Lifestyle and Cancer Risk

According to British researchers, almost 40% of cancers are due to avoidable life choices. Tobacco causes 23% of cancer cases in men and 15.6% in women. The next largest cause of cancer in men is a diet lacking in fresh fruit and vegetables, and for women, it is being overweight. The use of alcohol is…

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Fish Oil Fails to Help MS

A Norweigian randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has found fish oil supplements of no help in treating patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). The serum fatty acid levels in those receiving the fish oil supplements increased, yet at 6, 9, and 24 months there were no differences as measured by MRI disease activity between groups. Quality…

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High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets Reduce Prime Fuel in Colon Cells

Butyrate is a prime fuel for colon cells. Recent research shows that high protein-low carbohydrate weight loss diets substantially reduce bacterial populations that produce butyrate. In this study, butyrate production in the colon dropped by more than 75% in people on these diets. The end result is that low carb diets can lead to poor colon…

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Diet, Exercise, and Weight Are Major Contributors to Health

The Cancer Prevention Study ll Nutrition Cohort shows that  people who maintain a BMI within normal range, exercise 30 or more minutes daily, and eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains exhibit reduced deaths from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause mortality. For those who met the criteria above, this study shows reductions…

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Advantages of Baby-led Weaning

When compared with parental spoon-feeding, infants allowed baby-led weaning learned to regulate their food intake leading to lower BMI and a preferance for healthier dietary patterns. When children were introduced to solid foods by feeding themselves, they preferred carbohydrates over other types, as well as protein-based foods and whole grains. If spoon-fed with pureed foods…

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Eating Only A Single Food Unhealthy!

A Birmingham, England teenager who ate exclusively chicken nuggets for the past 15 years collapsed and was rushed to a hospital, a British newspaper reported. The young girl claims to have never tasted fresh fruit or vegetables. Now at 17 years old she is anemic and malnourished. While her diet provided ample calories, it left…

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Diet Controls Genes for Heart Attacks

Heart disease kills more people than any other disease. Major causes of heart attacks include cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. You can also inherit defective genes from your father or mother that will increase your risk of having a heart attack. You can control what you eat but your genetic make up is…

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Healthy Diet for Mom Reduces Birth Defects

A prepregancy healthy dietary pattern in addition to folic acid supplementation could be a key to reducing neural tube and other birth defects. When Stanford University researchers controlled for supplement use they found a high quality diet that included fruits, vegetables and whole grains was associated with a 51% lower risk of anencephaly, 34% lower…

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Lifestyle Factors Do Count!

A prospective cohort study has confirmed once again the importance of the cumulative effects of wise lifetyle choices on the risk of developing diabetes. Men and women who had a good diet, were physically active, did not smoke, used minimal amounts of alcohol and were not overweight or obese experienced significantly lower risk.PositiveTip: Self-discipline in…

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Sugar Counteracts the Anti-inflamatory Effects of Essential Oils

Among the many benefits of the polyunsaturated n-3 fatty acids (omega-3 fats) is that they protect against high-fat diet induced obesity and the inflammation of fat cells  Researchers have found that excess table sugar (sucrose) added to the diets of mice significantly reduced the anti-inflammatory properties of these beneficial fats, and increased obesity.PositiveTip: How much…

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