Survey finds widespread ignorance about triglycerides’ role in cardiovascular health
MADISON, N.J. — Most Americans have little understanding of the importance of managing fats known as triglycerides to maintain cardiovascular health, according to a new survey.
To conduct the survey, researchers from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polled 600 adults aged 40 and older, finding that 54% of respondents didn’t know if it was better to have high or low levels of triglycerides, and 45% of those diagnosed as having high cholesterol didn’t know.
"Avoiding high triglyceride levels can be important for maintaining cardiovascular health, yet most consumers have little awareness of these often forgotten fats," Utah Foundation for Biomedical Research director of atherometabolic research Eliot Brinton said. "Healthcare professionals have done a fairly good job at educating patients about cholesterol, but need to do more to teach about triglycerides and their role in cardiovascular health."
Only 16% of respondents correctly said triglycerides were fats in the bloodstream, while 77% were unsure what they were, and 56% could not name a single health complication associated with high triglycerides. Meanwhile, 85% did not know the point at which triglycerides are considered high, and 75% were unaware of their total cholesterol levels, twice as many as the 37% who were unaware of their triglyceride levels.
Ignorance of products with omega-3 fatty acids and their potential role to control high triglycerides was also widespread, and nearly all participants were unaware that high doses — defined as 2 mg to 4 mg per day — of omega-3s could reduce high triglyceride levels. Among those who report using an omega-3 product, 84% report taking a dietary supplement even though the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved such products for lowering high triglycerides or treating or preventing any disease. More than half of participants couldn’t name any main ingredient of omega-3 supplement capsules, while 11% could state the health benefits of DHA, and 8% could state the benefits of EPA; DHA and EPA are both names of omega-3 acids. Most omega-3 products contain DHA, which has been shown to raise "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, but only 2% of participants were aware of this.
"It is troubling that so many Americans use a product about which they understand very little and which may well fail to meet their particular cardiovascular health needs," Brinton said.
There is so much confusion about cholesterol, triglycerides,etc. that the average person doesn't know what to believe. Even physicians are having trouble keeping up with the latest information. Most people don't know where to look for the most accurate information.
Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle launches Prune for June summer style contest
SHELTON, Conn. — Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle, which is a razor and bikini trimmer in one, has announced the launch of its Prune for June Summer Style Contest on PruneforJune.com.
Now through June 30, consumers are encouraged to discover their trimstyle personality and create a Pinterest board for a chance to win a grand prize of summer must-haves.
To help spread the word on Prune for June, Schick Quattro for Women has partnered with four lifestyle and fashion bloggers and a celebrity stylist to create Pinterest boards inspired by their own trimstyle personalities.
- The Landing Strip – Jacey Duprie of DamselinDior.com
- The Stargazer – Elizabeth Dehn of BeautyBets.com
- The Heart Breaker – Cassandra LaValle of cocokelley.com
- The Flash – Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat.com
- The Bare-muda Triangle – Rachael Russell, fashion stylist and creator of Style Saves at stylesaves.org
The top 10 boards for each trimstyle will be based on fan votes. One grand prize winner per trimstyle will be selected to win a prize package worth $2,500. A second place winner will receive a prize package worth $1,000.
Upon entry and voting, consumers will also be able to download a Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle coupon for a future purchase.
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Whole Foods Market to feature hemp products in celebration of Hemp History Week
AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market is celebrating Hemp History Week, which is a nationwide education campaign that runs from June 3 to 9 to raise awareness about the benefits of hemp products, by spotlighting more than 300 hemp products, including body care products.
Hemp is an environmentally sustainable ingredient used to make a wide variety of foods, paper, clothing, body care products, building materials and fuel, the retailer stated. The crop originated in Central Asia thousands of years ago and was brought to North America in the 1600s, where Canada now acts as the main supplier to the United States market. Hemp functions as a nutritional powerhouse and is loaded with digestible protein, dietary fiber and vitamin E.
“It is encouraging to witness the growing demand for hemp products,” stated Errol Schweizer, global grocery coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “We have seen a tremendous increase in products made with this nutritious, wholesome ingredient over the last five years. We are committed to offering our shoppers a wide array of the highest quality hemp products in our grocery and body care departments.”
Whole Foods Market offers a variety of hemp products, including an assortment of personal care products such as lotions, makeup and shampoos. Products will be prominently featured throughout the store with special displays during Hemp History Week.
According to federal trade statistics, the importation of hemp has more than quadrupled from 2000 to 2011. The Hemp Industries Association estimates that the total retail value of hemp products in 2011 was $452 million, the retailer stated. Currently, all hemp products in the United States use imported raw materials since it is not cultivated in the United States. However, several states are now working on legislation to allow it to be grown.
“With the popularity of hemp products on the rise paired with the demand for locally grown and produced goods, we’d foresee a very viable market for products made from domestic hemp,” added Schweizer.
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