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Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Newborns with low levels of vitamin D may have higher odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, new research suggests. Vitamin D deficiency is common among the general population, including pregnant women. But the researchers said it's too soon to routinely recommend "sunshine vitamin" supplements for mothers-to-be. "The study does not prove that increasing vitamin D levels reduces the risk of MS. Further studies are needed to confirm our results," said study leader Dr. Nete Munk Nielsen, a researcher at the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. About 2.5 million people worldwide have MS. It's a chronic disease of the central nervous system characterized by damage to myelin, the fatty substance coating nerve fibers. MS symptoms vary, but can include walking difficulties, fatigue, numbness and vision problems. A growing body of evidence ... Read more

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Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets. "I wouldn't say a vegetarian diet is useless for preventing cardiovascular risk," said study leader Dr. Hyunseok Kim. However, the heart benefits on a population level may be less than some believe, said Kim, an internal medicine resident at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine in Newark. The study findings puzzleded one nutritionist who said previous research has indicated that a vegetarian diet is good for the heart. The study used U.S. national survey data to compare adult vegetarians to thousands of meat eaters. While vegetarians were thinner, their overall heart risk wasn't actually different, according to the study. "Followers ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Enough Dietary Iron

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential nutrient in a healthy diet. Here are some good sources, courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Lean cuts of pork, beef, chicken, turkey and fish. Pinto and kidney beans, soybeans and lentils. Breakfast cereals fortified with iron. Rice enriched with iron. Spinach and other vegetables that are dark green and leafy. Iron-enriched breads that contain whole grains. Read more

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Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – New research suggests that dietary calcium in the form of supplements, but not calcium-rich foods, might have a harmful impact on the heart. The study couldn't prove the supplements help cause heart trouble, but its authors believe the finding should give consumers pause for thought. "When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better," said study lead author Dr. Erin Michos. "But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system," Michos said in a news release from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is associate director of preventive cardiology at the school's Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. About 43 percent of American ... Read more

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Americans Are Changing Their Supplements of Choice

Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Traditional multivitamins are falling out of favor among Americans, while supplements such as vitamin D, fish oil and probiotics are gaining ground, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 1999 and 2012, Americans' overall use of supplements remained stable. Slightly more than half of adults said they took vitamins, minerals or some other type of dietary supplement. What's changed are the products of choice. Multivitamins and many individual vitamins and minerals are less popular, as are botanicals such as echinacea, ginseng and garlic extracts, the investigators found. On the other hand, more people are using vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics – "good" bacteria said to benefit the digestive system. Researchers said the findings make sense. "I did expect to see that vitamin D use would go up, and that fish oil would go up," said lead ... Read more

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'Glycemic Index' Too Unreliable to Manage Diabetes: Study

Posted 7 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2016 – Glycemic index values of the same foods can vary widely and may be an unreliable indicator of blood sugar response, according to a new study. The glycemic index was created to show how fast blood sugar rises after eating a specific type of food, the study authors said. It's considered a tool to help people with diabetes control their blood sugar levels. In the study, researchers checked blood sugar responses in 63 healthy adults after eating the same amount of white bread three different times over 12 weeks. The investigators found that glycemic index values varied an average of 20 percent among individuals and 25 percent between different study participants. "Glycemic index values appear to be an unreliable indicator even under highly standardized conditions, and are unlikely to be useful in guiding food choices," said lead author Nirupa Matthan. She is a ... Read more

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Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics, Study Finds

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – Two servings of fish a week may be enough to lower the heightened risk for blindness that those with diabetes face, a new Spanish study suggests. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of type 2 diabetes resulting from a drop-off in blood supply to the patient's retina. According to lead researcher Aleix Sala-Vila, it is the most frequent cause of diabetes-related blindness. "We wanted to [see] whether regular consumption of seafood – fatty fish in particular – in the absence of any advice to increase seafood consumption or fish oil supplementation decreased the risk of diabetic retinopathy," explained Sala-Vila, a researcher at the Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Red in Barcelona. Sala-Vila's team focused on patients whose overall diet was already composed of mostly low-fat or plant-based foods. That said, the team found that those who consumed ... Read more

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Health Tip: Young Men Shouldn't Scrimp on Nutrition

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Starting healthy habits during early adulthood may not be something many young men think about, but it's important. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says young men should: Start each day with breakfast. Squeeze in a mid-morning snack to maintain energy and prevent overeating at meals. Eat plenty of lower-fat proteins, such as fish, tofu, legumes, skinless poultry and lean pork. Choose heart-healthy fats, such as avocados, olive and canola oils, walnuts and almonds. Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D, including at least three daily servings of low-fat cheese, milk or yogurt. Work out regularly, including exercises that promote weight-bearing and strengthening. Read more

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Vitamin D Levels May Fall When Women Stop Taking Birth Control

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Vitamin D levels may drop after women stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives with estrogen, researchers report. The vitamin is involved in the immune system and in managing calcium in the blood, which influences bone health. The body produces it when exposed to sunlight. During pregnancy, women produce higher amounts of vitamin D to help fetal bone development and are at increased risk of vitamin deficiency, according to the researchers. "Our findings indicate women may run the risk of developing vitamin D deficiency just when they want to become pregnant," said study first author Dr. Quaker Harmon. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. "For women who are planning to stop using birth control, it is worth taking steps to ensure that vitamin D levels are adequate while trying to conceive and ... 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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Health Tip: Toddlers Should Get Vitamins From Diet

Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's disheartening when toddlers skip the vegetables and fruits you lovingly prepare. But rather than substitute a multivitamin, the American Academy of Pediatrics has advice on getting kids what they need from food: Look for a variety of sources for essential vitamins. Calcium, for example, is found in more than just dairy products. It's also found in almonds, bok choy, baked beans and salmon. Many foods are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Examples include milk, bread, cereal, waffles and orange juice. Ironically, many parents who offer a multivitamin also concentrate on offering their youngsters healthier fare. 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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Vitamin Deficiencies Common in Young Migraine Sufferers

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 – Many young people who suffer from migraines have vitamin deficiencies, new research finds. "Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation," said lead study author Dr. Suzanne Hagler in a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center news release. She is a headache medicine fellow in the hospital's division of neurology. The study included children, teens and young adult migraine patients who were treated at Cincinnati Children's Headache Center. A high percentage of them had mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 – a vitamin-like substance used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance, the researchers said. Many of the patients were prescribed preventive migraine ... Read more

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