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2019’s Best in Heart Health Research

Each year the American Heart Association (AHA) takes a look back and does a roundup of the top advances in CVD research.

In this month’s E-news exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) is publishing AHA’s bulleted discussion of the latest research discoveries of 2019 that involves pulmonary hypertension, familial high cholesterol levels in children, an easy tip for lowering blood pressure, and a new treatment derived from fish oil to reduce risk of cardiovascular events and stroke.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the February issue, which includes articles on cancer and cardiovascular care, the health benefits of beets, the latest lactose-free dairy products, and choline’s possible link to CVD.

Don’t forget to check out where you can read and comment on blogs written by RDs for RDs. We’re welcoming new guest bloggers, so if you’re interested in writing, please contact me at the e-mail listed below.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
American Heart Association Names Top CVD Research Advances of 2019

Researchers fight the war against heart disease and stroke in a series of battles on multiple fronts.

The American Heart Association (AHA), one of the top funders of heart- and stroke-related research worldwide, has been compiling an annual list of major advances in heart disease and stroke science since 1996. Here are the biggest victories for 2019, grouped into subject areas.

Understanding Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that occurs when the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs become hard and narrow. Although considered rare, it’s becoming more common.

New studies helped reveal how the disease works. One, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, looked at the role of a protein known as BMP9, which was low in people who had a specific type of pulmonary hypertension. Another study, in the AHA journal Circulation, explained how a gene known as BOLA3 plays a crucial role in the disease, opening the door for potential therapies down the road.

Statins Help Children With Inherited High Cholesterol Levels
The condition, known as familial hypercholesterolemia, causes high levels of LDL cholesterol and can cause heart attacks at an early age. A long-term study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined whether cholesterol-lowering statins help children with the condition. It found that starting the medication in childhood significantly lowered the risk of heart disease in adulthood.

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Continuing Education
Learn about the disease-protective properties of garlic in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

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News in Nutrition Therapy for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Getting From Didactic to Pragmatic
Join Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 2–3 PM EST, to examine how much and what types of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to recommend, and optimal eating patterns. The webinar will delineate the common denominators of the American Diabetes Association’s nutrition guidance, and review case studies that highlight common clinical challenges and client scenarios to offer clinical considerations and counseling tips. Sponsored by Love One Today®. Register Now »

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Join Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD, CDN, for an interactive webinar on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 2–3 PM EDT, as she reviews the evidence supporting the paradigm that prioritizes wellness over weight; she will identify the essential nature of a self-compassion practice with an approach that prioritizes wellbeing over weight, and will provide participants with practical exercises to begin practicing self-compassion on their own, for themselves, and for their clients. Register Now »

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The French Paradox: New Research on Wine, Alcohol, and Heart Health
Join Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, CSO, for an engaging webinar presentation on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 2–3 PM EDT, as she helps fellow dietitians wade through the oceans of research since this discovery. This webinar is about more than just alcohol. Ginger will help RDs better understand the relationship between wine and health; she will review current guidelines and research on saturated fat consumption; and she’ll dive into recent research on cardiovascular disease around the world. This is a complex topic delivered in an entertaining way so participants walk away with concrete advice on the subject, and are prepared to discuss it with their clients, patients, the media, and peers in the industry. Register Now »

CBD and Cannabis Use at the End of Life: Evolution and Evidence
Join Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD, FAND, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 2–3:30 PM EDT, for a webinar that will provide a historical perspective on cannabis use and an overview of the endocannabinoid system. She will discuss the conditions cannabis/CBD may be helpful for, as well as proper administration methods and dosing. Janice will dive into the evidence-based research, pros and cons of cannabis/CBD, its appropriate medical use, with particular focus on the use of cannabis/CBD in end-of-life situations. Register Now »

Dietary Supplement Use in Older Adults: Help, Hype, or Hope?
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 2–3 PM EDT, Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND, will deliver a webinar focusing on dietary supplement use in older adults. Rosenbloom will discuss research that supports (or refutes) supplements’ claims and the potential interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medicines taken concurrently with supplements. She will also cover supplement forms, dosage, and deliver a risk/benefit evaluation that will arm dietetics professionals with pertinent information on the most popular supplements, including multivitamins, vitamin D, magnesium, fish oil, turmeric, CoQ10, and probiotics. Register Now »

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RD Lounge Blog
Do We Vilify Healthful, Affordable Foods?
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, CHWC

Affordability and convenience rank high on consumers’ lists of ideal qualities when choosing foods. Yet sometimes, well-meaning health professionals, including RDs, inadvertently steer shoppers away from nutrient-dense foods that check the boxes of both affordability and convenience. Encouraging people to eat fresh, whole foods, and avoid processed and white foods may have negative effects. I chatted with colleagues about foods we might disparage without fully realizing the financial or nutritional consequences of our comments.

White potato: The white potato is frequently insulted, yet it’s a favorite among many consumers who likely don’t even recognize its nutritional value. The spud provides underconsumed potassium and fiber; it’s one of the least expensive sources of potassium in the supermarket. In addition, white foods like potatoes are an important source of quercetin and other phenolic compounds.

Flavored milk and yogurt: “When my 11-year-old son wants a snack, I’m so glad that flavored yogurt is always his first choice,” says Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, host of the Sound Bites podcast. “Our pediatrician discourages flavored milk and yogurt because of the added sugars, but as a dietitian I know that he’s getting all of the same important nutrients in flavored milk and yogurt that the plain versions provide, including calcium and potassium, which are nutrients of public health concern because they’re often underconsumed. Leading health and wellness organizations agree that limited amounts of added sugars in nutrient-rich foods can help improve the quality of children’s diets,” she adds.

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Other News
Georgia Schools Keep Nutrition Standards in Spite of New USDA Rules
The Georgia Department of Education has reaffirmed its commitment to serving healthful school lunches in response to relaxed standards, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Trend of ‘Nighttime Foods’ Grows
Several brands now offer food products as late-night snacks touting functional ingredients purported to promote sleep and relaxation, and the market is expected to increase, according to Food Business News.
Field Notes
New Research Connects High-Sugar Diet With Periodontal Diseases

A new study shows that sweet soft drinks and lots of sugar may increase the risk of both dental cavities and inflammation of the gums—known as periodontal diseases; if this is the case, then healthful eating habits should be prioritized even more, according to a team of researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark.

Most of us are aware that sweets and other sugary food and drink increase the risk of dental cavities. A new research result now suggests that a sugary diet also can promote periodontal diseases.

The results have been obtained in connection with a critical review of the literature over the past 50 years and are published in the Journal of Oral Microbiology.

“Sugar hasn’t traditionally been associated with the development of periodontal diseases. It’s true that, back in the 1970s, two American researchers suggested that a diet which was high in carbohydrates could be a common risk factor for both dental diseases and inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, but this knowledge was largely forgotten again,” says Bente Nyvad, DDS, PhD, MPH, Dr Odont, a professor in the department of dentistry and oral health at Aarhus, who has headed the research.

“Today, there’s general agreement that the above-mentioned diseases are associated with a high sugar intake. However, a hypothesis that could link and explain the two major dental diseases, caries and periodontitis, has been lacking,” she says.

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At-Home or On-the-Go Exercise Program
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Push Sled Training Device
Armored Fitness Equipment introduces the XPO Trainer 2, an exercise sled on wheels that users can push for strength training or physical therapy applications. Weights can be added to the sled, and the sled itself increases in resistance the faster it’s pushed. It’s safe for use on almost any surface and can be used at low resistance for physical therapy and recovery or at high resistance for a higher-intensity workout. Learn more »
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