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Doctor insights on: Cardio Risk Panel

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Can foods really reduce cardio vascular disease risk like they say in ads?

Can foods really reduce cardio vascular disease risk like they say in ads?

Yes and no: The following dietary rules reduce risk: eat fruits and vegetables 3-5 servings per day. Fiber 14 g/day. Avoid trans ( as low as possible) and saturated ( no more than 10% total calories) fats. One to two servings of oily fish/wk - or equivalent in fish oil or omega 3. 1-2 drinks alcohol per day. If you have high BP dietary restrictions on sodium are important. ...Read more

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How exactly does exercise relieve stress and tension? Any particular form (cardio, yoga, etc.) best or is it a matter of personal preference?

How exactly does exercise relieve stress and tension? Any particular form (cardio, yoga, etc.) best or is it a matter of personal preference?

Endorphin release: Exercise is good for the mind and the body. It helps condition the heart, the muscles, improves blood flow, improves oxygenation, etc. For the mind, it helps due to the natural release of endorphins that make you feel good, increase energy. What type depends on what you like to do and the consistency of doing it. Combination of things usually work for most b/c it prevents boredom. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are my risks of cardio-vascular problems?

Could you tell me what are my risks of cardio-vascular problems?

Depends: Certainly possible.Easy to determine.See your doctor for proper evaluation and diagnosis.Particularly if you have excessive fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain or exercise intolerance.Also family history of cv problems is a predicting factor.In addition to current fitness, weight, and other medical problems you may have. ...Read more

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"what information does metabolic panel blood test gives to a doctor about a patient's health?"

"what information does metabolic panel blood test gives to a doctor about a patient's health?"

Much: In the 1970's, using the chemical ("metabolic") profiler for screening was "controversial." today it's cheap and is the usual way in which we pick up several common treatable diseases before symptoms occur -- the hepatitis family, alcoholic / lifestyle / medication-induced liver injury, wilson's, hemochromatosis, parathyroid disease, blood lipid problems. The key is interpreting it! ...Read more

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Noticing extreme increase in visual body fat. Hardly eating, 45 min cardio, work all day, healthy when I do eat. Not basing this off of a scale. Help!

Noticing extreme increase in visual body fat. Hardly eating, 45 min cardio, work all day, healthy when I do eat. Not basing this off of a scale. Help!

Decrease carbs: Most people are surprised at how few calories are actually needed to maintain a healthy weight, even with exercise. There are a number of free apps for your phone that can help you understand how little you actually need to eat. Also a lot of people eat things they think are healthy, but are actually full of sugar, like granola bars, fruit juice and flavored yogurts. Become a label reader. ...Read more

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Please tell me what a cardio CRP test measures and how reliable it is?

Please tell me what a cardio CRP test measures and how reliable it is?

Inflammation: CRP stands for "c-reactive protein" which is a non-specific measure of inflammation. In my book, it's a worthless test. Good summary: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003356.htm ...Read more

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Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate? Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.

Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate?  Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.

Various ways: Count your pulse immediately after that exercise for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 for the end of exercise heart rate in beats per minute . Measure again in 1 minute and the rate should be at least 12 beats per minute less. In 2 minutes it should be at least 22 beats per minute less. The faster the heart rate goes down the better. Overheating and dehydration may keep pulse elevated. ...Read more

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Early morning cardio on empty stomach for overall fat loss has been working for me but I have read conflicting reports. Safe to continue or no? Risks?

Early morning cardio on empty stomach for overall fat loss has been working for me but I have read conflicting reports. Safe to continue or no? Risks?

If no med issues: There is a lot of medical mythology about diet programs. If this regimen works for you, then use it. The only consistent fact is that you have to burn more calories than you take in. The bottom line is---it works! If you have underlying medical problem that you are aware of, you should discuss them with your physician ...Read more