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All The Blogs -- October 2017

Michael Greger MD

How to Treat Dry Eye Disease Naturally with Diet

Michael Greger MD | October 31, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, antihistamines, autism, bananas, beans, blindness, bread, breakfast cereal, caffeine, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, dehydration, eye disease, eye health, French fries, fruit juice, grains, greens, herbal remedies, herbal tea, junk food, LASIK, limes, medications, men's health, nuts, potassium, potato chips, processed foods, rice, salt, soy milk, spinach, sugar, surgery, vegetables, vision, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, water, women's health

One of the most common eye disorders, dry eye disease, causes irritation or discomfort, and can decrease functional vision, sometimes causing a dramatic deterioration in the quality of life. About five million Americans over age 50 suffer from moderate-to-severe...

Michael Greger MD

Foods to Eat to Help Prevent Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, body fat, bowel movements, breast cancer, cancer, cholesterol, colon disease, colon health, diabetes, estrogen, fatty liver disease, fiber, gut flora, insulin, lipotropes, meat, obesity, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, saturated fat, testosterone, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Why is meat consumption a risk factor for diabetes? Why does there appear to be a stepwise reduction in diabetes rates as meat consumption drops? Instead of avoiding something in meat, it may be that people are getting something...

Michael Greger MD

Who Should Avoid Coffee?

Michael Greger MD | October 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: atrial fibrillation, bone fractures, bone health, caffeine, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, diabetes, energy drinks, epilepsy, GERD, glaucoma, heart disease, heart health, heartburn, incontinence, mortality, safety limits, seizures, sleep, stroke, tea, women's health

Do coffee drinkers live longer than non-coffee drinkers? Is it "wake up and smell the coffee" or don't wake up at all? I discuss these questions in my video, Coffee and Mortality. The largest study ever conducted on diet...

Michael Greger MD

What About Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, endothelium, fat, fruit, frying, grains, heart disease, heart health, McDonald's, Mediterranean diet, nuts, oils, olive oil, saturated fat, vegetables, vinegar, walnuts

The relative paralysis of our arteries for hours after eating fast food and cheesecake may also occur after consuming olive oil. Olive oil was found to have the same impairment to endothelial function as high-fat foods like sausage and...

Michael Greger MD

What a Single Fatty Meal Can Do to Our Arteries

Michael Greger MD | October 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: angina, animal fat, blood clots, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, endothelium, fat, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, lactescence, low-fat diets, oils, protein, sugar, vegetable oil, venous thrombosis

The phenomenon of postprandial angina was described more than 200 years ago: chest pain that occurs after a meal, even if you're just sitting down and resting. This could be intuitively attributed to redistribution of blood flow away from...

Michael Greger MD

Chocolate Is Finally Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | October 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: beans, bell peppers, beverages, body fat, Brussels sprouts, calories, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, junk food, legumes, lentils, music, National Confectioners Association, nuts, obesity, phytonutrients, processed food, saturated fat, seeds, split peas, sugar, vegetables, weight gain, weight loss

Botanically speaking, seeds are small embryonic plants--the whole plant stuffed into a tiny seed and surrounded by an outer layer packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to protect the seedling plant's DNA from free radicals. No wonder they're so...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Mindful Vegan Takes a New Approach to Transforming Food Choices

Janice Stanger, PhD | October 9, 2017 | Lifestyle

Read More: Lani Muelrath, The Mindful Vegan

Lani Muelrath Shows You How to Fuel Change From the Inside Out Do you struggle with your weight, compliance with endless diets, and guilt with every slip up? In her insightful, beautifully written book The Mindful Vegan, author Lani Muelrath...

Michael Greger MD

Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure

Michael Greger MD | October 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, blood pressure, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Walter Kempner, evolution, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, medications, mortality, pickled vegetables, plant-based diets, preservation, protein, rice, salt, sodium, stroke, vegans, vegetarians, vision

For the first 90% of our evolution, humans ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day. Why? Because we ate mostly plants. Since we went millions of years without salt shakers, our bodies evolved into...