Study finds weak evidence for garlic in high blood pressure

By Shereen Lehman EW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new analysis of past clinical trials using garlic supplements against high blood pressure finds a modest benefit, but researchers urge longer, more rigorous studies to assess the popular alternative “treatment.” “Many individuals with high blood pressure oppose conventional antihypertensive drugs and are more open to ‘natural’ […]

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Canola oil

By Krystnell Storr The Big Apple (Reuters Wellness) – Switching over to a diet regimen low in simple sugars and higher in healthy fats, like the types located in canola oil, could aid individuals with kind 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar, according to a brand-new study. Folks with type 2 diabetes that were encouraged to follow a diet with a low glycemic index supplemented with extra canola oil had lower blood sugar levels and greater reductions in heart risk …

Least accurate online videos on blood pressure are most popular

By Krystnell Storr NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Online videos can be a good source of guidance for do-it-yourselfers, but consumers looking for help managing high blood pressure are often getting bad advice, according to a new study. Researchers found that the most viewed and “liked” videos about the topic on YouTube were uninformative, at best, misleading, at worst. “In one of the videos,” said Dr. Nilay Kumar, who led the study, “the natural cure specialist was addressing large crowds …

Yoga may help manage blood pressure, but more research needed

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Doing yoga may help reduce blood pressure among people with hypertension, a new analysis of past studies suggests. “There is now a growing number of randomized controlled trials on yoga for a variety of medical conditions,” Holger Cramer told Reuters Health in an email. But, he added, “the quality and expressiveness of these trials varies, thus, it is often difficult to evaluate the real evidence for the usefulness of yoga in a …

Working with a pharmacist benefits stroke patients: study

By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who recently had a minor stroke are more likely to get their cholesterol and blood pressure under control if they see a pharmacist periodically as compared to a nurse, a new study found. Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure in check is important because high levels can boost a patient’s risk of having a heart attack, a bigger stroke or even of dying. But these risk factors tend to be poorly controlled. …


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