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Monday, November 24, 2008

Here's How to Clean Out Your Arteries!


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Doctors from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) organization have evidence that excessive levels of our hormones can damage our arteries. That's NOT good for heart health. Evidence from one of their recent studies might explain why men with too much testosterone have even MORE risk of developing heart disease than do women with unhealthily high levels of estrogen.

I'll try to simplify things: The study seems to imply that women older than 65, with high levels of estrogen, are more likely than other women to develop coronary artery calcium (CAC) - part of the fatty plaque that builds up in blood vessels and hardens arteries. Men over 55, with higher testosterone levels than same-aged men with the lowest testosterone levels, were 48 percent more likely to develop CAC.

It's a worldwide problem. The dreary title of the findings and its conclusions, " Sex Hormones and the Risk of Coronary Artery Calcium Progression in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis," were announced November 11 at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

Ready for the perplexing part of this scary situation? Erin D. Michos, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute says that "We know many things that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol and diabetes. But 10 percent to 20 percent of people who get heart disease don't have these risk factors, so we need to understand other factors that might be involved. Our results suggest that someday, in addition to testing your cholesterol and blood sugar levels to assess your heart disease risk, your doctor may want to measure your sex hormone levels as well."

There's more to the story of course, and that will be revealed over time.

Let's cut to the good news:

OK class, what does MY BOOK recommend for lowering those excessive hormone levels that only seem to hurt your body, not to help it? Start learning the simple answer on page 101 ;^ )

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Yojeved Golani
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