Heart disease alert for young people and South Asians

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has just released a report entitled A Perfect Storm of Heart Disease Looming on our Horizon (click for report in PDF). It says that the face of heart disease in Canada has changed and says there is an impending crisis.

Among the new high risk groups are young adults (in their 20s and 30s) and ethnic populations, such as South Asians.

The report on young Canadian adults:

Over the past 15 years, Canada has seen significant increases in overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. It used to be thought that like heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, were “diseases of aging.” These increases will translate into an explosion of heart disease in the next generation.

“There are more than 250,000 young Canadians in their 20s and 30s with high blood pressure. That’s something we could have never imagined a decade ago. It’s almost a doubling in 15 years,” says Stephen Samis. “The real tragedy is that this is largely preventable.”

On ethnic populations:

Research has shown that Canadians of South Asian and African-Caribbean descent are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke because of higher rates of high blood pressure and diabetes. South Asian Canadians may be at particular risk as evidence suggests they may develop heart disease 5 to 10 years earlier than other ethnic groups. Provinces that currently have significant visible minority populations, such as B.C. (25%), Ontario (23%) and Alberta (14%) — and in particular major metropolitan, urban centres such as Vancouver (42%), Toronto (43%), Montreal (17%), and Calgary (22%) — are going to face a tremendous growth in the need for cardiovascular prevention and care as these growing populations age.

Time to cut down on the oil, ghee, salt and sugar.  Take it seriously folks.
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BBC’s verdict on 7/7 conspiracy theories

I happened to be watching BBC World News last evening and fell upon a rerun of a show called the Conspiracy Files. This episode was about the July 7, 2005 transit bombings in London.

“The programme sees how conspiracy theories suggest four British Muslims were framed by the government, play on the fears of the Muslim community and spread a highly divisive and damaging message.

“The Conspiracy Files: 7/7 examines the evidence in an attempt to separate fact from fiction.”

Although some or a lot of the reporting may be factual, it’s clear the BBC is on a mission to refute an Internet documentary entitled 7/7 Ripple Effect. The problem is that by showing a clear bias, the BBC sheds its own credibility on the issue. Most inquiring minds who at least partially believe that something could be amiss won’t likely be convinced by hearing denials or clarifications from the very people who are involved or implicated.

This type of reporting does no good. The doubters continue to doubt and their mistrust has likely grown (including for the BBC), while those who believe the conspiracy theorists are nutcases have their belief reinforced.

It’s true that the BBC had little to go on. But it could at least acknowledge some of the points of the conspiracy theorists without blowing off an aroma of total contempt, instead of simply offering the other half of the story 7/7 Ripple Effect missed.

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