It's no secret that fish is included in heart-healthy diet. But new research shows that eating fish regularly can actually ward off heart disease in patients with diabetes. Researchers at Harvard analyzed the diets of 5,100 women with Type-2 Diabetes. They found those who ate fish just once a week had a 40% lower risk of developing heart disease than diabetic women who rarely ate fish. Women who ate the most fish, five or more servings per week, had a risk reduction of nearly 2/3's compared to women who ate fish less than once a month.
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults except pregnant women eat two servings of fish a week. Studies have shown that Omega-3 Fatty Acids reduce blood tryglycerides, the risk of blood clots and improve blood vessel function. This study was conducted by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health. It is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Being pregnant is stressful enough, but imagine the stress for pregnant women whose husbands are fighting the war in iraq. Dr. Calvin Hobel at Cedars Sinai Medical Center offers this prescription to any family with a loved one who is pregnant, increase support to minimize stress.
"Our studies have clearly shown that women in the first third of their pregnancy, the first trimester, are at greater risk for being exposed to stress." "stress tells the fetus through its placenta that things are not going well, you're not doing well inside, its better off outside than inside. But there's a price you pay for that," says Dr. Hobel.
Dr. Hobel says that price includes a higher risk of early delivery, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease for preemies. Good reasons to make sure any mother to be is as relaxed and stress free as possible.