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Archive for the 'Diet-Mediterranean' Category

Effects of palm oil on cholesterol

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, in Frederiksberg, Denmark, compared the effects of a diet rich in palm olein (the liquid portion of a fat) to fractionated palm oil, olive oil, and lard. (more…)

Balancing the heart benefits vs mercury risks in fish

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The benefits of eating fish on heart attack risk is mostly due to the effects of omega-3 fatty acids. But, fish also contains methylmercury, which may increase the risk of heart attack.

Researchers at Umea University, in Sweden, determined how eating fish and red blood cell concentrations of mercury and selenium are related to the risk of a heart attack and whether omega-3 fatty acids are protective. (more…)

Antioxidants and the risk of stroke in women

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Eating antioxidant-rich foods may reduce the risk of stroke.

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, in Stockholm, Sweden, examined the association between dietary total antioxidant capacity and stroke incidence in 2 groups of women. (more…)

Lower your risk for prostate cancer

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic staff, but here are their dietary recommendations. (more…)

Mercury exposure and the risk of cardiovascular disease

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Exposure to methylmercury from eating fish is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers in the US looked for a relationship between mercury exposure and coronary heart disease, stroke, or total cardiovascular disease. (more…)

Review: Broad benefits with the Mediterranean diet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A couple of years ago, researchers at the University of Florence, in Italy, reviewed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on the risk of death and the occurrence of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases.

Now, they’ve updated their findings. (more…)

Lower risk of diabetes with the Mediterranean diet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Researchers in Spain report the results of the PREDIMED-Reus Nutrition intervention study. (more…)

Effects of eating nuts on cholesterol

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Epidemiological studies have associated eating nut with reduced risk for coronary heart disease (narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart).

Researchers in the US and Spain reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Benefits of healthy living and the Mediterranean diet

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre, in the Netherlands, looked for an association with total mortality and premature death. (more…)

Best diets

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

U.S. News evaluated and ranked 20 diets with input from a panel of health experts. (more…)

CAM in the US: Patterns of use

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I’ve largely ignored these studies in the past, but perhaps it’s worth a second look.

To start, this 1993 study by Dr. David Eisenberg, who is now the director of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard University, is considered a landmark in the field of “unconventional medicine.” (more…)

Dietary choices and the risk of heart disease

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Researchers from the Population Health Research Institute, in Ontario, Canada evaluated the effects of dietary options on the risk of heart disease.

It’s a good article for those of us who like neat lists. (more…)

Diet and the risk of colorectal cancer

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Researchers at Simmons College, in Boston compared the Alternate Mediterranean Diet (aMed) and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in middle-aged adults. (more…)

Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol with diet

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

A healthy diet should be rich in vegetables and fruits, whole-grain, high-fiber foods, and fish, and should contain a small amount of saturated and trans fats.

Researchers at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, in France, reviewed dietary approaches proven to be associated with lowering LDL-cholesterol. (more…)

Environmental factors that increase wheezing in children

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Dr. Gordon Bloomberg is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis, Missouri.

He has reviewed the influence of factors that affect recurrent wheezing in young children. (more…)

March is National Nutrition Month

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) would like all Americans to take time during National Nutrition Month to look at their eating patterns and begin to make the small improvements that, over time, add up to significant health benefits.

“Splash some color on your plate!” (more…)

Benefits of a Mediterranean type diet in diabetic people

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

mediterranean-diet-nutritionFollowing a diet that is moderately rich in carbohydrates and dietary fiber, and with a low glycemic index improves cholesterol levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at Federico II University, in Naples, Italy. (more…)

Fruit, veggies, olive oil, and heart disease risk

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Here are the results from EPICOR (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohorts study). (more…)

Oleic acid associated with lower risk of ulcerative colitis

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Getting more oleic acids from olive or peanut oils for instance, might lower the risk of this inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum by as much as 90%, reported researchers at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, during Digestive Disease Week. (more…)

Ranking diet and exercise to manage high cholesterol

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Dr. Robert Kelly (photo) is associate director and curriculum coordinator for the Fairview Hospital /Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program.

He lists aspects of diet and exercise that are most and less effective in controlling cholesterol. (more…)