Research concludes that current guidelines for blood pressure, cholesterol should be changed
SAN DIEGO Recent research published in the Journal of the “American College of Cardiology” suggests that current guidelines for such risk factors as blood pressure and LDL cholesterol might need to be tightened even further, according to published reports.
The least amount of arterial fat were seen in those men who had the lowest levels of LDL cholesterol, the research found, examining data from 3,437 men.
Specifically, the least growth was seen in men with blood cholesterol readings under 70 milligrams per deciliter and systolic blood pressure (the higher of the 120/80 reading) under 120.
Current guidelines for blood pressure suggests that men at risk can have systolic readings as high as 140; recommendations of LDL levels is 100 for men at high risk of heart disease, with “consideration” being given to lowering it to 70.
New supplement designed for weight-loss surgery patients
ST. LOUIS Undergoing weight-loss surgery means making sacrifices, particularly in the area of food, but this can sometimes place patients at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A company in St. Louis, however, has created a prescription nutritional supplement for patients who have undergone the surgery.
ProBarimin QT, made by Fleming Pharmaceuticals, is a fruit-flavored supplement that dissolves in the mouth.
“Although there are over-the-counter supplements for WLS patients, ProBarimin QT is specially formulated to meet the unique nutritional and intake requirements of WLS patients,” Fleming president Phill Dritsas said.
The supplement includes vitamins such as B12, C and D and minerals such as iron, selenium and zinc.
The patent for the supplement is pending.
Study: Probiotic strain effective in alleviating IBS
CLEVELAND A new study published in the March issue of Postgraduate Medicine found that a strain of probiotic bacteria, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, PTA-6086 was effective in relieving abdominal pain and bloating in subjects with irritable bowel syndrome.
As many as 25% of the U.S. population suffer from IBS, a condition characterized by a number of digestive problems. The new study adds to the growing body of evidence that certain probiotics can help with IBS and provides hope for IBS sufferers of a new option.
“IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder and represents a tremendous public health problem,” stated Nicholas Talley, author of a scientific review article about the impact functional gastrointestinal disorders have on society.
The study found that subjects taking the Bacillus coagulans probiotic strain experienced statistically significant reductions in abdominal pain and bloating versus baseline at each of the weekly measurements taken throughout the 8-week study. Subjects taking placebo experienced statistically significant reductions in just two of the weekly abdominal pain measurements and saw no statistically significant effect in bloating.
“This study helps confirm that Bacillus coagulans is effective in IBS,” stated Larysa Hun, author of the 44-subject study. “A combination of Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Streptococcus thermophilus was previously shown in a clinical trial to significantly improve IBS symptoms, but it was not possible to determine what effect, if any, each strain had by itself.”