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A Planner's Guide to the Mediterranean Diet

A Planner's Guide to the Mediterranean Diet2018 might well be dubbed the year of the Mediterranean diet. Not only did it tie for the best overall diet in the U.S. News Best Diets rankings in January, but this year also marks the Mediterranean diet pyramid’s 25th anniversary. Beyond being linked to a host of powerful health benefits including a reduction in heart disease risk, potential weight loss, improved brain health and longevity, much of the eating pattern’s staying power can be attributed to its flexibility — there aren’t entire food groups excluded, and followers don’t calorie count or track macros.



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Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in N.Korea

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in N.KoreaParasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades. At a briefing on Wednesday, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed photos showing dozens of flesh-coloured parasites – including one 27 cm (10.6 in) long – removed from the wounded soldier’s digestive tract during a series of surgeries to save his life. The parasites, along with kernels of corn in his stomach, may confirm what many experts and previous defectors have described about the food and hygiene situation for many North Koreans.



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Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North KoreaBy Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades. At a briefing on Wednesday, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed photos showing dozens of flesh-colored parasites – including one 27 cm (10.6 in) long – removed from the wounded soldier’s digestive tract during a series of surgeries to save his life. The parasites, along with kernels of corn in his stomach, may confirm what many experts and previous defectors have described about the food and hygiene situation for many North Koreans.



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Fasting Vs. Traditional Diet: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?

Fasting Vs. Traditional Diet: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?Fasting diets are trendy these days, but they may be no better for weight loss than traditional diets, according to a new study. Researchers looked at a weight-loss method called “alternate-day fasting,” in which people drastically reduce their calorie intake every other day, but eat more than usual on nonfasting days. The researchers randomly assigned 100 obese adults to one of three groups: an alternate-day fasting group, a traditional diet group and a group that did not diet at all.



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How One Woman Shed 137 Lbs. With Strength Training and Simple Diet Changes

How One Woman Shed 137 Lbs. With Strength Training and Simple Diet ChangesThis is how Ashley Javar lost 137 pounds, one small step at a time.



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Study reports that gluten-free diet increases risk of type 2 diabetes

Study reports that gluten-free diet increases risk of type 2 diabetesIn response to the trend for gluten-free products, on Thursday the American Heart Association (AHA) announced research, based on 30 years of surveys, that establishes a link between gluten-free diets and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. To date, no scientific studies have demonstrated any health benefits that accrue from a gluten-free diet for the vast majority of people who do not suffer from Celiac disease (which affects one percent of the population in the US) or gluten intolerance.



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The Diet That Might Cut Breast Cancer Risk

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich with plant foods, fish and olive oil, has been found to be good for the heart, the brain and overall health. Now, a new study out of Spain suggests the diet supplemented with olive oil may also reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Researchers randomly assigned more than 4,200 women, ages 60 to 80, to eat either a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or with nuts, or a low-fat control diet.

“We found a strong effect of a long-term dietary intervention with the Mediterranean diet and extra virgin olive oil on breast cancer incidence,” said Dr. Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez, a researcher at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

Compared to the control diet group, the Mediterranean plus olive oil group had a 68 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer over a follow-up of about five years.

The Mediterranean diet with nuts also reduced risk, but the results were not considered statistically significant.

During the follow-up, 35 new breast cancer cases were diagnosed.

The women, who joined the study in 2003 to 2009, were all at high risk of heart disease, and their average body mass index, or BMI, was 30, which considered is obese. Obesity itself is a risk factor for breast cancer.

The study was done within the framework of a large study called PREDIMED, designed to look at the effect of the diet on heart disease prevention. It was published online Sept. 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Some of the co-authors reported receiving grants from the nut industry and fees from pharmaceutical companies.

The authors did note there were limitations in the study, including that breast cancer was not the primary end point and that it was unclear whether the olive oil was beneficial on its own or taken within the Mediterranean diet.

How might the olive oil added to the diet work? Substances in the olive oil, Martinez-Gonzalez speculated, may inhibit the growth of the breast cancer cells and kill abnormal cells, among other potential mechanisms.

The study group adding olive oil were told to eat about 4 tablespoons a day, Martinez-Gonzalez said, and to use it as a spread, for salads and for cooking and frying. Those in the nut group were told to add about an ounce of nuts a day, half walnuts and the other half split between hazelnuts and almonds.

While the study was conducted with women from Spain, “there is no reason to think that these biological mechanisms will not work in women from other geographical regions,” Martinez-Gonzalez said.

The research also suggests that it’s never too late to change eating habits for health, he added.

Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, reviewed the study findings.

“This study provides an interesting look at the potential role of fats, both total and type of fat, on breast cancer incidence,” said Diekman, author of “The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book.”

She added, “While the actual number of [breast cancer] cases was small, and thus makes it hard to say for sure that diet was the factor that made the difference, the fact that the diet with extra virgin olive oil resulted in fewer cases of breast cancer is worth assessing.”

Questions remain, Diekman added, about what impact the women’s nutrition before the study had, and how exercise and other factors might have played a role.

“As a registered dietitian, my main take-away from this study is the value of the Mediterranean diet to overall health continues to grow in research support. Shifting an eating plan to more plant foods and plant-based fats is going to be beneficial to overall health, even if we don’t completely understand the mechanisms,” she said.

Dr. Lesley Taylor, a breast surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgical oncology in the Breast Program at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif., also reviewed the results and noted that the strengths of the study included the large number of women.

She called the study findings “great news for people interested in breast cancer prevention.”

But, Taylor added, the findings might not be applicable to all groups of women. “Longer-term studies are still needed,” she said.

Other strategies for reducing breast cancer risk that Taylor recommends include eating a diet rich in vegetables, drinking alcohol only moderately, not smoking and undergoing breast cancer screening as recommended by a doctor.

More information

To learn more about the Mediterranean diet, see Oldways.



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Sugary, High-Fat Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Overweight and obese women who eat a Western-style diet may develop more dense breast tissue, possibly increasing their risk for breast cancer, Spanish researchers report.

The women were about 41 percent more likely to have denser breast tissue than women who ate a Mediterranean-type diet.

“Generally, it is important to maintain an adequate weight through life by controlling caloric intake, reducing consumption of energy-dense foods,” said study co-author Dr. Marina Pollan, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Center of Epidemiology in Madrid.

These include foods found in a Western-style diet, especially high-fat dairy products (whole milk, high-fat cheeses and ice cream), processed meats (bacon, ham and salami)and refined grains (white bread, pasta and white rice). Other examples include sweets and sweetened drinks, convenience foods (pizza, French fries and chips) and sauces (mayonnaise and ketchup), she said.

Women who ate such a diet had a 46 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer, Pollan added, although these study findings do not prove that diet causes breast tissue to become denser.

A Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high intake of fish, vegetables, legumes, boiled potatoes, fruits, olives and vegetable oil and a low intake of juices, she said.

“Women in the highest category of adherence to this pattern had a 44 percent lower risk of breast cancer than women in the lowest category of adherence,” Pollan said.

For the study, Pollan and her colleagues collected data on more than 3,500 women who were part of a breast cancer screening program between October 2007 and July 2008.

The researchers collected medical information, family and personal health history and self-reported data about diet. They also rated the density of the women’s breast tissue as seen on a mammogram.

The findings were adjusted for age, weight, menopause, smoking, family history, hormone treatment and calorie and alcohol intake, the researchers said.

The report was published Aug. 8 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Stephanie Bernik is chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She said, “Mammographic density has been determined to be an increased risk factor for breast cancer.”

This study suggests that a Western diet increases breast density. “This very well may be true, but more studies need to be carried out to ensure that there is not a different underlying cause that might be common amongst women with a diet high in fat and processed foods,” Bernik said.

Perhaps these women are less likely to exercise, and this might be the true reason for the increased density, Bernik suggested.

A study needs to be designed to specifically look at diet and the effect on mammographic density, and not a study that makes observational conclusions based on a patient’s memory, she said.

“Finding the root cause to the mammographic indicator of increased risk for breast cancer is very important,” Bernik said.

More information

For more on breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.


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If Your Diabetic Child Gets Sick

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If Your Diabetic Child Gets Sick

The American Diabetes Association offers these suggestions:

  • Don’t stop giving your child insulin, even if the youngster doesn’t have much of an appetite. Call the child’s doctor if you’re not sure about how to administer insulin during a sick day.
  • Try not to make major changes to your child’s diet. For a child with an upset tummy, offer liquids with carbohydrates, including broth, gelatin, sports drinks, fruit juice and frozen fruit bars.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water. Avoid any beverage with caffeine.

Best Diet Pills on the Market

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