Frequent Consumption of Fruit Improves Female Fertility

Women who ate fruit less than 3 times per day, when compared to those who consumed 3 or more servings, had a significantly increased risk of infertility. This retrospective study from Australia also found women who consumed no fast food had a 41% reduced risk of infertility. Interestingly, consumption of green leafy vegetables seemingly had no…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Improved Diets Reduce Risk of Death

Reports from two large cohort studies of health professionals demonstrate that people who maintain a high-quality diet over 12 years experienced significantly lower risks of death from any cause, compared to those who had a consistently low diet score. The Alternative Healthy Eating Index, the Alternative Mediterranean Diet, and the DASH diet yielded a 9-16% reduction in mortality.…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Muscle Health and Plant-based Protein

Traditional thinking held animal protein was necessary to maintain musculoskeletal health. Almost 3000 men and women with a mean age of 40 were studied to determine if this was correct. Researchers compared 6 dietary patterns, in one of which the protein came primarily from plant foods. All protein clusters provided recommended amounts of protein. It was found that the plant proteins were equal to…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Suboptimal Dietary Factors Associated with Death from Heart Disease

A comparative risk assessment model has estimated that 45.4% of all cardiometabolic (heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes) deaths in U.S. adults was associated with suboptimal consumption of the following specific dietary factors: High sodium intake (9.5%). Low consumption of nuts and seeds (8.5%). High consumption of processed meats (8.2%). Low omega-3 fatty acids (7.8%). Low vegetable…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Diet Plus Exercise Good for Diabetes Prevention

Almost 2800 adults were randomized to a lifestyle intervention (diet and exercise), metformin (medication), or placebo groups and followed for 15 years. The incidence of diabetes was reduced by 27% in the lifestyle group and 18% in the metformin group relative to the placebo group. PositiveTip: Make healthy diet and exercise choices every day. They play a…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Healthy Diet Helps Low-income Population

Low-income U.S. adults who eat a healthy diet experienced about 20% lower risk of heart disease and cancer. Almost 78,000 adults, half who had an annual income less than $15,000, were followed from 2002 to 2009. The quality of their diets was evaluated using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Healthy Eating Index. After adjusting for…

Read MoreLong right arrow

How You Eat Affects the Earth’s Future

Here is a new perspective: a recent ecological study found if populations switched from omnivore diets to either Mediterranean, pescatarian (no meat except fish) or vegetarian diets, it could improve life span, reduce diabetes by 25%, cancer by 10% and heart disease by 20%. Furthermore, food production greenhouse gas emissions would reduce in amounts equal…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Lifestyle Matters!

A 40 year community-based effort in a rural Maine (U.S.) county to help residents control elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, stop smoking, eat healthfully, and exercise more appears to have yielded significant benefits. Compared with other counties in the same state, Franklin's residents have lower mortality rates and fewer hospitalizations resulting in savings of $5.4 million…

Read MoreLong right arrow

How to Avoid Bad Health Advice Online

Health news researchers rated the weight loss advice on 103 websites according to evidence-based criteria. Health blogs, government, medical and academic websites had the highest quality information while 80% of websites were below average. Unfortunately, 90% of all clicks usually originate on the first page of search results, which is where websites with poor information…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Eating Healthy Foods Reduces Impact of Aging

A Mediterranean dietary pattern is characterized by a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and unrefined grains; a high intake of olive oil and low intake of saturated fat; and a low to moderate amount of animal food. This type of dietary is now associated with longer telomere length--a biomarker for aging. The greater the adherence…

Read MoreLong right arrow