Healthy Living from the Cooper Aerobics Center is designed for listeners of any age who want to gain research-based, practical information that can improve the way they look and feel. The program focuses on timely topics in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle.
The program features Dr. Ken Cooper along with members of the Cooper Aerobics Center staff and is hosted by Todd Whitthorne.
497: Does calcium consumption make sense? Dr. Nina Radford from Cooper Clinic weighs in
Dr. Nina Radford, Director of Clinical Research and a cardiologist at Cooper Clinic, talks with Todd Whitthorne about calcium and heart disease. Dr. Radford, board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, gives her opinions about calcium consumption (in both food and supplements) for women who are concerned about both bone health and heart health.
496: Robert Heaney, MD, Vitamin D and Calcium Expert, is interviewed
Dr. Robert Heaney, who is a professor in the Department of Medicine at Creighton University in Omaha is interviewed. Dr. Heaney has spent over 50 years in the study of osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology; he's authored three books and has published over 400 scientific papers, so when it comes to the world of vitamin D, and calcium in particular, Dr. Heaney is one of the leading gurus, literally, in the world!
Dr. Heaney discusses US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for postmenopausal women; whether calcium and vitamin D supplement increase risk of kidney stones; calcium supplementation and heart attack risk; and personal recommendations for daily vitamin D and calcium instake.
495: Jorn Dyerberg, MD, father of the omega-3 movement, is interviewed
Todd Whitthorne interviews Jorn Dyerberg, MD, the father of the omega-3 movement. Dr. Dyerberg was studying the Eskimos, who ate a high fat diet, and had very low rates of heart disease, and discovered the protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in marine sources. Dr. Dyerberg talks about advances in the science of omega-3 fatty acids from 1970 to present day, and a bit about the 25,000 studies that have been conducted during this time period. Once studied primarily for cardiovascular health, researchers have also studied the impact of omega-3 fatty acids on inflammatory disorders, brain health, eye health, etc. Dr. Dyerberg discusses the protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids, and how much of the nutrients we need for optimal health.
494: Midlife Cardiorespiratory Fitness Levels and Later-Life Dementia | Lead researcher Laura DeFina, MD, interviewed
In this episode, Laura DeFina, MD, from Cooper Institute, is interviewed about research published this month in the Annals of Internal of Medicine. The study, shows that individuals who are fit at midlife have a lower risk of deveoping Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in their Medicare years.
The study followed more than 19,000 generally healthy men and women who completed a preventive medical exam at Cooper Clinic in Dallas when they were, on average, 49 years of age. The exam also included an assessment of other health risk factors such as body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and cholesterol. Their health status was evaluated using Medicare data between the years 1999 and 2009, an average of 24 years after their Cooper Clinic examination.
Listen to hear Dr. DeFina's thoughts on the study.
493: Osteoporosis, Vitamin D, and Calcium Physiology: Robert P. Heaney, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Creighton University
Our guest is Dr. Robert Heaney from Creighton University. Dr. Haney has spent over 50 years in the study of osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology. He's authorized three books and has published over 400 original papers, chapters and monographs in the scientific and educational fields. In the interview today, Dr. Haney covers the following topics:
The relationship of vitamin D and calcium and how they work together
In terms of osteoporosis, and prevention of osteoporosis, is it possible to separate the importance of vitamin D and calcium, or do they go hand-in-hand?
Calcium deficiency - is it possible? If so, what's the impact?
Recommended calcium levels for adult men and women
Calcium rich food sources, and bioavailability of various foods
Various forms of calcium supplements evaluated
The relationship between calcium and prostate cancer
The relationship between calcium and coronary calcification
The relationship between calcium and kidney stones
The relationship between calcium and weight loss
Emerging calcium and Vitamin D research
492: Cholesterol Screening for Children: Dr. Nina Radford reviews National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommendations
In this audio interview, Dr. Nina Radford, Director of Clinical Research and a cardiologist at Cooper Clinic, discusses cholesterol in children. Earlier this year, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the major pediatric associations put some new guidelines out in terms of screening cholesterol in children. The panel discusses two cholesterol screening recommendations for children.
1) The Universal Screen - consider screening cholesterol in all children, regardless of risk, sometime between 9- and 11 years of age, the age range when atherosclerosis actually starts to begin. The panel believes this is a good time to identify kids who may be from families of high risk; and it's a good time to influence children to adopt healthier habits.
2) Targeted Screen - any time, from ages 2- to 21, cholesterol might be screened if the child has any other risks for heart disease - obesity; diabetes; or high blood pressure. The child should also be screened if either parent had a stroke early in life.
Dr. Radford also talks about the treatment recommendations the NHLBI makes for children who have elevated cholesterol.