Recent Posts by Alan Carpenter

Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes

Reduced sugar consumption projected to improve health High consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) predicts increased risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity, among other negative health outcomes. Researchers at Columbia University and the University of California – San Francisco used the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model to estimate the effect of a nationwide 1 cent-per-ounce…

Measures of Cardiovascular Health

Total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, apolipoprotein-B, apolopoprotein-A1, For years, the concentration of low-density lipoprotein (LDL-cholesterol) in blood serum has served as the go-to measure of cardiovascular disease risk. However, researchers have noted that LDL-cholesterol contains several constituents (small, dense vs. large, buoyant particles), which predict higher and lower risks for cardiovascular disease, respectively. More recently, researchers have…

Treat Hypertension with Traditional Chinese Exercises

What are traditional Chinese exercises? Traditional Chinese exercises combine physical and mental techniques that feature breathing, body movements, breathing, and meditation. Examples include Tai Chi and Qigong, both of which have several versions. These exercises may be suitable for persons who can’t or won’t embrace more typical Western exercises such as jogging, running, or resistance…

What I’ve Learned from Researching and Writing 250 Healthy Living Blog Posts

I published in my book, Choose Better, Live Better – Nine Healthy Choices that Nurture Body, Mind, and Spirit, in 2020. At that time, I believed that I’d identified the key lifestyle choices over which I and you can exert substantial control on a daily basis. Reading and summarizing over a thousand peer-reviewed journal articles…

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