To get the most omega-3 heart-health benefits, Tufts expert advises, eat fish instead of relying on pills.
Youve heard over and over-including in the pages of this newsletter-about good HDL cholesterol
Blueberries have earned their reputation as a superfruit in part because of their high content of antioxidant polyphenols. (In fact, of course, theres no such thing as a superfruit-all fruits have some super qualities.) New research put those polyphe-nols to the test against metabolic syndrome, a complex of conditions, including central obesity (high waist-hip ratio), high blood pressure, high serum cholesterol and insulin resistance, that increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
One of the longer clinical trials to compare a low-carb diet with a low-fat, low-calorie weight-loss regimen reports that both were effective for losing weight-but the low-carb diet also delivered a heart-health bonus.
Could a serving or two of spinach or lettuce a day help keep diabetes away? Thats the suggestion of a new meta-analysis linking consump-tion of green leafy vegetables with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Par-ticipants who ate the most green leafy vegetables-an average of 1.35 servings daily-were 14% less likely to develop diabetes than those consuming the least (an average 0.2 servings daily).
Watching your waistline just got serious. A large new study links extra waist circumference to increased risk of death-even if youre not otherwise overweight.
Since carbohydrates can boost bloodsugar levels, it makes sense that a low-carb eating regimen like the Atkins diet should help ward off diabetes- right? Not so fast, according to a new analysis of two decades of data on 41,410 men. Lawrence de Koning, PhD, of Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues found that low-carb eating habits were actually associated with a greater risk of developing diabetes.
Previous studies in the US and Europe have reported that dietary fiber may help protect against heart disease. Now a new Japanese study has found a similar association, suggesting that the cardiovascular benefits of fiber may extend beyond the Western diet.
Two new studies presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society suggest a role for vitamin D in the prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases. The so-called sunshine vitamin, proven to be important in bone health, has lately been linked to possible benefits against a wide range of diseases.
Previous studies have suggested that B vitamins might help protect against depression, but these were mostly snapshots at a single point in time. Now a new study connects B-vitamin intake among 3,503 seniors, initially free of depression, over a span of 12 years: For every 10-milligram increase in daily vitamin B6, risk of developing depression declined by 2%. The same was true for every additional 10 micrograms of vitamin B12.