Friday, April 11, 2014

Million Hearts Colorado: It's Supposed to Snow on Sunday - Remember to Eat Well

Health Day News - A tendency to eat more and exercise less when it's cold and snowy outside may explain the findings of a new study indicating that cholesterol levels spike during winter months.

The research, which included 2.8 million adults, brings to stark light the potential effects of comfort food and bad weather on a person's health during the winter.

"It's not just some weight that you're gaining" when you eat more and exercise less during the winter, said lead investigator Dr. Parag Joshi, a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins. "There are markers in your blood that are changing, and those markers contribute to heart disease."

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease analyzed cholesterol levels in more than 2.8 million Americans between 2006 and 2013, according to findings that were to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C.

The investigators categorized each sample by the time of year it was taken and then compared samples across seasons. The study found that levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol were 3.5 percent higher in men and 1.7 percent higher in women during colder months.

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Cholesterol management is a key strategy of the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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