Improving nutrition, which includes increased consumption of foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, can prevent at least half of all premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths, according to international research. The study analyzed the prevalence of CVD diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, in data collected from 1990 to
Pick up any magazine and you’ll find at least one article touting the latest diet to try. The options are endless and can be so confusing. Here’s the scoop on three popular diets.
#1 Mediterranean Diet. Interest in the diet of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea goes back to a
Any Physical Activity Better Than None for Survival in Cancer Patients
A recent study published in Cancer Causes & Control found an association between the occurrence of low-to-moderate frequency recreational physical activity and lower mortality in individuals diagnosed with various types of cancer. The data for the 5,807 participants included questionnaires
Fruits and Veg Bring Long-Term Brain Benefit
Eating fruits and vegetables long-term is linked to late-life subjective cognitive function, researchers say. In the study, which began in 1986, repeated food questionnaires of over 27,000 men (average 51 years old) were collected and analyzed every four years until 2002. Higher intake of
In the 1980s and 1990s, Americans were told that eating less fat would reduce risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity. Why didn’t it work? Essentially, reducing total fat led to intake of more refined carbohydrates and less healthy fats, and both of these changes had negative health impacts.
Evolving Guidelines: Dietary
Americans consume 17 teaspoons of added sugars a day on average (more than one-third cup). That’s not to say we scoop that much into our coffee or tea. Sugar, in one form or another, is added to a huge variety of processed foods, from sweet drinks to cakes, cookies, candy,
Can adding electrocardiography (ECG) to standard screening help health-care providers better protect healthy patients from developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Probably not, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In fact, it may actually put patients at risk.
Current Screening Standards. Standard risk assessment for cardiovascular disease often begins with a tool such as
“Fats”: It’s not a four-letter word. Research has shown that with fats, it’s not the amount as much as the type that has the most significant impact on your health. In fact, eating foods that contain certain types of fats—healthy fats—is encouraged. So… what are healthy fats?
Most people need to
If you have special health conditions, like food sensitivities, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, does standard dietary advice apply to you? Yes and no. It’s true that most of the information in this report, as well as in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is general and geared toward people with no
Despite attention-grabbing headlines like “Is Butter Back?” there’s still a lot of fear about fat, a holdover from the low-fat era, which peaked in the 1980s and 1990s. But while butter is not back, other than in small amounts, fats (also called “fatty acids”) perform many essential functions in the