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April 2017

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Beat Your Heart Disease Genes

Think you're destined to get cardiovascular disease since it runs in your family? Take heart. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study suggests a healthy lifestyle may cut risk of heart disease events by about half. Events included heart attack, heart bypass surgery (restoring blood flow to heart muscle) and heart-related death. The drastic reduction was regardless of inherited risk.

On Restaurant Menus: Calories —Subscribers Only

By May 5, 2017, restaurants with at least 20 locations must list calories on print menus and menu boards. Calories should appear next to the name or price of regularly-offered foods and drinks - and in a matching type size.

Keep Cancer from Coming Back —Subscribers Only

After kicking cancer, you might worry it will return. That's understandable. Cancer survivors are at significantly higher risk for cancer recurrence and for developing new cancers. But, that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. Although many factors affect cancer risk and survival, following a healthy diet and lifestyle are important proactive steps.

Is Your B12 Status at Risk? —Subscribers Only

You may be consuming plenty of vitamin B12. But, is it getting where it needs to go in your body? New research suggests that, even after absorption (which is sometimes poor), genetic variations held by some people may reduce the vitamin's transport from the intestines to the body's tissues where it does its work. Plus, excessive intake of folate (a different B vitamin) might make this problem worse in people with specific genetics.

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. Are corn tortillas considered whole grain?

Q. Are corn tortillas considered whole grain?

Q. How were RDAs for calcium determined in the US? In some countries, requirements are lower.

Q. How were RDAs for calcium determined in the US? In some countries, requirements are lower.

"Good" Fats and an Inflamed Pancreas

After acute inflammation of the gallbladder and pancreas, I was advised a low-fat diet. Do these organs distinguish between good and bad fats?

Q. Can you clarify what counts as dark chocolate?

Q. Can you clarify what counts as dark chocolate?


Don't Overlook Calories Added to Coffee and Tea

You may not give much thought to adding a splash of cream and a spoonful of sugar to your coffee or tea, but these add-ins can add up in calories. A study published in Public Health aimed to figure out just how much.

Does Excessive Sitting Age You?

Too much sitting and too little exercise may speed biological aging by as much as 8 years, suggests an American Journal of Epidemiology study. A group of 1,481 women (average age, 79) from a nationally-representative sample wore motion sensors for one week.

High Blood Pressure Can Hide

Nearly one in eight US adults may have "masked" hypertension, says new research in American Journal of Epidemiology. That’s high blood pressure not found during checkups. It raises risk of stroke and premature death.

Omega-3s May Be Good for Your Gums

Eating foods high in omega-3 fats may aid oral health. Scientists reviewed 11 human studies (observational and trials) on omega-3 fat intake and periodontal (gum) disease.

Could Diet Drinks Trigger Sugar Seeking?

Sugar-free sweet drinks might seem like a win-win, but scientists are still figuring out how the body responds to them. Recently, 21 healthy-weight young adults were fed a standardized lunch along with either 12 ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage or one with the artificial sweetener sucralose, made to look and taste the same.

Special Reports

Mastering Appetite Control —Subscribers Only

It's all too common for people to go on weight loss diets but give up because their appetite is surging. Sadly, many people regain much of the weight they’ve worked so hard to lose. It may not be due to weak willpower, though. Rather, your body may be producing powerful signals to tell you to eat. How you go about weight loss could make an important difference.