Green Health

In the midst of a growing concern over climate change, it is imperative that each one of us does his or her own bit to contribute effectively towards the prevention of global warming. Although most of us are quite aware of the many ways in which we can protect our environment, not many of us would be conversant with the enormous impact that our eating habits may have on climate change.

There is general uncertainty as to which vegetable oil is good for the heart. As we look through the supermarket shelves in search of the right cooking oil, we are confused about the health claims of each brand. Vegetable oils have long been endorsed as being heart healthy. The reason for this is that these oils are low in artery-clogging saturated fat, and rich in certain beneficial fatty acids.

All of us feel culpable, accountable and guilty after devouring a yummy fried snack. Those who are confiscated while eating a triple chocolate fudge cake or that delicious lip-smacking cookie usually makes an ignominious excuse and feel blameworthy. The primary explanation for this disposition is the relentless preaching for decades about detrimental effects of cholesterol by the cardiologists. It is believed that blood cholesterol is directly responsible for heart disease and stroke. It is assumed that those who have high cholesterol levels are at higher risk of getting a heart attack and stroke. However, as was discovered with time, the majority of patients who develop heart attack have normal levels of cholesterol. In addition, many of those who have high cholesterol levels never develop heart disease. Clearly either we are missing a bit or there is something more than the cholesterol in the development of this deadly disease.

Love is not the only reason for sugary hearts. High blood sugars or diabetes could also be the reason for the same. Unlike candy hearts of love diabetes always means catastrophic consequences.

High blood sugar or diabetes is a complex problem and is usually due to the inability of the body to utilize sugar or glucose. As a result, blood sugar levels increase. The utilization of blood sugar for metabolic purposes is mediated by insulin; a hormone produced by the pancreas and diabetes is due to the relative or complete deficiency of insulin.

Since ancient times man has always searched for that quick magic potion which could give him infinite energy and vigor to attain his aspirations. Energy drinks have slowly invaded the markets and promise just the same objective. These drinks are especially popular with the athletes, party animals and the younger lots. They are being promoted as non-alcoholic, action-packed, vitaminised energy drink formulated to deal with the physical and mental fatigue. There is dearth of clinical scientific data on the probable detrimental effects of such drinks on the health. It has recently been realized that these seemingly harmless drinks may not be safe for the heart especially for those who are suffering from preexisting heart ailments.

Life Line

Coronary Artery Disease is largely caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries, supplying the heart. At present, state-of-the-art treatment facilities are available for effective management of  blockage caused by this deadly disease. But these methods in spite, of being aggressive and costly do not address the process of atherosclerosis and do not prevent the cause of disease. A common inquiry from the cardiologist treating the patients of coronary artery disease is regarding the reversal of the obstruction of coronary arteries. Patients wish to know if the disease could be reversed by any therapy or if there is any treatment, which could effectively prevent the deposition of fatty deposits in the susceptible population.