Author Archives : Emily Lunardo

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.


Cardiovascular Disease Risk Lowered by Substituting Healthy Plant Proteins for Red Meat

Cardiovascular disease risk is lowered by substituting healthy plant proteins for red meat. Studies have shown that swapping out red meat for plant-based proteins can reduce the risk of heart disease. The study was a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials that looked at swapping out red meat for other types of food. Lead author of here to read more


Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain Have Lower Skeletal Muscle Mass: Study

Older adults with chronic lower back pain have less skeletal muscle mass. The study followed 100 participants with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) for at least three months, along with an additional 560 participants without CLBP. Participants were asked to report pain intensity from zero to 10 on a visual analog scale. Skeletal muscle mass here to read more

Low Levels of LDL-C in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Associated with Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Low levels of LDL-C in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are associated with cardiovascular disease risk. LDL-C refers to low-density lipoprotein concentrations. The researchers found that RA patients with low circulating LDL-C had higher arterial calcium scores. For the study, the researchers compiled data from four cohort studies to analyze levels of coronary arterial calcium scores here to read more

CBT Found Effective in Lowering Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective at lowering irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. IBS is a common gastrointestinal disorder which affects about 10 to 20 percent of the population. IBS patients suffer from abdominal pain and altered bowel movements, which can negatively impact their lives. CBT can be specifically tailored towards here to read more

Eating Garlic May Reduce Age-Related Memory Problems

Eating garlic may reduce age-related memory problems. The latest study suggests that compounds found in garlic can help combat age-related changes in the gut, which are linked with memory problems. Research lead Jyotirmaya Behera explained, “Our findings suggest that dietary administration of garlic containing allyl sulfide could help maintain healthy gut microorganisms and improve cognitive here to read more