Nutrition News: Look beyond the headlines!

While reading a new Danish study about cheese and heart disease, I found myself getting a little angry!  The headline declares “When Choosing Cheese, Low Fat May Not Matter.” I thought, ‘This looks interesting,’ and I continued reading, looking for keys about whether or not this is a study worth noting.  The more I read, I[…]

Try Counting Grams of Added Sugar

I just heard the first Christmas song on the radio yesterday!  Yes, the holidays are upon us once again.  This is the season for egg nog, cookies, candy, . . . all in excess.  That makes it a good time to take a closer look at sugar. Most of us consume too much added sugar.[…]

The Magic of Genetics . . . Check out the ears!

Is this not cute?!  Admittedly, I am biased.  The big guy is my husband Peter, and the little one is Peter too (“Re – Pete”), his grandson.  This picture is now my screen saver.  It makes me smile every time I sit at my computer, which is often. Ah, the magic of genetics. No one[…]

I Have Mental Whiplash From My Lab Results

I had a lipid panel done at the end of April.  Looking back at the numbers (below) from the past 6 years made me dizzy!  Up and down they go – like a roller coaster ride.  I have a theory – not scientific, just personal experience – that the hormonal fluctuations of menopause are often[…]

If you remember “The Twilight Zone” (on a black and white TV) . . .

. . . then you are probably also familiar with “The Perimenopausal (or Menopausal) Zone”.  For some women, it can be – at least at times – just as scary as the original sci-fi ’60’s TV show featuring Rod Serling as the narrator, a voice that sends an eery chill up my spine to this[…]

Earlobe Creases and Other Signs of Aging

The link between earlobe creases and heart disease surfaced again in the media recently.  A report from the University of Copenhagen study noted significant associations between ear creases, along with several other visible signs of aging, and heart disease. This is not a new discovery, and I have mentioned it in a previous post.  Some scientists believe[…]

Lifestyle Is More Important

I just read results of another study that draws a possible connection between heart disease risk and a genetically determined trait.  This time it is blood type.  I am Type A, so I am – according to this study – 8% more likely to develop heart disease. Those with A, B, or AB blood types appear[…]