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People at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can change their fate by altering their diet and exercise patterns. The current research included 568 Chinese people who were followed up for more than two decades. At the outset, the... (Read More)
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Q. My husband has been on a low-fat regimen for over a decade, ever since his doctor said that this was a possible way to avoid taking statins. Although my husband likes cream in his coffee, he now uses skim... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls among elderly people. Two new studies analyzed data from prior research involving over one million people.... (Read More)
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Remember when we were told that butter was bad and margarine was marvelous? Ooops! Turned out that the trans fats in margarine actually increased the risk for heart disease. Diet drinks were supposed to help people lose weight and presumably... (Read More)
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Nutrition experts have egg on their faces. For years, public health policy has been to discourage consumption of saturated fat--or most any fat at all. The diet-heart hypothesis got its start in the 1950s. Ancel Keys, PhD, and his colleagues... (Read More)
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When James Fixx died at the age of 52 on July 20th, 1984, in the middle of his daily run, it was a huge shock to runners, athletes and fitness buffs. When Fixx was 35 he weighed 240 pounds and... (Read More)
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Q. I'm so confused about eggs. First we were told to avoid them because of the cholesterol. Then I read that eggs are not harmful. In fact, the suggestion was that pancakes and cold cereal are less healthful for breakfast.... (Read More)
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Epidemiologists have just questioned the validity of standard dietary advice to avoid saturated fat for the sake of heart health. Over the last several decades, nutrition experts, dietitians and cardiologists have been warning Americans to cut back on sat fat... (Read More)
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Saturated fat has long been portrayed as a major culprit in the development of heart disease. For the last 60 years Americans have been urged to cut back on sat fat and eat a low-fat diet for the sake of... (Read More)
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According to the Wall Street Journal (March 3, 2014), Lipitor brought in roughly $13 billion for Pfizer in 2006. That was during the drug's heyday. This cholesterol-lowering statin-type medication made only $2.6 billion in 2013. The precipitous decline can be... (Read More)
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High blood pressure has been linked to cardiovascular complications such as strokes and heart attacks. Although experts argue about when treatment is needed, especially for older patients, there is little disagreement that systolic blood pressures over 160 are dangerous and... (Read More)
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For decades we've been told that saturated fat and cholesterol are the twin culprits behind heart disease, but a new study suggests that sugar may be at least as dangerous to the heart. The research published in JAMA Internal Medicine... (Read More)
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It's no wonder Americans feel as if they are on a roller coaster. A week ago the headlines quoted an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements." The doctors... (Read More)
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Q. I take statins and I'm glad I do. I have had some of the "problems" people fuss about, but I am pretty sure they are just due to my age. I am 75 and still working. More importantly, I... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: When the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced its... (Read More)
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Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease even in people who seem otherwise healthy. For years, scientists have been debating whether people who are fat but fit can escape the health problems associated with obesity. A new analysis of... (Read More)
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People with arthritis frequently take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen or Celebrex for pain relief. A new study suggests, however, that long-term use of such medications may have a negative effect on vitamin B6 status. This vitamin is... (Read More)
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The flip-flop is official. Nuts are no longer bad. Thanks to new research from The New England Journal of Medicine (Nov. 21, 2013), we are now urged to eat nuts daily to reduce our risk of heart disease. This is... (Read More)
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Would you like to be paid to participate in a study to improve your health? Duke researchers are recruiting volunteers to participate in the ENLIGHTEN RESEARCH STUDY. This is a six-month trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)... (Read More)
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Nut Eaters Live Longer

Nuts used to be considered high-risk snacks. That's because they are high in fat. Cardiologists worried that regular nut consumption might clog coronary arteries. A large study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finally puts that fear to... (Read More)
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