Cardio Metabolic Health Congress – Official Blog

“A Yogurt A Day…?”

A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.

High blood pressure is one of the primary risk factors for cardiovascular disease; while clinical trials have previously demonstrated the beneficial effects of dairy consumption on cardiovascular health, yogurt itself may be independently related to cardiovascular disease risk.

High blood pressure affects approximately one billion people across the globe, but may also be a major cause of cardiovascular health problems. Higher dairy consumption has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease-related comorbidities such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance.

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Congenital Heart Disease Increases Dementia Risk

A recent study published in Circulation indicates that people with congenital heart disease showed an elevated risk for dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, compared with the general population. A press release published by Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark stated: “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects have a higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood such as epilepsy and autism, but this is… the first study to examine the potential for dementia later in adult life.”

Researchers analyzed data from 10,632 patients with congenital heart disease who were alive at 30 years old, and retrieved data from patients diagnosed with congenital heart disease between 1963 and 1974. Data was used from both medical records review and the Danish National Patient Registry; each patient with congenital heart disease was matched with 10 patients from the general population.

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