• Fewer Americans than ever are sticking with “Life’s Simple 7” guidelines for a heart-healthy lifestyle, according to a study reported by researchers at Boston University at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Minneapolis. The Simple 7 are: 1) Eat a healthy diet, 2) be active every day, 3) maintain a desirable weight, 4) don’t smoke, 5, 6 and 7) maintain ideal blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels.
  • People with blood vitamin D levels below 15 mg/ml have an increased risk for heart disease, according to a study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City and reported at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Session in Orlando on November 9th.
  • The typical Western diet high in red meat, processed meat, refined grains, fried food, high-fat dairy, and sweets increases a person’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in comparison to a prudent diet comprised mostly of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, poultry and fish, according to a study reported at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
  • Criminal charges by the U.S. FDA and U.S. Justice Department have been filed against several companies, including USPlabs LLC of Dallas, for making false claims and including potentially dangerous ingredients in their weight loss and workout supplements.

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