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Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – People with lupus may fare better if they have enough vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diet, preliminary research suggests. In separate studies, researchers linked the two nutrients – or lack thereof – to higher risks of certain lupus symptoms and complications. In one, lupus patients with low blood levels of vitamin D faced a higher risk of kidney damage than those with sufficient levels. In the other, people who ate more omega-3 fats – mainly found in oily fish – tended to have less severe symptom flare-ups and better sleep quality. Neither study actually proves that the nutrients deserve the credit, said Dr. Stacy Ardoin, a member of the Lupus Foundation of America's Medical-Scientific Advisory Council. To do that, she explained, researchers need to run trials where they actually test the effects of vitamin D or omega-3. But it's "encouraging" to see ... Read more

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Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between 1993 and 1998. Some were assigned to eat less fat and more vegetables, fruits and grains (the intervention group). Others followed their normal diet (the comparison group). This continued until 2005. After 15 years of follow-up, 92 cases of pancreatic cancer were identified in the intervention group and 165 in the comparison group. That translates to a rate of 35 cases per 100,000 in the intervention group and 41 per 100,000 in the comparison group, the researchers said. The study was published online recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "Based on previous observational studies, we knew diet may ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Pancreatic Cancer, Dietary Fiber Supplementation

Switching to Whole Grain Foods Could Trim Your Waistline

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead. You'll feel fuller after switching out highly processed white grains for whole-grain alternatives, a new study from Denmark contends. Plus, you'll likely lose a little bit of weight and have reduced inflammation. Those changes could be helpful in preventing or improving type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. "Our analysis confirmed that there is a sound scientific basis for the dietary recommendation to eat whole grains. Rye seems to have the best effect," said study senior author Tine Rask Licht. She's a professor of intestinal microbial ecology at the Technical University of Denmark. But the study also had some surprising results. Eating a diet full of whole grains didn't appear to improve insulin sensitivity, nor did it seem to change the gut's ... Read more

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What Exercise Regimen Is Best for Healthy Weight Loss in Seniors?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Seniors who want to lose weight should hit the weight room while they cut calories, a new study suggests. Older folks who performed resistance training while dieting were able to lose fat but still preserve most of their lean muscle mass, compared with those who walked for exercise, researchers report. "The thought is if you lose too much lean mass, that this will exacerbate risk of disability in older adults," said lead researcher Kristen Beavers, an assistant professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Our findings show if your treatment goal is to maximize fat loss and minimize lean mass loss, then the resistance training is probably the way to go." Excess pounds significantly contribute to frailty and disability in old age, but there's concern that dieting alone might rob older adults of the muscle they need to ... Read more

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Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again. More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels. Some had hidden ingredients that might actually harm health, researchers said. Bodybuilding and weight-loss supplements, in particular, tended to contain ingredients not listed on their packaging, said lead researcher Dr. Victor Navarro, chair of hepatology for Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Chemical analyses found that product labels did not reflect ingredients for 80 percent of bodybuilding and performance enhancement supplements, and 72 percent of weight-loss products, the researchers reported. "We found that half of the bodybuilding supplements in our analysis contained undeclared anabolic steroids," Navarro said. The researchers and health ... Read more

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Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What you eat after you've been diagnosed may make a difference," Chan said. "There is a possibility that increasing your intake of fiber may actually lower the rate of dying from colon cancer and maybe even other causes." Chan cautioned, however, that the study does not prove that the additional fiber caused people to live longer, only that the two were associated. Fiber has been linked to better insulin control and less inflammation, which may account for better survival, he suggested. In addition, a ... Read more

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Trouble With Number Twos? One Simple Step May Help

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – If you're constipated, try grabbing a small footstool before you plunk yourself down on the potty, a new study suggests. Most Westerners sit down on the proverbial throne the way they would sit on a chair, but a novel leg-lifting device offers an option that seems to encourage good bowel movements, researchers report. The footstool helps sitters assume a squat-like position while conducting their business. And that position appears to alter an individual's anatomical angle in a positive way. "A large portion of the world – including Asia, Africa, and [the] Middle East – utilize some form of squatting while having a bowel movement," explained study author Dr. Rohan Modi. In contrast, most people living in the developed countries "have largely transitioned to toilets," he noted. But for those struggling with chronic constipation, the footstool "had a positive ... Read more

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Tasty Ways to Get More Fiber

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – You probably know that it's a good idea to eat more fiber. But do you know why? Fiber is found in plant-based foods. It adds volume to your diet, but passes through the intestines quickly because the body can't digest it. That's why fiber can make you feel full faster and prevent constipation. It may also help lower your cholesterol level and reduce your risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women should get 25 grams of fiber every day and men, 38 grams. Yet only 5 percent of Americans meet this guideline. With a little effort, you can reach this healthful goal by eating a variety of fiber-rich foods rather than depending on supplements. That's a good idea because you also get the foods' other nutrients – vitamins, minerals and more. Vegetables are a major source of fiber, some more than others. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Juice Before Age 1

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that fruit juice be avoided by all children under the age of 1. It represented the first change to the academy's recommendations on fruit juice since 2001. The group said fresh fruit typically includes more dietary fiber and less sugar than juice. "Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet," a statement on the academy's website said. Read more

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Human Gut Germs Dictated by Diet

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – What you eat, or don't eat, affects the mix of germs in your digestive tract, new research indicates. Thousands of microbial species thrive in the human intestine, helping people digest fiber and make vitamins and other molecules. They also help strengthen the immune system and protect against potentially harmful bacteria, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers say. The rise in farming some 15,000 years ago dramatically changed the human diet, the researchers noted. And in just the last 100 years, people have become increasingly sedentary and less likely to consume fiber-rich whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Antibiotics, cesarean sections and other lifestyle changes have also helped shift the composition of microbes in the human gut, the study authors added. To see how "progress" may have affected microbial diversity, the researchers examined ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Constipation, Dietary Supplementation, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Dietary Fiber Supplementation, Acute Abdomen

Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

Posted 17 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Mom was right – eating breakfast really is important. Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest. "This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said senior study author Gerda Pot, a lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College London. The researchers used food diaries to track the diets of more than 800 children aged 4 to 10 and nearly 900 kids aged 11 to 18. Their food intake was tracked from 2008 to 2012. The researchers compared levels of key nutrients that the kids ate to British nutrition guidelines For the study, breakfast was defined as more than 100 calories of food between 6 and 9 a.m. Although the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers did find that breakfast skippers had ... Read more

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Not All Plant Foods Are Equal

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire. The study, of over 200,000 U.S. health professionals, found those who ate plenty of healthy plant foods – such as vegetables, beans and whole grains – did have a lower risk of heart disease. That was not true, however, if people loaded up on foods that are technically plant-based, but not all that healthy. In fact, diets heavy in pasta, bread, potatoes and sweets appeared just as bad as, if not worse than, diets high in animal products. "Plant-based foods are not all the same," said lead researcher Ambika Satija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. So it's crucial that people consider the nutritional quality of the plant foods they choose, she said. ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Dietary Supplementation, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Dietary Fiber Supplementation

The Facts on Flax

Posted 9 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 – Though tiny in size, flax packs a big nutritional punch. These sesame-seed lookalikes are considered a functional food – a food that goes beyond basic nutrients to provide health benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic diseases, according to a report in the Journal of Food Science and Technology. Flaxseed gets the nod because it's high in the omega-3 fatty acid A.L.A. plus phytochemicals called lignans, and fiber. It's great for heart and digestive health and to support the immune system. It may even lower cholesterol and possibly blood pressure in some people, researchers report. With all that going for it, the question is how to get more flaxseed into your diet, especially since one tablespoon has a mere 37 calories. First, to absorb all its nutrients, eat flaxseed in ground form, never whole. You can buy ground flax or, better still, buy whole seeds and ... Read more

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Add Fiber Without Extra Calories

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? According to the National Fiber Council, if you're like most Americans, the answer is no. Women need about 28 grams of fiber a day and men need 35 grams, but most of us clock in at 15 grams or less. Why all the fuss about fiber? It helps keep blood sugar and hunger in check and your digestive system moving in the right direction. It can also help protect you from the threat of heart disease. According to a study published in the British journal BMJ, every 7-gram increase in fiber significantly lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke. That's the amount of fiber in just a cup of bran flakes or two apples. Making some simple substitutions can increase your fiber, but not your calories. Choose whole wheat bread and pastas over white bread – it has more than twice the fiber. Draw from this list to get the benefits of ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Dietary Fiber Supplementation

5 Food Groups to Jump-Start Nutrition

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – Most Americans still don't eat enough nutrient-rich foods from key groups including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy, according to federal health statistics. And they take in too many refined grains, saturated fats, added sugars and salt. What to do? Here are 5 types of foods you can add today to give your diet a boost. Dark green vegetables top the list. Make a point of eating choices like spinach and other greens, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Next are legumes. Choose from the many varieties of dried beans, lentils and peas. They're great in dishes from hot casseroles and stews to cold salads. Serve fish or shellfish in place of some of the beef, pork and even poultry in your diet. Two servings a week of fatty fish, like salmon, are ideal. Nuts, seeds and soy products are other protein sources that can also substitute for traditional meat. ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Dietary Supplementation, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Dietary Fiber Supplementation

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