DASH Diet Wards Off Gout

A diet known to help blood pressure shows benefits in men who suffer from gout. by Nancy Walsh, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today May 12, 2017 Men who adhered to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet significantly lowered their risk of gout, analysis of data from a large prospective study found. Among 44,444…

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Calcium supplementation and cardiovascular risk: A rising concern

Here’s an article in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension that discusses overdoing calcium supplements. They recommend that we get our calcium from food in our diets, and if you do supplement, follow the medical guidelines: The Institute of Medicine’s guideline-recommended daily allowance for calcium intake is 1000 mg/d for men aged 18 to 70 years and women aged…

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A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox

By James P. Meschino, DC, MS In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels. They bind to our tissues,…

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A New Dietary Inflammatory Index

There are foods that we eat that are inflammatory, and some are anti-inflammatory.  High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) is an inflammatory marker associated with several diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer.  From the Discussion portion of a 2009 article, “These results indicate that an anti-inflammatory diet may protect individuals from an inflammatory response characterized by…

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Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

Both sugary, diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain aging Date: April 20, 2017 Source: Boston University Summary: Excess sugar — especially the fructose in sugary drinks — might damage your brain, new research suggests. Researchers found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and…

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Sugar and artificially sweetened beverages linked to obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis

APRIL 18, 2017 QJM: An International Journal of Medicine Ruanpeng D, et al. Researchers evaluate the relationship between intake of sugar and artificially sweetened soda and obesity. This study exhibited an important relationship amongst sugar and artificially sweetened soda intake and obesity. This finding brings issues to light and question of the negative clinical effect…

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DASH Diet May Reduce Your Chance of Gout Attacks Within 30 Days

April 13, 2017 Clinical Rheumatology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Participants adhering to either the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet or a control diet underwent repeated serum uric acid (SUA) measurement to evaluate the time required for the DASH diet to affect SUA levels. The participants following the DASH diet had a reduction in SUA of…

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Rx for Pain Patients Who Are Obese: Recommend the Mediterranean Diet

Written by Robert Bonakdar MD, FAAFP, FACN We often see pain patients in our clinic who are obese. Many of them did not start their pain journey this way, and there is emerging evidence that pain, in addition to changing activity, can also change dietary patterns. In addition, the stress of chronic pain combined with…

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Advice for Safe Fish Consumption

March 7, 2017 Rebecca Voelker, MSJ JAMA. 2017;317(9):900. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1063 Along with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA has issued final advice on safe fish consumption geared toward pregnant or breastfeeding women and young children. Together, the agencies created a reference chart that sorts 62 types of fish into “best,” “good,” or “avoid” categories.…

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Association Between Dietary Factors and Death From Heart Disease, Stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States

Renata Micha, RD, PhD JAMA. 2017;317(9):912-924. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0947 Key Points Question  What is the estimated mortality due to heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes (cardiometabolic deaths) associated with suboptimal intakes of 10 dietary factors in the United States? Findings  In 2012, suboptimal intake of dietary factors was associated with an estimated 318 656 cardiometabolic deaths, representing 45.4% of…

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