Tag: dietary intervention

Lose Weight to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women may be able to reduce their risk of developing invasive breast cancer by losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a study published in Cancer. Several studies have found an association between obesity and breast cancer, so a team of researchers from 11 medical centers

Plant-Based Diets of All Kinds Offer Benefits

Plant-based diets include a spectrum of eating styles that range from vegan and vegetarian to pescatarian and flexitarian. Even a Mediterranean diet, linked with numerous health benefits, is a plant-based diet, because it focuses on grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, with seafood as the primary animal protein. But

The Food-Vision Connection

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans over age 65. As AMD progresses, it permanently damages the portion of the eye’s light-sensing retina (the macula) that provides sharp central vision.
Epidemiological studies from Tufts scientists and others have observed links between a healthy diet

Study: Flaxseed Helps Hypertension

Sprinkling a little ground flaxseed on your cereal every day may help protect you against high blood pressure that could lead to a brain-damaging stroke, according to recent research. This finding adds to a number of other brain benefits ascribed to the tiny golden seed.
In a study designed to assess

Research Roundup: Reducing Depression; Anti-Inflammatory Diet; Whole Grains

Dietary Changes Reduce Depression
Making healthy changes in one’s diet to include more fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, lean red meat, olive oil, and nuts can significantly reduce symptoms of depression, research shows. Thirty-one adults received dietary intervention from a dietitian, while 25 others received social support. After three

Newsbriefs: Mediterranean Diet; Vitamin D; Mercury

Mediterranean Diet May Ease Depression
Following a Mediterranean-style diet may help treat major depression, according to a study published Jan. 30, 2017 in BMC Medicine. In the three-month study, adults with major depressive disorder were randomly assigned to receive either social support (which involved weekly visits from researchers) or support from

Healthy Fats Reduce Diabetes Risk

Swapping healthy unsaturated fats for carbohydrates or saturated fats may reduce your risk of diabetes, according to a new analysis of 102 randomized trials totaling 4,660 participants. The analysis found that eating more unsaturated fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, in place of either carbohydrates or saturated fats lowers blood sugar levels

4. A Closer Look at Key Nutrients

Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
It’s estimated that half of all U.S. adults—about 117 million people—suffer from preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Shifting to healthier eating patterns that contain the nutrients your heart and brain require can help bring about lasting improvements in individual health, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for

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