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Diabetes

Best Diet for People with Diabetes Low in Carbs

A randomized controlled trial shows that veterans following a meal plan that is low in carbs were better able to lose weight and control blood sugar.

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Anxiety

Can You Fight Depression by Eating the Mediterranean Way?

When depressed college kids tried eating the Mediterranean way, they began feeling better. Less junk food meant lower scores on a depression scale.

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Acid Reflux

Will Intermittent Fasting Give You Heartburn?

Some readers report that intermittent fasting reduces their symptoms of heartburn. For others, however, fasting triggers indigestion.

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Cancer

Yogurt and Fiber Lower Your Chance of Lung Cancer

A study of over one million people found that those who ate the most yogurt and foods rich in fiber had less chance of lung cancer.

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).

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Home Remedies

Can Bilberry Extract Help Protect the Eyes?

Tradition credits bilberries with vision-preserving power. Despite a lack of clinical trials, some readers report that bilberry extract helped.

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Arthritis

Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint Pain?

Many readers report that eating nine gin-soaked golden raisins daily can alleviate joint pain if used for at least a month or two.

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Heart Attack

Will Eating Seaweed Protect Your Heart?

Epidemiologists in Japan have found that eating seaweed reduces the risk of heart disease.

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Cancer

Mushrooms May Protect Men from Prostate Cancer

Middle-aged Japanese men who eat mushrooms often have a significantly lower likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Diabetes

What Are Pros and Cons of Cinnamon for Blood Sugar?

You may be able to use a common and delicious spice to help control blood sugar. Before you do, learn about the pros and cons of cinnamon.

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Breast Cancer

Do Onions and Garlic Cut the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Epidemiologists find that Puerto Rican women who eat lots of onions and garlic have a lower chance of breast cancer.

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Home Remedies

American Diets Are a Little Better Now

Over the last decade and a half, American diets have improved, but the changes are modest. More of us should be eating whole grains and protein from plants.

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Home Remedies

Can You Help Nerve Pain with a Diet Rich in ALA?

Might you control neuropathy by consuming a diet rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid)? One reader reports better success with diet than supplements.

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Arthritis

Golden Raisins in Gin: Placebo or Powerful Arthritis Remedy?

People with arthritis are caught in a terrible bind. OTC and prescription drugs have some serious side effects. What about golden raisins in gin?

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Allergies

Will You Breathe Better by Cutting Out Dairy?

One reader found a way to greatly improve hay fever symptoms: cutting out dairy. Would this work against your sniffles and sneezes?

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Blood Clots

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

Our new underwriter, CocoaVia, offers high-potency cocoa flavanols without the calories of chocolate.

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Acid Reflux

Could Soft Drinks Be Killing You?

A large European study found that people who usually had two soft drinks a day were more likely to die prematurely than those who had less than one a month.

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Heart Attack

Is Your Diet Putting You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Vegetarians have a lower risk for heart disease than meat eaters. However, they have a slightly higher chance of suffering a stroke.

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Cancer

Why Should You Eat Colorful Veggies?

People who consume a flavonoid-rich diet full of colorful veggies, berries and fruits are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease or cancer.

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Cancer

Is It Better to Get Protein from Plants or Animals?

People getting most of their protein from plants and consuming a healthful plant-based diet are more likely to live longer and less likely to get diabetes.