Archive for June, 2009

New Medical Practice Helps Patients Age Youthfully | Alternity Healthcare, LLC, Offers Innovative Age Management Medicine That Helps Patients Restore Lost Vitality, Maintain Optimal Health and Offset Disease

Posted on 29. Jun, 2009 by import in News Releases

West Hartford, Conn./June 29, 2009 – For centuries human beings have been searching for the “Fountain of Youth” in hopes of finding eternal youth. But we don’t need to drink from a spring to reverse or slow the aging process. Alternity Healthcare, LLC, an innovative new medical practice, helps patients find their own fountain of youth through an array of unique services and programs that help restore lost vitality, maintain optimal health and offset degenerative disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Chocolate Good For You?

Posted on 24. Jun, 2009 by import in Nutrition, Youthful Aging

The short answer is: yes, but we’re not talking about milk chocolate or typical candy bars. Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidant flavanols and polyphenols, similar to red wine, grapes and berries.

A study in the Journal of Nutrition, October 2008 concluded that “regular consumption of dark chocolate may reduce [the] inflammation” associated with chronic diseases, as measured by C-reactive protein levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Fish Oil and Heart Health

Superior to Statins in Heart Failure Patients

Omega-3 fish oil supplements should be on everyone’s supplement list.  Fish oil reduces silent inflammation, helps reduce blood pressure and stabilizes arterial plaque against rupture.
Published in the journal Lancet, August 2008, reaserchers from the Italian GISSI trial compared mortality and morbidity among 7000 patients randomized to take either placebo or fish oil.  Read the rest of this entry »

Lifestyle Management Reduces Body Fat Distribution

Supervised Exercise and Nutrition Counseling was Key

Results of the SYNERGIE trial reported at the 77th European Athersclerosis Society Congress in April 2008, showed the risk factor profile of high-risk, abdominally obese men with features of the metabolic syndrome  was improved by regular consultation with a dietician and kinesiologist (exercise specialist). Read the rest of this entry »

Larger Waist, Smaller Lifespan

Posted on 21. Jun, 2009 by import in Heart Disease, Men's Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Women's Health, Youthful Aging

pot bellyAbdominal Girth More Significant than BMI

A report this year in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed earlier findings that a higher body mass index (BMI) is significantly associated with mortaility.  More importantly, a large European study found that the risk of premature death increased as waist circumference increased, even among individuals with identical BMI. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts about Fructose

Posted on 21. Jun, 2009 by import in Men's Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Women's Health

Fructose is the predominant sugar in fruit – an apple, for instance, is roughly 6% fructose, 4% sucrose and 1% glucose by weight – was considered healthy because it did not elevate blood sugar and had a low glycemic index.   Although fructose enters the blood stream slowly and has little effect on bloodsugar, it can become problematic in large doses.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Much Vitamin D is Enough?

sunflowerMost Americans are vitamin D deficient due to inadequate dietary intake and insufficient sun exposure (UVB rays).  The predominant dietary form of vitamin D is D2.  That is also the form typically found in OTC vitamin supplements. The preferred, and more potent, form is vitamin D3 which is synthesized  in the skin from sun exposure.   Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Eating Helps Reduces Chronic disease

Posted on 21. Jun, 2009 by import in Cancer, Heart Disease, Men's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health, Youthful Aging

veggiesModern day nutritional habits are the cause of the explosion in heart disease, type-2 diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.  High calorie, high fat, high sugar and processed foods are to blame.  Calorie deprivation is not sustainable and only leads to chronic hunger and failure of the diet.  It is the quality of the calories consumed: highly refined, easily digestible carbohydrates that triggers the excess weight gain and obesity.
The link between refined carbohydrates and disease was not understood for many years.  Refined sugar and white flour were treated as equivalent to raw fruits, vegetables and whole grain flour.  It is now known that ingesting refined carbohydrates leads to insulin resistance, and is the culprit in the development of the metabolic syndrome:  increased insulin, increased triglycerides, high LDL and low HDL, increased blood sugar, high blod pressure, and abdominal obesity. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcohol may increase cancer risk in women

Posted on 15. Jun, 2009 by import in Cancer, Women's Health

According to a large scale British study, even low to moderate alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of several cancers.

The “Million Women Study” followed nearly 1.3 million women between age 50 and 64 starting in 1997, tracked  the association between alcohol consumption and cancer incidence.   As reported in the February 24, 2009 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute,  low to moderate alcohol consumption among women is associated with a statistically significant increase in cancer risk and may account for nearly 13 percent of the cancers of the breast,liver, rectum, and upper aero-digestive tract combined. Read the rest of this entry »

Osteoporosis: a silent epidemic

Posted on 15. Jun, 2009 by import in Bioidentical hormones, Exercise, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Vitamin D, Youthful Aging

Osteoporosis, a disease you cannot feel; you can only test for it. Literally, the term osteoporosis means “porous bone”. It is a very common condition, affecting more than 40 million people in the United States.

Osteoporosis is defined by a reduction in bone mass, bone quality or the presence of a fragility fracture. It contributes to nearly 1.5 million fractures per year in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

About Alternity Healthcare

Alternity Healthcare, LLC is an innovative medical practice emphasizing proactive, preventive care designed to help patients avoid degenerative diseases, regain lost vitality and achieve optimal health.