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Health Tip: Enjoy Autumn Produce

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A slew of nutritious produce makes its debut during the Autumn months. Here are some Autumn goodies, mentioned by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Pumpkin, which is rich in vitamin A and fiber. Add it to bread and other baked goods. Beets, which are natural sources of nitrates. Enjoy them raw or cooked, and don't ignore the leafy greens on top. Parsnips, which are rich in folate and fiber. Sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamin A and fiber. Kale, which is rich in manganese and vitamins A, C and K. Okra, which is a good source of fiber, folate and vitamins K and C. Pears, which are a good source of fiber. Cranberries, which help promote urological health. Read more

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Mediterranean Diet, Caffeine May Be Good for Your Eyes

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Eating a Mediterranean diet and consuming caffeine may lower your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, healthy fats and fish – benefits the heart and lowers cancer risk. But there has been little research on whether it helps protect against eye diseases such as AMD, the researchers noted. Using questionnaires, the researchers assessed the diets of 883 people, aged 55 and older, in Portugal. Of those, 449 had early stage AMD and 434 did not have the eye disease. Closely following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of AMD, and eating lots of fruit was especially beneficial. The researchers also found that people who consumed high levels of caffeine ... Read more

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Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – If you turn to red meat as your main source of protein, you could be shortening your life, a new study suggests. People who get more of their protein from plant sources have an overall lower risk of dying early than those who consume a lot of animal protein, the researchers said. However, not all animal proteins carry the same level of risk, said lead researcher Dr. Mingyang Song. He is a nutrition research fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. And many of the red meat eaters also had unhealthy habits such as drinking and smoking, the researchers said. "We found protein from red meat, particularly processed red meat, is strongly associated with mortality," he said. "The protein from fish or chicken is not really associated with mortality." The study findings make a case for including more plant protein in your daily diet: For every ... Read more

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Looks-Conscious Teens Trying Risky Supplements

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – Many teens are turning to risky, unregulated supplements to boost their looks, warns a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. These products – including protein powders, steroids and diet pills – are often useless at best, toxic at worst, said the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new report. "Doctors think of performance-enhancing substance use as an athlete problem, but many non-athletes are using these substances for appearance enhancement," said Dr. Michele LaBotz, a report co-author. Boys go for protein supplements, caffeine, steroids and creatine, which revs up energy in cells. Nonprescription weight-loss supplements are popular among girls, the researchers reported. Over-the-counter supplements, which were deregulated in 1994, are the substances used most often by teens, LaBotz said. Studies have shown many are contaminated with toxic heavy metals, such ... Read more

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Fiber: The Rx for Disease-Free Aging

Posted 23 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 – Foods rich in fiber not only keep you "regular," they may help you live longer without disease, new research suggests. Among more than 1,600 Australian adults, the top fiber consumers were 80 percent more likely to remain fully functional and disease-free as they aged, the study found. Fiber-rich foods include fruits and whole grains. "Our observations need to be confirmed by other large studies, and we can't make recommendations at this stage such as pushing for a more plant-based diet," said study lead author Bamini Gopinath, an associate professor in the University of Sydney's Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Her Australian team only found an association rather than a cause-and-effect link. Still, Gopinath and her colleagues weren't surprised by the findings, "given that there are numerous studies showing fiber's protective influence against a host ... Read more

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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. "Substantial numbers of Americans spent billions of dollars out-of-pocket on these approaches – an indication that users believe enough in the value of these approaches to pay for them," said study co-author Richard Nahin. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Expenditures in 2012 included: $14.7 billion out-of-pocket on visits to complementary practitioners such as chiropractors, yoga instructors, acupuncturists or massage ... Read more

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Spare the Meat, Skip the Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Eating a mainly plant-based diet – especially one with lots of healthy veggies, fruit and whole grains – may significantly lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. "This study highlights that even moderate dietary changes in the direction of a healthful plant-based diet can play a significant role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes," said study lead author Ambika Satija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "These findings provide further evidence to support current dietary recommendations for chronic disease prevention," Satija added in a school news release. The study included information from more than 200,000 Americans. They all completed a series of questionnaires about their diet, lifestyle, medical history and current health. The information was collected over 20 years. People who closely followed a ... Read more

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Could Eating More Whole Grains Help You Live Longer?

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – Health experts have long urged people to swap their processed white grains for the whole-grain variety, and new research suggests that advice might help you live longer. Researchers found that people who ate three or more servings of whole grains a day had a 20 percent reduced risk of premature death during the study period, compared to those who ate fewer or no servings of whole grains. "The higher the whole grain intake, the lower the death rate, especially deaths from cardiovascular disease," said study author Dr. Qi Sun. He is an assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Whole grains are so named because they contain the entire grain kernel, including bran (outer husk), germ (nutrient-rich core) and endosperm (middle layer). Whole-grain foods include whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, brown rice and whole cornmeal. ... Read more

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Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Although overall colon cancer rates are declining, the rates among Americans under 50 have jumped more than 11 percent in the past decade, a new study finds. Over the same decade, the number of cancers in those 50 and older fell by nearly 3 percent, the study found. "Our findings suggest that health care providers should be more vigilant about detecting symptoms in younger patients and also should consider lowering the threshold for colonoscopy screening," lead researcher Dr. Elie Sutton said during a media briefing. Sutton is a research fellow at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York City. "We really don't know why colon cancer is increasing in younger patients," he said. "We can speculate that it's due to increases in inflammatory bowel disease or a change in diet, but really there is no clear consensus on that." The researchers also found that colon cancer ... Read more

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Time to Drop the 'No-Eating Rule' Before Colonoscopy?

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – New research suggests that the grueling process of preparing for a colonoscopy may not have to be endured on an empty stomach. Colonoscopy patients typically have to forgo all solid foods and go on a clear-liquid diet while taking laxatives the day before their procedure. However, this new study found that those who ate a limited amount of low-fiber foods were happier and didn't suffer any negative effects during their exam. In fact, their bowels were actually better prepared for the procedure than those of the patients who stuck to traditional clear-liquid diets, the researchers said. "The assumptions about no food on the day before colonoscopy are probably not correct. The clear-liquid diet is very restrictive, and probably too restrictive," said study author Dr. Jason Samarasena. He is an assistant clinical professor of medicine with the division of ... Read more

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FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy'

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Which of these foods, if any, should be labeled "healthy"? Raisin bran? Avocados? Granola bars? Going by current – and perhaps outdated – U.S. food-labeling regulations, it's impossible to know, food makers and legislators contend. But that's about to change under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to redefine the definition of "healthy" foods. "We believe now is an opportune time to reevaluate regulations concerning nutrient content claims, generally, including the term 'healthy,'" the FDA said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. The process could take years, and will likely rely on public input. A bill in Congress, if approved, would urge the FDA to make this matter a priority, according to the news report. The nutritional landscape and knowledge of what constitutes a healthy diet has changed considerably since 1994, when the FDA first ... Read more

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Coffee, Wine Good for Healthy Gut, Sodas May Be Bad

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – The food you eat and the medicines you take can alter your gut bacteria in ways that either help or harm your health, two new studies suggest. Foods like fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, yogurt and buttermilk can increase the diversity of bacteria in a person's intestines. And that diversity can help ward off illness, said Dr. Jingyuan Fu, senior author of one of the studies. "It is believed that higher diversity and richness [in gut bacteria] is beneficial," explained Fu. She is an associate professor of genetics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. On the other hand, foods containing loads of simple carbohydrates appear to reduce bacterial diversity in the gut, Fu and colleagues found. These include high-fat whole milk and sugar-sweetened soda. In addition, medications can also play a part in the makeup of your gut bacteria. Antibiotics, ... Read more

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Beans, Chickpeas May Help With Weight Loss: Study

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – Beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils: Humble foods that may pack a punch for weight loss, Canadian researchers report. A new analysis of data from 21 clinical trials on these foods – collectively known as "pulses" – finds that they can help dieters feel full, and shed unwanted pounds. "Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it," study lead author Russell de Souza, a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, said in a hospital news release. One expert wasn't surprised by the findings. "These types of legumes are some of the most underappreciated foods around," said Dana Angelo White, a nutritionist and assistant professor of sports medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. "They are ... Read more

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1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report. More than 15 percent of older Americans took potentially life-threatening combinations of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in 2011, the study showed. That was almost a twofold increase from 2005, when 8.4 percent of seniors did so. "Alongside the growing use of multiple medications, there is also a hidden, and increasing, risk of potentially deadly drug interactions in older adults," said lead researcher Dr. Dima Qato. She is an assistant professor of pharmacy systems at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Many of these interactions involved heart drugs and supplements, such as omega-3 fish oil supplements, which are more commonly used now than they were five ... Read more

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Seven Steps Toward a Healthier Heart

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults, but a healthy lifestyle can reduce that risk, a heart expert says. The American Heart Association calls its prevention tips "Life's Simple 7" because they're easy to understand and follow, said Dr. Ravi Dave. He is director of the cardiac catheterization lab at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, in Santa Monica. And because February is American Heart Month, and there's "no better time to focus on heart disease and kick-start your New Year's resolution to lose weight, eat better and start exercising," Dave said in a university news release. The seven steps are: Walk or exercise in other ways for at least 30 minutes five times a week to lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Control your cholesterol. "Lowering and controlling blood-cholesterol levels will help ... Read more

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