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January 2020

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How to Keep Those Resolutions

The start of a new year is traditionally a time when we resolve to make changes to our lives and lifestyles. Unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are often short-lived. We’ve got research-backed strategies to help you keep your 2020 resolutions!

Avoiding Cow’s Milk Right After Birth May Help Prevent Food Allergies

A randomized trial in JAMA Pediatrics found that newborns who received cow’s milk formula (CMF) in the first three days of life had a higher risk of food allergies at age two than newborns not given CMF.

Common Medications and Vitamin B12 Levels —Subscribers Only

Vitamin B12 plays many crucial roles in the body. It is involved in neurologic function, red blood cell production, DNA synthesis, and a number of important chemical reactions. Vitamin B12 deficiency, while not common, can cause megaloblastic anemia (a disorder of the red blood cells that can cause symptoms such as fatigue, pale skin, and lightheadedness) and neurological and cognitive disorders.

The Mixed-Up Plate —Subscribers Only

Dietary guidelines are designed to suggest foods and food patterns that provide all the nutrients and bioactive compounds our bodies need, while avoiding those we don’t need (like too much sodium, starch, added sugars, and unwanted additives).

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. Which is safer, saccharin or stevia?

Q. Which is safer, saccharin or stevia?

Q. Are prunes high in vitamin K? I am on blood thinners and was told I need to limit vitamin K intake.

Q. Are prunes high in vitamin K? I am on blood thinners and was told I need to limit vitamin K intake.


High Doses of Vitamin B6 and B12 Supplements Associated with Increased Risk of Hip Fracture

A study published recently in JAMA Network Open found that very high intake of vitamins B6 and B12 from supplements (much higher than the Recommended Dietary Allowances) was associated with increased risk of hip fracture in women. In this prospective cohort study, 75,864 postmenopausal women in the U.S. were followed for 30 years.

More Frequent Support and Counseling Increases Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet

In an ongoing randomized clinical trial, after one year, participants who received three contacts with a dietitian every month achieved higher diet adherence with a Mediterranean diet than those who received three contacts every six months.

Regaining Lost Weight Negates Many Cardiometabolic Gains

A recent study by Tufts’ researchers published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that regaining some or all of lost weight diminished the cardiometabolic benefits of that weight loss. It is known that losing weight improves cardiometabolic risk factors, such as HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, HbA1c, and blood pressure. Weight regain after weight loss is common, but up until now the impact on cardiometabolic risk factors was not well established.

Special Reports

Who Should Follow a Gluten-Free Diet?

There is lot of advice floating around these days about how to avoid gluten, but very little about how to tell if a gluten-free diet is the right choice for you.