About the Author

Timothy Cole

Tim Cole has served nearly 30 years as executive vice president and editorial director of Belvoir Media Group, publisher of University Health News. In addition to oversight duties on University Health News, Tim directs the editorial output of Harvard Health Publications’ Harvard Health Letter, Harvard Heart Letter, Harvard Men’s Health Watch, and Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

Cole also oversees more than 60 special health reports from Harvard Health Publications, including the Harvard Annual Guide to Prostate Diseases and Harvard special health reports on Better Balance and Core Exercises.

Cole is also the editorial director of Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor, Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor, and Cleveland Clinic Arthritis Advisor; also Duke Medicine Health News, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Mind, Mood and Memory, UCLA Medical Center’s Healthy Years, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Health and Nutrition Letter, Weill Cornell Medical College’s Women’s Health Advisor, and Weill Cornell Medical College’s Women’s Nutrition Connection.

In addition, Cole oversees production of numerous additional special health annuals including Heart Failure (Cleveland Clinic), Sleep Disorders (Weill Cornell Medical College), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other Lung Disorders (Duke Medicine), The Heart-Brain Diet (Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy), and Alzheimer’s Disease (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai).

In previous reporting assignments Tim wrote about ozone depletion research at The South Pole, the Russian space program, America's nuclear navy and first-person accounts of flying aboard a variety of American military aircraft, from the B1-B Lancer to the F-18 Hornet. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and holds a 100-ton Captain’s License issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife, Sarah Smedley.

Articles by Timothy Cole

What Is Gluten?

If you’ve been experiencing unresolved gastrointestinal issues after you eat, you may have wondered if you’re experiencing gluten sensitivity symptoms. That leads you—and millions of people just like you—to beg the question: What is gluten? In a nutshell, gluten is a protein that causes some people to feel bloated, … Read More

Celiac Disease Diet: Your Gluten-Free Planning Guide

Keeping a strict celiac disease diet—avoiding all foods that contain wheat, rye, or barley—is essential for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. People on a gluten-free diet can eat a well-balanced menu with a wide variety of foods. Unprocessed meat, fish, rice, fruits, and … Read More

“Best Diet”: Is There Such a Thing?

The combination of that bulging muffin-top, those sore joints, and your lack of energy signals the pressing need to lose weight. Turning yourself into a calorie counter might help, but wouldn’t a respected weight-loss diet get you there more easily? So shouldn't you adopt one of those "best diet" plans? Diets … Read More

Living with Celiac Disease: Dining Out

Your new life with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity will require a lot of changes. You have to worry about your family, your child's school lunch and snack programs-even holiday parties. But there's no greater challenge than figuring out the strategies and tactics you'll need to … Read More
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