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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......

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The 3 Vitamins that Prevent Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, animal protein, b12, bacon, beans, brain disease, brain health, breakfast, cognition, colon health, dementia, eggs, fiber, folate, Framingham Heart Study, greens, gut flora, Harvard, homocysteine, legumes, meat, memory, methionine, mortality, plant-based diets, steak, supplements, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12, vitamin B6

By our seventies, one in five of us will suffer from cognitive impairment. Within five years, half of those cognitively impaired will progress to dementia and death. The earlier we can slow or stop this process, the better. Although......

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A Dietary Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antidepressants, berries, colon disease, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dizziness, gut flora, herbal tea, herbs, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney failure, medications, mint, pain, peppermint, peppermint oil, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual health, side effects, smoothies, tea

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. It affects 1 in 7 Americans, although most go undiagnosed. IBS can have a substantial impact on well-being and health, but......

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The Best Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Greger MD | May 9, 2017 | Health

Read More: arthritis, autoimmune diseases, C-reactive protein, cancer, cardiovascular health, gut flora, heart health, immune function, joint disease, joint health, lignans, pain, plant-based diet, Proteus mirabilis, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract infections, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease affecting millions. It is characterized by persistent pain, stiffness, and progressive joint destruction leading to crippling deformities, particularly in the hands and feet. What can we do to prevent and treat......

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Striving for Alkaline Pee and Acidic Poo

Michael Greger MD | December 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, Africa, African Americans, animal protein, beans, bowel movements, cabbage, colon cancer, colon health, fecal bacteria, fiber, fruit, grains, gut flora, pH, plant-based diets, sauerkraut, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vinegar

More than 30 years ago, an idea was put forward that high colonic pH promoted colorectal cancer. A high colonic pH may promote the creation of carcinogens from bile acids, a process that is inhibited once you get below......

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How to Prevent Ulcerative Colitis with Diet

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, butyrate, colon health, Crohn's disease, DNA damage, fecal bacteria, fiber, flatulence, gut flora, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal health, Japan, meat, plant protein, plant-based diets, steak, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetarians

What has driven the dramatic increase in prevalence of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's disease in societies that rapidly westernized--a disease practically unknown just a century ago? What has changed in our internal and external environment that has led......

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How to Mitigate and Prevent Crohn's Disease with Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, artificial sweeteners, autoimmune diseases, brain disease, broccoli, carboxy-methyl cellulose, colon health, Crisco, Crohn's disease, dairy, dishwashing detergent, fiber, fruit, greens, gut flora, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, junk food, maltodextrin, meat, plant-based diets, plantains, Polysorbate 80, processed foods, Splenda, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, xanthan gum

Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is currently no known cure for Crohn's disease; current research focuses on......

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Why Smoothies are Better Than Juicing

Michael Greger MD | June 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: apple juice, apples, asparagus, bananas, blueberries, bone health, bone mineral density, bowel movements, butyrate, calcium, carob, cholesterol, colon health, diabetes, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, grapes, gut flora, juice, laxatives, Metamucil, onions, phytonutrients, polyphenols, smoothies, stool size, vegetables

Studies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk,......

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How a Gluten-Free Diet Can Be Harmful

Michael Greger MD | February 23, 2016 | Video

Read More: allergies, bagels, barley, bread, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, gut flora, heart disease, heart health, immune function, obesity, pasta, prediabetes, probiotics, rye, viral infections, wheat

Until only a few years ago, almost the whole of the scientific world maintained that the wheat protein gluten would provoke negative effects only in people with rare conditions such as celiac disease or wheat allergies. But by the......

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Which Seaweed to Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal fat, animal products, arsenic, Asia, beet greens, beets, blood pressure, breast cancer, breast health, California, cancer, chemotherapy, dulse, estrogen, fat, fiber, fruit, gut flora, hijiki, hormones, hypertension, iodine, Japan, kelp, low-fat diets, medications, nori, phytonutrients, salt, sea vegetables, sodium, standard American diet, thyroid disease, thyroid health, vegetables, women's health

                Sushi lovers, rejoice. Nori seaweed may favorably alter estrogen metabolism by modulating women’s gut flora, resulting in decreased breast cancer risk. As traditional East Asian diets have westernized, breast cancer rates have......

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Why We Should Eat More Beans

Michael Greger MD | March 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: beans, blood sugar, bread, carbohydrates, chickpeas, diabetes, fiber, garbanzo beans, gastric emptying, glycemic index, gut bacteria, gut flora, insulin, lentil effect, lentils, metabolic syndrome, pasta, peas, potatoes, pre-diabetes, propionate, rice, second meal effect, sugar

                We’ve known for decades that beans have an exceptionally low glycemic index. You give someone cooked beans, peas, or lentils and they don’t even get half the blood sugar spike that they......

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How Avoiding Chicken Could Prevent Bladder Infections

Michael Greger MD | January 28, 2014 | Health

Read More: antibiotic resistance, antibiotics, bladder infection, Campylobacter, chicken, cooking, cross-contamination, E. coli, Escherichia coli, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, gut flora, meat, pathogens, preparation, rectal bacteria, rectal flora, Salmonella, superbugs, urinary tract health, urinary tract infection, UTI, zoonoses, zoonotic diseases

                Where do bladder infections come from? Back in the ’70s, longitudinal studies of women over time showed that the movement of rectal bacteria into the vaginal area preceded the appearance of the......

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How Probiotics Affect Mental Health

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2014 | Health

Read More: anger, anxiety, bacteria, bowel movements, colectomy, colon, constipation, depression, emotional health, enteric nervous system, enteric neuroscience, fecal transplant, fibromyalgia, gut dysfunction, gut flora, intestinal flora, intestinal putrefaction, lobotomy, mastectomy, mental health, mental illness, mood, plant-based diet, probiotics, psychiatric illness, Thorazine, vegan, vegetarian

                  Before Thorazine was invented in 1950, mental illness was often treated surgically. In fact, in 1949 the inventor of the lobotomy was awarded the Nobel Prize. Before tens of thousands were......

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Probiotics During Cold Season?

Michael Greger MD | December 31, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, antibiotics, asthma, babies, bloating, c-section, caesarean section, cancer, cold, common cold, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, gastroenteritis, gut flora, immune function, immune system, infants, infections, intestinal infections, lactic acid bacteria, prebiotics, probiotics, respiratory infections, soy, soy yogurt, supplements, vaginal delivery, vaginal flora, vegetables, white blood cells, yogurt

                Babies delivered via caesarean section appear to be at increased risk for various allergic diseases. The thought is that vaginal delivery leads to the first colonization of the baby’s gut with maternal......

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Probiotics and Diarrhea

Michael Greger MD | December 26, 2013 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antibiotics, diarrhea, fecal enema, fecal transplant, gastroenteritis, gut flora, infection, Lactobacillus rhamnosis, mold, probiotics, Saccharomyces boulardii

                Probiotics have slowly moved from the field of alternative medicine into the mainstream, particularly for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and the treatment of gastroenteritis. After taking antibiotics, up to 40 percent......

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The Ice Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: colon, fiber, firmicutes, fruits, gut flora, phtyonutrients, vegan, vegetables, vegetarians

Other than fiber, what else do plants make that animals don't that could help account for how dramatically slimmer those who eat plant-based diets tend to be? In my last article Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics I covered fiber.......