Cholesterol: Cholesterol lowering drugs protect against liver cancer


If the cholesterol level is too high, so-called statins can help to lower the level again. The cholesterol-lowering but have side effects – and positive!

Is her cholesterol too high? Do you get medication for high cholesterol? That does not have to be bad. Because certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, so-called statins, have quite positive side effects.

Statins not only lower cholesterol, they can also protect against liver cancer. This is reported by American scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. But that's not the only positive side effect. The cholesterol-lowering drugs may possibly make eliminating the gallbladder unnecessary. This finding came to the US researchers when comparing two studies.

Initial research has shown that statins protect against liver cell cancer, Hashem El-Serag explains. Although the results must be confirmed in further studies, but in patients with diabetes, there were already positive results, the physician explains.

Who takes statins, protects against liver cancer

The scientists observed more than 6,500 diabetics who had an increased risk of liver cancer to prove the beneficial effects of statins. They examined whether the about 1,300 liver cell cancer patients as well as the approximately 5,200 other, unaffected diabetics took statins. The scientists note a clear correlation between the intake of cholesterol-lowering and liver disease. When the diabetics took statins, they became less likely to develop liver cancer.

The longer they took the cholesterol-lowering drug, the lower the cancer risk. However, one can only indirectly conclude from the study that statins protect against liver cancer. Without an exact control, the physicians can not determine which patients have received which amount of statins.

Take cholesterol lowering – keep gallbladder

A similar relationship found the researchers in the intake of cholesterol and the gallbladder removal. They found that taking statins often made it unnecessary to remove the gallbladder. However, the scientists also have to carry out a control study here.

Statins are among the drugs that are most commonly prescribed. High cholesterol levels lower blood cholesterol. If confirmed by the assumptions of the US researchers, the statins can soon be used for other purposes.

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Do not forget vaccination!


As a child, you have a vaccine against this, get that and that – but this vaccine does not last forever. Especially with tetanus (tetanus), you should make sure that you regularly refresh the protection.

Just look at a vaccine as a screening appointment: Check in your vaccination certificate how long your last tetanus vaccination has come from – it must be refreshed every ten years. If it is longer, get an appointment for your vaccine as soon as possible. Otherwise: Make a note at the end of your calendar, such as "Tetanus due in mid-2019".

If your vaccination certificate is always up-to-date, you will prevent it from being unnecessarily vaccinated again in the event of an injury, as it can lead to a vaccination.

Which other vaccine you need, your GP can tell you. Whether you should still be vaccinated against whooping cough, polio or TBE depends on the individual case.

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Fish is part of the nutrition plan


How often do you eat fish? To protect your heart, fish should be on the plate at least once a week. The omega-3 fatty acids contained in it, in particular, men can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.

American and Swedish scientists have found in a long-term study that the omega-3 fatty acids protect the heart. They watched the diet of nearly 40,000 Swedish men between the ages of 45 and 79 for eight years. They found that the heart is better protected when the subjects at least once a week fish is on the nutrition plan. The reason is the long-chain fatty acids contained in particularly fatty fish.

These greasy fish include, for example, herring, salmon or mackerel. These fish are not only particularly fatty, but also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are healthy for the body and protect against cardiovascular diseases.

The connection between heart and fish

The researchers identified a clear link between the consumption of oily fish and the number of cardiovascular diseases. The more fish and therefore omega-3 fatty acids a man consumed, the lower the risk of heart failure. However, it is enough to eat fish once a week. If the test subjects enjoyed more fish, the protective effect on the heart did not increase.

Even with fish, there is a "too much of the good". For the researchers found the positive effect only in the men who ate fish once a week. If they ate significantly less or even significantly more fish, the risk of heart disease was as high as that of men who never ate fish.

Once a week, fish can reduce their risk of heart failure by around 12 percent. A good reason to eat fish once a week.

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Healthy weight loss with asparagus


Take advantage of the asparagus season from May to June and take advantage of the much-anticipated time of white and green asparagus for your health and for lean eating. Best use the asparagus from local cultivation. Asparagus from abroad usually comes from far away. During a long journey, this sensitive vegetable quickly breaks down its valuable ingredients.

Asparagus slows down hunger

Asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable variety and therefore an ideal slimming product. Calibrating only a few ounces, that is, you can eat a lot of asparagus. The contained trace elements slow down your hunger. If you want to lose weight permanently with asparagus, eat two hundred grams of asparagus with each meal for two weeks and do a lot of sports.

Asparagus makes you young

If you want to stay young for a long time, you often eat asparagus, because this popular vegetable provides us with magnesium, copper, folic acid and vitamin E. It strengthens the heart and circulation. The premature aging of skin and eyesight is slowed down. Asparagus is rich in potassium. This will flush your kidneys and urinary tract and improve digestion.

Asparagus reduces stress

With Asparagus, you can also improve your concentration and the entire mindset and, in addition, strengthen your nerves. As a natural weapon against stress, asparagus releases happiness hormones.

Asparagus works against hypertension

In addition to the pleasant effect of losing weight, asparagus has the effect of strengthening the heart and preventing blood pressure.

Tip:

Always eat asparagus with a little butter or vegetable oils. Otherwise, the vitamin E can not be taken up, since it can be taken up just like with the carrot only together with fat.

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Heart: Beware of red meat


If you like steaks, hamburgers and schnitzel, you have to be careful. Because you harm your heart. This has been the largest study worldwide of the risk of red meat. Large portions of beef, pork and other red meats increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other diseases.

Slowly it is spring and the barbecue season begins. And what is more delicious than a juicy chop or some fresh grilled sausages? But who exaggerates it with the grilling and above all with the meat enjoyment, goes a high risk. Because the world's largest study on the risk of red meat has shown that too much meat increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other diseases.

Red meat harms the heart

The authors of the study emphasize that the result is not only true for meat, but also for sausages, bacon, cold meats and other meat products. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, they confirm that the risk for certain diseases may increase by as much as 50 percent depending on the amount of meat consumed.

In a study by the National Health Research Institutes (NIH) of the USA, over a ten-year period, more than half a million US citizens aged between 50 and 71 years were compared to their diet. 71,000 participants died during the investigation. Those who ate the most red meat had the highest risk of dying, even if other factors such as overweight, smoking and lack of exercise were excluded.

50 percent less heart attacks with less red meat

The authors believe that around 11 percent of deaths in males and 16 percent in females would have been avoidable if all participants had eaten as little red meat as the bottom 20 percent of subjects who ate the least meat. When men eat about 250 grams of red meat a day, they increase their cancer risk by about 22 percent. Heart disease even increases by 27 percent compared to men who eat less than 150 grams a week.

The dangers for women look similarly dramatic. So the cancer risk increases by 20 percent. The risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke even rises by an alarming 50 percent, the Journal said. The opposite was observed by the authors in white meat, ie in poultry or fish. The more the subjects ate, the lower the risk of death.

White meat is better for the heart

The study now confirms the results of previous studies, which had also observed the increased risk of red meat. However, the previous studies had far fewer participants.

Red meat is the meat of mammals, regardless of which part of the body it comes from or how it is prepared.

The result of the investigation does not mean that one should do without the grilling pleasure in the summer. It is only advisable to throw some poultry or fish on the grill instead of steaks or chops

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Brush your teeth with raisins


Grapes are now slowly back in season – but you should, for the sake of your dental health, prefer to grab raisins. Just these dried fruits offer a great advantage: they are not only healthy by the vitamins contained, they are also something like a natural toothbrush. Unbelievable that sweet things do good in the mouth too.

But raisins are rich in ingredients that have a particularly positive effect on your oral hygiene, they slow down the growth of certain bacteria. Oleanolic acid, olean alaldehyde and hydroxymethylfurfural are the main ingredients that have these properties.

They prevent streptococcus mutans, a caries pathogen, and porphyromonas, the cause of paradontosis, from proliferating and threatening your teeth. In addition, the raisin ingredients are able to prevent further caries pathogens from attaching to your teeth. This avoids the occurrence of dental plaque.

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Protection against dementia possible?


A recent long-term study by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has examined the effects of psyche and lifestyle on the development of dementia. With encouraging results: There seems to be a way to reduce the risk of dementia.

The study involved 506 people, ages 78+, over a six-year period, and regularly asked about their characteristics and leisure activities. Over time, 144 people were diagnosed with dementia.

The researchers came to the "very convincing" conclusion that among people who described themselves as socially active and generally more relaxed and laid-back, the risk of having dementia was only half that of socially isolated and stressed people.

Protection against dementia

The logical conclusion: It may be possible to reduce the risk of dementia by cultivating social contacts and, overall, having an active and positive attitude towards life.

Other factors such as gender, age or pre-existing conditions did not play a role in the study outcome. However, it must be stressed that the lifestyle and psyche alone do not determine the development of dementia. The risk of dementia depends on various factors – but a full social life and a more relaxed character can certainly have a positive influence.

The advantage in contrast to genetic factors is that you can actively change your lifestyle. So try to maintain a positive attitude to life and to keep your free time active, even in old age – this study can help reduce your risk of developing dementia.

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Prostate: with flaxseed against cancer


Good News from the US: Using flax seed from Duke University, North Carolina, you can reduce the growth of cancerous prostate cancer by up to 40%.

All participants in the study – 160 men with prostate cancer – were about to undergo surgery on the prostate. They were divided into two groups: one was given 30 grams of flaxseed daily for about a month, and the other group remained on their usual diet.

Following prostate surgery, examination of the removed tumors revealed that their growth was reduced by up to 40% with linseed ingredients. In the comparison group, the cancer cells in the prostate had developed much faster.

The reason given by the doctors is the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed: these alter the association of cancer cells and make them less aggressive than healthy cells in the prostate. In addition, the lignans contained in the outer linseed layer reduce the blood supply to the cancer cells. In addition, testosterone is bound and thus the growth of cancer cells in the prostate is slowed down.

How to protect your prostate

In order to protect your prostate, you should therefore look for food with omega-3 fatty acids in your diet as possible. In the study, 30 grams of flaxseed per day was enough – you can take these with food or in a drink.

However, you should first consult your doctor, as flaxseed may cause intolerance reactions. In addition to fish and crustaceans, walnuts, wheat germs and soybeans are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids for the health of your prostate.

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What your fingernails tell about your health


Did you know that the appearance of your fingernails is a reflection of your health? You can see a number of diseases in them. Take a close look at your fingernails!

These diseases are also noticeable on your nails:

  1. Soft nails may indicate the presence of vulnerable respiratory tract.
  2. Very hard nails sometimes occur in vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis.
  3. Longitudinal grooves, which become more noticeable with age, may indicate chronic inflammation of the pancreas, irritable bowel syndrome or joint inflammation.
  4. Split nail tips can be a sign of diabetes.
  5. Transverse furrows can be the conclusion of a decayed inflammation.
  6. Cracked fingernails indicate hypothyroidism.
  7. Small dents in the nail occur in an overactive thyroid.

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Vitamin C: proven protection against gastric ulcers


A new study confirms that a good supply of vitamin C can prevent the spread of the gastric Helicobacter pylori. American physicians from San Francisco and New York have studied more than 6,700 subjects in a large-scale nutritional study.

In almost every third study participants, the researchers found the stomach germ. However, the higher the vitamin C levels in the participants' blood, the lower the risk was. The result – published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition – shows that you are using a vitamin C-rich diet (eg, fruits , Peppers, cabbage) can protect against colonization of your stomach with Helicobacter pylori. The bacterium, first discovered in 1982, not only causes gastric ulcer, but is also involved in the development of gastric cancer.

In almost every third study participants, the researchers found the stomach germ. However, the higher the vitamin C levels in the participants' blood, the lower the risk was. The result – published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition – shows that you are using a vitamin C-rich diet (eg, fruits , Peppers, cabbage) can protect against colonization of your stomach with Helicobacter pylori. The bacterium, first discovered in 1982, not only causes gastric ulcer, but is also involved in the development of gastric cancer.

A new study confirms that a good supply of vitamin C can prevent the spread of the gastric Helicobacter pylori. American physicians from San Francisco and New York have studied more than 6,700 subjects in a large-scale nutritional study.

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