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Choose Water Over Diet Drinks for Weight Loss

Replacing diet beverages with water may lead to greater weight loss in obese women with type 2 diabetes who are following a weight-loss diet, research shows. Among 81 overweight or obese women with type 2 diabetes who usually consumed diet drinks, those who substituted water for the diet beverage after

Exercise and Your Brain: Should You Sweat It?

While observational studies have shown an association between physical activity and lower rates of mental decline, findings from randomized clinical trials have been mixed. And now the largest and longest such trial has reported surprisingly disappointing results: The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study, a 24-month trial involving

Activity Benefits Go Beyond Weight Loss

If you’re looking for motivation to get up off the couch, the results of a large new European study may be just what you need to lace up those walking shoes. Even a moderate amount of exercise—the equivalent of a daily brisk 20-minute walk—was associated with significant reductions in mortality

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Vice Beating Virtue in the Snack Aisle
Americans are snacking more than ever, and for the first time in years the trend favors “indulgent” over healthier snacks. Data from market-research firm IRI showed sales for indulgent snacks rose 3.1% in 2014 compared to the previous year, while healthier snack choices rose

Sugary Beverages Linked to Liver Risk

You know that sugar-sweetened sodas can pack on the pounds and contribute to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But new Tufts research reports that sugary drinks may also increase your odds of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Characterized by a buildup of fat in the liver unrelated to

Is Chocolate Actually Good for Your Heart?

Chocolate lovers are turning their candy wrappers into celebratory confetti over recent headlines (“The More Chocolate, the Better”) linking chocolate consumption to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. While previous studies have suggested the flavonoid compounds in dark chocolate might have heart benefits, the findings also associated milk-chocolate consumption

Dietary Relief for Aching Joints

Whether your knees ache when you climb stairs or it hurts to bend down to tie your shoes, arthritis can be a real pain. There is no easy fix for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis and the focus of this article. In this condition, cartilage (the covering on

Rx for Exercise: More Is Better

When it comes to exercise, a new study says the prescription should be that more is better. For postmenopausal women, the benefits include weight loss and reduced belly fat and waist-to-hip ratio, which might possibly lead to greater protection against breast cancer.
Jennifer M. Sacheck, PhD, an associate professor in Tufts’

More Good News for Nut Lovers

For the first time, a combined analysis of data from studies totaling more than 350,000 participants has concluded that a daily handful of nuts not only delivers healthy nutrition—it might also help you live longer. Although the 15 studies were not designed to prove cause and effect, the new meta-analysis

Low Vitamin D Linked to Arthritis Risk

Here’s another reason to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D: A recent Tufts study suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with greater risk of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Compared to those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D, participants low in the “sunshine vitamin” were twice

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