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Coronary Artery Disease

Heart Disease is Still Number One Killer – Here’s what You can do Pro-Actively.

Everyone’s arteries are getting plugged up. The coronary arteries that supply your heart, that beats some 100,000 times a day, needs a lot of blood. But do you have a “kink” in your hose? Maybe you should get it checked out, but is there a risk associated with checking it out?

We know for a fact that calcium accumulation in your heart arteries is associated with coronary artery disease. So, what is a person to do? Well, you could get a “Computed tomography (CT) also often also commonly called a CAT scan to check out the level of coronary artery calcification to determine your risk of heart disease and premature death.

The Risk of Knowing: Everytime you get exposed to radiation however, you do increase your risk of cancer. That is why people that work around x-ray units wear those little radiation badges. So, does a CT/CAT scan increase your risk of dying of cancer? In a recent review of the risk to benefit ratio provides us some clarity on potential increased cancer risk.

The study had to make certain assumptions relative to different models and techniques used for CT scans. They concluded that: “Assuming screening every five years from the age of 45 to 75 years for men and 55 to 75 years for women, the estimated excess lifetime cancer risk using the median dose of 2.3 millisieverts was 42 cases per 100,000 men (range, 14 to 200 cases) and 62 cases per 100,000 women (range, 21 to 300 cases).”

Pro-Active Steps to Take: The difference between becoming another static or not, often depends on whether one waits around to see what happens, or if you Pro-Actively take charge and steer clear of unnecessary suffering and disease.

Now that you know of the potential risk of testing for coronary artery disease, you may decide it is worth knowing. So what are you going to do if you have coronary artery disease? Well, in addition to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen and homocysteine, you may also consider adding certain well-respected supplements.

My patients routinely use vitamin K2 and vitamin D to help support control of calcification of arteries, in addition to the other benefits these two vitamins provide. Both of these fat soluble vitamins are critical to maintain at optimal levels. Yet, both of these nutrients are greatly lacking in millions of peoples diets and hence bodies. Supplementation is a definite consideration and worthy of a firm conversation with your personal physician or healthcare provider.

Resveratrol Helps Prevent Aging from DNA Damage

Current evidence has shown resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant, which is believed to help slow the aging process, by protecting your DNA, helping prevent the aging effects of cellular mutation. It is one of those rare supplements, just like vitamin D, that is a must for virtually everyone.

According to the latest cutting edge research, “Our results indicate that DMH-induced [chemically induced] DNA damage and oxidative stress were effectively suppressed or prevented by chronic resveratrol supplementation.” This means that taking reservatrol daily, can help protect your cellular DNA, helping keep it “normal”. Damage to DNA can lead to shorter telomeres, the end of DNA strand, that when shortened has been associated with aging. The most recent study focused on colorectal cancer, one of the most common types of cancer, affecting approximately 1 in 19 in North America.

Beyond the direct protective effect, trans-resveratrol unleashed the power of other antioxidants too. The test animals that received trans-resveratrol showed an increase in reduced glutathione, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. In addition, this group showed a decrease in markers of lipid peroxidation commonly associated with accelerated heart disease.

I routinely advise my patients to take a daily dose of trans-resveratrol each and every day (not cis-resveratrol). Red wine is a natural source resveratrol, yet to consume optimal amounts, excess alcohol intake would be required. So supplementation with trans-resveratrol is part of my daily routine, because it has both positive direct effects and helps support many of the body’s natural defenses. My patients start with a daily dosage of 300 mg.

Male Fertility – CoQ10 is a Tool for the Job

CoQ10 is well known for helping maintain the energy of the human heart sustaining its daily demands for over 100,000 beats per day. Sperm have similar energy needs, so it comes as no surprise that CoQ10 can help energize fertility as well. A recent study shows CoQ10 might do more than just add energy, it may also help the sperm work more successfully during that last stretch of their journey to get their mission done.

So, here is the scoop. CoQ10 is an antioxidant, so it protects the DNA and quality of sperm. That is great news. Yet, when 300 mg of CoQ10 was given daily for 26 weeks, sperm density and motility improved, also sperm count was enhanced as well. It even gets better, because the number of normal shaped sperm improves and the grand finale, when it came to penetration of the egg once they completed their quest, there was over 100 per cent improvement in penetration compared to a mere 1 percent in the placebo group. Bottom line, for my patients looking to enjoy optimal fertility, all my male patients are recommended to take CoQ10. After all there are two aspects of fertility, getting pregnant but even more important, being optimally fertile, including healthy DNA in one’s sperm, the building block of healthy life.

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