Healthy Diet Can Protect Against Diabetes: Harvard Study

Healthy Diet Can Protect Against Diabetes: Harvard Study


Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic, but you can protect yourself with a healthier diet. And the same type of diet can help you manage diabetes if you already have it.

According to experts at Boston’s Joslin Diabetes Center and the Harvard School of Public Health, specific foods that help reduce your risk include green leafy vegetables, oat cereal, yogurt and dairy products, grapes, apples, blueberries and walnuts. Surprisingly, coffee and decaf java are also on the list. > >> read more ...

Bad Diet Curbs Fertility: Study

Bad Diet Curbs Fertility: Study


Women who shun fruit or eat lots of fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely to conceive within a year, according to a study released Thursday.

A nearly no-fruit diet compared to one loaded with three or more pieces per day added about two weeks, on average, to the time of conception, researchers reported in the peer-reviewed journal Human Reproduction.

And women who consumed fast foods such as burgers, pizza and deep-fried chicken four or more times a week compared to those who never or rarely touched the stuff took an extra month to become pregnant. > >> read more ...

Diet May Determine Timing of Menopause: Study

Diet May Determine Timing of Menopause: Study


What women eat might determine when they enter menopause, new research suggests.

After tracking more than 35,000 British women for four years, investigators found that menopause tended to start earlier among those whose diets were heavy in refined carbs. In contrast, menopause tended to begin later among those who consumed a lot of fish and legumes.

“In particular, a higher consumption of oily fish was found to delay the timing of natural menopause by approximately three years, and fresh legumes — such as peas and green beans — was linked to a later menopause by around a year,” said study author Yashvee Dunneram. > >> read more ...

Can a Ketogenic Diet Help Prevent and Treat Heart Disease?

Can a Ketogenic Diet Help Prevent and Treat Heart Disease?

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In the first of the Keto & Heart Disease series, we looked at the prevalence, risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. The main predictors of developing heart disease and the markers we should be focusing on are chronic inflammation, oxidation, metabolic markers and artery plaque. Let’s look at how we can reduce risk of heart disease by changing in our diet.

Heart Disease: Busting the Myths

Most people have grown up believing that high fat, high cholesterol foods like bacon and eggs, steak or shrimp will raise cholesterol levels, clog arteries and cause a heart attack. > >> read more ...

The Paleo Diet Isn’t a Fad: Mayo Clinic

The Paleo Diet Isn’t a Fad: Mayo Clinic


The so-called “Paleo” diet, which cuts out a number of food groups to bring about weight loss, has been around for several years now and at first blush may sound like just another fad.

But some recent scientific studies since the diet became popular have found that the regimen that makes up the diet’s requirements could have merit.

A Paleo diet requires people to eat foods similar to those available to humans during the Paleolithic period, which dates from 10,000 to 2.5 million years ago, according to the Mayo Clinic. > >> read more ...

Healthy Diet May Preserve Vision, Says Expert

Healthy Diet May Preserve Vision, Says Expert


Healthy eating may help preserve your vision as you age, eye experts say.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the macula (a small area near the center of the retina, located on the inside back layer of the eye), leading to a decline in central vision.

There is no cure for AMD, which affects about 10 million Americans. It’s the leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Along with age, smoking and family history, a poor diet is a major risk factor for AMD. > >> read more ...

Can the Ketogenic Diet Help with Migraines?

Can the Ketogenic Diet Help with Migraines?

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If you or someone you know experiences migraines, then you know these debilitating attacks are far more than mere headaches. In addition to severe, throbbing pain, migraines often also involve visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.

As many as 25% of migraine sufferers experience a visual phenomenon called an aura. Attacks typically last between 4 and 72 hours and in 15-20% of cases, the head pain is preceded by the other neurological symptoms (1). > >> read more ...

Colon Cancer Survival Tied to More Activity, Healthier Diet: Study

Colon Cancer Survival Tied to More Activity, Healthier Diet: Study


Colon cancer survivors with healthier lifestyles may live longer, a recent U.S. study suggests.
“Colon cancer patients who followed the American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity had a marked reduction in risk of death and recurrence,” lead author Erin Van Blarigan of the University of California at San Francisco said in a telephone interview.

“The magnitude of benefit was on par with what you might expect from an invasive treatment, if not larger.” > >> read more ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Cognition

The Ketogenic Diet and Cognition

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Many problems surrounding cognitive impairment are related to the brain’s energy supply. Under normal conditions in healthy individuals, glucose easily meets the brain’s energy needs. However, in various conditions of cognitive impairment, glucose is unable to fully meet these needs.

The brain is happy to use ketones as a fuel, although they’re rarely abundant enough. This is where a ketogenic diet, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and/or ketone supplements may play a role. For example, we’ve previously published articles on the potential roles of ketosis in epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. > >> read more ...

Studies Find the Mediterranean Diet Slows Aging

Studies Find the Mediterranean Diet Slows Aging


Six new articles published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences found that a Mediterranean diet may slow aging.

The articles reported on elements of the diet including the positive relationship between the diet and physical and cognitive function, the value of taking a coenzyme Q10 supplement while sticking to the diet, and the role of the diet in reducing inflammation.

“Greater clarity on how this diet is defined, in both interventions and observational studies, will be critical in the aim of achieving a consensus on how to optimally apply this dietary pattern towards maximizing healthy aging,” the authors wrote. > >> read more ...