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October 2019

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Busting Weight Loss Myths

We know that carrying excess weight increases risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, back and joint pain, and more. Anyone who has tried knows that reaching or maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult.

Folic Acid Overload? —Subscribers Only

The B vitamin folate (B9) is found naturally in a variety of foods including vegetables (especially dark leafy greens), fruits and fruit juices, nuts, beans, peas, seafood, eggs, dairy products, meat, poultry, and whole grains.

Physical Activity and Brain Health —Subscribers Only

Our brains tend to shrink as we age, and this brain atrophy is associated with cognitive decline and dementia. Research suggests that being more physically active may slow mental decline, in addition to slowing physical decline.

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. Does decaf coffee really have no caffeine? —Subscribers Only

Q. Does decaf coffee really have no caffeine?

Q. I was recently diagnosed with gout. Which foods should I avoid?

Q. I was recently diagnosed with gout. Which foods should I avoid?

Q. What are the health benefits of Manuka honey?


Paleo Diet may Change the Gut Microbiome

A study recently published in the European Journal of Nutrition found following a strict Paleo diet may be associated with gut changes that are bad for heart health.

Routine Low-Dose Aspirin Use No Longer Recommended for Primary Prevention

In March of 2019, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released updated guidelines recommending against routine low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people older than 70 and in those with increased bleeding risk (such as those with peptic ulcer disease).

Healthy Plant-Based Diets Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

A systematic review and meta-analysis published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine found that diets rich in healthful plant-based foods may be beneficial for lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers defined a “plant-based diet” as one which emphasizes foods derived from plant sources with low or no intake of animal products.

Staying Mentally Active May Protect the Brain

An observational study published in the journal Neurology found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities in later life was associated with lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is characterized by symptoms such as forgetfulness, feeling overwhelmed by decision making, and difficulty following conversations or maintaining a train of thought. It does not significantly affect daily life and activities and will not always progress to dementia.

Special Reports

The Facts About Plant Oils

There is a lot of confusing, and often conflicting, information in the media about which oil is the best for health. The information is confusing partly because plant oils are fats, and fats are complicated. Dietary ‘fats’ are actually composed of a mixture of molecules called fatty acids.