Common primary muscle disorders include inflammatory myopathies, including polymyositis, which is characterized by inflammation and progressive weakening of the skeletal muscles; dermatomyositis, which is polymyositis accompanied by a skin rash; and inclusion body myositis, which is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting. Other common disorders are muscular dystrophies and metabolic muscle disorders, he said. Muscular dystrophy affects muscle fibers. Metabolic muscle disorders interfere with chemical reactions involved in drawing energy from junction disorders impair the transmission of nerve signals to muscles, Schabbing noted.
Fatty acids are essential to heart health. Benefits include improved cholesterol balance and immune system function, reduced inflammation and rates of heart disease and atherosclerosis. 9-10 Current Western diets tend to be deficient in essential omega-3 fatty acids and excessive in saturated and trans fats. The resulting imbalance can promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease. 8-9 The Boston Heart Fatty Acid Balance™ test provides valuable indices and treatment considerations for the major CVD related fatty acids to help determine the most effective treatment strategy for reducing patients’ risk of heart disease.