabetes can and should keep that hobby, always taking some precautions. Pre-planning is essential to avoid problems and get fully enjoy the experience.

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Hormonal contraceptives: types, risks and side effects

hormonal contraceptives

Several scientific studies have warned that women who use hormonal contraceptives are at greater risk of thrombosis. Although hormonal contraceptive methods have greatly improved in recent years, the likelihood of certain diseases or ailments varies according to the health and habits of each woman. For example, women smokers and obese women are at greater risk, so they recommend other contraceptives. Each case requires an individualized clinical study and therefore should be supervised by a doctor.

Types of hormonal contraceptives

Contraceptive systems using hormones are:

– Pill: taken orally.

– Adhesive patch: it sticks in the body and the hormone into the bloodstream through the skin.

– Vaginal ring: it is housed in the vagina for three weeks while releasing hormones.

– Intrauterine devices: depending on the combination of hormones, they may alter the cervical mucus or stop ovulation.

– Sub-dermal devices: they are housed under the skin of the arm and are for long periods.

– Injections: prevent pregnancy for a period of time.

Side effects of hormonal contraceptives

The hormone treatments can have side effects in women who take them. Without being serious, they must be taken into account. Some of them are:

– Increased breast tenderness.

– Decreased libido.

– Weight gain [source].

– Migraines.

– Abnormal vaginal bleeding: does not have to mean anything bad, the doctor will appreciate it.

– The IUD can cause pelvic discomfort and longer bleeding.

– The vaginal ring and the adhesive patch may cause irritation in areas of the body in contact with the device.

– Depression: especially if there is a previous history.

– Urinary tract infections [source]: by reducing estrogen also lowers the vaginal microbial flora.

But the side effects can also be positive: irregular menses become regular, it disappears menstrual pain and cramps and reduces acne. Some of these combinations of hormones are also used as a medical treatment to alleviate diseases, without a contraceptive purpose.

Risks of hormonal contraceptives

The worst consequences of hormonal contraceptives that endanger the health and even the lives of women are:

– Thrombosis: doses of hormones favor the appearance of thrombi, with the risk posed by cardiovascular or stroke. It is therefore, necessary to know if the woman has any medical history that increases this risk.

– Migraines: can result in a risk of stroke in women with a previous history of migraines.

– Estrogens can alter the function of the liver. Women with a history of liver disease should avoid this type of contraception.

– Excessive cardiovascular risk increased tension. Not suitable for women who suffer from hypertension.

– You can develop diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia but it is not irreversible.

– Breast cancer is not fully shown that there is a direct relationship between hormonal contraceptives and an increased incidence of breast cancer. Moreover, detection of cancer among women using this type of contraception is attributed to higher gynecological examination to which they are subjected.

How to calculate your daily calorie requirements

calorie calculator

If you want to lose weight, you should eat less than your body needs to repair tissue and physical activity. If you eat more than your body needs, the excess food can be stored as muscle, but generally stored as fat. By counting calories from food, it will be easier to lose weight during a diet. When you know the calorie content of foods, you can avoid foods high in calories and can choose low-calorie foods that allow you to lose weight and meet their nutritional needs. However, not all plans to reduce your intake of calories a day to to lose weight are healthy. Therefore, it is very interesting to use a daily calorie calculator, which indicates the amount of calories we should reduce, on a day to day diets or with a normal diet, to achieve our goals of losing weight.

For that, we recommend you to use this calorie calculator at weightofthenation.org that we find accurate because it is based on the Mifflin-St Jeor equation. All you have to do is to enter in your data (age, weight, sex, height, amount of weight you would like to shed and for how long) to plan your diet. The result, while it is approximate, is more accurate than the result obtain using the first basal metabolism equation (the Harris–Benedict equation).

This calculator will tell you how many calories you should eat each day to maintain your weight or how many calories are needed to achieve weight goals you set, letting you know when plans are not healthy. If the desired target weight loss is excessive (or over a too short period of time), it will tells you that losing weight quickly or decreasing that amount of calorie intake below the required calories is not healthy.


Important Facts about Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors and Symptoms

picture of ovarian cancer stages

The ovarian cancer is a malignant tumor born in any part of the ovary. See real pictures of the disease at http://www.drjenniferashton.com/ovarian-cancer-pictures/. The ovary is a very complex organ that can seat numerous tumors of very different morphological range, some of which are equipped with hormone function, which explains the wide variety of classifications. The most common location is in the epithelium covering the ovary. It also develops from the germ cells or connective tissue around the ovary. The risk of developing ovarian cancer is directly correlated with abnormalities in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Risk factors

The drugs used for ovarian stimulation in the treatment of sterility for more than one year, as the Clomiphene, increase the incidence of ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, the labor, the use of oral contraceptives, the tubal ligation and hysterectomy reduce the incidence of ovarian cancer (by a yet unknown mechanism). Some are still missing evidence in association with ovarian cancer, factors including exposure to talc and asbestos, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a diet rich in fat and toxic factors such as tobacco, alcohol , coffee and ionizing radiation. If a woman’s mother and / or sister suffered from ovarian, breast or uterine cancer, she has a higher risk of developing the disease. Also, women who have suffered cysts or endometriosis.

Source: http://www.drjenniferashton.com/ovarian-cancer-causes-risk-factors/

Symptoms or signs of ovarian cancer

Usually, ovarian cancer does not produce symptoms at the beginning. That is why, most cases are detected when the disease is advanced, but if detected at an early stage can improve the prognosis. Here are the signs women should pay attention to and quickly seek medical attention if they are recurrent or last long.

– Abdominal distension
– Having difficulty to eat or feeling full fast
– Pain in abdomen and pelvis region

There are also other misleading symptoms common in women with cancer that also occur with ovarian cancer.

– Abnormal menstrual cycles
– Digestive symptoms such as constipation, increased gas, indigestion, appetite loss, nausea and vomiting;
– Sense of pelvic heaviness
– Strained abdomen or belly
– Lower abdominal discomfort
– Unexplained back pain that worsens over time
– Loss or gain of weight.

Other symptoms that can occur with this disease:
– Hirsutism: abnormal and excessive hair growth on body parts where hair should not occur or should be minimal;
– Increased urinary frequency or urgency.

Source: http://www.drjenniferashton.com/ovarian-cancer-symptoms/

What Are Common Signs of Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a serious condition in which there is an abnormal growth of tissue in the bladder. This growth can spread to surrounding muscles and other tissues. If it is caught early, it can be treated.

The most common sign of bladder cancer is blood being noticeable in your urine according to cancercaregiving.com. If you ever notice blood in your urine, or experience long-term pain, or severe pain when passing urine, you should definitely see a doctor so that the can investigate the cause.

Bladder cancer that is contained within the bladder is usually relatively easy to treat, and people tend to make a full recovery. However, if the cancer becomes ‘muscle invasive’ it has more chance of spreading to other organs, and this is where it tends to become harder to eradicate, and can become fatal.

This cancer is often caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. Cigarette smoke is one common cause, and others include the chemicals that used to be used in common manufacturing processes. The good news is that the chemicals which are now known to be carcinogenic have been banned, so there is less risk of younger people developing bladder cancer through occupational exposure to hazardous substances. The time between exposure to developing the cancer, however, can be decades, so older people may still be at risk.

Sometimes, it is necessary to remove the whole bladder to treat the cancer, and if this is done then doctors will either make a new bladder out of part of your bowel, or they will make an opening to fit a bag that will act as a bladder. This form of treatment is only used if it is not possible to remove only the cancerous part, leaving the rest of the bladder completely intact and fully functional.

Screening for Cervical Cancer

cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer is ​​one of the few cancers that can be diagnosed early, that is, before any symptoms are experienced. The vast majority of cervical cancers develop from pre-malignant cell changes, so there are two ways to avoid this illness: first, by preventing pre-malignant lesions and on the other hand, detect and treat before these lesions progress.

It is important that you should ask your gynecologist about the best way to reduce the risk of infection with human papillomavirus.

Detection of premalignant lesions

The routine gynecological check-ups and regular realization of  Pap test or cervical-vaginal cytology allows the diagnosis of pre-malignant lesions, so that their treatment avoids they progress to invasive lesions.

The Pap test or Pap smear remains the most suitable and used for the diagnosis of precursor lesions of cervical cancer, compared with other tests currently available. The implementation of screening programs conducted effectively, has shown it to be effective in reducing the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer worldwide, although none has managed to totally eradicate the disease.

The Pap test is a simple, painless test performed during routine gynecological exam. Using a spatula, cells back of the vagina and the ectocervix are obtained. The cells thus collected are deposited on a special glass, which will be sent to the laboratory to analyze the sample under a microscope.

To prevent the maximum number of errors, it is important for women to follow a series of recommendations before going to the gynecologist to perform this test:

  • Avoid sexual intercourse within 48 hours prior to the test.
  • Avoid douching in the previous 48 hours.
  • No use of spermicide or other vaginal creams 48 hours before the test.

The test has to be made between periods.

Performing this test in women who are or have been sexually active, have not undergone hysterectomy, aged between 25 and 65 years is recommended. The upper age limit depends on whether the last two smears are normal.

The test should be performed at intervals of three years.

Classification of pre-malignant lesions

The most widely used system for describing pre-malignant lesions is the Bethesda system which was last revised in 2001. The general categories are:

  • Negative for intraepithelial lesion or malignancy. No signs of cancer or precursor lesions are observed.
  • Abnormal epithelial cells: abnormal cells are seen although the cause can not be identified (infection, inflammation or cancer). In these cases it would be necessary to repeat the test a few months later.
  • Squamous intraepithelial lesion: refers to premalignant lesions. They are divided into low-grade lesions and high-grade. The latter have more risk of progression to cancer if left untreated.

Given the complexity of the classification, you should talk to your gynecologist and ask any questions you may have regarding pre-malignant lesions.

Not all women with precancerous lesions will develop cervical cancer.

The treatment of these lesions depend fundamentally on the persistence of them in successive test and grade (low or high) thereof.

Treatment is conservative and aims to destroy only the area where the injury is located. For this you can use surgery, laser or cryocoagulation (tissue destruction by cold).


6 Steps to Decrease LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides

salmon omega 3 rich lowers cholesterol

1. More bluefish

You do not eat fish often? Well, you should because it is one of the foods that lower cholesterol. Fish rich in fatty acids omega-3, such as trout or salmon, make our triglyceride levels decrease and with them, our index of blood fat. The formerly called vitamin F is also found in flax seeds and chia, hemp seeds and walnuts. Its properties were discovered by observing weak cardiovascular diseases among cultures where omega-3 consumed in large quantities, such as the Inuit or traditional Japanese. Actually, the omega-3 significantly increases clotting time of blood and therefore contributes to heart health in the long term. Again, it also makes good cholesterol increase.

2. Many nuts

Experts also advise eating nuts. Numerous studies show that moderate consumption lowers our level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Walnuts, however, are rich in calories: you have to keep them at the daily calorie maximums recommended by us doctor.

3. Not all fats are bad

Saturated fats found in red meat, for example, or in some oils, such as palm or the coconut are not good for the health of our heart, but others such as olive or canola are healthy if we consume them in moderation.

4. Watch your weight

Even just a little extra weight increases the risk of cardiovascular accident, especially when combined with other factors such as hypertension or high levels of blood sugar. When we are overweight, we tend to accumulate in our body a higher amount of bad cholesterol. Many people dump their high cholesterol levels simply by thinning.

5. A little exercise

If all specialists recommend something, that’s moving. Even the habit of investing ten or twenty minutes a day in a light gymnastics routine in running or walking makes our cholesterol levels begin to drop. If you are thinking of losing long-term cholesterol and keep your levels healthy, it is not just by diet alone : it is essential to do a bit of exercise.

6. And manage stress

In 2007, researchers at Oregon State University found that a group accustomed to practice relaxation and possess superior social skills, individuals tend to accumulate less bad cholesterol than other experimental subjects with the same diet and exercise regime, but subject to conditions stress that they could not tackle with the right attitude. As for many other aspects of health, stress and nerves seem to contribute to accumulate cholesterol.


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The Benefits of Acquiring a Secondary Health Insurance

secondary health insurance

1. It reduces out-of-pocket costs

Paying for medical aid out of your own pocket can be a pretty painful experience. With hospitalization, checkups, and other medical services becoming more expensive by the year, it will be wise if you have something that will somewhat soften the blow. This is why you get health insurance to begin with. Getting multiple insurance covers will help significantly in reducing your out-of-pocket costs for any medical service.

2. It provides extra coverage

While some health insurance companies provide a large amount of coverage for the price you pay, there will always be some things your insurance can’t help you on. This is where your secondary insurance can come and save your day. A secondary health insurance may cover specific services and treatments that your primary insurance wouldn’t and vice versa. Such an extensive cover can come in handy should an emergency strikes.

3. It provides protection from denials

Aside from boosting your coverage and reducing your costs, a secondary health insurance can provide a backup plan in the event of a rejection. Getting your insurance claim rejected for any reason can be a serious blow, especially if you’re availing of a relatively expensive medical intervention. With 2 covers you can use, the probability of you going unprotected for a specific ailment becomes significantly lower.

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Excessive Alcohol Drinking and Hypercholesterolemia

alcoholism bad for cholesterol

Alcohol can have a double effect on cholesterol levels. On one hand, it can be beneficial by increasing the good or HDL cholesterol. On the other, it may be harmful by increasing the bad cholesterol or LDL. How does alcohol affect cholesterol levels, depends on its high or moderate intake. Thus, excessive alcohol consumption can cause hypercholesterolemia.

According to several studies moderate drinking, especially red wine helps increase HDL or good cholesterol, thanks to its phenolics and tannins components. Thus, red wine is considered as cardio-protective. But what happens when alcohol consumption is excessive?, how it relates to the process of hypercholesterolemia?

LDL cholesterol associated with high alcohol intake

Alcohol is metabolized in the liver, the solid organ in the abdomen responsible for metabolizing fats also. When drinking is excessive the enzymes that metabolize fats must fulfill another function, responsible for the metabolism of excess alcohol. That leads to a greater concentration of fat in the liver and therefore an increase in bad cholesterol or LDL and triglycerides also.

If excessive alcohol intake is maintained over time, it can produce a liver inflammation and later fatty liver and cirrhosis.

Furthermore, the excess alcohol, increases the risk of formation of atheroma due to very high LDL cholesterol levels. It triggers as well as an increase in heart size with loss in muscle tone, which brings about an alcoholic cardiomyopathy.

It is therefore essential to drink moderately. It is advised to drink no more than two glasses of red wine per day to achieve the cardio-protective effects of it.

Alcoholism is a social disease that affects not only the sufferer, but also their immediate environment, so if you feel you drink excessively, get immediate help from a specialist. Do it for your health and those around you.

Raising Awareness About Cervical Cancer

pelvic pain cervical cancer symptom

The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus. The uterus is a hollow organ, pear-shaped, which is located in women lower abdomen, between the bladder and rectum. It is where the fetus develops and grows. The cervix forms a channel that opens into the vagina, which leads out of the body. The lining of the cervix is continuous with the vagina and is called ectocervix, while the covering cervical canal or duct, which leads to uterine cavity is called endocervix. Most tumors occur in the junction of the endocervix with ectocervix. Cervical cancer develops when normal cells in the cervix begin to change and grow uncontrollably. Most cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas; they are named for the type of cells where it originated. Cervical cancer occurs most often in women between 40 and 55 years old. At this age, many women affected have family and work commitments, so its impact on society is not negligible.

Most women have no signs or symptoms when having pre-cancers or in the early stages of cervical cancer disorders. Cervical cancer symptoms as said by Dr Jennifer Ashton, usually do not appear until the cancer has invaded other tissues or organs.

It may have the following symptoms:

– Spotting or light bleeding between menstruation and menstruation or after it.
– longer and heavier than usual menstrual bleeding
– bleeding after intercourse or during the pelvic examination by the doctor.
– Pain during intercourse
– Bleeding after menopause (postmenopausal uterine bleeding).
– Increased vaginal discharge

When these symptoms appear, we must pay attention as those resemble to less serious diseases. Early diagnosis, especially in the precancerous stage, improves the chances of cure. If any of these symptoms occur, you should tell your doctor as soon as possible.

Globally, the areas of highest incidence and mortality are for the least developed countries: Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The most economically developed countries have a lower incidence.

The HPV, which follows the route of sexual transmission is the main causal agent.

Through the combined effect of screening along with treatment from the earliest stages of the disease, mortality from cervical cancer has declined significantly over the last fifty years in developed countries.
The five-year survival (percentage of women who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases) for all stages of cervical cancer is 71%. When detected at an early stage, invasive cervical cancer has a five-year survival of 92%.

6 Worst Foods for Your Heart

burger and french fries - foods bad for heart

Heart disease affects 82 million people in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) with about 2,200 people that die each day in the country from cardiovascular diseases, reveals the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, because there is accumulated fat in the arteries, causing cell death, indicating the National Library of Medicine (NLM). There are many causes and risk factors as smoking, sedentary, and having a diet high in calories, sodium and saturated fat. Therefore, it is necessary to educate people for adopting a healthy lifestyle and getting them aware that heart disease is highly preventable. A good start to care for your heart is by following a healthy diet. To do so, it is important to know what foods you can reduce or avoid.

1. Burgers

To get an optimum heart health, adult’s diet must feature no more than 2,000 calories, less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium, less than 16 grams of saturated fat and 300 milligrams of cholesterol (check the list of top high cholesterol foods on http://www.cholesterolmenu.com/high-cholesterol-foods-list/). Any burger chain triple these numbers.

2. Bacon

The AHA recommends it aside. Bacon is a high fat and high cholesterol food that is mostly made from pork belly and the fatback (a fatty pork back cut). A half pound is made of 84 percent fat and has too many calories (over 1000) and lots of salt while having few nutrients.

3. Industrial Sandwiches

Preparations in chains or supermarkets are often unhealthy. And sausages are the worst option for the heart: pure fat and salt. The AHA suggests choosing deli sandwiches with vegetables. Tomato, lettuce and onion, of course, are always welcome.

4. Donuts

The problem with donuts is not only their high caloric content, but also their high content of “trans” fats, which are the top high cholesterol culprit and very detrimental to good blood flow. 75 percent of “trans” fats we consume come from commercial bakery products.

5. Industrial Fries

Like donuts, French fries from chain restaurants have much trans fats, which harm heart health. And again, salt, the other enemy appears: a median portion of a fast food chain can contain up to 1,200 milligrams.

6. Sweet Snacks

They are the number one enemy for your weight. To replace them, the AHA recommends: fruits, carrots and celery in pieces that are easy to eat and to get a good sense of satiety. And do not forget raisins, a sweet and healthy alternative to sugary and unhealthy snacks.