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Multivitamins May Not Help Men's Hearts, Even When Diet Is Poor

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – Millions of American men pop a multivitamin each day, but new research shows the pills won't help the heart – even if a man's nutrition is lacking. "Many had thought that men with 'poor' nutritional status at baseline may benefit more from long-term multivitamin use on cardiovascular outcomes; however, we did not see any evidence for this in our recent analysis," study author Howard Sesso, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release. According to background information from the researchers, more than half of older Americans take a multivitamin each day. However, many prior studies have shown little evidence of any health benefit. In the new research, Sesso and his colleagues tracked data from an ongoing study of more than 14,000 U.S. male doctors over the age of 50. A prior look at this data had found that taking multivitamins did ... Read more

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Health Tip: Staying Full on a Vegetarian Diet

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Counter to some legendary beliefs, a vegetarian meal doesn't have to leave you hungry and unsatisfied. Veggie-based foods that can help you feel full, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, include: Lean, low-fat proteins, such as beans. Veggie pizza or pasta with veggies, vegetable lo mein or lasagna, bean burritos or tofu stir-fry. Soy or veggie sausages, burgers and hot dogs. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency

What Works Best to Help Overweight Folks Eat Healthier?

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Getting overweight adults to adopt new heart-healthy eating habits is an uphill battle. But giving them a handout about nutrition may be better than nothing, new research suggests. There's "an urgent need for innovative approaches to support the implementation of current dietary advice," said Dr. David Jenkins, lead author of the new study from the University of Toronto. To prevent chronic disease, U.S. nutrition guidelines recommend diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, plus foods that lower cholesterol such as oats, barley, nuts and soy. Jenkins, who is chair of nutrition and metabolism at the university, and his team tried three ways of encouraging these healthy habits. The researchers randomly assigned more than 900 overweight adults to one of four groups. One group received advice about diet through phone calls. Another got a weekly food basket ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Some Health Fads May Not Be All That Healthy

Posted 27 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 – Juicing may be a popular health fad, but evidence suggests it could actually be detrimental to a good diet. The same goes for coconut oil, which is loaded with saturated fat but has emerged as another dietary craze in the United States. And a gluten-free diet likely has little positive health benefit for people who do not have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. These conclusions are part of a new review of the latest scientific evidence on food and nutrition that was conducted to shed some light on the latest diet fads. "There is widespread confusion in terms of nutrition. Every day someone says something is good, and then the next day they say it's bad," said review lead author Dr. Andrew Freeman, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology's Lifestyle and Nutrition Work Group. "Our purpose was to do our best to give clinicians the tools they need to help ... Read more

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Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for everyone – and may even help current and former smokers avoid chronic lung disease, a new investigation reveals. Apples, pears, green leafy vegetables and peppers appear to offer protection against COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), said researchers led by Joanna Kaluza, of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. And the more servings of fruits and vegetables consumed regularly, the greater the protection, Kaluza and her colleagues found. Findings from this large study appear in the Feb. 22 issue of Thorax. The study can't actually prove that diet prevents the debilitating lung disease. However, "we would argue that clinicians should consider the potential benefits of a healthy diet in promoting lung health, and advocate optimizing intake of fruits and vegetables, especially in smokers who ... Read more

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Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – For breast cancer survivors, exercise may help lower their chances of dying from the disease more than other healthy habits, a new review suggests. The Canadian researchers analyzed 67 published articles to see which habits made the most difference in reducing the risk of either breast cancer recurrence or death. Exercise came out on top, reducing the risk of breast cancer death by about 40 percent, said review author Dr. Ellen Warner, a medical oncologist at Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre and a professor at the University of Toronto. "It's similar to the magnitude of chemotherapy or hormone therapy," she said. "So, that's pretty powerful." However, the review did not prove that exercise causes breast cancer risk to drop. Besides exercise, the previous research looked at weight and weight gain, diet, smoking, alcohol and vitamin supplements. The new review ... Read more

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Don't Skip Veggies in Winter

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't eat fresh, healthy foods. There are five types of foods you should try to consume during the winter months, according to health experts at the Cleveland Clinic who offer these suggestions: While it can be hard to find local produce during the winter, root vegetables such as beets, carrots and turnips can withstand the cold and are available. Roast carrots to get a dose of beta-carotene, or boil turnips for vitamins A and C. Oatmeal provides nutrients that are essential during winter. It's high in zinc (important for your immune system) and soluble fiber, which is associated with heart health. Instant oatmeal is more convenient but also more expensive. If you're on a budget, choose old-fashioned oats. Soup is another good food choice in winter, but hold the cream, salt and beef. Try soup recipes that call for ... Read more

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Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – In extremely poor American families, teens go hungry more often than younger children, a new study finds. Parents will first forgo food themselves to feed their kids. But if there still isn't enough food for everyone, younger children take priority over teens, the research showed. "If you're really poor, you try to sacrifice yourself first, but when you're forced to make some choices, these parents are deciding to let the teens not have enough," said lead author Robert Moffitt. The Jhns Hopkins researchers analyzed data from about 1,500 families in Boston, Chicago and San Antonio, who were surveyed several times between 1999 and 2005. The average income in these families was about $1,558 a month. Most families were headed by single parents who were unemployed and receiving government assistance. Most were minorities. Teens in those families went hungry twice ... Read more

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Winning the Veggie Wars With Kids

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – For every parent who's ever pleaded with their young child to eat "just one more bite," a nutrition expert says there are ways to get kids to eat and even enjoy vegetables. Youngsters' tastes start being influenced while they're still in the womb, according to Richard Rosenkranz. He's an associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University. "During pregnancy, an embryo and then a fetus is obtaining information about the outside world. So, moms can set the stage for what their kids will want to eat before they're even born," he said in a university news release. Parents should eat the same vegetables they serve their babies and toddlers because little ones take cues from their parents. "Babies start to think, 'Why does he keep putting this stuff in front of me, but he never eats it?' We're being watched by our kids from very ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Sure You Get Enough Iron

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential mineral that helps your body process proteins and produce red blood cells. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Iron is crucial for a healthy immune system and brain development. It's found in fish, chicken and lean meats, leafy greens, fruit, legumes and iron-fortified foods. Signs of iron deficiency include: frequent illness, unexplained fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath or dizziness. Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Docusate/iron/multivitamin

Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Kids who follow a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables and "good" fats – may be less likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a small study suggests. Research on 120 children in Spain found that those with "low adherence" to the traditional Mediterranean diet were seven times more likely to have ADHD. In general, kids with ADHD ate fewer fruits, vegetables and fatty fish – and more junk food and fast food, according to the study findings. However, the findings point only to a correlation and not a cause-and-effect link between the Mediterranean diet and ADHD, said experts who were not involved in the study. No one knows whether the diet can actually ward off the attention and behavior problems associated with ADHD. "One possibility is that kids with ADHD make less-healthy food choices," said Richard Gallagher. Still, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Your Toddler Eating Enough?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents may be concerned about whether their little ones are eating enough nutritious food. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice. Watch for signs of poor growth and lack of energy, which may signal malnutrition. If your child doesn't eat much at one meal or snack, he or she is likely to make up for it at the next meal. If your child is a picky eater, be patient. Offer a variety of nutritious foods throughout the day. Read more

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Health Tip: Finding Help for an Overweight Child

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A program to help your child get to and maintain a healthier weight is useless unless it succeeds. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders suggests looking for these signs of an ideal weight-management programs: It has a number of different experts on staff, including doctors, psychologists and registered dietitians. It monitors your child's health and weight before the program starts, as well as during the program. It offers different options based on your child's age and abilities. It offers after-program resources to help your family maintain a healthier weight. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency

Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – Americans who use or are eligible for food stamps have a higher risk of premature death than people who aren't eligible for them, a new study finds. "Our results suggest that the millions of low-income Americans who rely on SNAP for food assistance require even greater support to improve their health than they currently receive," said study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Mozaffarian's team looked at data from 2000 to 2011. There was information on nearly 500,000 adults aged 25 and older who received benefits from the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP benefits are commonly called food stamps. The investigators found that people who used food stamps had a three times higher risk of death from diabetes. The program participants also ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Heart Disease, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Pre-Diabetes, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive, Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Heart Disease, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Cachexia

Health Tip: Help Young Athletes Avoid Malnutrition

Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Young athletes who push themselves too hard without getting the proper nourishment risk making themselves sick. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how to avoid malnutrition among young athletes: Teach children about the importance of fueling their bodies, and the risks of not getting enough nutrients. Watch for signs of malnourishment and eating disorders, including unexplained weight loss, fatigue, a spike in strains and sprains, increased temperature sensitivity and preoccupation with food. Be aware of irregular menstrual cycles, a potential sign of malnourishment among female athletes Make sure young athletes eat regular healthy meals and snacks. Read more

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