L3 Health and Wellness Resources

L3 Organization researches different health and wellness subjects for you.  In the past we have provided them for you in monthly blog posts.  We have decided to change to smaller posts with the same information.

This month is focused on keeping your heart healthy.

Here is a great introduction to cholesterol and what it really means, how it affects your body, and some tips on prevention and treatment.  The original article is found on The Mayo Clinic, HERE.

 

Definition

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

When you have high cholesterol, you may develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits make it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Your heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, which increases the risk of a heart attack. Decreased blood flow to your brain can cause a stroke.

High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can be inherited, but it’s often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, and thus preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can go a long way toward reducing high cholesterol.

 Symptoms

High cholesterol has no symptoms. A blood test is the only way to detect high cholesterol.

 

When to see a doctor

Ask your doctor for a baseline cholesterol test at age 20 and then have your cholesterol retested at least every five years. If your test results aren’t within desirable ranges, your doctor may recommend more frequent measurements. Your doctor may also suggest you have more frequent tests if you have a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease or other risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes or high blood pressure.

 

Causes

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.

Cholesterol is carried through your blood, attached to proteins. This combination of proteins and cholesterol is called a lipoprotein. You may have heard of different types of cholesterol, based on what type of cholesterol the lipoprotein carries. They are:

1. Very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). This type of lipoprotein contains the most triglycerides, a type of fat, attached to the proteins in your blood. VLDL cholesterol makes LDL cholesterol larger in size, causing your blood vessels to narrow. If you’re taking cholesterol-lowering medication but have a high VLDL level, you may need additional medication to lower your triglycerides.

2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL, or “good,” cholesterol picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.

Factors within your control — such as inactivity, obesity and an unhealthy diet — contribute to high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol. Factors beyond your control may play a role, too. For example, your genetic makeup may keep cells from removing LDL cholesterol from your blood efficiently or cause your liver to produce too much cholesterol.

Risk factors

Smoking. Cigarette smoking damages the walls of your blood vessels, making them likely to accumulate fatty deposits. Smoking may also lower your level of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol.You’re more likely to have high cholesterol that can lead to heart disease if you have any of these risk factors:

Obesity. Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater puts you at risk of high cholesterol.

Poor diet. Foods that are high in cholesterol, such as red meat and full-fat dairy products, will increase your total cholesterol. Eating saturated fat, found in animal products, and trans fats, found in some commercially baked cookies and crackers, also can raise your cholesterol level.

Lack of exercise. Exercise helps boost your body’s HDL “good” cholesterol while lowering your LDL “bad” cholesterol. Not getting enough exercise puts you at risk of high cholesterol.

High blood pressure. Increased pressure on your artery walls damages your arteries, which can speed the accumulation of fatty deposits.

Diabetes. High blood sugar contributes to higher LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol. High blood sugar also damages the lining of your arteries.

Family history of heart disease. If a parent or sibling developed heart disease before age 55, high cholesterol levels place you at a greater than average risk of developing heart disease.

Complications

High cholesterol can cause atherosclerosis, a dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the walls of your arteries. These deposits (plaques) can reduce blood flow through your arteries, which can cause complications, such as:

  • Chest pain. If the arteries that supply your heart with blood (coronary arteries) are affected, you may have chest pain (angina) and other symptoms of coronary artery disease.
  • Heart attack. If plaques tear or rupture, a blood clot may form at the plaque-rupture site — blocking the flow of blood or breaking free and plugging an artery downstream. If blood flow to part of your heart stops, you’ll have a heart attack.
  • Stroke. Similar to a heart attack, if blood flow to part of your brain is blocked by a blood clot, a stroke occurs.

Please visit The Mayo Clinic, HERE, to read the rest of the article.

L3 Discover Session: Family History

On March 19th, Paul Comstock led a wonderful session on family history and why it’s so important.  Paul Robshaw showed us how he made telling his family history a fun family event.

We heard from some local family history researchers on how to get started.  They suggested these sites as very useful tools.

This event was held in Austin, Texas at the home of L3 members Lynn and Tom Meredith.  We hope that attendees were able to learn some great ways to start on your family history.  Here are just a few photos from the event.

L3′s newest alliance with Healthnetwork Foundation explained

On March 4 and March 20, we hosted a webinar that gave you all the information on our newest alliance with Healthnetwork Foundation.  If you missed it, make sure to check out the recording below.

Healthnetwork Foundation’s mission is to provide its supporters with the best access to world class medical care and to advance the pace of funding for medical research, thus making medicine better for all.
This presentation will cover the partnership with L3 and Healthnetwork and what that means for all L3 members:

  • When to call Healthnetwork
  •  What happens when you call
  •  Healthnetwork’s network of Hospitals
  • Access for International members
  • Where Healthnetwork donates
  •  Sustaining the Foundation

Imagine Solutions Recap

For those of you that missed the Imagine Solutions Conference, here is a recap of what they offered.

At 8:45 AM – We start with Jack Andraka who at age 14 won the Intel International Science Prize – Jack Wowed our audience and ended with the wisdom of a scientist much older – “scientists and researchers are beginning to have to pay to access white papers and published research papers which can well inhibit progress across all science/technology fields.”

Then 4 major historians each brought an event in history alive.

Then “Online Education” voted by our attendees the best session of the day.

What did we learn? What were some insights that were AHA information?

  • Moving very fast but a huge amount we still do not know.
  • Online has gathered more information on student experience in the last year and a half than in the entire previous history of education.
  • Have developed algorithms which can measure our education experience by interpreting a number of variables in each of our keystrokes on our computer key pad.
  • Online data on early childhood development is linking previously disconnected behaviors over extended time periods. This is changing parent/educator approaches.
  • We have not adequately addressed the myriad of security issues around online education.
  • We have a new Undersecretary of Education who gave hope to our audience.

 

And then …. What could Matt Harding who 100,000,000 people have watched on YouTube do?

Get our audience up on stage, dancing and smiling! Over 200 audience members packed the stage area to join Matt – a moment none of us will forget!

Lunch on the lawn at the Ritz Carlton

After lunch, The Brain Initiative.

  • The greatest challenge to science in the 21st century.
  • A three trillion dollar collaborative effort.
  • The woman who spearheaded the meeting in London which conceived this audacious initiative.
  • A reminder from a world class neuroscientist – how important the humanities is in providing the intellectual framework to have science be an effective part of our society.

 

And then a session with:

  • First – the CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Then – Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

 Who if you were there – will remember he captivated us with his music, and he mesmerized us when he spoke about the importance of the arts which touched us all.

A standing ovation!

  • Finally – BBC presenting “AFRICA!”

A networking break.

The final session of the afternoon – “The Future of Exploration” – four National Geographic Explorers moderated by the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel magazine.


 These four are living the trips/adventures we dream about.

  • Diving in the deepest holes/caves in the ocean.
  • Finding the answers to Michael Rockefeller’s death in Borneo.
  • Studying chimps in Africa.
  • Tracing the entire Ganges from its source to the sea.

Did you get a chance to meet/talk with the NGS Explorers? They stayed long after the conference ended.

 And we had an extra – an after conference session with Gerard Senehi. No body forgets Gerard – he bends spoons, changes time on your watch, reads your mind – opens your mind. He spoke about a new project he has started with Florida State University students.


 At our 2014 Conference

We touched all your senses
• Amazing
• Inspiring
• Insightive
• Provocative
• Emotional

Your highlights may be been different – but everyone had AHA moments and highlights this year!

 Here are two new books just published by our speakers:

BOOM

Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever. A Long, Strange Journey Along the Keystone XL Pipeline.

By: Tony Horwitz

 

 

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.

Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he’d been killed and ceremonially eaten by the local Asmat—a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, head hunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family denied the story, and Michael’s death was officially ruled a drowning. Yet doubts lingered. Sensational rumors and stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told—until now.

 

5 second rule, is it safe?

Photo courtesy of philly.com

According to a study done at Aston University in England, it all depends on what surface the food fell on and how long it stayed there.

“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk, as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time,” Anthony Hilton, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in England, said in university news release.

“However, the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the five-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth,” he added. “We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food.”

Read the full article HERE.

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