Which is Worse: Fast-Food or Full-Service Restaurant Meals?
We all know that avoiding fast-food is a good idea, since these meals tend to be high in calories and low in nutritional value. But is a full-service restaurant really the healthier choice? Turns out it might actually be worse. A study just published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the food diaries of more than 18,000 adult Americans to see where and what people ate. They also analyzed the associated nutrients. The findings were eye opening. Compared t
FDA Strengthens Risk Warning on Popular Pain Medications: What You Need to Know
This week the FDA mandated that all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) carry a stronger warning about the increased risk of heart attack and stroke during use. Given that 29 million Americans use these drugs regularly, that’s a pretty important development. So what do you really need to know? 1. Understand what a NSAID is. This is a group of medications typically used to treat pain and inflammation. Common over-the-counter brands are Advil, Motrin (ibuprofen), and
The Latest Cholesterol Lowering Drugs: What You Need to Know
PCSK9 inhibitors - the latest and greatest cholesteorl lowering medications have been in the news everywhere. So what are these compounds, why is everyone so excited about them, and, most importantly, what does this news mean for you? LDL receptors in the liver remove LDL (bad) cholesterol from the blood. The more LDL receptors you have, the lower your LDL cholesterol level. PCSK9 is a protein that reduces the number of liver LDL receptors. Doctors became interested in th