Pessimistic and Negative
Type D is new heart-risk personality type.
It was about 30 years ago that personality types were graded for
increased cardiovascular risk.
Type A is a high energy, competitive person who can be angry or
Type B is a relaxed, low-energy person who is not easily provoked.
Type C suppresses emotions, avoids conflict, and tries to be nice.
Now comes the type D. D is for distressed. This person has a high
level of negativity, is pessimistic, and doesn't share his feelings and
emotions. The type D also worries a lot, which elevates the heart rate
during sleep. As the heart works harder, cardiovascular risk is
Before you start worrying about yourself, remember that personality
typing has not always proved to be an accurate measure of risk. Over
time, type A personalities had no greater heart disease risk than type
Cs. And the calm type Bs did not have a lower risk. Type D, however, is
turning out to be more indicative.
That's especially true of people who already have heart disease.
Doctors at Duke University found a five-year survival rate of 50 percent
for those who didn't have a close confidant or spouse. Not communicating
is typical for type Ds.
Among those who had someone to confide in, the five-year survival
rate was 82 percent.
A 2004 study found that type Ds who had stents implanted to keep
arteries open were four times more likely than average to die or have a
heart attack within the next nine months.
If you think you're a type D, the best thing you can do for yourself
is to stop worrying and reduce stress in your life, say doctors at
Harvard Medical School.
They recommend exercise and stress reduction techniques like
Yogurt Steps in for Dairy
Dairy foods are often a diet ingredient, but what if you are lactose
People who are lactose intolerant can almost always eat flavored or
plain yogurt without any bad effects. The good news for them is that
yogurt works in the same way that milk and cheese do in weight loss
In one study, women who reduced calories by 500 a day, and ate yogurt
three times a day, lost 3.6 pounds in 12-weeks, and they trimmed their
waistlines by 1.5 inches.
About one in 10 adult Americans take antidepressants for a wide
variety of reasons. Also known as SSRIs, they include Prozac, Paxil,
Lexapro, and Zoloft.
Though some people take them for many years, others decide to stop
because their lives have improved or because they wanted a different
treatment. Some stop because of side effects such as sexual dysfunction,
weight gain, and insomnia.
But quitting isn't easy, Withdrawal symptoms can include dreaming,
dizziness, diarrhea, and suicidal thoughts.
People taking antidepressants should always discuss quitting with
their doctors. Most doctors prescribe weaker and weaker doses in order
to avoid or reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
Eliminate HDL/LDL Confusion
If you're like a lot of other people, you have to stop and think
whether HDL or LDL is the good cholesterol.
Doctors writing in The New England Journal of Medicine's HealthNews
say you will be confused no longer if you make this association.
HDL, think "Healthy DL."
LDL, think "Lousy DL"
HDL moves excess cholesterol back to the liver for processing. It's
thought of as the blood's cleanup crew.
LDL, the lousy kind. It deposits excesses of itself on the walls of
arteries, which increases your risk of heart disease.