Consumer Tips

January 14, 2009
Headaches have many causes: stress, lack of sleep, and poor posture for an extended time. But remember headaches also can be caused by skipping meals.
Diet may play part in your headaches

January 22, 2009
If you have Restless Legs Syndrome, you may be iron deficient. Have your physician check the ferritin in your blood. A number less than 50 indicates more iron is needed to reverse this nutrition deficiency.
Iron deficiency might play role in jittery legs

January 31, 2009
Star fruit (also known as carambola) is a good source of vitamin C. If, however, you have impaired kidney function, you need to find other sources of vitamin C. Medical research shows that star fruit can cause kidney failure in those with impaired kidney function.
Kidney patients should avoid star fruit

February 27, 2009
If you experience GERD, commonly known as heartburn, eat moderate sized meals, stay upright after eating for at least two hours, and eliminate foods that don’t agree with you. Also, inform your doctor of heartburn symptoms if you are taking a new medication.
Heartburn linked to many causes

March 16, 2009
Everyone knows that consuming enough high calcium foods is good for bones, but did you know that it also lowers the risk of developing kidney stones?
Study finds diet can affect kidney stones

March 20, 2009
Exercise can provoke asthma in some people, however regular exercise can actually reduce the frequency of attacks. There is also some evidence that staying hydrated with plenty of fluids helps to reduce asthma in general.
Exercise-induced asthma is a common but manageable condition

March 21, 2009
Consuming three to four milk product servings daily is estimated to cut the risk of developing kidney stones in half by reducing the amount of oxalate absorbed from high-oxalate foods such as spinach, amaranth, cassava and taro leaves.
Combat kidney stones with water

March 26, 2009
Poor iron nutrition can impair the ability of the thyroid gland to use iodine to produce thyroid hormone. It is a good idea for people with thyroid problems to get a full evaluation of their iron status.
Iron plays an important role for the thyroid

March 27, 2009
There is evidence that some of the complications of diabetes are caused by an increased need for vitamin B1. Foods rich in vitamin B1 (thiamin) include pork, nuts, fish, soybeans, and enriched grain products.
B-1 deficiency causes serious health woes

March 31, 2009
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes. Daily exercise is a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Exercise can help dilute adult diabetes

April 4, 2009
A 28-year old theory proposes that iron accumulation in the body increases the risk for coronary heart disease. To date, however, this theory remains unproved, with several studies refuting the theory. It is likely that both too much and too little iron increase health risks.
Iron level is important to good health

April 5, 2009
A healthy body contains trillions of bacterial organisms living in the intestine. This is actually a good thing! The right proportions and amounts of beneficial types of bacteria can protect against infections, the development of some cancers, and possibly even the development of obesity.
Useful bacteria build intestine’s fortitude

April 18, 2009
The most common type of kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate. But, cutting back on calcium is not the answer. Instead, high calcium foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt reduce the absorption of oxalate and help to decrease stone formation.
Combat kidney stones with water

April 24, 2009
Vitamin K contributes to bone health by helping bones retain calcium. In contrast, vitamin K benefits cardiovascular health by preventing calcium accumulation in blood vessels and hardening of the arteries.
Vitamin K helps bones, brain and eyes

April 29, 2009
A high level of blood triglycerides is one of many risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Consuming fish two or three times a week provides omega-3 fatty acids that can help to decrease triglycerides.
Lower blood triglycerides to ward off heart disease

April 30, 2009
Disease mongering is the process of enlarging the market for a disease treatment by convincing people that they have a medical condition that is treatable. Common examples are the TV ads that encourage you to ask your doctor about drug X if you think you have some ailment.
Hype drives prescriptions' popularity

May 14, 2009
Why influenza viruses show up when they do is a medical puzzle. One theory proposes that because vitamin D status drops during the winter months, people become more susceptible to infection. Foods high in vitamin D include fatty fish and D-fortified foods like milk.
Holiday flu could be caused by a shortage of vitamin D

May 16, 2009
An elevated blood level of homocysteine is considered to be a risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Taking a daily multi-vitamin with vitamins B6, B12, and folate can help to reduce homocysteine.
Take heart care in hand for good life

May 22, 2009
Based on current research, fish oils offer a number of protective functions. Adding a large serving of oily fish to the diet may reduce the risk of sudden heart attacks and strokes in women.
Fat is essential for health, in right types and amounts

May 23, 2009
Although there have been many studies suggesting anti-cancer properties of certain foods, the consensus of scientific studies supports consuming a variety of foods in moderate amounts, including vegetables, fruits and whole grains, along with lower-fat milk and milk products, and lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
Milk contains anti-cancer nutrients

May 25, 2009
Good nutrition is especially important before and after surgery. Glutamine, an amino acid especially high in animal foods and available in supplement form, is known to be especially helpful when significant amounts of body tissue must be repaired and replaced.
Eat well before, after surgery

June 3, 2009
To help your body maintain a healthy heart, take care of the basics. Eat moderate amounts of a wide variety of foods and be sure to include fruits, vegetables, adequate fluids and daily physical activity.
Take heart care in hand for good life

June 9, 2009
A variety of dietary supplements are promoted for prostate health, but the best research evidence currently supports eating a balanced diet with a good variety of fruits and vegetables and staying fit as the best way to support prostate health.
Healthy habits help protect the prostate

June 10, 2009
The location of body fat is associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Risk is greatest when most of the fat is located internally around the belly area, creating the apple shape. Incorporate adequate sleep, exercise, relaxation and a balanced diet to decrease your risks.
Fat that lies beneath carries more risk

June 21, 2009
An important treatment for type 2 (adult onset) diabetes may be daily exercise like walking and jogging in combination with strength-building resistance exercise two to three times a week. Check with your doctor.
Healthy diet, exercise can avert diabetes

June 22, 2009
The statistics are sobering: One in six men will develop prostate cancer. To reduce risk, the American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day as part of an overall balanced diet.
Good diet may lower prostate cancer risk

June 29, 2009
Staying physically active may be the most effective way to reduce the risk developing type 2 diabetes. Even those who are overweight have much less risk of developing diabetes if they stay physically active.
Staying active can reduce diabetes risk in adulthood

July 4, 2009
One of the most common causes of headaches is skipping meals. Carrying a small snack (such as a piece of fruit) may help to keep those hunger headaches away.
Diet may play part in your headaches

July 6, 2009
To maintain a healthy immune system, the body needs adequate protein for the production of antibodies. Many vitamins and trace minerals are also essential for overall health of the immune system.
More than luck needed to avoid flu

July 8, 2009
People with diabetes can greatly improve their condition with proper exercise and diet. Since diabetes is associated with a variety of health complications, it is important to work with certified health professionals to develop appropriate diet and exercise programs.
Exercise helps treat diabetes

July 15, 2009
Eating a wide variety of foods in a balanced fashion is probably more important for heart health than eating any one "healthy food."
Heart health requires a varied diet

August 2, 2009
Diet plays an important role in heart and blood vessel health. Consuming a balanced diet with recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits is especially important for maintaining the health of blood vessels.
Heart healthy diet helps avoid strokes

August 27, 2009
A research study of over 1200 women found that those consuming more than 1,100 milligrams of calcium daily from foods had almost half the risk of developing kidney stones as those who consumed less than 600 milligrams. Eight ounces of milk or yogurt contain about 300 mg of calcium.
Study finds diet can affect kidney stones

August 30, 2009
Consuming adequate amounts of thiamin (also known as vitamin B1) has been shown to help decrease the complications of diabetes. Foods rich in thiamin include pork, nuts, fish, soybeans, and enriched grain products.
B-1 deficiency causes serious health woes

September 12, 2009
Various nutrient deficiencies may play a role in Restless Legs Syndrome. Iron deficiency is the most likely contributor. Deficiencies of folic acid and vitamin B-12 also may be part of the cause in some people.
Iron deficiency might play role in jittery legs

September 18, 2009
When eating to prevent a specific disease is taken to extremes, eating habits can become imbal­anced and lead to unexpected health problems. A diet that promotes long-term health takes a balanced ap­proach to foods.
Eating for disease prevention may not be healthy

September 19, 2009
Large research studies have clearly demonstrated that the risk for stone formation decreases when calcium consumption is increased and plenty of fluid is consumed.
Combat kidney stones with water

September 22, 2009
A person increases the risk of gallstones when there is less stimulus for the gallbladder to contract. Diets that are very low-calorie, low-fat or low-protein decrease the stimulus to the gallbladder.
Painful stones gall many U.S. adults

September 30, 2009
To reduce the risk of breast cancer, the consensus of research studies supports consuming a variety of foods in moderate amounts, including vegetables, fruits and whole grains, along with lower-fat milk and milk products, and lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
Milk contains anti-cancer nutrients

October 3, 2009
Good nutrition is always important for health, but eating well both before and after surgery is especially needed. All nutrients are important. A well-balanced diet with adequate protein provides some of your best insurance for success.
Eat well before, after surgery

October 6, 2009
The plaque that accumulates in the arteries of people with cardiovascular disease often contains calcium. Vitamin K helps to prevent this calcium accumulation called "hardening of the arteries." Green vegetables are a key source of vitamin K in the diet.
Multivitamin takers may miss vitamin K

October 7, 2009
More than 60 factors are known to trigger primary head­aches. Low blood glucose from skipping meals is one trigger we can control.
Diet may play part in your headaches

October 16, 2009
Including fish as a regular part of your diet is associated with better heart health. Fish high in "heart-healthy" omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, tuna, and black cod.
Lower blood triglycerides to ward off heart disease

October 18, 2009
Fear of foods in the name of health or weight control can create a variety of eating problems. Extreme fear of fat and specific foods can lead to serious health problems and result in dangerous eating disorders.
Extremes in calorie control plague nation

October 23, 2009
Caffeine is often said to be the most commonly consumed drug in the world. Moderate coffee consumption appears to reduce the risk of developing liver and gallstone diseases.
In moderation, caffeine found to aid health

October 28, 2009
An important treatment for type 2 (adult onset) diabetes may be daily exercise like walking and jogging in combination with strength-building resistance exercise two to three times a week. Check with your doctor.
Healthy diet, exercise can avert diabetes

October 29, 2009
Individuals at risk for diabetes should consider adding strength training to their exercise program. Research indicates that strength-building exercise improves the ability to clear sugar from the blood and helps to build muscle and decrease body fat.
Healthy diet, exercise can avert diabetes

November 1, 2009
To help prevent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), avoid eating large meals, stay upright for at least two hours after eating, exercise when the stomach is empty, maintain a healthy weight, and be happy.
Heartburn linked to many causes

November 6, 2009
Your risk of gallstone disease strongly increases during prolonged fasting or rapid weight loss. Besides consuming adequate calories, regular exercise and eating enough fruits and vegetables can lower your risk of gall stones.
Painful stones gall many U.S. adults

November 29, 2009
Fasting and extreme diets can slow down the gallbladder and increase the risk of gallstone formation. Like your brain, your gallbladder appreciates a steady supply of nutrients.
Painful stones gall many U.S. adults

December 21, 2010
The increased risk of cancer sometimes associated with consuming meat may be related only to consuming high-fat and processed meats. Lean red meat provides a number of anticancer micronutrients including selenium and vitamins B6 and B12. Consuming lower fat meats along with plenty of veggies may contribute to reduced cancer risk.
Don't forget to eat your veggies

December 26, 2009
There are more than 60 known factors triggering primary head­aches, but low carbohydrate consumption and caffeine withdrawal are two key causative factors. To prevent those holiday headaches, don't starve yourself before the holiday parties.
Diet may play part in your headaches

January 3, 2010
A common cause of headaches is low blood sugar. Dips in blood sugar levels can be caused by skipping meals or fasting. When dieting, be sure to spread out your meals. Your brain will thank you.
Diet may play part in your headaches

January 9, 2010
Exercise can help to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. For some diabetics, exercise can cause blood glucose to drop too low. Therefore, it is essential to work with appropriately trained health professionals to determine the best exercise program.
Exercise helps treat diabetes

January 10, 2010
Research indicates that increased blood levels of the compound homocysteine leads to heart disease. Consuming adequate amounts of folic acid in foods or supplements can help to lower homocysteine levels.
Take heart care in hand for good life

January 15, 2010
Maintaining a healthy heart means taking care of nutrition basics. Eat moderate amounts of a wide variety of foods and be sure to include fruits, vegetables, adequate fluids and daily physical activity.
Take heart care in hand for good life

January 22, 2010
Researchers find that poor nutrition may predispose some people to developing eating disorders and successful treatment requires learning how to eat again.
Normalizing nutrition eases eating disorders

January 25, 2010
Impaired thyroid function can result from many causes. Poor iron nutrition is known to be one possible contributor.
Iron plays an important role for the thyroid

February 21, 2010
With all the recent hype to limit salt intake, don't forget that the balance of nutrients in the overall diet may be more important to health. Despite being high in salt, the Japanese diet has a great variety of foods and is associated with a low risk of cardiovascular disease.
Balancing the latest news about salt

February 24, 2010
Research at the University of Connecticut shows that vitamin B-12 and folate may be important nutrients in preventing canker sores.
Low B vitamins may up risk for canker sores

March 1, 2010
Although it is commonly believed that coffee increases blood pressure, most research evidence indicates that daily consumption of coffee does not increase the risk of high blood pressure.
Caffeine and Your Health: Controversies and Misconceptions Continue

March 2, 2010
Overly low blood pressure (hypotension) can impair both brain function and balance. Caffeine sources like coffee and tea may help some people avoid the blood-pressure drops that commonly occur following meals.
Lower risk of falling with good nutrition

March 11, 2010
Research shows that moderate coffee consumption appears to reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Although these types of studies can't claim cause and effect, they do reduce concerns about potential harmful effects.
In moderation, caffeine found to aid health

March 20, 2010
Tomatoes contain a compound called lycopene that is associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Consume tomatoes and tomato sauces with vegetable oils for better absorption of lycopene.
Tomatoes prove their worthiness

March 30, 2010
Meeting essential nutrient requirements is always required for good health, but it becomes especially critical when a person needs surgery. Plan ahead on good nutrition before surgery to maintain a strong immune system and to assure speedy tissue repair.
Eat well before, after surgery

April 7, 2010
Too often headaches are blamed on stress or lack of sleep, when something as simple as skipping meals and dehydration can be the culprit.
Diet may play part in your headaches

April 9, 2010
Two of the major risk factors for gallstone disease are prolonged fasting and rapid weight loss. Restricted food intake, especially when low in fat, slows the release of bile from the gall bladder and gallstones are more likely to form.
Painful stones gall many U.S. adults

April 15, 2010
Controlling high blood pressure takes more than just cutting back on salt. A low intake of magnesium also can contribute to high blood pressure. Green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans are all good food sources of magnesium.
Brown rice can provide vital magnesium

April 17, 2010
Prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes requires both children and adults to consume a health-promoting diet of wholesome foods that meet nutrient needs with a moderate amount of calories.
Preventing Diabetes with Good Nutrition

April 20, 2010
People taking "blood thinner" drugs are commonly advised to avoid high vitamin K foods. However, since vitamin K plays a role in preventing "hardening of the arteries," researchers are now advising physicians to adjust the drug dose to a steady day to day intake of vitamin K.
Vitamin K helps bones, brain and eyes

April 27, 2010
It is not uncommon for the media to promote a drug for common symptoms that could actually be due to a nutrient deficient diet. Don't let fear of a possible disease hook you into a drug solution just because it is easier than eating a balanced diet.
Hype drives prescriptions' popularity

May 10, 2010
Daily exercise is not just for looking good. Regular exercise also is important for both the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Exercise can help dilute adult diabetes

May 11, 2010
Like cholesterol, high blood levels of triglycerides are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Including fish as a regular part of your diet is associated with better heart health.
Lower blood triglycerides to ward off heart disease

May 18, 2010
The consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits has a strong protective effect for coronary heart disease. Now research also indicates there is likely a protective effect to cognitive function as we age.
Don't forget to eat your veggies

June 2, 2010
Low potassium intake has been linked to hypertension in overweight children. Edamame (green soybeans) makes a great lower calorie high potassium snack.
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 for Potassium.

June 25, 2010
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are recommended for reducing cancer risk. Incorporate local tropical fruits and vegetables into your daily diet to help yourself and your local farmer.
Use of Tropical Vegetables to Improve Diets in the Pacific Region

June 27, 2010
Many drugs used to treat heartburn greatly reduce how much vitamin B-12 is absorbed from foods. Consequently, people using GERD medications should take a supplemental source of vitamin B-12.
Pills take aim at heartburn's chronic pain

June 30, 2010
Those with a family history of diabetes can reduce their own risk of developing the disease by maintaining a daily habit of vigorous exercise.
Staying active can reduce diabetes risk in adulthood

July 14, 2010
Since the immune system is clearly involved in psoriasis, maintaining a healthy immune system helps to deal with the disease. Many nutrients are involved in supporting immune function, so meeting all nutrient needs may be step one in treating psoriasis.
Causes of psoriasis are not yet determined

July 17, 2010
Consuming adequate fruits, vegetables, and fish can help to maintain the health of your blood vessels and heart.
Heart healthy diet helps avoid strokes

July 20, 2010
Prolonged stress has been shown to have negative effects on the cardiovascular system. Regular daily exercise is a great way to release stress and benefit heart and blood vessel health.
Take heart care in hand for good life

August 8, 2010
Over 70 percent of all kidney stones contain calcium oxalate. Increasing calcium intake while eating oxalate-rich foods reduces the risk of kidney stones.
Combat kidney stones with water

August 16, 2010
Alternative “cures” for cancer can be very tempting to cancer patients. However, opting for questionable therapies can be very risky and can delay evidence-based treatments to the point that they may no longer be effective.
How Quackery Harms Cancer Patients

August 21, 2010
Research indicates that vitamin C does not prevent colds, but it can help to reduce the duration and severity of common cold symptoms.
Take steps against colds

September 8, 2010
Breast cancer risk does not seem to be linked to any specific types of foods in the diet. Moderating risk appears to involve consuming a wide variety of foods in moderate amounts from among all types of foods. However, excessive alcohol consumption and excess body weight are both linked to increased breast cancer risk.
Milk contains anti-cancer nutrients

September 12, 2010
Keeping a wide variety of foods in the diet is extremely important, even for the prevention of hypothyroidism. Excessive consumption of cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables, soy products, and millet can interfere with thyroid hormone production.
Iron plays an important role for the thyroid

September 14, 2010
People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes often have low blood levels of thiamin (vitamin B-1). This is likely due to increased daily loss of thiamin in the urine. Foods rich in thiamin include pork, nuts, fish, soybeans, and enriched grain products.
B-1 deficiency causes serious health woes

September 19, 2010
The most common kidney stones are calcium oxalate. Interestingly, low calcium diets increase the risk of forming these stones, apparently because more oxalate is absorbed from the diet when dietary calcium is low.
This Too Shall Pass: Avoid Kidney Stones Through Diet

September 23, 2010
To decrease your risk of cancer, scientific studies support eating a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts, as well as lower-fat milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish.
Milk contains anti-cancer nutrients

September 30, 2010
People with diabetes can make major improvements in their condition with the right type of exercise and diet. Diabetic athletes are best managed individually by a team of medical professionals including the athletic trainer, sports nutritionist, and physician.
Exercise helps treat diabetes

October 5, 2010
Vitamin D is important for a healthy immune system and may be especially important as we enter into flu season. Recent research indicates that even those with seemingly adequate sun exposure may be low in vitamin D. Good sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, fortified milk, and dietary supplements.
Holiday flu could be caused by a shortage of vitamin D

October 11, 2010
People with cancer often need to follow diets different from what they believe is healthy. Plenty of protein and calories can be needed to keep up strength and rebuild tissues harmed by cancer treatment. Ask your physician to refer you to a dietitian for help.
Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment

October 23, 2010
Decreasing salt in your diet and increasing high potassium foods may or may not reduce your blood pressure. Researchers are working toward finding the specific genes that can help to identify those who are salt sensitive.
Study suggests genetic mechanisms for blood pressure and salt intake

October 31, 2010
Got heartburn? To avoid symptoms while sleeping, don't eat close to bedtime and consider adding a slight incline to your bed to raise the upper body. Also, sleeping on the left side causes less symptoms than sleeping on the right side.
The Claim: Lying on Your Left Side Eases Heartburn

November 4, 2010
Gallstone disease can cause extreme pain and require surgery. Risk of developing gallstones is greatly increased by prolonged fasting or rapid weight loss. Risk is decreased by consuming adequate calories, exercising regularly, and eating recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Painful stones gall many U.S. adults

November 11, 2010
Based on four studies conducted before 2007, the American Institute for Cancer Research stated that there was "limited evidence from sparse and inconsistent studies suggesting that processed meat is a cause of prostate cancer." However, a recent "meta-analysis" of 26 studies found that the consumption of red meat or processed meat had no positive association with the occurrence of prostate cancer.
No red or processed meat link to prostate cancer: Meta-analysis

November 20, 2010
The phytochemical lycopene found in tomatoes is associated with a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration in the retina of the eye. The best absorbed sources include commonly used tomato sauce and catsup.
Tomatoes prove their worthiness

December 4, 2010
People often skip meals as they get busy. Remember, fasting is a strong headache trigger, especially among chronic headache sufferers.
Diet may play part in your headaches

December 5, 2010
Regular exercise is an important component for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Federal guidelines and a position statement from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association recommend at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week.
Diabetics should exercise 150 minutes a week

December 10, 2010
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a compound in milk that is associated with decreased risk for heart disease and diabetes. Maybe this is why Santa likes milk with his cookies.
Why Santa needs milk and cookies

December 13, 2010
Cold and flu viruses often spread when people get together for the holidays. Hot chicken soup can help treat the symptoms by known anti-inflammatory effects and by temporarily increasing the flow of mucus.
Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt

December 25, 2010
Meeting nutritional needs is very difficult when a person cannot count on obtaining adequate amounts of food. USDA indicates that between 5 - 10% of the US population is food insecure. Specific populations, including college students, may have even higher rates of food insecurity.
Food Security in the United States: Frequency of Food Insecurity

December 31, 2010
Research indicates that greater intakes of dietary calcium reduces the risk of kidney stone formation in both younger and older women.
Study finds diet can affect kidney stones

January 10, 2011
Regular physical activity helps to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. For some diabetics, however, exercise can cause blood glucose to drop too low. Consequently, people with diabetes should work with appropriately trained health professionals to design their best exercise program.
Exercise helps treat diabetes

February 2, 2011
Reversing type 2 diabetes without drugs is possible. It requires major changes in lifestyle that include increased daily exercise, cutting back on high calorie foods, and eating an overall healthful diet that meets nutrient needs.
Reversing diabetes is possible

February 12, 2011
Researchers reported at this year’s International Stroke Conference that daily consumption of diet soda is associated with a greater risk of stroke. A critical commentary on this study from the American Council on Science and Health considers the study to be flawed and doubts that it will be publishable in a reputable peer- reviewed journal.
Diet Soda Study Goes Flat

February 17, 2011
Infants and children sometimes develop constipation. Increasing food sources of dietary fiber can help to relieve this problem. However, increasing the child's fiber intake too high for too long can seriously impair the absorption of essential minerals.
Childhood obesity – is more fiber the answer?

February 19, 2011
While monitoring over 600 adults with type 2 diabetes during a 10-year period, Australian researchers found that those with the greatest amount of salt in their diet had the lowest risk of dying during the study period. The researchers stress that more research is needed, but emphasize that restricting salt is not always beneficial.
Doubt cast on salt guidelines for diabetics

February 20, 2011
Celiac disease damages the intestinal lining and can impair the absorption of some vitamins and minerals. As a consequence, both children and adults with celiac disease are at increased risk for low bone density. Recent research suggests that taking supplements with vitamins D and K may be especially important to prevent bone loss in those with celiac disease.
Vitamins needed to help celiacs stave off bone disease

February 24, 2011
Vitamin D is known to play a role in supporting normal immune function. A recent study reported that children and adolescents with low vitamin D status were much more likely to have environmental and food allergies than those with normal vitamin D status.
Low vitamin D levels linked to allergies in kids

February 27, 2011
Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed primarily by observation of progressive impairment of memory and other cognitive functions. Research often links high homocysteine and low vitamin B-12 status with the development of Alzheimer's disease. Since, however, B-12 deficiency causes direct damage to nerve structure and can impair memory, B-12 deficiency (which is easily treated) could be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin B12 May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

March 8, 2011
About half of us are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori that lives in the stomach lining. Most of us have no obvious symptoms, however, research indicates that children, infected with H. pylori have lower iron levels than children previously treated for this bacteria. Since adequate iron is essential for normal brain development and function, it may become more routine to test children for the presence of H. pylori.
Helicobacter pylori infection linked to decreased iron levels in otherwise healthy children, according to research at UTHealth

March 15, 2011
A study of nursing facility residents found that those with low serum (blood) zinc concentrations were much more likely to develop pneumonia and to take longer to recover than those with normal zinc levels. Those with low zinc status also had lower protein status. This makes sense because the main foods that provide well-absorbed zinc are animal protein foods.
Adequate Zinc Eases Pneumonia in Elderly, Study Finds

March 17, 2011
A large European study found that participants with higher levels of "good" HDL cholesterol had lower risk of developing bowel cancer. If other studies support this observation, HDL levels may be used to assess more than risk of cardiovascular disease.
High levels of 'good' cholesterol may cut bowel cancer risk

March 20, 2011
The long-term balance between physical activity and calorie intake determines body weight and body fat levels. People who have the painful condition called fibromyalgia are frequently overweight. Some researchers suggest that weight loss may improve the condition. However, the person with fibromyalgia is in a bit of a bind because the condition causes physical activity to be more painful and, thus, weight loss more difficult.
Study Probes Obesity Link to Fibromyalgia

March 21, 2011
Both Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and celiac disease have been linked to low iron status. Although the cause and effect relationships are not entirely clear, evaluating both iron status and the presence of celiac disease is recommended for the medical assessment of RLS.
Celiac Disease Screening Recommended for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) with Iron Deficiency

March 27, 2011
A study that followed almost 4000 people for 20 years found that those who consumed the greatest amounts of a trans fatty acid (trans-palmitoleate) naturally present in milk fat had better insulin sensitivity and were less likely to develop diabetes. Based on these results, skim milk may not be the best option.
Fatty acid in dairy products may reduce type 2 diabetes risk

April 7, 2011
The isoflavones in soy foods can bind to estrogen receptors and influence estrogen function. Based on this and on animal study results, researchers have expressed concerns that soy foods might promote breast cancer development. However, a recent study of over 16,000 breast cancer survivors found that soy food intake did not increase breast cancer risk.
Soy Isoflavones Not a Risk for Breast Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

April 8, 2011
Recent research with overweight and obese Yup'ik Eskimos found that those with a high intake of fish had high blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils. Those with the highest levels had reduced reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Eskimo Study Suggests High Consumption of Omega-3s in Fish-Rich Diet Reduces Obesity-Related Disease Risk

April 13, 2011
A recent study of children who suffered from serious burn injury found that the body's vitamin E levels tended to drop to seriously low levels during the first 4 weeks of recovery. It is not known why this extreme physiological stress on the body affects vitamin E status or if other types of stress have similar effect.
Burn injuries rapidly deplete vitamin E

April 22, 2011
High blood glucose levels in diabetes are known to contribute to progressive kidney damage (diabetic nephropathy). A recent study of diabetic mice found that a low carbohydrate "ketogenic" diet reversed diabetic nephropathy in two months. The researchers plan to explore how their observations may be tested further in humans.
Low Carbohydrate Diet May Reverse Kidney Failure in People With Diabetes

April 23, 2011
Obesity can include accumulation of fat in the liver, leading to "non-alcoholic fatty liver disease." Weight loss and increased physical activity help to treat the condition. In addition, recent research supports consuming a low carbohydrate diet for a few weeks to help reduce fat in the liver.
Limiting Carbs, Not Calories, Reduces Liver Fat Faster, Researchers Find

April 27, 2011
Blacks tend to have higher blood pressure than whites. Due to their darker skin, blacks also typically have lower vitamin D blood levels. Research indicates that high blood pressure is associated with low vitamin D and supports the need to study the effects of vitamin D supplementation on blood pressure in blacks.
Vitamin D May Help Explain Racial Differences in Blood Pressure

May 8, 2011
Sodium is an essential nutrient. The optimal amount to consume continues to be a hot and controversial topic. The results of a recent study conducted in Belgium go against current recommendations for low salt diets. The study found that those with the lowest salt intake had the greatest death rate from cardiovascular disease.
Author Insights: Questioning the Benefits of Salt Restriction

May 11, 2011
Bone loss and osteoporosis have been associated with irritable bowel diseases (both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). Recent research indicates that low vitamin D status is common in people with irritable bowel diseases and improving vitamin D status may be especially important for people with this condition.
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients at Greater Risk of Osteoporosis, Study Finds

May 21, 2011
During pregnancy, a dangerous condition develops in some women called pre-eclampsia. Characterized by excessively high blood pressure and related problems, this condition can be very dangerous for both mother and fetus. Recent research found that daily consumption of a food bar fortified with the amino acid arginine significantly reduced the incidence of pre-eclampsia. Foods that are rich in arginine include meats, poultry, eggs, nuts, and seeds.
Dietary Supplement Can Protect Against Pre-Eclampsia, New Study Suggests

May 26, 2011
Would you recognize scurvy if you saw it? This disease is caused by deficient vitamin C intake. Although scurvy is thought of as a disease of historical interest, its incidence seems to be increasing in children who consume very limited diets that lack fruits and vegetables. Common symptoms are bleeding gums, loose teeth, easy bruising, sore joints, and pinpoint blood spots on the skin.
Child scurvy cases rising

June 10, 2011
Almost ten times as many people are infected by the hepatitis C virus compared to the AIDS virus. Although no reliable treatment currently exists for hepatitis C, coffee consumption has been reported to slow the progression of the disease and to improve the response to current standard treatment.
Coffee Drinking Improves Hepatitis C Treatment Response, Study Suggests

June 16, 2011
Amid the high vs low carbohydrate diet debates, a recent mouse study reported that a low carb diet greatly reduced the risk of cancer development. What's best for humans may depend on many factors including the amount and type of physical activity a person has. High intensity and long duration exercise utilize large amounts of carbohydrate. For couch potatoes, a low carb diet may prove to be best. Stay tuned.
Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets May Reduce Both Tumor Growth Rates and Cancer Risk

June 27, 2011
Most Americans do not consume recommended levels of magnesium. Although the health consequences of this are unclear, taking 170 mg magnesium supplementation twice a day has been found to improve lung function and quality of life in people with asthma.
Obesity and magnesium deficiency may increase asthma symptoms

July 1, 2011
For over two decades, public health advice has recommended reducing foods high in saturated fatty acids to reduce the risk of heart disease. Accumulating research does not support this focus on saturated fats but rather encourages a "well-rounded" diet that is not excessively high in overall fat, carbohydrate, or protein.
Is saturated fat really the dietary bogeyman?

July 2, 2011
A recent study found that type 2 (adult onset) diabetes is essentially cured by 8 weeks of consuming only 600 calories per day. This, of course, causes rapid weight loss and many associated metabolic changes. The problem, however, is that many other studies indicate that about 95% of people who lose weight this rapidly will regain all their weight, and then some in a fairly short period of time.
Low calorie diet may reverse diabetes: Study

July 3, 2011
One of the major components of most kidney stones is calcium. Interestingly, consuming a diet low in food sources of calcium has been found to increase the risk of developing kidney stones. In contrast, women taking calcium supplements were more likely to get kidney stones.
Can calcium supplements cause kidney stones?

July 8, 2011
Sodium and chloride, the components of common salt, are essential nutrients for the human body. Like many other nutrients, it is possible to consume too much of them. However, how much is too much salt is not as clear as many would like to think according to a recent extensive review of the subject.
Salt reductions may not reduce heart disease risk: Cochrane review

July 9, 2011
No big surprise . . . a large study reports that a "healthy lifestyle" is associated with a low risk of sudden cardiac death in women. But what is interesting is that the lifestyle factors associated with the greatest risk reduction were never smoking and exercising at least 6 hours a week. It also helped to eat a wholesome and varied diet and to not be too heavy or too thin.
Healthy Lifestyle Associated With Low Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

July 10, 2011
Genetic predisposition is a major determinant of the risk of developing vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, a study of identical twins found that siblings who smoked and/or had diets low in vitamin D, betaine, and methionine had a greater risk of developing AMD. Good sources of betaine include beets, spinach, and quinoa. Methionine is high in eggs and most high protein animal foods.
Twin Study Shows Lifestyle, Diet Can Significantly Influence Course of Macular Degeneration

July 20, 2011
Depression can be caused by many things. One nutritional factor that may contribute to depression in some people is a low intake of the types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Risk of Depression, Inflammation

July 30, 2011
Asthma can develop in most anyone, but it appears to be more common in obese individuals and more common in women than men. Finding the reasons for these differences may lead to a better understanding of what causes asthma.
Are asthma and weight linked?

August 2, 2011
Periodontal disease can be a complication of diabetes. New research indicates that dentists can spot the signs of undiagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes and refer their patients for appropriate follow-up with a physician.
Dentists May Be Able to Spot Undiagnosed Diabetes

August 4, 2011
Researchers followed 2818 people who were mostly vegetarians over a 26 year time-span. During that time, 441 of them developed colon or rectal polyps (commonly become cancerous). The foods most closely associated with a lower risk of developing colorectal polyps in this group of people were cooked green vegetables, dried fruit, legumes, and brown rice.
Legumes, Cooked Green Vegetables, Dried Fruit, and Brown Rice Associated With Fewer Colon Polyps

August 7, 2011
When the concern for healthful eating becomes excessive, it can develop into a psychological condition called orthorexia nervosa. This normally positive concern for health, taken to the extreme, can adversely affect normal socialization and can even harm health.
Orthorexia — When eating healthy goes awry

August 14, 2011
Soybeans and soy products are nutritious components of a varied diet. However, claims that soy isoflanoves (estrogen-like compounds in soy) benefit bone health and reduce menopause symptoms were not supported by a 2-year double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 45- to 60-year old women. Interestingly, the women taking 200 mg/day of isoflavones had more hot flashes than the placebo group.
Soy no help for bone loss, hot flashes

August 20, 2011
U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that added sugars not exceed 25 percent of total calorie needs. A recent study, however, questions this recommendation because it found that increasing dietary sugar to this level for two weeks resulted in a significant increase in blood components associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk.
Upper limit for sugar intake may be too high suggests study

August 24, 2011
Vitamin D, commonly known to benefit bone health, is proving to be involved in many body functions. Recently, researchers reported that adequate vitamin D helps to protect against colon cancer.
Confirmation That Vitamin D Acts as a Protective Agent Against the Advance of Colon Cancer

August 26, 2011
Increasing consumption of foods like oatmeal and beans along with a reduced saturated fat diet has been shown to lower total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
Sat fat reductions not as effective for cholesterol reduction suggests study

September 1, 2011
Vitamin C supplementation of 200 mg per day was found to improve lung function in asthmatic children by about 30 percent compared to children receiving a placebo pill. The likelihood of vitamin C supplementation to have this benefit likely depends on the initial vitamin C status of the child.
Vitamin C May Be Beneficial for Asthmatic Children, Study Suggests

September 9, 2011
It is well known that excess body fat increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A 25-year study that followed over 8000 people from their teen/young adult years into middle age found that the best predictor of developing diabetes was how long a person carried excess body weight.
How much, how long person is overweight may decide diabetes risk

September 15, 2011
Feeding 6 to 8 golf ball size purple potatoes twice a day to a group of obese people with hypertension resulted in a significant drop in blood pressure. This may have been due to specific phytochemicals found in these potatoes or due to the high potassium content common to all types of potatoes.
Potatoes Reduce Blood Pressure in People With Obesity and High Blood Pressure

September 23, 2011
A meta-analysis of 61 studies indicated that alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer. One to two drinks a day was associated with a rather slight increase in risk, but more than four drinks a day was associated with significantly increased risk that continued to increase with higher alcohol consumption.
Relation of alcohol consumption to colorectal cancer

September 29, 2011
Recent results from the large Nurses' Health Study indicated that older women who consumed the most caffeine (mostly as coffee) had the lowest incidence of depression. The study design cannot prove that caffeine or caffeinated coffee reduces the risk of depression but their results suggest that caffeine may provide a protective effect - mechanism unknown.
Increased Caffeinated Coffee Consumption Associated With Decreased Risk of Depression in Women, Study Finds

October 2, 2011
Taking glucocorticoid drugs like prednisone, cortisone, etc. more than doubles the risk of severe vitamin D deficiency according to an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examinations Survey (NHANES) data on over 22,000 children, adolescents, and adults.
Oral Steroids Linked To Severe Vitamin D Deficiency In Nationwide Study

October 3, 2011
Have you ever heard that if you feel like you are getting sick, just drink enough alcohol and it will kill off anything that might ail you? Don't believe it. According to some new research, alcohol abuse is likely to impair immune functions and increase susceptibility to viral infection.
Alcohol Impairs the Body's Ability to Fight Off Viral Infection, Study Finds

October 5, 2011
Researchers have found that an adequate vitamin D status lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes and subclinical inflammation.
Vitamin D Could Lower Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests

October 10, 2011
The B-vitamin niacin has been used medicinally in humans to lower LDL and raise HDL cholesterol levels. New animal research has found that a compound synthesized from niacin in the body. called NMN, benefits blood sugar control in diabetic mice. Human research is needed to evaluate the possible use in people.
Natural Compound Helps Reverse Diabetes in Mice

October 12, 2011
It is known that certain genes can greatly increase the risk of heart disease. However, even in people who carry these high risk genes, a varied diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits can significantly lower the risk of heart disease.
Eating Your Greens Can Change the Effect of Your Genes On Heart Disease

October 19, 2011
Using an osteoarthritis-prone guinea pig strain as an animal model, researchers found that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil could greatly reduce the signs and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. Further research needs to see if these fatty acids primarily prevent osteoarthritis or if they also can be used to treat osteoarthritis.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Shown to Prevent or Slow Progression of Osteoarthritis

October 26, 2011
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month nears its end, the key things to remember for the rest of the year are: exercise, maintain a normal body weight, consume a diet with a variety of foods, including vegetables and fruits, consume meats primarily in stews and soups with vegetables, limit alcohol to one drink a day.
Stay active to bring down your risk of breast cancer

October 28, 2011
Arthritis can make exercise painful. However, recent research indicates that a little exercise pain can lead to a gain in joint health and reduce overall pain in the long run.
Exercise Eases Arthritis in Obese Mice Even Without Weight Loss

November 2, 2011
Curcumin, the compound in turmeric that gives curry its yellow color, is showing promise for use in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as tendinitis. However, people with low iron status should not use curcumin because it is a strong binder of iron and has the potential to further aggravate iron status.
Curry Spice Could Offer Treatment Hope for Tendinitis

November 5, 2011
Obese men taking 150 mg of resveratrol per day for 30 days experienced positive changes such as decreased liver fat levels and a reduction in indicators of inflammation. This dose is significantly lower than that often used in animal studies, but is still about 100 times the amount of resveratrol in a glass of red wine.
Red wine antioxidant could give metabolism a boost

November 6, 2011
Fatty liver disease, a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, can have serious health consequences. The condition appears to be most commonly caused by alcohol abuse, obesity, hormonal changes and/or diabetes. However, new research is linking fatty liver to both the microbial balance in the lower intestine and an individual's genetically determined ability to synthesize choline.
Specific Populations of Gut Bacteria Linked to Fatty Liver

November 9, 2011
Low carbohydrate "ketogenic" diets are known to help reduce seizures in people with epilepsy. Using a mouse model, researchers have learned how this dietary therapy affects brain chemistry. This may open new directions in the treatment of epilepsy.
Understanding the Antiepileptic Benefits of an Atkins-Like Diet

November 12, 2011
Many aspects of health are determined by the interplay between our genes and what we eat. For example, there is evidence that people with a high risk gene variant for heart disease have a significantly lower heart attack risk if their diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Diet Rich in Fruit and Vegetables Can Modify Heart Disease Risk Genes

November 15, 2011
It is a common assumption that adequate dietary fiber helps to prevent colorectal cancer. Although this has not been supported by all studies on the topic, a new meta-analysis of multiple studies does support this assumption.
Fibre, Whole Grains, Linked To Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

November 17, 2011
If you like coffee and your body and brain function well under the influence of coffee, there are more reasons to keep drinking it than not. For example evidence is continuing to grow that coffee consumption helps to prevent type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's Disease.
Coffee isn’t always bad for you

November 18, 2011
Reducing dietary fat may help to prevent or slow prostate cancer. However, reducing fat too much can provide inadequate amounts of essential fatty acids and compromise the absorption of fat soluble nutrients and phytochemicals. A new study indicates that fish oil supplements, along with a low fat diet, benefited prostate cancer patients.
You Are What You Eat: Low Fat Diet With Fish Oil Slows Growth of Human Prostate Cancer Cells, Study Suggests

November 20, 2011
High fat meals may put asthmatics at increased risk of an attack. A study with asthmatics found that a high calorie, high fat meal impaired lung function for four hours following the meal. This effect likely continued beyond four hours, but measurements were not made past four hours.
High-Fat Meals a No-No for Asthma Patients, Researchers Find

November 21, 2011
As public health messages continue to recommend a low salt diet, the research support for the recommendation is questionable. Large studies that attempt to demonstrate the benefits of a low salt diet often fail to find benefit and even find evidence of risk to health.
New study casts further doubt on risk of death from higher salt intake

November 23, 2011
Low vitamin D status has been linked to increased risk of conditions like hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, and renal failure. However, high vitamin D status (blood levels over 100 ng/dL) is associated with a significantly increased incidence of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation. Remember Balance!
Circulation. 2011; 124: A14699.

November 25, 2011
Good news about coffee continues to brew. A recent study found that women who consume 4 or more cups of coffee a day have a reduced risk of endometrial cancer.
Study links coffee to lower cancer risk in women

November 28, 2011
Nocturia, a condition defined as needing to rise two or more times a night to urinate, can hamper the ability to get good quality sleep. Management or treatment of the problem requires medical evaluation because the condition may be a sign of underlying disease or simply a sign of aging.
Nighttime bathroom visits often increase with age

November 30, 2011
It is common knowledge that a low intake of dietary iodine disrupts thyroid function. Less well known is that iron is a required co-factor for iodine to be incorporated into the thyroid hormone molecule. Consequently, low iron status can impair thyroid function.
Iron plays an important role for the thyroid

December 10, 2011
Fructose has been considered to be a better sugar than glucose for diabetics because it has much less impact on blood glucose levels. However, excessive fructose may contribute to increased blood triglycerides and blood pressure.
Fructose No Substitute for Glucose in Diabetes

December 12, 2011
A 3-month study, reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, found that a low-carbohydrate diet two days a week lowered risk factors associated with breast cancer. This is the type of study that raises more questions than answers, but it appears to deserve further research.
Carb Counting May Abate Breast Cancer Risk Factors

December 22, 2011
Confirming the importance of diets with a variety of foods from all food groups, researchers found that blood values related to cardiovascular disease were better after five weeks of consuming a diet that was relatively high in protein, moderately low in carbohydrate, and contained about 5 ounces of lean beef per day.
Study confirms beef’s role in heart-healthy diet

December 23, 2011
Penn State University researchers have been able to cure leukemia in a mouse model by 7 days of injecting a compound that the body produces naturally from a fish oil fatty acid called EPA. Although there remains much to do to see if this will work with humans, it certainly supports observations that an adequate intake of fish oils is associated with a reduced risk of various cancers.
Does Omega 3 Fish Oil Hold Key to Leukemia Cure

December 27, 2011
An adequate intake of fruits and vegetables has been linked to a reduced risk of developing colon or rectal cancers. A recent Australian study supported this relationship, but found that high consumption of fruit juices was associated with increased risk.
Fruits and Vegetables Reduce Risks of Specific Types of Colorectal Cancers, Study Finds

December 30, 2011
Even with a gluten-free diet, almost 40 percent of women with celiac disease report symptoms of depression. Iron deficiency is common in celiac disease and low iron status is known to cause depression. However, normalizing iron status in someone with celiac disease can be challenging.
Women With Celiac Disease Suffer from Depression, Disordered Eating, Study Finds

January 3, 2012
Pre-eclampsia, a condition with abnormally high blood pressure, can occur during pregnancy. Taking supplemental antioxidant vitamins plus the amino acid L-arginine significantly reduced the incidence of pre-eclampsia in women at high risk for the condition.
Pre-eclampsia reduced with L-arginine plus vitamins

January 5, 2012
Insulin-dependent diabetes (Type 1) presents a variety of challenges for children and teens with the condition. Recent research indicates that poor quality sleep is more common in those with type 1 diabetes and is associated with lower academic performance and behavior problems.
Poor sleep linked to increased health, behavior problems in young diabetics

January 7, 2012
During the last decade or two of life, calorie needs generally decline, but nutrient needs do not. A study of over 500 nursing home residents found that those with low zinc status (based on blood values) were more likely to develop pneumonia and took longer to recover than those with normal zinc status.
Adequate Zinc Eases Pneumonia in Elderly, Study Finds

January 12, 2012
Autistic children often have gastrointestinal problems. A new study found that a little known bacteria called Sutterella was present in the intestines of a high proportion of autistic children but was not found in any non-autistic children. If Sutterella has any relationship with the cause or symptoms of autism remains to be determined.
Bacteria in the gut of autistic children different from non-autistic children

January 19, 2012
Inadequate vitamin K intake increases the risk of both osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Cooked dark green vegetables are the richest dietary sources of vitamin K. Multivitamin supplements often do not include vitamin K.
Vitamin K helps bones, brain and eyes

January 20, 2012
Maintaining normal hydration in the body is one of the most basic aspects of good nutrition. Chronically low water intake has even been linked to increased risk of diabetes.
Really? The Claim: Drinking Water Can Help Lower the Risk of Diabetes.

January 31, 2012
There are many potential causes of high blood pressure. For about ten percent of the population with a common gene variant, increased intake of vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) may be the ticket to normal blood pressure.
Are You Part of the 10 Percent Who Needs More Riboflavin for Healthy Blood Pressure?

February 1, 2012
New research indicates that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil during pregnancy may help to reduce certain types of allergies in infants.
Looking to Reduce Childhood Allergies? Omega-3 PUFA During Pregnancy Could Help

February 6, 2012
The effect of vitamin and mineral supplements on the risk of chronic disease is a controversial topic. A recent study using rats found that supplemental vitamins and minerals greatly reduced colon cancer. More research is needed to determine if these results will also apply to humans.
Regular Use of Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Could Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

February 15, 2012
Soybean products are major components of the diets of various Asian populations that have a low risk of breast cancer. However, recent research does not support that consuming soy components (isoflavone supplements) will reduce breast cancer risk in adult women.
Soy supplements don’t prevent and may link to an increase in breast cancer

February 26, 2012
Be sure to include citrus fruits among the fruits in your diet. Specific flavanone compounds present naturally in citrus fruits are associated with a reduced risk of stroke.
Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Women's Stroke Risk

March 1, 2012
There's new evidence in support of consuming cruciferous vegetables (cabbage family) to help prevent cancer. A key compound called sulforaphane works at the level of gene expression in a prostate cancer model in a way that protects against cancer development.
Eat Your Broccoli: Another Mechanism Discovered by Which Sulforaphane Prevents Cancer

March 15, 2012
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori lives in the lining of the stomach of some people and is considered to be a cause of stomach ulcers. A new study found that people who harbor the bacteria have compromised control of blood glucose.
H. Pylori Bacteria Linked to Blood Sugar Control in Adult Type II Diabetes

March 21, 2012
There is more good news for coffee drinkers. A European study of over 42,000 participants indicated that coffee consumption does not increase the risk of chronic disease, but it may be linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Coffee poses no threat to hearts, may reduce diabetes risk: EPIC data

March 31, 2012
Children with autism generally have high blood levels of homocysteine which is linked with inflammation and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Although B-vitamin supplementation lowers homocysteine in autistic children, the supplement is unlikely to affect behavior.
Vitamins – Can They Help with Autism Symptoms?

April 9, 2012
The joint pain experienced by people with rheumatoid arthritis can lead to decreased physical activity. This, in turn, tends to result in loss of muscle mass and gain in body fat. For managing the arthritic condition and promoting good health, it is important to find tolerable ways to stay physically active.
Nutritional Implications of Rheumatoid Arthritis

April 17, 2012
Meeting essential nutrient needs is required for optimal health. Evidence is growing that low intake of some key B vitamins may increase the risk of cancer.
Just Cannot Say Enough about Importance of B Vitamins

April 19, 2012
Although large trials with vitamin E supplementation have not demonstrated consistent benefits, there is clear evidence that people with a specific genotype for a protein called haptoglobin do experience a significant cardiovascular disease risk reduction when they take supplemental vitamin E.
Vitamin E Shouldn’t be a Forgotten Micronutrient

April 23, 2012
Having a low glycemic index does not necessarily mean that a food is "healthy." However, when the overall diet is composed primarily of lower glycemic index foods, it can improve blood glucose management in people with type 2 diabetes.
Nutrition tip: Understanding the glycemic index

April 24, 2012
Studies with mice have shown that compounds called amorfrutins extracted from licorice root are very beneficial in treating type 2 diabetes. However, the concentration of these substances in licorice tea and candy is far too low to have a beneficial effect. Human clinical trials are needed to assess the possible use of preparations of amorfrutins in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.
Liquorice Root Found to Contain Anti-Diabetic Substance

April 27, 2012
Obese women have an increased risk of developing the painful autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis. If researchers can determine why this painful joint disease is linked with these factors, it could help to uncover the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
Obesity Epidemic Fueling Rise in Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Women

May 3, 2012
A small study with 48 prostate cancer patients found that combining a low fat diet with 5 grams of fish oil per day reduced markers of cancer proliferation. Although this high fish oil dosage is possibly risky for the average person, additional research on its value for supportive treatment of cancer seems warranted.
Improving the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratio with EPA and DHA for Prostate Health

May 9, 2012
Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to impaired brain function over time. New research with a mouse model for type 2 diabetes found that diabetic mice who consumed caffeine in their drinking water did not experience the usual brain changes and memory loss. The potential use of caffeine or similar chemicals in the management of human diabetes remains to be studied.
Caffeine Can Prevent Memory Loss in Diabetes

May 13, 2012
Based on a study with a mouse model, a natural flavonol compound called rutin (quercetin-3-rutinoside) may prove to be the best way to prevent blood clot formation. The compound inhibits a specific enzyme that plays an important role in both platelet aggregation and the formation of fibrin in blood clotting. Human trials are needed to confirm efficacy in humans and to determine proper dosage.
Flavonoid Compound Found in Foods and Supplements May Prevent the Formation of Blood Clots, Study Suggests

May 16, 2012
Consumption of fish and the long chain omega-3 fatty acids that fish contain, has been linked to a decreased risk of many health problems. A recent systematic review with a meta-analysis found a significantly reduced risk rectal cancer and a modest trend toward reduced risk of colon cancer with increased fish consumption.
Fish tied to lower colon cancer risk: study

June 17, 2012
There is growing evidence that obesity increases the risk for women to develop rheumatoid arthritis. It is not clear how this type of autoimmune arthritis is linked with obesity, but research that helps to understand this link could lead to a better understanding of the causes of both conditions.
Obesity Epidemic Fueling Rise in Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Women

June 22, 2012
Researchers ar OSU's Linus Pauling Institute recently reported that spinach may have properties that aid in cancer prevention by affecting gene expression. This research has great potential to help us understand and at least partially offset the damaging effects of various carcinogens.
Carcinogens Linked to Cancer Stem Cells, but Spinach Can Help

June 28, 2012
Up to eight percent of children are affected by food allergies and the prevalence appears to be increasing. Since food allergies can be severe and potentially fatal, it is increasingly important that caregivers of children with food allergies are trained in label reading to prevent exposure to allergenic ingredients.
Rate of Severe Reactions Higher Than Thought in Young Children With Food Allergies

June 29, 2012
Overweight and obesity are frequently associated with a state of chronic inflammation. Four months of supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) reduced measures of inflammation in overweight middle-age and older adults.
Inflammation Reduced In Overweight Older Adults By Omega-3

June 30, 2012
New guidelines from The Endocrine Society recommend measurement of bone density in men over age 70 and men aged 50-69 who have risk factors such as low body weight, prior fracture as an adult, smoking, etc. The guidelines also encourage consuming adequate dietary calcium and vitamin D, participating in weight-bearing exercise, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol.
Osteoporosis screening recommended for men at risk

July 6, 2012
Drugs called proton pump inhibitors are widely used to treat heartburn and various stomach problems by inhibiting the production of stomach acid. Since the absorption of many nutrients is dependent on a normal production of stomach acid, long term use of these drugs can result in serious nutrient deficiencies.
Combating Acid Reflux May Bring Host of Ills

July 10, 2012
Along with economic success, China is experiencing rapid growth in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases such as diabetes. In some respects, such as child diabetes, China already substantially exceeds the rates seen in the United States.
Child Diabetes Levels Almost Four Times Higher in China Than in US

July 12, 2012
Often it is assumed that iron deficiency is not a problem unless it progresses to the stage of causing anemia. Studies have been challenging this concept for several decades. A recent French study found that iron supplementation of nonanemic women (with low iron status) significantly reduced their fatigue.
Iron supplements can reduce fatigue in nonanemic women

July 14, 2012
Cranberry juice has been a commonly recommended folk remedy for the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections. The scientific support for this is somewhat mixed, but overall, a recent review of the science does indicate benefit for some people.
Cranberry Products Associated With Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections

July 22, 2012
Smoking is known to accelerate the decline in lung function commonly seen with aging. This decline is likely to be even more rapid when a smoker is deficient in vitamin D.
Vitamin D May Protect Lung Function in Smokers

July 24, 2012
A study conducted in China, where liver cancer is more common than in the U.S., found that consuming adequate vitamin E from foods or supplements was associated with a reduced risk of developing liver cancer.
Vitamin E could protect against liver cancer, says study

July 25, 2012
Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat and has a very low survival rate. A study of 23,500 people found that people whose diets provided the most vitamins C and E as well as the mineral selenium were less likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
High Dietary Antioxidant Intake Might Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

August 3, 2012
A 12-month study of 160 postmenopausal women found that consuming two apples worth of dried apples a day significantly lowered blood cholesterol levels and other cardiovascular risk factors. This effect could be due to the apples and/or due to what the apples may have displaced in the women's diets.
Two apples a day keep cardiologist away

August 4, 2012
People with celiac disease experience an immune reaction in their small intestines to the gluten protein in wheat and other grains. This reaction damages the intestinal lining. A new estimate of celiac disease in the U.S. indicates that about one out of every 141 people have the condition, but almost 80 percent were undiagnosed and unaware that they had the condition.
Most With Celiac Disease Unaware of It; Others Go Gluten-Free Without Diagnosis

August 9, 2012
It has been known for some time that aerobic exercise can help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Now, evidence is growing that weight training or similar strength exercise also significantly contributes to reduced risk. Participating in both types of exercise on a regular basis appears to confer the greatest benefit.
Weight Training Associated With Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

August 24, 2012
For those with diabetes and others who monitor their blood glucose, new technology is being developed to measure glucose levels in tears and saliva.
Sensor detects glucose in saliva and tears for diabetes testing

August 26, 2012
Seasonal increases in particulate matter in the air can trigger asthmatic reactions in many people. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may help to reduce adverse responses to these changes in air quality.
What is Asthma? How can Nutrition Help?

September 2, 2012
A large Swedish study found that men who ate the most chocolate, typically a little over 2 ounces (63 grams) a week, had a lower risk of stroke than men who consumed little or no chocolate. This type of study does not establish a cause and effect relationship, but it does raise some interesting questions.
Chocolate linked to reduced risk of stroke -- in men

October 1, 2012
A study of over 600 people with gout reported that the risk of a gout attack was significantly lower when cherries or cherry extracts were consumed. However, the study design could not prove a cause and effect relationship.
Gout Attacks Are the Pits... Eating Cherries May Help

October 8, 2012
Meeting vitamin K needs is known to benefit the health of bones and blood vessels. There is new evidence that good vitamin K nutrition also may reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Vitamin K1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Recent Research Supports Link

October 11, 2012
Using a human colon cell culture technique, a new study identified a component in milk that may be responsible for milk's association with reduced colon cancer.
The Cancer-Protective Properties Of Milk

October 19, 2012
Nutrition may play a role in asthma prevention. A Japanese study recently found that diets lower in vitamins C and E were associated with an increased risk of asthma in children.
Antioxidants and Allergy: Dietary Vitamins Shown to Reduce Childhood Asthma

October 25, 2012
Using an innovative model of muscular dystrophy in zebrafish, researchers found that supplemental doses of niacin (vitamin B3) improved muscle structure and reduced symptoms. It remains to be seen if niacin may provide benefits to people with this condition.
New Vitamin-Based Treatment That Could Reduce Muscle Degeneration in Muscular Dystrophy

October 27, 2012
Evidence exists to support that low to moderation consumption of alcohol may confer some health benefits. However, it can be easy for some people to slide from moderate into excessive drinking habits which shifts the balance into an increased risk of various health problems.
Moderate Drinking Decreases Number of New Brain Cells

November 3, 2012
Air travel can be challenging for people using insulin pumps or continuous blood glucose monitoring devices. Full-body or X-ray scanners used for airport security screening may affect the function of some types of these devices.
Can diabetes devices be damaged by airport security scanners?

November 9, 2012
People with impaired walking due to Parkinson disease improved their walking ability with three months of exercise performed three times a week for 30 to 50 minutes each time. Both treadmill exercise and a combination of resistance and stretching exercise produced significant benefit. It appears that combining these types of exercise may be the best approach for Parkinson disease patients.
All Kinds of Exercise May Be Good for Parkinson's

November 13, 2012
Green tea appears to benefit people with metabolic syndrome. A recent mouse study found that a component of green tea inhibited starch digestion and reduced the blood glucose spike that usually follows starch consumption.
Drinking Green Tea With Starchy Food May Help Lower Blood Sugar Spikes

November 24, 2012
Recent research with diabetic rats found that a high protein diet supplemented with two amino acids (arginine and proline) supported more blood vessel growth and less inflammation than than a standard control or high protein diet. This research may lead to more effective treatment for diabetic humans.
Arginine and Proline Enriched Diet May Speed Wound Healing in Diabetes

November 28, 2012
Gastric bypass surgery can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes in some severely obese diabetic adults. However, within 5 years, diabetes returns in about one out of three people who experience remission.
Gastric bypass surgery helps diabetes but doesn't cure it

December 13, 2012
An ongoing American Cancer Society study on over 900,000 people found that people drinking more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 49% lower risk of oral/pharyngeal cancer death relative to those with little or no coffee intake. Since association does not prove causation, this observation does not translate to a recommendation to start drinking coffee if you don't already drink coffee, but it is good news for coffee drinkers.
Coffee Drinking May Halve Risk Of Mouth And Throat Cancer

December 19, 2012
Colorful compounds important for eye health, called lutein and zeaxanthin, are found in many green and yellow vegetables, yellow fruits, and egg yolks. These compounds are lower in the retinas of the eyes of older people with vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration. The average American diet provides only 1-3 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin per day. Additional intake from dietary supplements appears to help protect eyes from this condition.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin Supplementation Supports Visual Health

December 20, 2012
Remission of type 2 diabetes appears to be possible for some people, especially if they are still in the early stages of the disease. Overweight diabetics, in particular, may be able to reverse the condition with a healthful diet and exercise program that produces weight loss. When this works, however, the individual needs to consider themselves to be a "recovering diabetic" because diabetes can return quickly if the lifestyle is not maintained.
Intensive Weight Loss Programs Might Help Reverse Diabetes

January 21, 2013
Clostridium difficile, a microorganism that can infect the intestinal tract, has an appropriate name. It is antibiotic resistant and very difficult to eradicate from the body. The best treatment appears to be not using antibiotics, but transferring fecal matter from a healthy person to the intestine of the infected person. This is more strong evidence for the importance of maintaining a healthy microbial ecology in the lower intestine.
Study: Fecal transplants cure serious infection

January 25, 2013
Researchers are identifying variations in genes that are associated with increased risk of diseases like diabetes. However, even in those with the risky genes, researchers are finding that food components like the orange pigment in carrots and many other vegetables and fruits may still reduce the risk of the disease developing.
Go Orange! Beta Carotene May Protect Against Genetic Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

February 7, 2013
A new analysis of data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study (conducted between 1966 and 1973) found some interesting results. The group middle-aged men that consumed the most polyunsaturated vegetable oils (high in linoleic acid) had an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and other causes. This was despite the fact that they had lower blood cholesterol levels.
Re-Analysis Refutes Diet Guidelines Favoring Vegetable Fats

February 18, 2013
Docosahexaenoic acid, better known as DHA, is a long chain omega-3 fatty acid that is highly concentrated in the retina and essential for its function. Found primarily in fish oils, this fatty acid is an important nutrient for the prevention of age-related vision loss due to macular degeneration. In addition to fish oils, special algae oil supplements can provide this fatty acid.
Nutrients to Maintain Vision Throughout Life

March 13, 2013
A compound called protectin D1 is formed in the body from the fish oil omega-3 fatty acid called DHA. Protectin D1 has been found to be very effective at inhibiting influenza virus replication in a human lung cell model. Although it remains to be demonstrated that getting plenty of fish oils in the diet can help to battle the flu, this discovery clearly supports consuming an adequate amount of fish and fish oils.
Fatty acids could lead to flu drug

March 17, 2013
A rather high dose of the fish oil omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (taken together in a combined dose of 4 grams per day) significantly reduced blood triglyceride concentrations and moderately increased LDL cholesterol. Although this was considered to be an overall positive change, the dose was very high and should be considered to be pharmacological and used only under medical supervision.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA, DHA, and Heart Health

March 22, 2013
A tomato was genetically engineered to produce a small protein (peptide) similar to a key protein in HDL cholesterol, also known as "good cholesterol." When these tomatoes were fed to mice prone to developing cardiovascular disease, the mice experienced several positive changes resulting in decreased atherosclerotic plaque in their arteries.
Tomatoes That Mimic Actions of Good Cholesterol Created

March 27, 2013
Research continues to both expand and narrow in on the multiple functions of vitamin D in the body. It is turning out that vitamin D status affects the expression of many genes that have a wide variety of biologic functions with more than 160 pathways linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular disease.
High Vitamin D Helps Healthy People Stay That Way

April 2, 2013
A summary of the results from eight studies indicated that study participants who consumed diets higher in dietary fiber had a lower risk of having a stroke. However, it is not possible to determine if the dietary benefits were due to the fiber content or due to other substances that happen to be present in foods that are good sources of fiber.
Eating more fiber may lower stroke risk

April 4, 2013
A Japanese study of over 80,000 people that were studied over a period of 13 years found that both coffee and green tea consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Coffee, Green Tea, May Help Lower Stroke Risk, Research Shows

April 6, 2013
Premenopausal adult women require more than double the amount of iron needed by men. A 10-year study of about 3,000 women enrolled in the U.S. Nurses' Health Study II found that women with the greatest total dietary iron intake had the lowest relative risk of having PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
Iron-Rich Diet Might Ease PMS Misery

April 7, 2013
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and other symptoms. Its cause is unknown and it is difficult to treat. In a recent study of people with fibromyalgia, low and moderate drinkers of alcohol reported a lower severity of symptoms than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.
Alcohol, Fibromyalgia, and Quality of Life

April 9, 2013
The odds of living a long and healthy life are greatly increased if risk factors like blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar are maintained within healthy ranges along with not smoking. Doing this has been estimated to increase the lifespan by as much as 14 years.
Living a Healthy Lifestyle and the Benefits of a Lifelong Plan

April 17, 2013
Looking for a natural way to lower blood pressure? A new study found that the high nitrate content of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure by about 10 mm Hg.
Drinking Cup of Beetroot Juice Daily May Help Lower Blood Pressure

April 21, 2013
Many health problems may have unknown links to low status of one or more essential nutrients. More consensus is needed on the most appropriate biomarkers to use for assessing the status of each essential nutrient. Then, we need to use these biomarkers more routinely in healthcare practice.
We are What We Eat: Distinguishing Food Intake from Nutritional Status

April 27, 2013
Our individual innate taste preferences may be related to our health. A study of almost 200 people found that those with a high preference for sweets in combination with a high aversion to bitter flavors may be at an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
Taste Preferences Impact Health, New Study Finds

April 28, 2013
Alternative therapies can sometimes help to avoid drugs in the treatment of conditions like high blood pressure. A new scientific evaluation by the American Heart Association identified aerobic, resistance, and isometric exercises as the most effective alternative treatments for lowering blood pressure. Other therapies such as biofeedback, transcendental meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques may provide some benefit, but are not as effective as exercise.
Alternative therapies may help lower blood pressure

April 30, 2013
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that supplementation with vitamins C, E, ?-carotene and/or zinc substantially reduced the progression of macular degeneration. The next phase of this research called AREDS2, added lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids to see if this provides additional protection. The results are expected to be announced within a week. Stay tuned.
Age-Related Eye Disease Study Anticipated

May 7, 2013
Popular supplements based on the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), have been on the market for about ten years. Used to slow the progression of macular degeneration, AREDS supplements contain vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper. The results of a new phase of the AREDS research indicate that substituting lutein and zeaxanthin for beta-carotene should be the next tweak to the formulation.
Popular eye supplements need a tweak, study suggests

May 17, 2013
Although higher total fluid intake reduces the risk of kidney stone formation, the type of beverage you drink may matter. In a very large study of almost 200,000 people, those who consumed the most sugar sweetened sodas or punch type beverages were at increased risk of developing stones. Coffee, tea, orange juice, beer, and wine consumption were all associated with a decreased risk.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Associated With Increased Kidney Stone Risk

May 19, 2013
Vitamin C supplements have been proposed as a complementary treatment for gout. However, a recent 8-week study found that 500 mg per day of vitamin C did not significantly lower blood uric acid levels, the major cause of gout. Other studies have reported small beneficial effects, but nothing comparable to benefits of the commonly used drug, allopurinol.
Vitamin C Does Not Lower Uric Acid Levels in Gout Patients, Study Finds

May 22, 2013
A research study using human cells found that vitamin D reduces the production of a molecule produced by white blood cells and thought to be a key trigger in asthma. Further research is needed to determine whether this effect is seen in people with asthma who take vitamin D.
Vitamin D may help treat severe asthma

May 26, 2013
It has been widely accepted that good health is promoted by the combination of good nutrition and regular physical activity. Using a rat model, Brazilian researchers also showed that adding swim training to good nutrition helped to slow the progression of liver cancer.
Swim Training Plus Healthy Diet Factor in Cancer Fight

June 19, 2013
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) can be irritating and compromise the quality and quantity of sleep. New research indicates that men with RLS have an increased risk of dying earlier than normal. The potential cause remains to be determined.
Restless leg syndrome linked to risk of earlier death

June 21, 2013
In laboratory monkeys, a diet providing 24 percent of calories from fructose caused liver damage within six weeks. This damage was associated with fat accumulation in the liver as well as inflammation triggered by an increased flux of gut microorganisms into the systemic blood circulation.
Dietary Fructose Causes Liver Damage in Animal Model

June 29, 2013
Celiac disease and wheat allergy have relatively clear-cut diagnostic criteria. However, another condition now called nonceliac gluten sensitivity is typically diagnosed when the diagnostic criteria for celiac or wheat allergy are not met, but eliminating gluten from the diet relieves an individual's symptoms.
Gluten-free food necessary for those with celiac disease

July 9, 2013
Many chronic health problems are associated with chronic inflammation. Evidence continues to grow that the omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil known as DHA helps to reduce inflammation. New research is getting closer to understanding how this works.
Fish Oil DHA Is Used To Create Maresins, Which Cause Macrophages To 'Turn Off' Inflammation

July 14, 2013
A new study found that men consuming the greatest amounts of the fish oil types of omega-3 fatty acids were more likely to develop prostate cancer. However, due to its design, this study does not prove that omega-3 fatty acids cause prostate cancer. Since adequate intake of these fatty acids is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular and other diseases, the results of this study require further confirmation.
Fish Oil Tied to Prostate Risk but Some Experts Are Skeptical

July 17, 2013
Various studies have linked dietary variables to the risk of developing cataract. A new meta-analysis of 13 studies found that higher blood levels of vitamin E, alpha-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin were all associated with significantly reduced risk of cataract.
A Meta-Analysis About Cataract Risk, Dietary Antioxidants and Vitamins

July 18, 2013
Low vitamin D status is more common in obese individuals and those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Ongoing research will likely sort out if the obese condition is contributing to an increased need for vitamin D and to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or if low vitamin D status somehow contributes to the development of these conditions.
Obesity and Vitamin D Deficiency: Correlation or Causation?

July 23, 2013
The omega-3 fatty acid called DHA has been associated with reduced inflammation. New animal research is identifying the biochemical mechanisms involved in this action of DHA. This is likely to lead to more safe and effective ways to treat chronic pain.
Uncovering a Healthier Remedy for Chronic Pain

August 8, 2013
Including soy foods in the diet has been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. New research using a rat model, indicates that the soy isoflavone genistein decreases the expression of three genes in intestinal cells that are know to be associated with abnormal cell growth and cancer development.
How soy foods protect against colon cancer

August 9, 2013
In a study of over 600,000 children aged 6 to 19, the incidence of asthma was significantly greater in overweight and obese kids. The risk was greatest in overweight and obese young girls and in Asian/Pacific Islander youth. The cause is unknown, but other research has linked low iron status with both obesity and asthma. Clearly, further research is needed.
Obese Kids More Likely to Have Asthma, With Worse Symptoms

August 15, 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex condition involving the immune system. One nutritional factor that is associated with significantly reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis is weekly consumption of higher fat fish that provide the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
Eating oily fish could cut your risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

August 18, 2013
Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver disease and liver cancer. It is a silent killer that progresses gradually over decades without symptoms until liver damage is severe. Unlike other types of hepatitis, there is no vaccine. A new CDC study indicates that the Baby Boomer generation (born between 1945 and 1965) is at high risk for hepatitis C and can benefit from hepatitis C testing.
Baby Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test, CDC Study Confirms

August 19, 2013
When we need to go to a hospital, there is a risk of acquiring a bacterial infection. A new study indicates that this risk is significantly increased when vitamin D status is low.
What Are the Consequences of Malnutrition in Hospital Patients?

August 20, 2013
Caffeine consumption at doses comparable to two to four cups of coffee a day stimulates the liver to mobilize fat and to increase use of fat for energy needs. Overall, this reduces liver fat levels and is likely to benefit the treatment or prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Coffee and Tea May Contribute to a Healthy Liver

August 24, 2013
It appears that type 2 diabetes is not just a disorder of the pancreas and insulin function. Intestinal function also plays a role. Interestingly, sweet taste receptors in the intestine detect glucose and trigger a response that accelerates glucose absorption in diabetics more that healthy non-diabetics.
Gut Taste Mechanisms Are Abnormal in Diabetes Sufferers

September 5, 2013
Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood condition that causes chronic pain. Treatment typically focuses on pain management and lifestyle changes. A new study found that fibromyalgia sufferers who consume light to moderate amounts of alcohol have significantly lower fibromyalgia symptoms and better QOL compared those who consume no alcohol.
Alcohol, Fibromyalgia, and Quality of Life

September 12, 2013
The amino acid arginine is known to improve blood glucose control. A new study with normal and diabetic mice has shown how arginine promotes insulin secretion. Common foods high in arginine include meat, fish, poultry, and a variety of protein powders.
Amino Acid with Promising Anti-Diabetic Effects

September 15, 2013
Many cancer cells that develop in the body are essentially digested and do not progress to tumors. New understanding of the mechanisms involved in this process may lead to new ways to prevent and treat cancer.
Forcing Cancer to Digest Itself

September 22, 2013
Claims have been made that copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps can relieve the symptoms of arthritis. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted on people with rheumatoid arthritis. It found that these devices provided no benefit.
Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps fail to help rheumatoid arthritis, says York research

September 23, 2013
Women with diabetes prior to pregnancy are much more likely to have a child with a spinal cord deformity. New knowledge from animal studies indicates that the expression of specific genes plays a role in causing this problem. Consequently, prevention may be possible through targeting this mechanism with appropriate drugs or dietary changes.
New Approach to Prevent Diabetes-Induced Birth Defects?

September 24, 2013
There is some evidence that moderate exercise may enhance sleep. However, a new study suggests that is may work the other way. People who got more sleep were more likely to exercise for longer durations on the following day.
Sleep or Exercise?

October 13, 2013
It has long been thought that excess abdominal fat puts one at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than fat in the hips and thighs. New research questions this assumption, finding that gluteal fat in the hips and thighs also affects factors that increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Study Deflates Notion That Pear-Shaped Bodies More Healthy Than Apples: Abnormal Proteins from Buttock Fat Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

October 15, 2013
High levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as the "good cholesterol," are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. In contrast, high levels of HDL are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and to enhanced cancer aggressiveness. This HDL link with breast cancer is providing insights into understanding breast cancer development and new treatment targets.
Does Good Cholesterol Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

October 16, 2013
A study following over 4500 men diagnosed with nonmetastatic prostate cancer found that men who replaced dietary carbohydrate and animal fat with vegetable fats had a reduced risk of all-cause mortality. The men were followed for about 8 years on average. More research is needed to confirm the potential roles of carbohydrate and fat intake and the type of fat.
Men With Prostate Cancer Should Eat Healthy Vegetable Fats, Study Suggests

October 26, 2013
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is most common in those with obesity and diabetes. Adequate protein and choline intake can help reduce the fat accumulation in the liver. New research also indicates that caffeine helps to mobilize fat from the liver and benefit the treatment of NAFLD.
Coffee and Tea May Contribute to a Healthy Liver

October 30, 2013
Studies have found that the risk of coronary heart disease decreases with increasing alcohol consumption. However, when alcohol consumption exceeds moderate intake levels, the risk increases for other health problems such as strokes and various types of cancer.
Excessive Alcohol Consumption Increases Progression of Atherosclerosis, Risk of Stroke

November 21, 2013
Although replacing saturated animal fats with oils high in linolenic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) can lower serum cholesterol levels, it increases the risk of death from coronary artery disease according to a new study. Lowering blood cholesterol does not always reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Some 'Healthy' Vegetable Oils May Actually Increase Risk of Heart Disease

November 22, 2013
A new study found that pregnant women were at significantly greater risk of having a premature birth when they had higher urinary levels of phthalates and their metabolites. Phthalates are a type of chemical commonly found in perfumes, hair spray, nail polish, deodorants, and body lotions. Based on this study, avoiding excessive exposure to these products during pregnancy would be prudent.
Everyday chemical exposure linked to preterm births

December 3, 2013
A study conducted in Africa found that HIV positive individuals significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and progression to AIDS when they took a multivitamin supplement with selenium in the early stages of HIV infection.
Multivitamin, selenium supplements may delay onset of AIDS

December 10, 2013
People with autism spectrum disorders frequently suffer from intestinal problems as well as mental challenges. Using a mouse model for autism, researchers found that treatment with a specific probiotic microorganism helped to repair the "leaky" intestinal lining and reduced repetitive behaviors and signs of anxiety. How this may or may not apply to humans remains to be studied.
Probiotic Therapy Alleviates Autism-Like Behaviors in Mice

December 12, 2013
Grape seed extract has been shown to have anti-cancer activity, especially for prostate cancer. Grape seed extract is a complex mixture of chemicals, including a variety of polyphenols. New research has identified a specific polyphenol called B2G2 that appears to be the most active cancer-preventive compound in grape seed extract.
Active Component of Grape Seed Extract Effective Against Cancer Cells

December 15, 2013
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD or heartburn, is caused by acid-laden stomach contents passing from the stomach up into the lower part of the esophagus. The acid can seriously damage the esophagus when the condition becomes chronic. Common treatments that reduce stomach acid to protect the esophagus impair vitamin B-12 absorption. This makes vitamin B-12 supplementation an essential component of treatment.
Pills take aim at heartburn's chronic pain

December 20, 2013
It has been known for some time that low calcium diets are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer. A new study of the effect of calcium on colon cell growth in zebrafish identified mechanisms that may lead to treatments and prevention strategies for colon cancer in humans.
Decoding the link between calcium deficiency and colon cancer

December 22, 2013
New blood pressure guidelines from an expert panel recommend not using blood pressure lowering medications with adults aged 60 or older unless their blood pressure exceeds 150/90. Current guidelines from other groups recommend treatment when blood pressure exceeds 140/90.
New Blood Pressure Guidelines Raise the Bar for Taking Medications

December 24, 2013
Although cancer is still a major cause of death, new data indicate that we are making progress. Cancer death rates declined steadily during the past two decades, dropping in men by almost three percent a year between 2005 and 2010.
Cancer deaths continue slow decline, despite persistent alarms of “cancer epidemic” from scaremongers

January 6, 2014
A new review of studies on the effect of fructose consumption on blood triglyceride levels concludes that substituting fructose for other forms of carbohydrate in the diet does not affect triglyceride levels. Like other sugars and starch, adding fructose in excess of calorie needs does raise post-meal triglyceride blood levels - an apparent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Fructose Does Not Impact Emerging Indicator for Cardiovascular Disease, Research Suggests

January 12, 2014
Adequate fiber in the diet appears to benefit the immune function of the lungs. New research links the production of short chain fatty acids from dietary fiber by gut bacteria with healthy function of the lung immune system. This, in turn, may help to reduce the risk of asthma developing.
Dietary Fibers Protect Against Asthma, Study Suggests

January 13, 2014
Our genes may make us more or less susceptible to certain chronic diseases. However, it appears that many factors related to diet and lifestyle can increase or decrease the likelihood that high risk genes will be active or inactive. A relatively new field of study called nutritional epigenetics explores how diet and lifestyle factors affect the activity of risky genes.
Epigenetics: New Link Between Nutrition, Cancer

January 21, 2014
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish often are called long-chain omega-3 fatty acids to differentiate them from the similar, but shorter omega-3 fatty acids found in some plant oils. A study conducted in Finland over a period of almost 20 years found that men with the highest blood levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids had a reduced risk of developing diabetes.
Fish Derived Serum Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

January 28, 2014
A sedentary life and high calorie diet can lead to excess accumulation of fat in the liver, a condition often called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD). This leads to inflammation, oxidative stress, and eventually liver damage. A new study conducted with a mouse model indicates that the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (high in fish oils) helps to prevent this liver damage.
Surprising research results for one type of omega-3 fatty acid: DHA

January 29, 2014
Especially when diabetes is not well controlled, it can cause damage to the retina of the eye, resulting in serious vision loss. People with diabetes should have regularly scheduled eye exams because early treatment is important for preventing vision loss.
Many people with diabetes still lose vision, despite availability of vision-sparing treatment

February 4, 2014
A review of 20 controlled feeding trials that substituted fructose for glucose in the diet found that there was little difference between the sugars in how they affected common cardiovascular disease risk factors. The most important consideration is not about which sugar is best or worst, but about not over-consuming either of them.
New study finds no reason to replace fructose with glucose

February 12, 2014
Research based on the large EPIC-Norfolk study on more than 25,000 men and women living in Norfolk, UK, found that the risk of developing diabetes was significantly reduced in those who regularly consumed fermented milk products, especially yogurt.
Study shows yogurt consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

February 13, 2014
As a stimulant, it seems logical that caffeine might affect heart function. A new study indicates that caffeine may have positive effects on heart function by decreasing the risk of developing a fairly common heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. Potential beneficial effects of habitual caffeine intake on people who already have atrial fibrillation needs further research.
More Caffeine May Lower Afib Risk

March 9, 2014
A new meta-analysis of the effects of dietary fructose intake on fatty liver problems in humans indicates that fructose only is a problem when calorie intake is excessive. Excess calorie intake from other carbohydrate sources appears to cause the same problems as excess fructose.
Fructose not responsible for increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

March 13, 2014
A meta-analysis of five studies concluded that the death rate from breast cancer was much lower in women who had good vitamin D status at the time of diagnosis when compared to those with low vitamin D status.
Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival, study shows

March 26, 2014
Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and coffee were the main contributors to dietary antioxidants found to reduce the risk of developing cataracts in a large Swedish study of older women.
Antioxidants, Vitamins, Carotenoids and Eye Health

April 2, 2014
The 2013 guidelines of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association expand the indications for statin therapy to an extent that almost 50 percent of all U.S. adults qualify for treatment. It also is estimated that about 80 percent of these statin qualified adults are people without cardiovascular disease. Where do preventive nutrition and lifestyle approaches fit into this equation?
Questioning Medical Recommendations on Drugs vs Multivitamin Supplements

April 3, 2014
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer. The test, called Cologuard, has more than a 90 percent accuracy rate for correctly identifying the presence of colorectal cancer. This type of cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women 50 years of age and older.
FDA Panel Recommends At-Home Colon Cancer Test

April 4, 2014
The increased prevalence of autism may be linked to compromised vitamin D status according to new research. The researchers found that the synthesis of a key neurotransmitter (serotonin) is affected by vitamin D. They also emphasize that an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and iron likely contributes to the prevention and the potential treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Research by CHORI Scientists Indicates Causal Link between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis and Autism

April 7, 2014
Soon, you will be able to check your blood cholesterol (and other things) using a device that works with your smart phone.
New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

April 28, 2014
Children diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome are 4 times more likely to have celiac disease than other children. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by uncomfortable or painful intestinal sensations that typically improve with defecation, and are associated with a change in stool frequency and stool form.
Bowel Illnesses Sometimes Coincide in Kids

May 8, 2014
We hear plenty about concerns for high blood pressure, but excessively low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause serious health problems as well. Symptoms can include dizziness or light-headedness, blurry vision, confusion, weakness, fatigue, and/or nausea. Older people, especially, are more at risk for experiencing hypotension after they have eaten a meal.
What Is Hypotension?

May 9, 2014
Nonceliac gluten sensitivity (sensitivity to gluten in wheat and similar grains that does not meet diagnostic criteria of celiac disease), was found in one out of four people who thought they were gluten sensitive. In other words, a gluten-free diet relieved health problems in 25 percent of these people.
Many people with gluten sensitivity haven’t had proper tests

May 10, 2014
Supplementation with the amino acid glutamine often is used to benefit intestinal health and immune function in seriously compromised patients. However, a new study found that those with organ failure, especially kidney failure, should not be given supplemental glutamine.
Glutamine supplements in ICU may increase risk of patient death

May 12, 2014
Ear infections are a common problem in young children. Before prescribing antibiotics, doctors generally recommend watchful waiting to see if the infection will clear on its own. Parents often want to use alternative therapies during this waiting period. However, since infections often clear up on their own, it is easy to give credit to an alternative therapy when it actually had nothing to do with resolution of the problem.
Ear infection treatment: Do alternative therapies work?

May 14, 2014
A new study conducted in the United Kingdom found that the diagnosis of celiac disease (autoimmune reaction to gluten) increased fourfold during the past 20 years. However, the diagnosis of a related skin condition (dermatitis herpetiformis) decreased by more than 50 percent. The researchers speculate that this may be due to earlier diagnosis of celiac disease preventing progression to dermatitis symptoms.
Coeliac UK announces fourfold increase in the rate of diagnosed cases of coeliac disease in the UK

May 15, 2014
Coffee is a complex mixture of natural compounds, only one of which is caffeine. New research indicates that some of these compounds appear to benefit the health of the retina in the eye. Consequently, reasonable consumption of coffee may help to prevent conditions like macular degeneration that commonly occur with aging.
Can coffee protect our eyesight?

May 25, 2014
A double-blind, placebo controlled study with 408 asthmatic patients with low vitamin D status, found that supplementation with vitamin D was no better than a placebo in the treatment of asthma. There also were no negative effects from vitamin D supplementation.
Asthma: vitamin D supplements 'do not improve symptoms or treatment'

June 1, 2014
Vitamin D deficiency was found in 49 percent of 250 stroke patients compared to 32 percent of a control group. Although you cannot conclude from this that vitamin D deficiency causes strokes, it is one more of many links between vitamin D status and health.
Lack of vitamin D raises stroke risk

June 5, 2014
Reduced risk of heart attacks has been linked to habitual consumption of moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages (one or two drinks per day). Now, a large research meta-analysis also indicates that similar moderate alcohol consumption is linked with decreased risk of ischemic stroke (blockage of blood flow to a part of the brain).
Have a drink or two — but no more — to reduce risk of stroke

June 12, 2014
A study that fed supplements of lycopene (a colorful compound in tomatoes) to cardiovascular disease patients found that lycopene significantly improved the ability of their blood vessels to expand. Blood vessel widening helps to reduce the risk of heart attach or stroke.
Tomato pill' improves function of blood vessels in patients with cardiovascular disease

June 14, 2014
An analysis of data compiled from seven large studies found that the risk of having a stroke was significantly lower in study participants with the highest protein diets. These studies followed people for 10 to 18 years. Both animal and vegetative protein were associated with reduced risk, but animal protein was the most protective.
Higher Protein Intake Linked to Reduced Stroke Risk

June 15, 2014
Consuming a gluten-free diet is challenging for those with celiac disease. However, some protection against the damage from unintended gluten consumption may be available in the future. A 6-week study exposed people with celiac disease to daily gluten consumption. Those who consumed a specific gluten-digesting enzyme product together with the gluten-containing meals had no detectable intestinal damage.
Potential new treatment may protect celiac patients from gluten-induced injury

June 19, 2014
Type 2 diabetics experienced significant improvement in blood glucose control when they consumed whole wheat bread made with added Canola oil compared to regular whole wheat bread. The Canola oil bread had over 50 percent of its calories from fat.
Canola oil may be an oil of choice for people with type 2 diabetes

June 20, 2014
A review of research on vitamin D and mortality pooled the data from 32 studies. Their analysis indicated that greater blood levels of vitamin D were associated with a significant decrease in mortality. The greatest benefit was achieved at blood levels that require a daily intake of about 1,000 IU of vitamin D3. The recommended upper limit for vitamin D is 4,000 IU per day.
Vitamin D, Tanning and All-cause Mortality

June 21, 2014
Using an obese and insulin resistant mouse model, researchers found that supplementation with retinoic acid (a compound formed in the body from vitamin A) reduced the accumulation of body fat (especially abdominal fat). Retinoic acid also helped to normalize blood sugar levels and improve cardiovascular health. Retinoic acid is toxic at even moderately high doses (like the retinol form of vitamin A), so we have much to learn before this research is applied to humans.
Vitamin A derivative potentially treats type 2 diabetes and prevents its complications

June 23, 2014
Age-related macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness in older people. There is increasing evidence that a diet with plenty of the long chain omega-3 fatty acids helps to prevent this common retinal problem. These fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are found in fish and algae oils.
Omega-3 inhibits blood vessel growth in age-related macular degeneration

June 25, 2014
A study of women with heavy menstrual periods found that more than half of them were severely iron deficient. Iron supplementation improved health-related quality of life after a year of treatment with iron supplementation. However, it took five years to return iron stores to normal.
Iron supplements improve anemia, quality of life for women with heavy periods

July 3, 2014
When mice genetically predisposed to developing Alzheimer's disease were fed a high polyphenol extract from an unfermented form of cocoa, it prevented the usual degenerative brain changes. It is hoped that further research will identify how this works and what components of the cocoa benefit the brain.
Could a cocoa extract prevent Alzheimer's?

July 7, 2014
Although less than one percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease that requires a gluten-free diet, there has been a major trend to use "gluten-free" on labeling of foods and meals in restaurants. On the surface, this would seem to make things easier for people with celiac disease. However, this is not the case when those processing or preparing these foods do not carefully exclude any potential source of gluten, including sources as seemingly minor as most soy sauces.
Gluten-free: The truth behind the trend

July 8, 2014
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is considered to be responsible for three out of four stomach ulcers, two thirds of all gastric tumors and practically all duodenal tumors. When it causes these problems, the proper antibiotics can cure them. However, more recent research also indicates that the presence of H. pylori in the body may benefit the immune system - as long as it is kept under control.
When Scientists Experiment on Themselves: H. pylori and Ulcers

July 11, 2014
When well-controlled type 2 diabetics were fed 50 grams of whey protein 30 minutes before consuming a high glycemic index breakfast, their blood glucose response to the breakfast was reduced by 28 percent compared to when they only consumed water prior to the meal. Well-timed protein consumption appears to be important for managing blood glucose levels in diabetics.
In people with diabetes, consuming whey protein before meals could help improve blood glucose control

July 14, 2014
Oats and blood glucose: A meta-analysis of 15 randomized controlled trial studies concluded that daily consumption of oats significantly reduced fasting insulin levels and decreased the response to a glucose tolerance test. However, there was no significant effect on fasting glucose levels or the hemoglobin A1c measure commonly used to evaluate overall blood glucose control.
Are you Feeling your Oats Today?

July 15, 2014
Omega 3 fatty acids and osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis associated primarily with joint injury and the type of wear that occurs with aging. A study of obese mice that were exposed to arthritis-inducing joint injury found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids significantly reduced arthritis severity compared to a diet higher in saturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids. The degree of obesity in the animals was not associated with severity of the arthritis.
Omega 3 fatty acids lessen severity of osteoarthritis in mice

July 16, 2014
Alcoholic fatty lung: Excess alcohol consumption is known to cause fat to accumulate in the liver and slowly damage it. This is commonly called alcoholic fatty liver disease. Researchers studying rats found that heavy alcohol consumption also led to fat accumulation in the lungs. Since rats are known to differ somewhat from humans in how they metabolically handle fat, it remains to seen if this applies to humans as well.
Alcoholic fatty lung: fat damages the lungs of heavy drinkers

July 19, 2014
Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer: A study of almost 1600 people with colorectal cancer found that those with the best vitamin D status had significantly longer survival times than those with lower vitamin D status. Studies are needed on the effect of vitamin D supplementation during colorectal cancer treatment on survival time.
Vitamin D ups bowel cancer survival odds, study finds

July 21, 2014
Vitamin D Supplementation: A large review of multiple studies concluded that vitamin D supplementation, with or without calcium, does not significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, or bone fractures. These results seem to indicate that nutrient adequacy is more important than excess. The Institute of Medicine's Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for vitamin D is 4000 IU (100 micrograms). The Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals of the Food Standards Agency, United Kingdom recommends that daily intake of vitamin D from supplements not exceed 1000 IU (25 micrograms).
Study questions health benefits of vitamin D supplementation

July 22, 2014
Vitamin C and Cancer Treatment: Studies on taking oral vitamin C supplements during cancer treatment have found no benefit. However, new research indicates that providing vitamin C intravenously can enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce the negative side effects of the treatment. More research is needed to confirm this.
Vitamin C as cancer treatment? High doses boost chemotherapy in study

July 24, 2014
Iron and Cardiovascular Disease: Using a blood measure of iron status called transferrin saturation, researchers found that both low and high levels increased the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The Goldilocks Principle repeatedly applies to most (if not all) aspects of nutrition.
Researchers find simple blood iron test predicts fatal outcomes in the general population

July 26, 2014
Beef and Blood Pressure: A study of 36 people (ages 30 to 65) with normal health tested the effect of four different diets on blood pressure. The diet with the most lean beef (about 5.5 ounces/day) in the daily fare resulted in the lowest blood pressure. Each diet period lasted for five weeks, so it is not know if this effect would still occur over a longer period of time.
Eating lean beef daily can help lower blood pressure

July 28, 2014
For those being treated for kidney cancer, low blood cholesterol is associated with worse survival. Currently, it is not known why this is the case.
Low cholesterol not a good sign for patients with kidney cancer

August 7, 2014
Many Americans have a low intake of vitamin E. Increasingly common metabolic conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may be aggravated by low vitamin E status. Good food sources of vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, and avocados as well as some vegetable oils such as safflower and peanut oils.
Is Your Life Being Shortened by a Lack of Vitamin E?

August 9, 2014
There is a substantial body of evidence that the fatty acids in fish oils help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. These fatty acids can be found in fatty marine fish like salmon and sardines as well as fish and algae oil supplements.
There is No Question: EPA and DHA are Important for Cardiovascular Health

August 16, 2014
The effects of diet and nutrition on health are typically expected to have an impact only after months and years of making a change. However, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease had beneficial changes in lung function when they reported recently consuming fish, grapefruit, bananas or cheese. Exactly what this means is not clear, but it indicates the possibility that some foods may influence lung function within a fairly short span of time.
Link between healthy diet and better lung function in COPD patients

August 18, 2014
It has been known for some time that the lower intestinal cells use a small fatty acid produced by bacteria as a major energy source. Known as butyric acid, this fatty acid also has been shown to benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation in the colon. Supplements of butyric acid may benefit those with various types of bowel diseases.
Gut bacteria's fatty acid boosts immune system, reducing inflammation

August 26, 2014
A study conducted with rats found that adding fructose to a high fat diet increased fat accumulation in the liver. Although this may provide a small piece of information related to the causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the study did not compare fructose to glucose and rats are known to handle sugars and fats differently than humans. So, be careful when trying to apply the results of this type of study to human health problems.
Adding sugar to high-fat Western diet could be worse than high-fat diet alone

August 31, 2014
A high intake of plant foods and especially tomato products as part of an overall diet with foods from all food groups may help protect against prostate cancer. Common cancer prevention recommendations don't typically focus on prostate cancer.
Tomato-rich diet lowers prostate cancer risks

September 2, 2014
Research volunteers were fed either one or two pounds of cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables daily for two weeks. The effect of this on systemic inflammation markers was measured. One out of four inflammation markers was reduced, but only in those consuming the two pound dose. Because the cabbage family contains a natural toxin to the thyroid, consuming this amount of cruciferous vegetables on an ongoing basis could damage thyroid function, especially without consuming adequate amounts of iodine (such as iodized salt).
Clinical Studies With Food Highlight Limitations of Nutrition Research

September 4, 2014
Diabetes and Calcium: Many factors are involved in the development of type 2 diabetes. A new study adds elevated serum calcium levels as a risk factor. However, this is unlikely to be related to calcium intake. Since serum calcium levels are regulated tightly by hormonal mechanisms, elevated serum calcium likely represents maladjusted hormonal changes.
Calcium Concentration Tied to Diabetes

September 8, 2014
A large study of postmenopausal women found that those with the greatest amount of potassium in their diets had a lower risk of all types of stroke and all-cause mortality. Most people in the U.S. do not reach recommended levels of potassium intake. Some key foods that are high in potassium include bananas, papayas, oranges, prunes, raisins, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, lentils, salmon, milk, yogurt, and coffee.
Potassium-rich foods could lower stroke risk in older women

September 12, 2014
Sugar and Cardiovascular Disease: High blood sugar levels, as seen in diabetes, are known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. New research indicates that some compounds produced from sugar in the body can bind to and modify 'good' cholesterol (HDL), making it 'go bad.' It remains to be understood how significant this effect of sugar may be.
Sugar substance 'kills' good HDL cholesterol

September 14, 2014
Omega-3 and Epilepsy: Adults with drug-resistant epilepsy experienced a 33 percent reduction in seizure frequency while taking three fish oil capsules per day providing a total intake of 1080 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). When the dose was twice this amount, seizure frequency increased to the same level as taking a placebo. Although, omega-3 fatty acids are clearly not a 'cure' for epilepsy, the proper level of intake may be an important component of overall treatment of epilepsy.
Omega-3 fish oil 'could reduce seizure frequency for epilepsy patients'

September 15, 2014
Hypertension, BMI, and Salt: A French study of over 8500 people found that those with greater body weight for their height (Body Mass Index) were more likely to have high blood pressure. Salt intake, however, was not associated with blood pressure in this group of people.
Study: sodium's influence on blood pressure statistically insignificant

September 17, 2014
Dietary Protein and Blood Pressure: A study that followed about 1300 middle-aged adults for over eleven years found that those with higher intakes of dietary protein from both animal and plant sources had significantly lower risk of developing high blood pressure. The researchers concluded that protein intake may play a role in the long-term prevention of high blood pressure.
High protein diets lead to lower blood pressure, study finds

September 26, 2014
Diabetes Trend: National U.S. data predict a continued increase in the incidence of diabetes in future years, with about 40 percent of the population developing the condition. If diabetes runs in your family, probably the best preventive action you can take is to maintain a daily physical activity program.
2 Out Of Every 5 Americans Expected To Develop Type 2 Diabetes During Their Lifetime

September 28, 2014
There has been plenty of research supporting light to moderate alcohol consumption having potential health benefits. However, some caution is indicated by a new study that followed 2609 men for about 20 years and found that those who consumed alcohol most frequently (even moderately) had a significantly greater risk of dying from a stroke.
Drinking alcohol several times a week increases risk of stroke mortality

October 1, 2014
Hookworm Treatment for Celiac Disease: When hookworm parasites live in the small intestine, they protect themselves from immune system attack by secreting a protein that reduces inflammation. When 20 hookworms were introduced into the small intestines of eight volunteers with celiac disease, they became tolerant of gluten. The researchers hope to identify and isolate the hookworm protein to see if it is possible to use it like a drug and not need to use the live parasite - which, over time, can cause excessive blood loss and iron deficiency.
Celiac disease: A wriggly solution to a first-world problem

October 4, 2014
Vitamin D and Diabetes: Epidemiological studies have reported links between low vitamin D status and diabetes. However, other study designs used to identify cause and effect relationships do not indicate that low vitamin D status causes diabetes. Good vitamin D status is important for good health, but it remains to be seen if it helps to prevent diabetes.
New study challenges claims that low vitamin D causes type 2 diabetes

October 9, 2014
Depression and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: About 30 percent of people being treated with interferon for hepatitis C virus infection develop depression. Supplementation of these patients during treatment with the fish oil fatty acid EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) substantially reduced the incidence of depression.
Some forms of depression may be prevented by omega-3 fatty acids

October 14, 2014
Vitamin C and COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disorder in which people commonly experience muscle weakness. Intravenous infusion of two grams of vitamin C helped to relieve muscle fatigue in COPD patients. It remains to be seen if vitamin C supplementation would be helpful for people with COPD.
Vitamin C could ease muscle fatigue in COPD patients

October 18, 2014
Fiber and Colon Health: For some time, the consumption of foods that provide dietary fiber has been thought to benefit lower intestinal health. This was thought to be due to the bacterial production of a fat component called butyrate that increases when fiber is consumed. New research confirms that butyrate does help to reduce intestinal inflammation and likely reduce cancer risk. The B-vitamin niacin benefits the colon in a similar fashion.
Findings bolster fiber's role in colon health

October 27, 2014
Fish Oil and Atrial Fibrillation: An adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish oils, is considered to be beneficial for overall cardiovascular function. However, high dose fish oil supplementation (4 grams/day) did not help to prevent episodes of rapid heart rate in those with atrial fibrillation.
Fish oil supplements have little effect on irregular heartbeat

November 1, 2014
Omega-3 and Cardiovascular Risk: A person's omega-3 fatty acid status is assessed by measuring the percentage of total fatty acids in red blood cell membranes that are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - also called the omega-3 index. An omega-3 index of about 8% is considered to be cardioprotective. The average American has an omega-3 index of 4.3% due to relatively low intake of fish on average.
Hopefully your Omega-3 Index Exceeds 8%? Find Out Why

November 3, 2014
Iodine Deficiency: A U.K. study of young women (mostly students in nutrition and dietetics) found that about one out of four had mild iodine deficiency. The foods most highly correlated with good iodine status were milk and milk products, eggs, and fish.
Iodine Deficiency: 90 Years of Progress, But Much To Be Done

November 7, 2014
Ketogenic Diets and Epilepsy: A review of studies on using ketogenic diets (high fat and low carb) for the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy in adults found that the diet cut the frequency of seizures at least in half for about one out of three people. Five to nine percent of those trying the diet experienced more than a 90% reduction in their seizures. It is not clear why this diet helps some, but not others.
Low carb, high fat diets may reduce seizures in tough-to-treat epilepsy

November 9, 2014
Asthma and Vitamin D: A study of over 20,000 adults with asthma found that those with vitamin D deficiency were 25 percent more likely to have asthma attacks than those with normal status. Low vitamin D status may be linked with other nutrient problems such as iron deficiency, so it is difficult to know if vitamin D supplementation alone will be helpful.
Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased risk of asthma attacks

November 15, 2014
Wheat and Celiac Disease: Gluten represents only part of the protein in wheat. A new study found that people with celiac disease are more likely than people without the disease to have immune system reactions to several of the non-gluten proteins in wheat. Damage to the intestinal cells seen in celiac disease may increase the risk of allergies to food proteins in general.
Celiac disease triggers may include non-gluten proteins

November 16, 2014
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Smoking: A double-blind placebo-controlled study of 48 regular cigarette smokers found that supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA decreased daily smoking and tobacco craving. These results indicate that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may improve success in smoking cessation programs.
Omega-3 reduces smoking, study suggests

November 17, 2014
Walnuts and Prostate Cancer: Walnuts and walnut oil were shown to reduce prostate tumor growth in a mouse model. However, a control diet with the same fatty acid proportions as walnut oil did not reduce tumor growth. For a human to consume a similar amount of walnuts as fed to the mice, it would require almost 500 calories a day of walnuts. Consequently, future research aims to identify the components of walnuts that have this effect.
Study extols anti-prostate cancer effects of walnuts

November 18, 2014
Long-chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cancer: Fish oil omega-3 fatty acids often are linked to cardiovascular health. A new review of the scientific literature indicates that higher intake of fatty fish and/or fish oil supplements also is associated with reduced risk of various types of cancer - especially when omega-6 fatty acid intake is not high.
Study finds marked benefits for cancer prevention with a higher intake of fatty fish

December 1, 2014
Dietary Saturated Fat vs Carbohydrate: Although accumulating research indicates that saturated fat in the diet does not increase cardiovascular disease risk as previously thought, higher blood levels of saturated fat do seem to increase risk. A recent controlled study found that increasing dietary saturated fat did not affect blood levels of saturated fat. However, increasing dietary carbohydrate raised the fatty acid blood levels associated with an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Rise of saturated fat in diet does not raise fats in blood

December 5, 2014
Vitamin D and COPD: People with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) like chronic bronchitis and emphysema often have symptom flare-ups that can worsen and be life-threatening. A new study found that when vitamin D status was low in COPD patients, vitamin D supplements reduced flare-ups by over 40 percent in comparison to those taking a placebo.
Vitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups by over 40 percent

December 10, 2014
In a study of over 13,000 adults, those with diabetes and poor glucose control at around age 50 had a much greater risk of mental decline by age 70. One of the best ways to reduce this risk is to be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain after age 50.
Could midlife diabetes increase risk of cognitive decline?

December 12, 2014
Sugar and Blood Pressure: A new review claims that excess added sugar intake contributes to the development of hypertension more than sodium. However, this potential association is complicated by the fact that high sugar intake is associated with excess body weight that, in turn, contributes to increased blood pressure. Stay tuned.
More than salt, sugars may contribute to high blood pressure

December 19, 2014
Glycemic Index and Cardiovascular Risk: Low glycemic index diets have been thought to enhance blood glucose control and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. However, a 5-week controlled feeding study found that a low glycemic index diet was no different than a high glycemic index diet in how it affected insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure. This well controlled study indicates that a lower glycemic index diet does not improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance.
Low-glycemic index carbohydrate diet does not improve cardiovascular risk factors, insulin resistance

December 20, 2014
Selenium and Colorectal Cancer: A European study found that adequate selenium status is associated with a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer, especially in women. But, be careful with selenium supplements. Selenium has a narrow window between levels that are sub-optimal and those that would be considered toxic. The upper limit for selenium is 400 micrograms per day.
Decreased risk of colorectal cancer linked with higher selenium levels

December 26, 2014
Saturated Fat: Increasing saturated fat in the diet had less effect on indicators of cardiovascular risk than increasing carbohydrate. As dietary carbohydrate increased, a fat component known as palmitoleic acid also increased. Palmitoleic acid is a biomarker consistently associated with adverse health outcomes.
Study: Doubling saturated fat in the diet does not increase saturated fat in blood

December 28, 2014
Vitamin D and SAD: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that usually begins in the fall and continues throughout the winter months. It has been thought that SAD is caused by reduced sunlight exposure and interference with the body's biological clock. There also is evidence that SAD may be due to a drop in vitamin D status caused by reduced exposure to sunlight during fall and winter months.
Researchers link vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder

December 31, 2014
Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer Risk: A new analysis of multiple studies on vitamin D and prostate cancer found that the risk of prostate cancer increased with higher blood levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (the form of vitamin D used to measure status). It remains to be determined what level of vitamin D is optimal and how much is too much.
High serum vitamin D levels linked to prostate cancer risk

January 9, 2015
Magnesium and Diabetes: A study of African American and Hispanic American women found that higher magnesium intake was associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in those with specific gene variations. Foods rich in magnesium include nuts and seeds, beans, spinach and Swiss chard.
Type 2 diabetes risk varies with magnesium intake, genes and ethnicity

January 14, 2015
Blood Sugar and Cancer Risk: Moderately elevated blood sugar (fasting blood glucose between 100 and 125 mg/dl) is called prediabetes. This puts people at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In addition, new information indicates that prediabetes increases the risk of developing cancer by about 15 percent.
Breaking News: Prediabetes Ups Cancer Risk 15%

January 15, 2015
Vitamin B12 and Oxidative Stress: It seems logical to measure blood levels of vitamin B12 to evaluate a person's B12 status. However, a better measure, blood levels of methylmalonic acid (MMA), indicates how well a B12-dependent chemical reaction is working. Serum MMA increases in B12 deficiency. A new study found that when markers of oxidative stress are increased, serum B12 can be normal even though serum MMA indicates B12 deficiency.
Wow, Measuring Nutritional Status is Insightful

January 24, 2015
Coffee and Melanoma: A study that followed over 400,000 non-Hispanic white adults for about ten years found that increased coffee consumption was associated with a decreased incidence melanoma. This reduced risk of melanoma was observed only for regular coffee, not decaffeinated coffee.
Coffee consumption linked with reduced melanoma risk

January 25, 2015
Nitrates and Blood Pressure: A study of feeding beetroot juice (naturally high in nitrate) for four weeks to people with hypertension found that it significantly reduced blood pressure. Beetroot juice without nitrate had no effect. Two weeks after study participants stopped consuming nitrate-containing beetroot juice, their blood pressure returned to hypertensive levels. Common vegetables that are naturally high in nitrate include spinach, beets, green beans, squash, and carrots.
Drinking beetroot juice reduces high blood pressure, trial shows

January 29, 2015
Sodium and Cardiovascular Disease: Estimated sodium intake of older adults (71 to 80 years) was not associated with the incidence of cardiovascular disease or heart failure during a 10-year period of study. Although the study used a relatively poor method of estimating sodium intake (food frequency questionnaires), the study does add to the body of literature currently polarizing the thinking about how much dietary sodium is best.
Salt intake not associated with mortality or risk of cardiovascular disease, heart failure in older adults

February 5, 2015
Vitamin A and Malaria: Vitamin A deficiency is common in many areas where malaria is a problem. A new study of over 20,000 children under 5 years of age, living in four countries in sub-Saharan Africa, found that children taking vitamin A supplements were 54 percent less likely to develop malaria compared to children not getting the supplements.
Vitamin A and Malaria Risk in Children Under 5 Years

February 11, 2015
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An institute of medicine report recommends that chronic fatigue syndrome get a new name - Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease. The report also provides specific diagnostic guidelines that include substantial and persistent reduction in the ability to engage in normal levels of activities that is accompanied by fatigue, worsening of symptoms after exertion (including physical, cognitive, or emotional stress), unrefreshing sleep, and either cognitive impairment or the inability to remain upright with symptoms that improve when lying down.
Panel Asks: What Defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

February 14, 2015
Mercury and Autoimmune Disease: Researchers analyzed data for 1,352 women aged 16-49 years for their levels of mercury in hair and blood samples. They found that increased levels of mercury were associated with increased indicators of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, the research did not consider factors that reduce mercury toxicity such as adequate selenium and iron status.
Mercury exposure may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases in women

February 20, 2015
Exercise and Diabetes: Exercise is commonly recommended as part of the treatment for type 2 diabetes. New research found that resistance exercise (strength training) conducted by type 2 diabetics either before or after eating a meal helped to reduce the blood glucose response to the meal. However, exercise after the meal also reduced plasma triglyceride levels more than exercise before the meal.
Individuals with type 2 diabetes should exercise after dinner

February 25, 2015
Breakfast and Type 2 Diabetes: When people with type 2 diabetes consumed a 700 calorie breakfast (with over 50 grams of protein), a 600 calorie lunch (40 grams of protein), and a 200 calorie dinner (22 grams of protein), they had much better blood glucose control throughout the day than when they had a 200 calorie breakfast, the same lunch, and a 700 calorie dinner. It appears that a good high protein breakfast works best for diabetics.
High-energy breakfast with low-energy dinner helps control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes

March 1, 2015
GERD: If you experience GERD, commonly known as heartburn, eat moderate sized meals, stay upright after eating for at least two hours, and eliminate foods that don’t agree with you. Also, inform your doctor of heartburn symptoms if you are taking a new medication.
Heartburn linked to many causes

March 6, 2015
Lycopene and Kidney Cancer: Renal cell carcinoma is the eighth leading cancer among women. Typically, it is diagnosed at a more advanced stage, making treatment less effective. A study of over 96,000 older women found that those with the greatest intake of lycopene (mostly from tomatoes) had the lowest risk of renal cell carcinoma. This indicates that lycopene in the diet may contribute to prevention of this type of cancer.
Lycopene may ward off kidney cancer in older women

March 8, 2015
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Diabetes: A study that followed 5,697 participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) for over ten years found that those with greater blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) had lower blood levels of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFAs). Elevated blood NEFAs is marker of metabolic dysfunction associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Increasing EPA and DHA Concentrations in Blood to Modify Diabetes Risk

March 20, 2015
Vitamin D and Depression: Young women with lower vitamin D status were more likely to suffer from depression symptoms. This association raises an interesting question, but it does not prove that low vitamin D causes depression. One complicating factor is that the body's production of the form of vitamin D measured to assess vitamin D status (25-hydroxy vitamin D) is accomplished in the liver by an iron-dependent enzyme. Iron deficiency is a known cause of depression that also could reduce 25-hydroxy vitamin D production in the liver.
Low vitamin D levels, depression linked in young women, new study shows

April 8, 2015
Fatty Liver and Intestinal Health: When excessive fat accumulates in the liver, it causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that can progress to a more severe form called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). New research indicates that this condition is linked with "leaky gut" or increased intestinal permeability that allows microorganisms to to more readily cross the gut wall into the body. Two key nutrients that help to prevent NAFLD and NASH are choline and protein.
Liver injury in NASH leads to a leaky gut

April 11, 2015
A 28-year old theory proposes that iron accumulation in the body increases the risk for coronary heart disease. To date, however, this theory remains unproved, with several studies refuting the theory. It is likely that both too much and too little iron increase health risks.
Iron level is important to good health

April 15, 2015
Gum Disease and Heart Disease: A new study using a rabbit model found that treatment of gum disease prevented heart disease. These results support epidemiological studies that show links between periodontal disease and heart disease. It appears that the inflammation caused by the gum disease triggers inflammation in the arteries, making them more susceptible to plaque accumulation.
How gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease

April 22, 2015
Coffee and Breast Cancer: Components in coffee are proving to inhibit breast cancer development. In addition, consuming coffee during treatment of breast cancer appears to benefit treatment and reduce recurrence of the cancer. At least two cups a day seems to be the effective dose.
Coffee protects against breast cancer recurrence, detailed findings confirm

April 24, 2015
Menstrual Blood Loss and Iron: A study in Finland of 236 women with heavy menstrual periods found that 27% of the women were anemic and 60% were severely iron deficient based on low ferritin levels. One year after treatment with iron supplementation, the anemic women had a significant increase in energy, along with improved physical and social function, and a decrease in anxiety and depression. It took 5 years to get their iron stores to normal levels.
Iron supplements improve anemia, quality of life for women with heavy periods

April 26, 2015
As the weather warms up, the body’s fluid needs increase due to greater sweat loss. Even unnoticeable sweat loss can lead to a drop in blood volume that could increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Remember to drink more fluids in hot weather.
Fluid needs rise with temperature

May 1, 2015
Protein at Breakfast: Another study indicates that consuming a breakfast with 25 to 30 grams of protein helps to moderate blood sugar levels throughout the morning and even helps to moderate the blood glucose response to lunch. This study was conducted with people with type 2 diabetes. Other studies have reported similar results and even have found that a high protein breakfast helps to reduce food cravings later in the day.
Prevent type 2 diabetes blood-sugar spikes by eating more protein for breakfast, experts say.

May 4, 2015
Teen Asthma and Insulin Resistance: Asthma and compromised pulmonary function are associated with components of metabolic syndrome, including insulin resistance in teenagers. It is not known why lung function may be linked to impaired insulin function.
Teen Asthma Strongly Linked to Insulin Resistance

May 5, 2015
Fibromyalgia Triggers: There is little agreement about what causes the chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia. However, a new study found that one out of four people with fibromyalgia had some physical trauma or infection associated with the start of symptoms. Many other variables, such as iron deficiency, have been linked to fibromyalgia, but there appears to be multiple factors causing the condition.
Can an Infection or Injury Trigger Fibromyalgia?

May 6, 2015
Blood Pressure Guidelines: A 2013 Systematic Evidence Review From the Blood Pressure Expert Panel of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute concluded that adults over 60 should not be treated for hypertension unless blood pressure exceeds 150/90. However, this information remains to be incorporated into updated guidelines.
Think your blood pressure is too high? Think again.

May 7, 2015
Body Weight and Diabetes: A study of over 10,000 older adults with type 2 diabetes (average age of 63 years) followed for over 10 years, found that those who were overweight or obese were more likely to be hospitalized for cardiovascular reasons. However, being overweight (BMI of 25 to 30) was associated with a lower mortality risk than being normal weight or obese.
Overweight diabetes patients outlive slimmer ones - study

May 11, 2015
Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Health: The relative risk of coronary heart disease and stroke decreases with increasing blood vitamin C levels. Vitamin C status (plasma vitamin C concentration) is determined by both vitamin C intake and the genetic capacity to maintain higher levels of vitamin C in the body.
Benefits of Fruit and Vegetables: Researchers Claim it’s all about Vitamin C

May 13, 2015
Fitness and Blood Lipids: A study of over 11,000 men, followed for about 35 years, found that the usual age-related increase in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol was delayed in those who maintained the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness.
Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds

May 15, 2015
Iron Status and Diabetes Diagnosis: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is considered a good blood test to evaluate chronically elevated blood glucose. However, a new review of 12 studies found that iron deficiency with or without anemia causes a false increase in HbA1c. Consequently, it is important to not rely only on HbA1c values without other measures of blood glucose handling in the body. Measures of iron status also appear to be important.
Anemia distorts regular method of diabetes diagnosis and questions its reliability.

June 12, 2015
Sugar-sweetened Beverages and Fatty Liver: A study of over 2600 people found that regular sugar-sweetened beverage consumption was associated with greater risk of fatty liver disease, particularly in overweight and obese individuals. However, the study did not account for the effects of physical activity on carbohydrate utilization and did not appear to adjust properly for lower protein intake in those who consumed more sugary beverages. Diet soda intake was not associated with measures of fatty liver disease.
Daily sugary drink habit linked to liver disease

July 2, 2015
Citrus Fruit and Melanoma: An analysis of data from over 100,000 men and women found that those who consumed the most citrus fruit (especially grapefruit) had an increased risk of getting melanoma (skin cancer). This does not mean we should cut citrus fruits out of our diets. Since just about every food has something in it that is bad for us in excess amounts, this is mainly an argument for eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and each in moderation.
Citrus consumption and skin cancer: How real is the link?

July 3, 2015
Potassium, Sodium and Blood Pressure: An analysis of multiple studies concluded that people with elevated blood pressure may benefit more from increasing potassium intake relative to sodium intake than from just decreasing sodium intake.
Increased potassium reduces blood pressure in hypertensive people: Nestle meta-analysis

July 5, 2015
Maintaining a healthy immune system requires adequate dietary protein for the production of antibodies as well as many essential vitamins and trace minerals.
More than luck needed to avoid flu

July 9, 2015
Stroke Risk and Fish Oil: Arteries, including those providing blood to the brain, are known to stiffen with age. This is thought to be a major reason why stroke risk increases with age. Many aspects of good nutrition appear to contribute to reduced risk of stroke. A new study indicates that one key nutrient that helps to reduce arterial stiffness in older people is the type of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and algae oils.
Food for Thought on Strokes and Risk

July 20, 2015
Fat, Diabetes, and Fatty Liver Link: Using a diabetic mouse model, researchers found that when excess fat is consumed, some of the fat is converted to a compound called ceramide. When too much ceramide builds up, it causes insulin resistance and possibly diabetes or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This research provides potentially new directions in human research for the prevention and treatment of these increasingly common conditions.
Lipid enzyme heightens insulin sensitivity, potential therapy to treat Type 2 diabetes

August 3, 2015
Breakfast and Type 2 Diabetes: New research indicates that when type 2 diabetics skip breakfast, their blood glucose rise after lunch and dinner is much greater than when they consume breakfast. Eating a good breakfast that includes good protein sources seems to keep things on a more even keel throughout the day, especially for people with type 2 diabetes.
Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

August 19, 2015
Vitamin D and Fall Prevention: Vitamin D helps to maintain muscle structure and function and some studies report that vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of falls - especially in elderly people. A small single-blind study conducted with older participants in the Meals on Wheels program found that supplementation improved vitamin D status and helped to reduce falling.
Vitamin D supplements could help reduce falls in homebound elderly

August 20, 2015
Coffee and Colon Cancer Recovery: A study of 953 people recovering from stage III colon cancer found that those who consumed four or more cups of regular coffee per day had significantly less recurrence of their cancer. Tea and decaffeinated coffee consumption did not have any association with cancer recurrence.
Drinking coffee daily may improve survival in colon cancer patients

August 28, 2015
Protein and Cardiovascular Health: Several amino acids from protein foods such as glutamic acid, arginine, glycine, cysteine, and histidine are known to modulate blood levels of nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Consequently, it is not too surprising that a recent UK study of about 2000 female twins found that the intake of protein and specific amino acids was associated with reduced arterial stiffness and lower blood pressure. The researchers stated that this beneficial effect was similar in magnitude to established lifestyle risk factors such as physical activity and not smoking.
High protein foods boost cardiovascular health, as much as quitting smoking or getting exercise

September 1, 2015
Vitamin D and Macular Degeneration: A number of nutrients have been identified that help to protect the light-sensitive retina of the eye and prevent or at least slow age-related macular degeneration. Now a new study adds vitamin D to the list of nutrients likely to benefit retinal health.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Risk is Influenced by Vitamin D Status

September 19, 2015
Kidney Stones and Nutrition: Large research studies have clearly shown that the risk for kidney stone formation decreases when calcium consumption is increased and plenty of fluid is consumed.
Combat kidney stones with water

September 23, 2015
Fatty Acids and Crohn's Disease: It's not ready for human application, but interesting genetic studies with zebrafish indicate that certain fatty acids commonly found in foods are associated with improving Crohn's disease symptoms, while other fatty acids seem to worsen the condition. Eventually, this may lead to more focused study of the effects of dietary fat sources on Crohn's disease.
Specific fatty acids may worsen Crohn's disease

September 25, 2015
Trans Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: German researchers measured trans fatty acid levels in the red blood cells of people being evaluated for cardiovascular disease in a German hospital. They found that those with the lowest trans fatty acid levels had higher rates of cardiovascular mortality and sudden cardiac death. The German diet is low in trans fatty acids from food processing, so most of their trans fatty acids likely were from natural sources like milk products and beef. Since Americans typically have higher dietary and red blood cell levels of trans fatty acid, the general results of this German study may not apply directly to the U.S.
What? Zero Tolerance on Trans Fatty Acid Intake may be Irrational?

September 29, 2015
Statins and Aging: Statin drugs are used to treat people with cardiovascular disease. However, the use of these drugs for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in people without the condition may be unwise. New research indicates that statin drugs cause cellular changes that are characteristic of the aging process. This may be what causes the often observed statin side-effects of neurological problems, muscle pain, and increased risk of developing diabetes.
Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

October 5, 2015
Calcium Needs: A new meta-analysis type of study questions current recommendations for high calcium intake to prevent bone fractures. Their results indicate that higher calcium intake does not prevent bone fractures. Too much calcium has potential negative effects on health. It is important to recognize that adequate intake of calcium along with several other nutrients is important for bone health - protein, vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, etc. How much calcium is adequate? More research is needed.
Calcium Supplements Don’t Lower Risk of Bone Fractures, Researchers Say

October 8, 2015
Headaches and Skipping Meals: More than 60 factors are known to trigger primary head­aches. Low blood glucose from skipping meals is one trigger we can control.
Diet may play part in your headaches

October 13, 2015
Healthcare Cost in the United States: A new analysis of data from the year 2013 showed that the United States spends at least 50 percent more, as a percentage of the overall economy, than any other high income country, including France, Australia, Canada, Germany and Great Britain. It will be interesting to see how the Affordable Care Act Affects this spending in the future.
U.S. Still Behind Other Countries in Effective Health Care Spending

October 21, 2015
Calcium, Vitamin D, and Cancer: Some studies indicated the possibility that consuming more dietary calcium and/or vitamin D might reduce the risk of developing colon and rectal cancers. However, a newly published study followed over 2000 people for three to five years and found that daily supplementation with 1200 mg of calcium and or 1000 IU of vitamin D had no effect on the development of colorectal polyps (adenomas).
Despite promise, vitamin D and calcium do not reduce colorectal cancer risk

October 26, 2015
Folate and Celiac Disease: Even after consuming a gluten-free diet to recover from celiac disease, people with celiac disease had lower blood folate levels than normal healthy controls without celiac disease. Even after recovery, people with celiac disease may have greater nutrient needs than average.
Celiac Disease and Folate Deficiency.

October 29, 2015
Meat and Cancer: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (World Health Organization) released summary information about a report on red meats and processed meats and possible associations with cancer. The full report is yet to be released. The summary states that diets high in red meat and processed meats pose an increased risk of developing cancer - especially colorectal cancer. They also stated that, "Eating meat has known health benefits." The bottom line on all this - don't overdo anything, keep a wide variety of foods in your diet, and don't stress out about it.
Processed meat and cancer: Let's cut the nonsense

October 30, 2015
Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nutrient deficiencies commonly play a role in chronic disease conditions. A new study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis, who also were deficient in vitamin D, experienced significant improvement in measures of their disease activity after three months of vitamin D supplementation.
Vitamin D Supplementation Beneficial in Rheumatoid Arthritis

November 8, 2015
Hydration and Fever: Although increased fluid and sodium needs are typically thought to be associated with hot weather and exercise, remember the flu can cause an increased internal temperature that requires increased fluid as well.
Fluid needs rise with temperature

November 12, 2015
Gut Microbes and Glucose Control: A study testing a barley-based bread in human volunteers found that only people with greater levels of a specific type of colon bacteria (Prevotella copri) experienced improved blood glucose control compared to when they consumed regular wheat-based bread. Transplanting some of the human fecal bacteria into germ-free mice improved blood glucose control in the mice.
The gut microbiota can influence the effectiveness of dietary treatments

November 16, 2015
Diabetes, Diet, and Kidneys: Decline in kidney function often develops in people with type 2 diabetes. A preliminary study that followed over 600 type 2 diabetics for about 10 to 15 years found that those who consumed more potassium (based on urine measures) had a lower risk of renal decline than those consuming low levels of potassium. Indicators of sodium intake, however, showed no correlation with measures of kidney function change over time.
Potassium-rich diets could protect diabetic patients' kidneys

November 17, 2015
Hypothyroid and Iron: Evidence continues to indicate that many cases of hypothyroidism are related to low iron status. An enzyme involved in thyroid hormone synthesis is known to be iron dependent, so the relationship makes biochemical sense.
Iron plays an important role for the thyroid

November 19, 2015
Vitamin D and HIV Treatment: Measurement of vitamin D status in HIV infected adults found that good vitamin D status enhanced recovery of immune function after treatment. Vitamin D deficiency impaired recovery.
Low vitamin D may hamper HIV treatment in adults

December 3, 2015
Diet and Epilepsy: A study using a rat model indicated that low carbohydrate ketogenic diets used to treat epilepsy have their beneficial effect on the brain through a specific component of fat rather than the generation of ketone bodies. Consuming fat that is high in a 10-carbon fatty acid called decanoic acid may provide the same benefit to epileptics without the need to restrict carbohydrate.
New diet provides hope for treating patients with drug resistant epilepsy

December 17, 2015
Celiac Disease Risk: A new meta-analysis type of study found that women with sisters or mothers that have celiac disease are at significantly greater risk of developing the condition too.
Familial risk for celiac disease varies by gender, geographic location

December 18, 2015
Diabetes and Pancreatic Fat: A study using specialized MRI scanning techniques in people losing weight by bariatric surgery found that those with type 2 diabetes had elevated levels of fat in their pancreas. After eight weeks of weight loss, pancreatic fat levels normalized and the type 2 diabetes cleared up. Pancreatic fat levels may be an important factor to evaluate and target in people with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes reversed by losing fat from pancreas

December 24, 2015
Pancreatic Cancer and Magnesium: Many of us consume less than recommended levels of magnesium. A new study found that low magnesium intake is associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Although a cause and effect relationship cannot be assumed from this study, it still is another good reason to include green vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains in the daily diet.
Magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer

December 27, 2015
Cranberry and bladder health: Substances in cranberries are known to benefit the health of the urinary tract. For some, this holiday treat could be beneficial if consumed year-round.
Holiday berry has year-round applications

January 11, 2016
Body Fat and Insulin Function: A study of 116 nondiabetic adults ranging in age from 19 to 78 years were tested for insulin sensitivity, a measure of how well insulin facilitates sugar uptake from the blood. Age did not influence insulin sensitivity, but greater levels of fat around the internal organs (visceral fat) and more fat in the liver were both strongly associated with poor insulin sensitivity. Meeting protein needs and avoiding excess calories, especially from carbohydrate and fat, can help to avoid or reduce high levels of visceral and liver fat.
Changes in fat distribution influence reduction in insulin sensitivity

January 12, 2016
DASH Diet + Fat: The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary pattern is high in fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy foods. The diet significantly lowers blood pressure as well as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). A new study found that a higher fat version of the DASH diet lowered blood pressure to the same extent as the standard DASH diet, but also reduced triglycerides and did not significantly raise LDL-C.
Higher fat variation of DASH diet lowers blood pressure, triglycerides, study shows

February 4, 2016
Fish Oil and Blood Pressure: About a third of American adults have hypertension. New research indicates that increased fish consumption or supplementation with a daily fish oil supplement significantly lowers blood pressure in many adults with hypertension.
More Evidence that EPA+DHA Affect Blood Pressure

February 17, 2016
Dietary Cholesterol, Eggs, and Coronary Artery Disease: A study in Finland that followed over 800 men for about 21 years, found that egg and cholesterol intakes were not associated with increased coronary artery disease. This also was the case for those identified as having a genetic predisposition to heart disease. This supports previous studies showing little or no effect of dietary cholesterol on blood cholesterol levels.
High-cholesterol diet, eating eggs do not increase risk of heart attack, not even in persons genetically predisposed, study finds

March 4, 2016
Eye Health and Carotenoids: In addition to the well-known beta-carotene found in many fruits and vegetables, similar carotenoid molecules lutein and zeaxanthin are found in foods like green vegetables and yellow corn. They are especially important for retinal health and prevention of age-related macular degeneration.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Most Studied Carotenoids for Eye Health

March 7, 2016
Diabetes Guidelines: A synopsis of the 2016 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes emphasize individualized care to manage the disease, prevent or delay complications, and improve outcomes. Among other things, the guidelines stress patient self-management, physical activity, and weight management.
ADA Issues Recs for Management of Diabetes in Primary Care

March 11, 2016
Autism and Nutrient Intake: A study on the food and supplement intake of children with autism spectrum disorders found that many of the 2- to 3-year old children exceeded the Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs) for three essential nutrients from their food intake alone (34% exceeded the UL for preformed vitamin A, 44% for manganese, and 40% for zinc). Consumption of supplements added to this already excessive level of nutrient intake, likely increasing the risk of one or more of these nutrients having neuro-toxic effects.
Dietary Supplementation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

March 13, 2016
Coffee and Parkinson's disease. Research shows that moderate coffee consumption appears to reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Although these types of studies can't claim cause and effect, they do reduce concerns about potential harmful effects.
In moderation, caffeine found to aid health

March 24, 2016
Fat Loss and Diabetes: In people with type-2 diabetes, significant fat loss from reduced calorie intake was associated with a loss of fat also from the pancreas. As pancreatic fat dropped, insulin production returned to normal if pancreatic function was not already overly impaired.
Reverse your diabetes: You can stay diabetes-free long-term

April 9, 2016
Gallstones and Weight Loss: Two of the major risk factors for gallstone disease are prolonged fasting and rapid weight loss. Restricted food intake, especially when low in fat, slows the release of bile from the gall bladder and gallstones are more likely to form.
Painful stones gall many U.S. adults

April 14, 2016
Butter or Vegetable Oils? Substituting high linoleic acid vegetable oils like corn and safflower for butter in the diet has long been thought to reduce blood cholesterol and reduced death, especially from coronary heart disease. However, analysis of previously unpublished data from 50 years ago showed that replacement of saturated fat in the diet with high linoleic acid vegetable oils lowers serum cholesterol but does not translates to a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease or all causes.
Replacing butter with vegetable oils does not cut heart disease risk

May 9, 2016
Abdominal Fat: Obesity often is associated with a generalized increase in inflammation in the body. New research has identified a regulatory molecule produced mainly by visceral fat (internal abdominal fat) that triggers the increased inflammation associated with metabolic disease, insulin resistance, reduced fat mobilization from fat tissues, and an increased risk of death. The subcutaneous fat tissue (just below the skin) is not associated with these risks.
Why is visceral fat worse than subcutaneous fat?

May 17, 2016
HDL Cholesterol Interpretation: A new analysis of the relationships between HDL cholesterol levels in the blood and the risk of cardiovascular disease found that higher levels of this "good" cholesterol do not reduce disease risk when LDL cholesterol and triglycerides also are high.
Has HDL, the 'good' cholesterol, been hyped?

May 20, 2016
Heartburn Drugs and the Heart: Chronic use of proton-pump inhibitor drugs (like Prilosec and Nexium) for heartburn accelerates the aging of blood vessels. This could contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease, vascular dementia, and renal failure. Short-term use does not seem to be a problem.
Common antacid linked to accelerated vascular aging

May 21, 2016
Nausea and Ginger: Studies indicate that the short-term use of ginger can help to relieve pregnancy-related nausea.
Herbs at a Glance, Ginger

May 25, 2016
Sodium and Health: A combined analysis of four studies with more than 130,000 participants (about half with hypertension and half without) raises questions about current recommendations for low sodium intake. They found that those with low sodium intake (below 3000 mg/day) had an increased risk of death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and heart failure compared to those with moderate sodium intake. This occurred both in those with hypertension and those with normal blood pressure. However, high sodium intake (above 6000 mg/day) increased death and disease risk only in those who had hypertension.
Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?

May 31, 2016
Fatty Liver Disease: The most common cause of fatty liver has been excessive alcohol consumption. However, more recently, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become more common. This may be linked to many factors such as a low intake of protein and/or choline. Also, new research found that those with a genetic limitation in the metabolism of alcohol (low acetaldehyde dehydrogenase activity) are at increased risk for NAFLD even without alcohol consumption.
Even light drinkers should watch for fatty liver disease

June 1, 2016
Homocysteine Reduction: High blood levels of homocysteine are associated with increased risk developing cardiovascular disease. In addition to an adequate intake of specific B-vitamins, consumption of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) helps to reduce homocysteine.
B-Vitamins, PUFA and Reducing Homocysteine Levels

June 8, 2016
Abdominal Obesity and Kidney Disease: Young adults (age 20 to 40) with abdominal obesity are at significantly increased risk of declining kidney function and the development of chronic kidney disease. However, it is estimated that less than five percent of those with chronic kidney disease in this age group are diagnosed before their kidney failure is severe.
Obese Young Adults Unaware of Kidney Disease Risk, Study Finds

June 15, 2016
Foods to Reduce Inflammation: Recent research indicates that polyphenol compounds naturally high in five plant foods (onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea, and açai berries) show potential to reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic inflammation.
What foods can help fight the risk of chronic inflammation?

June 16, 2016
Coffee and Cancer: The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its evaluation of potential associations between coffee, very hot beverages, and cancer risk. They previously had stated that coffee drinking was "possibly carcinogenic to humans," but this new report concludes that coffee drinking "is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans." However, consumption of very hot beverages was found to be associated with increased risk of esophageal cancer.
World Health Organization Drops Coffee’s Status as Possible Carcinogen

June 18, 2016
Produce Reduces cancer Risk: Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are recommended for reducing cancer risk. Incorporate local fruits and vegetables into your daily diet to help yourself and your local farmer.
Use of Tropical Vegetables to Improve Diets in the Pacific Region

July 4, 2016
Lifelong Benefits of Exercise Starts Early: Frequent, vigorous exercise during the child and adolescent years is becoming recognized as the most effective way to prevent chronic health conditions that develop during the adult years.
Active kids avoid later health woes

July 6, 2016
Protein Reduces Hypertension: A study of more than 1500 females showed that those who consumed a higher level of protein foods with certain amino acids had both lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness. These amino acids were found both in meat and plant-based protein sources.
UEA research shows high protein foods boost cardiovascular health

July 11, 2016
Gut Transit Time and the Microbiome: The colonic microbiome (microorganism quantity and diversity) is being widely studied as a contributor to many potential health outcomes. New research indicates that despite the richness of microbial content, when intestinal contents move too slowly their may be adverse health effects due to certain bacterial byproducts. Consuming a variety of foods with dietary fiber and consuming plenty of fluids helps to speed up transit.
Food’s transit time through body is a key factor in digestive health

July 15, 2016
Magnesium Supplementation and Blood Pressure: Most Americans do not meet recommended magnesium intake. A summary of multiple studies found that supplementation with about 300 mg of magnesium per day lowers blood pressure by about 2 mm Hg on average. Although this was statistically significant, it is likely not biologically significant. However, consuming adequate magnesium from foods and/or supplements is important for overall health.
Magnesium may modestly lower blood pressure

July 16, 2016
Psoriasis, the Immune System and Nutrition: Since the immune system is clearly involved in psoriasis, maintaining a healthy immune system helps to deal with the disease. Many nutrients are involved in supporting immune function, so meeting all nutrient needs may be step one in treating psoriasis.
Causes of psoriasis are not yet determined

July 25, 2016
Physical Activity and Cancer Risk: A combined analysis of the data from 12 large studies (total of 1.44 million participants) found that those reporting the most leisure-time physical activity had a lower overall risk for cancer. One exception was in increased risk of skin cancer (malignant melanoma) in the most active participants - likely due to greater sun exposure without adequate sun protection.
Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer

July 29, 2016
Selenium and Liver Cancer Risk: A European study found that those with the lowest selenium status had the greatest risk of developing liver cancer. Good food sources of selenium include fish, meats, poultry, eggs, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, tofu, and some fortified cereals.
Low selenium levels linked to liver cancer development

August 3, 2016
Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Heart Attack Recovery: A placebo-controlled study found that a fish oil-based supplement with high dose omega-3 fatty acids (465 mg EPA and 375 mg DHA) significantly benefited key aspects of recovery from a heart attack. These levels of omega-3 fatty acids are difficult to obtain from food. To do so would require daily consumption of a fish like salmon (which can vary in fatty acid content depending on source and species).
Omega-3 fatty acids may aid heart attack healing

August 10, 2016
Kidney Stones Treatment: Researchers report that a compound called hydroxycitric acid or hydroxycitrate (HCA) shows promise as a treatment to dissolve kidney stones. HCA is very high in a fruit called Garcinia cambogia (Malabar tamarind) which has been an ingredient in controversial supplements marketed for weight loss. Human trials are needed to confirm HCA's possible use for kidney stones.
Researchers propose new treatment to prevent kidney stones

August 20, 2016
Physical Activity and Diabetes: The end of summer is near so, it is important to stay physically active. This helps to maintain or achieve a healthy weight and decreases risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
Staying active can reduce diabetes risk in adulthood

September 11, 2016
Iron /Iodine and Thyroid Function: Keeping a wide variety of foods in the diet is extremely important, even for the prevention of hypothyroidism. Excessive consumption of cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables, soy products, and millet can interfere with thyroid hormone production.
Iron plays an important role for the thyroid

September 12, 2016
Glycemic Index Variability: Glycemic index is a measure used to estimate how much specific foods raise blood glucose. Most often tables of glycemic index present a single value that is an average of the measurements made on several people. The main limitation of the glycemic index is that it varies greatly both in individuals measured at different times with the same food and between different people tested with the same food.
'Glycemic Index' May Be Too Unreliable to Manage Diabetes: Study

September 13, 2016
Glycemic Index and Liver Fat: Although the glycemic index values for specific foods can vary greatly from one person to another, studies do indicate that diets with an overall lower glycemic index can provide health benefits. A recent study found that men consuming a high glycemic index diet had greater accumulation of fat in their liver than when they consumed a low glycemic index diet.
High Glycemic Index Diet Raises Hepatic Fat, Glycogen Stores

September 18, 2016
Low calcium and Kidney Stones: The most common kidney stones are calcium oxalate. Interestingly, low calcium diets increase the risk of forming these stones, apparently because more oxalate is absorbed from the diet when dietary calcium is low.
This Too Shall Pass: Avoid Kidney Stones Through Diet

October 28, 2016
Diabetes Activity Guidelines: New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association recommend that people with type 2 diabetes do three or more minutes of light activity every 30 minutes during prolonged periods of sitting. This can include activities as simple as arm stretches, moving around in a chair, walking in place, leg lifts, etc. In addition, diabetics are advised to participate in regular exercise of some sort.
New Guidelines Urge Diabetics to Move More

November 4, 2016
Diet and Headache: Although the triggers for headaches can vary from one person to another, research has identified some dietary components that make a difference for some headache sufferers. A common trigger for headaches (including migraines) in some people includes regular coffee drinkers not consuming coffee or drinking too much coffee or other caffeine sources. Also, consuming too much MSG, especially in liquid foods like soups appears to affect some susceptible people. Other dietary triggers are less common, but a good elimination diet can help headache sufferers identify offending foods.
Diet can impact migraines

November 11, 2016
Fat and Diabetes: High levels of body fat are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, not all people with high body fat develop diabetes and some people with low body fat develop the condition. New research may be uncovering at least part of the puzzle. Some fats in the body are converted into compounds called ceramides. People with higher levels of ceramides in their fat tissue are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Finding a way to prevent the accumulation of ceramides may help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Buildup of 'toxic fat' metabolite could increase diabetes risk

November 30, 2016
Prediabetes: A large meta-analysis of 53 prospective cohort studies that totaled over 1.6 million participants found that the diagnosis of prediabetes was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and all cause mortality. However, the researchers emphasized that "prediabetes is not a disease but rather a risk factor for future diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and the findings in our study do not mean that pharmacological treatment is warranted in everyone with prediabetes." Rather, the diagnosis may be a good indicator of the need for lifestyle changes in diet and/or exercise.
Prediabetes by Any Other Name: Defining cut points -- the controversy continues

December 24, 2016
High-fat Meals and Heart Attack Risk: High-fat meals may increase the risk of a heart attack for several hours because arteries narrow and blood flow slows. Enjoy the higher fat holiday foods, but in moderation.
Switch from fat phobia to fat smarts

December 28, 2016
Vitamin D and Metabolic Syndrome: Based on a study exploring mechanisms in mice, vitamin D deficiency may be a major contributor to the development of metabolic syndrome and fatty liver. Boosting vitamin D status, in mice fed a high fat diet, promoted the health of the intestines, reduced general inflammation in the body, normalized insulin function, and prevented the development of a fatty liver. Human studies are needed to see if the same mechanisms are active in people.
Vitamin D improves gut flora and metabolic syndrome

January 3, 2017
Iron Deficiency and Hearing Loss: Iron deficiency is known to adversely affect nerve structure and function. A new study of over 300,000 adults found that those with iron deficiency anemia had more than double the risk of impaired hearing.
Low Iron Levels May Be Linked to Hearing Loss

January 10, 2017
Vitamin C Chemotherapy: There has been some evidence that boosting blood levels of vitamin C by infusing the vitamin intravenously may help to kill cells in some types of cancerous tumors. New research indicates that much of the vitamin C is converted to hydrogen peroxide which can damage cell components in specific types of cancer cells more than it does in normal cells. This kills cancer cells without killing the normal cells.
Why high-dose vitamin C kills cancer cells

January 16, 2017
Niacin and Parkinson's Disease: Using fruit flies that carry the same genetic defect as people with certain forms of early-onset Parkinson's disease, researchers found that supplementing the diet with a form of niacin prevented the usual progression of neural degeneration seen in this animal model. Randomized controlled trials in humans are needed to see if niacin supplementation could benefit people with Parkinson's disease.
People with forms of early-onset Parkinson's disease may benefit from boosting niacin in diet, research suggests

January 21, 2017
Hydration and Diabetes: Maintaining normal hydration in the body is one of the most basic aspects of good nutrition. Chronically low water intake has even been linked to increased risk of diabetes.
Really? The Claim: Drinking Water Can Help Lower the Risk of Diabetes.

February 2, 2017
Skipping Meals: A summary of the research on meal frequency, skipping meals, and intermittent fasting concluded that, ". . . irregular eating patterns appear less favorable for achieving a healthy cardiometabolic profile. Intentional eating with mindful attention to the timing and frequency of eating occasions could lead to healthier lifestyle and cardiometabolic risk factor management."
Skipping Breakfast Could Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease

February 4, 2017
Whey protein and hypertension: Whey protein, a byproduct of cheese production, is commonly used as a protein source in high protein beverages and other products. When young adults with high blood pressure added a daily drink containing 28 grams of whey protein to their usual diet, it normalized their blood pressure. The whey protein drink had no effect on those with normal blood pressure.
Whey supplements lower blood pressure

February 17, 2017
Vitamin D and Respiratory Infections: A systematic review of 25 randomized controlled trials, with a total of over 10,000 participants, concluded that vitamin D supplementation could protect against acute respiratory tract infection. Participants who were very vitamin D deficient experienced the most benefit.
Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

February 23, 2017
Resveratrol Inhalation: Studies of oral supplementation with the phytochemical resveratrol have shown some anti-aging benefits. A new study used inhaled resveratrol in mice with a genetic defect that causes rapid lung aging. They found that resveratrol inhaled once per month for three months significantly slowed the rate of lung function decline. Although not ready for human use, it appears that resveratrol inhalation is worth testing in people.
Resveratrol may be an effective intervention for lung aging

February 25, 2017
B12 Deficiency or Alzheimer's Disease: Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed primarily by observation of progressive impairment of memory and other cognitive functions. Research often links high homocysteine and low vitamin B-12 status with the development of Alzheimer's disease. Since, however, B-12 deficiency causes direct damage to nerve structure and can impair memory, B-12 deficiency (which is easily treated) could be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's diseas
Vitamin B12 May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

February 27, 2017
Potassium and Blood Pressure: Most of us don't consume enough potassium. More and more research indicates that increasing dietary potassium may be more important for healthful blood pressure than reducing sodium. High potassium foods are mainly vegetables, beans, and many fruits. Potatoes are a good source and even potato chips have more than twice as much potassium as sodium.
Raising dietary potassium to sodium ratio helps reduce heart, kidney disease

March 11, 2017
Iron deficiency and H. Pylori: About half of us are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori that lives in the stomach lining. Most of us have no obvious symptoms, however, research indicates that children, infected with H. pylori have lower iron levels than children previously treated for this bacteria. Since adequate iron is essential for normal brain development and function, it may become more routine to test children for the presence of H. pylori.
Helicobacter pylori infection linked to decreased iron levels in otherwise healthy children, according to research at UTHealth

March 14, 2017
Carbohydrate Tolerance: A research study showed that men with a prediabetes glucose tolerance level handled a high carbohydrate meal better early in the day than they did at the end of the day. Results were similar in men with normal glucose tolerance, but these results were not statistically significant.
Men with impaired glucose metabolism should avoid high-carbohydrate foods in the evening

March 20, 2017
Gut Microbes: New research questions the applicability of the results of studies transplanting lower intestinal contents from one animal into another animal that was raised in a bacteria-free environment. They found that animals fed normally in a normal environment responded to gut microbiota transplants very differently than bacteria-free mice.
Effects of gut flora revisited

March 21, 2017
Hypertension Diagnosis: It is estimated that about 20 percent of people being treated for high blood pressure have been misdiagnosed and do not need medication. The Canadian Hypertension Education Program recommends that traditional manual measurement of blood pressure (the usual approach for decades) not be used for diagnosis of hypertension. Rather, they recommend using newer automated blood pressure measurement techniques.
Do you really have high blood pressure?

March 22, 2017
Dairy Foods and Health: A study with 897 Irish adults found that those who consumed more total dairy foods had significantly lower body mass index, percent body fat, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio. The study also reported that blood lipid profiles were less favorable when dairy foods were "eaten as part of a low-fat high-carbohydrate dietary pattern." Due to the cross-sectional design, the researchers stressed that more research is needed to clarify the associations they observed.
High cheese consumption does not raise cholesterol levels , Irish study suggests

March 26, 2017
Milk fat and diabetes risk: A study that followed almost 4000 people for 20 years found that those who consumed the greatest amounts of a trans fatty acid (trans-palmitoleate) naturally present in milk fat had better insulin sensitivity and were less likely to develop diabetes. Based on these results, skim milk may not be the best option.
Fatty acid in dairy products may reduce type 2 diabetes risk

March 28, 2017
Sugars and Fats: When the diet is high in carbohydrate and calories, the liver converts more sugar to fatty acids. A two-year intervention study that encouraged six to eight year old children to improve their overall diet and increase exercise, found that the children had a decrease in sugar to fat conversion.
Blood fatty acids reveal your child's diet

April 6, 2017
Celiac Disease and Anorexia Nervosa: A study that included about 18,000 women with celiac disease found that anorexia nervosa often developed before or after the celiac disease diagnosis. Anorexia causes nutrient deficiency conditions (such as iron deficiency, especially in women) which can damage the intestinal structural integrity and increase the risk of developing allergies and celiac disease. Celiac disease can make eating a negative experience that could feasibly promote disordered eating and an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa.
Anorexia Nervosa Linked to Celiac Disease in Women

April 7, 2017
Potassium and Blood Pressure: For many decades the emphasis has been placed on cutting down on dietary sodium to reduce blood pressure. This recommendation has met with some degree of scientific controversy. However, as emphasized in a recent review article, there is substantial agreement that adequate potassium intake is an important contributor to normal blood pressure. Foods high in potassium (in decreasing order of potassium per common serving) include potatoes, prunes, carrots, most leafy greens, beans, tomato juice and sauces, yogurt, sweet potatoes, orange juice, and bananas. Fun fact: regular potato chips have more than twice as much potassium as sodium.
Fruit and veg can lower blood pressure according to reviewers

April 11, 2017
Viral Cause of Celiac: A new study makes the case that a major trigger for celiac disease may be the effects of the body's immune response to a normally innocuous virus (reovirus). There is still much to learn about this and how immune health may play a role.
Common virus may be celiac disease culprit

April 22, 2017
Diabetes and Renal Health: High blood glucose levels in diabetes are known to contribute to progressive kidney damage (diabetic nephropathy). A recent study of diabetic mice found that a low carbohydrate "ketogenic" diet reversed diabetic nephropathy in two months. The researchers plan to explore how their observations may be tested further in humans.
Low carbohydrate diet may reverse kidney failure in people with diabetes

April 25, 2017
Oats and Gluten: A new systematic review of 28 studies concluded that pure oats do not cause reactions in people with celiac disease. However, one complication is that oats are easily contaminated with gluten-containing grains such as wheat, rye, or barley at many stages of production, handling, and processing.
Oats appear safe for patients with celiac disease

April 28, 2017
Coffee and Prostate Cancer: A four-year Italian study of almost 7000 men age 50-plus, found that the risk of prostate cancer was lower in men who consumed more coffee. Although some of the headlines on coverage of this study imply that there is something special about Italian coffee, the researchers followed up their epidemiological study with cell culture research using prostate cancer cell lines and concluded that the main contributor to the reduced risk was caffeine.
Italian-style coffee may reduce risk of prostate cancer

May 1, 2017
Diabetes Risk in Filipinos: People of Filipino ancestry have a greater risk of developing diabetes than most other groups. A new study found that even normal weight Filipinos have almost three times as much risk of developing diabetes than non-hispanic whites.
Diabetes risk high in Filipino Americans without obesity

May 8, 2017
Stress and Intestinal Function: In response to four days of intensive military training that was both physically and psychologically demanding and stressful, soldiers experienced an increase in intestinal permeability, inflammation, and a change in the relative amounts of various bacteria in their lower intestine. These changes also may occur in athletes during periods of intensive training and would be expected to increase the risk for a number of problems, including increased susceptibility to illness and infection, and, if chronic, increased disease risk.
Prolonged military-style training causes changes to intestinal bacteria, increases inflammation

May 10, 2017
Sugar Use by Muscle: It has been known for some time that muscle tissues can efficiently take up the sugar glucose from the blood during exercise even when insulin is low. New research is finding the cellular mechanisms for this phenomenon which may help to develop additional ways to manage elevated blood sugar levels.
Your muscles can 'taste' sugar

May 12, 2017
Vitamin D and Asthma: Some epidemiological studies found that low vitamin D status is associated with increased rates of asthma. However, a new large study on more than 100,000 individuals identified those with genetic variations associated with vitamin D status and found that there was no significant association between vitamin D status and the incidence of asthma. Though not likely to be a cure for asthma, maintaining good vitamin D status is important for many other health-related reasons.
Vitamin D levels not linked to asthma or dermatitis

May 19, 2017
Nutrients for Blood Pressure: Hypertension is a cause of premature death worldwide. To improve blood pressure,there are a number of nutrients that can help. These include: the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), vitamin C, vitamin D, potassium, and a tomato extract supplement called Fruitflow.
Under pressure: preventing hypertension with nutrients

May 21, 2017
Gestational Diabetes and Weight: A type of diabetes called gestational diabetes frequently develops in women during the third trimester of pregnancy. Women who gain a significant amount of weight after their first pregnancy are at greater risk of developing gestational diabetes during their second pregnancy.
Weight Gain Between First and Second Pregnancies Increases Woman's Gestational Diabetes Risk, Study Finds

May 26, 2017
Statin Use in Older Adults: Researchers analyzed data from 2,867 people, age 65 and older with high blood pressure and no evidence of arterial plaque accumulation. About half of these individuals were taking the statin drug pravastatin. After six years, the results indicated that there was no difference in mortality between those taking the statin drug and those not taking it. Of some concern, among those 75 and older, there was a nonsignificant trend toward increased all-cause mortality in those taking pravastatin.
Older adults may not benefit from taking statins to prevent heart disease

June 14, 2017
Natural Plant Compounds and Prostate Cancer: Researchers tested 142 natural plant compounds on mouse and human cell lines to see which compounds most effectively inhibit prostate cancer cell growth. The most effective compounds were ursolic acid, found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin from turmeric; and resveratrol naturally found in red grapes or berries. This work requires substantial follow-up research to identify effective dosage and potentially negative effects of high doses.
Starving prostate cancer with what you eat: Apple peels, red grapes, turmeric

June 15, 2017
Vitamin A and Diabetes: New research indicates that a form of vitamin A plays a key role in the process that triggers pancreas beta-cells to release insulin when needed. Although the researchers do not indicate that high dose vitamin A can treat type 2 diabetes (due to toxicity concerns), they do think that their research may lead to the discovery of other, less toxic, chemicals that can trigger the same cell receptors affected by vitamin A.
The role of vitamin A in diabetes

June 19, 2017
Vitamin D and Type 1 Diabetes: A study of 197 children and adolescents with type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes found that 40 percent of them had low vitamin D status. Since those with low vitamin D status also were more likely to have poor blood glucose control, the researchers recommend that children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes be checked for vitamin D deficiency on a regular basis.
Vitamin D and Blood Glucose Management

June 21, 2017
Type 2 Diabetes and Fatty Liver: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver that can damage liver structure and function over time. NAFLD is more common in people with type 2 diabetes. Good nutrition can help to prevent or treat NAFLD. Maintaining normal vitamin E and D status may help. Also, adequate intake of protein and choline helps to move fat out of the liver. Eggs are a rich source of choline as well as protein.
Is the Liver being Affected by the Double Burden of Hidden Hunger and Overnutrition?

June 22, 2017
Diabetes in Asia: Many people with certain types of Asian ancestry are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is often the case for Asians who are not overweight by typical standards, but they have excess body fat - sometimes called normal weight obesity. Consequently, more specific standards are needed for these populations, along with regular screening for diabetes or prediabetes.
Food Vision Asia: Can Asia win the war on diabetes and obesity?

June 27, 2017
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fish: Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition characterized by generalized inflammation throughout the body. A recent study of people with rheumatoid arthritis found that those who consumed at least two servings of fish per week on a regular basis had lower measures of disease activity.
Eating fish may reduce arthritis symptoms

July 10, 2017
Anorexia Nervosa Outcome: A study in Germany evaluated the long-term outcomes of 112 people about 2 decades after their initial anorexia nervosa diagnosis. Predictors of long-term negative issues include both a lower BMI and older age at time of diagnosis. These results emphasize the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.
Lasting Negative Consequences for Anorexia Nervosa

July 13, 2017
Iron Status and Heart Disease: In 1981, the theory was proposed that higher iron status increases the risk for coronary artery disease. A very large new study that accounted for genetics along with iron status found just the opposite - higher iron status reduces coronary artery disease risk. Up until now, less well-designed studies both supported and refuted the theory. This new study is the most conclusive to date and should relegate the 1981 theory to the history books.
Iron deficiency may raise heart disease risk

July 17, 2017
Non-anemic Iron Deficiency in Young Women: Young women are often screened for Iron deficiency anemia to assess iron status. However, a recent study found that this may miss almost ten percent of women age 12 to 21 years who have iron deficiency without anemia. The researchers recommend that females be fully evaluated for iron status (not just anemia) at age 16 or approximately three years after the start of menstruation.
Earlier blood testing for iron deficiency and anemia recommended for young women