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All The Blogs -- October 2016

Michael Greger MD

How May Eating Plants Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Michael Greger MD | October 27, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, antioxidants, berries, blueberries, brain disease, brain health, cognition, dairy, dementia, Evidence-based medicine, exercise, fat, FDA, fiber, fruit, greens, lifespan, meat, medications, mortality, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, saffron, saturated fat, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, strawberries, sugar, turmeric, vegetables

Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet, is linked with the development of Alzheimer's disease. There has been a global shift in dietary composition, from traditional diets high in...

Michael Greger MD

How Turmeric Can Help Combat the Effects of Sitting

Michael Greger MD | October 25, 2016 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Curcumin, diabetes, endothelial, exercise, fat, green tea, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, nuts, spices, treadmill, turmeric

The average American spends most of their waking life sitting down, which is associated with an increased risk of death even among people who go to the gym after work and exercise regularly. Doing lots of sitting may double...

Michael Greger MD

Can Peppermint Improve Athletic Performance?

Michael Greger MD | October 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: aromatherapy, athletes, body odor, Europe, exercise, fatigue, herbal remedies, lung health, mint, mood, PCOS, peppermint, peppermint oil, sexual health, smoking, spearmint, suicide, tea, testosterone, women's health

Ever since smoking was prohibited in night clubs, customers have increasingly noticed other unpleasant smells present in the club--like body odors. So, researchers in Europe thought they'd try to cover them up. The researchers measured the effects of peppermint,...

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Reversal of Chronic Disease Risk Even Late in Life

Michael Greger MD | October 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, colon cancer, diabetes, fruit, grains, heart disease, Japan, junk food, legumes, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, smoking, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A hundred years ago, the New York Times reported on a rather sophisticated study for the time: 4,600 cases of cancer appearing over a seven year period, suggesting that the increased consumption of animal foods was to blame. A...

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Are Raisins a Good Snack Choice?

Michael Greger MD | October 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood sugar, California Raison Marketing Board, calories, candy, Coca-Cola, cookies, dried fruit, fruit, grapes, industry influence, junk food, obesity, pizza, potato chips, raisins, soda

Raisins, like all fruits, have a variety of health benefits, but dried fruit is higher in calories per serving than fresh, so might they contribute to weight gain? A study done by the University of Connecticut helped set people's...

Michael Greger MD

What About Eating Just a Little Meat?

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, Asia, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, fish, flexitarians, heart health, hypertension, junk food, meat, plant-based diets, prediabetes, soda, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

As you can see in my video, Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes, we've known for decades that a plant-based diet may be protective against diabetes. Studies going back half a century found that those eating meat one or more days...

Michael Greger MD

Do You Meet the Simple Seven?

Michael Greger MD | October 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, beans, beverages, blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, soda, vegetables, World Health Organization

In public health school, you learn there are three levels of preventive medicine. Primary prevention would be like trying to prevent someone at risk for heart disease from getting his or her first heart attack. Secondary prevention is when...

Michael Greger MD

How to Design Saturated Fat Studies to Hide the Truth

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, Atkins diet, butter, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, fat, Harvard, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, Hegsted Equation, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, milk, National Beef Cattleman's Association, National Dairy Board, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians

Where do the international consensus guidelines to dramatically lower saturated fat consumption come from? (I show the list in my video, The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public). They came from literally hundreds of metabolic ward experiments, which...