Can a Blood Test Help Predict Your Death?

A new study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the European Society of Cardiology Congress discovered a certain enzyme that could be linked to both heart disease and cancer. By measuring this enzyme in blood, it could serve as an early predictor of who is most likely going to die from these health problems.

The study had almost 2,000 participants joined in two separate long-term trials where the researchers measured the level of cathepsin S, an enzyme involved in breaking up proteins. They followed the participants for 12.5 years and found that, “those who have the highest level of cathepsin S were more likely to die than those with lower or half of those levels.”

It is yet to be clear how cathepsin S might be related to heart disease or cancer, but this study is the first to find a marker associated both these leading killers of U.S adults. Overall, it is too early to know if cathepsin S will be handy in predicting who has the greatest risk, but already pharmaceutical companies are keeping their eyes on the progress.

Read the original article here-courtesy of Times Heathland

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Mississippi Spiced Pecans

Mississippi Spiced Pecans RecipeSpiced pecans are usually given out as treats for the holidays. Not only are they delicious snack, they are healthy too! They are packed with anti-oxidants and could reduce heart disease by lowering cholesterol.

Here is a simple recipe by eatingwell.com that is full of flavor and spice.

Total time: 20 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon piment d’Espelette, (see Tip) or a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread pecans on a large baking sheet. Roast until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
  3. Combine brown sugar, salt, thyme, rosemary, pepper and piment d’Espelette (or cayenne) in a small bowl. Transfer the roasted pecans to a large bowl, drizzle with oil and toss well to coat completely. Sprinkle with the spice mixture and toss again. Serve warm or let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Click here for original recipe and nutrition info-courtesy of eatingwell.com

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Best Food for Your Heart

Health.com gives us some great examples of food that is great for your heart. In order to prevent heart disease or even a heart attack, keep these foods in mind for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  1. Avocado—By adding a slice or two into your sandwich would help lower LDL levels (bad) while raising the amount of HDL cholesterol (good) in your body. They also allow carotenoids to be absorbed which are antioxidants that are vital for your heart.
  2. Spinach (vegetables)—A study found out that those who ate at least two-and-a-half servings of vegetables everyday reduce their risk of heart disease about 25% compared to those who don’t eat vegetables at all.
  3. Olive Oil—It is full of monounsaturated fats that lowers LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Try using this instead of butter and use extra virgin olive oil (it is less processed).
  4. Oatmeal—Used as a snack or breakfast, a small bowl of oatmeal is full of nutritional goodness like omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. Try the coarse oats instead of instant as it contains more fiber. Try adding berries, bananas or other fruit to get more nutrition out of your bowl.

Click here for more food to keep in mind—courtesy of Health.com

What other food do you suggest?