Suzanne Judd

New study calculates damage of food + lifestyle fails. What’s your score?

Hot sauce may burn the tongue, but the inner fire of inflammation brings real damage.

“We know inflammation is detrimental for heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions,” said Suzanne Judd, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Research has demonstrated that diet and lifestyle choices contribute to inflammation. But which foods and choices do we mean, exactly?

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A REGARDS study examines factors associated with higher risk of incident hypertension among black adults

The high prevalence of hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) among the US black population is a major contributor to disparities in life expectancy; however, the causes for higher incidence of hypertension among black adults are unknown. In this study, REGARDS investigators found that the most important factor contributing to differences in hypertension incidence between black and white participants was the Southern dietary pattern, accounting for 51.6% of the excess risk among black men and 29.2% of the excess risk among black women.

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Virginia Howard, Ph.D.

Do age and race differences determine risk of stroke in women and men?

A new REGARDS study suggests that white women were less likely to have a stroke than white men, but at age 75 and older, there was no difference in stroke risk between white women and men. In contrast, the study found that black women were at lower risk of stroke than black men only until age 64, with a similar stroke risk in the age group of 65 and older.

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Your Stroke Risk May Differ by How Long You Sleep

In our REGARDS volunteers, we found that stroke risk is different for black and white men depending on how long they sleep.

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Targeting cardiovascular disease risk factors may be important across a lifetime

October 3, 2016 - New REGARDS findings suggest that all adults, including those over 65, should be mindful of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The results were published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

"As life expectancy continues to increase, we need to improve risk factor prevention and management for stroke and heart disease across the lifespan, including for those adults over the age of 65," said Claudia Moy, Ph.D., acting director of the Office of Clinical Research at NINDS, and one of the study authors. "The latest findings from the REGARDS study reveal that no age group is immune to risk factors related to cardiovascular disease and that prevention efforts should target all adults."

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