Diet Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Individuals whose diet includes more fish, poultry, nuts, fruits, salad dressing, and vegetables and fewer high-fat dairy products, red meats and butter may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study appearing in the JAMA journal Archives of Neurology. “Evidence linking diet, one of the most important modifiable environmental factors, and risk of Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly increasing,” the authors write. “However, current literature regarding the impact of individual nutrients or food items on Alzheimer’s disease risk is inconsistent, partly because humans eat meals with complex combinations of nutrients or food items that are likely to be synergistic.” Several dietary patterns were identified with varying levels of seven nutrients previously shown to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk: Saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12, and folate. One dietary pattern was significantly associated with a reduced risk of the disease. This pattern involved high intakes of salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, fruits, and dark and green leafy vegetables and low intakes of high-fat dairy, red meat, organ meat, and butter. The combination of nutrients in the low-risk dietary pattern reflect multiple pathways in the development of Alzheimer's disease, the authors note. "For example, vitamin E might prevent Alzheimer's disease via its strong antioxidant effect and fatty acids may be related to dementia and cognitive function through atherosclerosis, thrombosis or inflammation.” … Read More

Increasing Costs And Unhealthy Foods

Adults usually eat less pizza and drink less soda as the price of these items increases, and their body weight and overall calorie intake also appear to decrease, according to a study appearing in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. "To compensate for food environments where healthful foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables tend to cost more, public health professionals and politicians have suggested that foods high in calories, saturated fat or added sugar be subject to added taxes and/or that healthier foods be subsidized," the authors write. Such manipulation of food prices could be used as a mechanism to promote public health and chronic disease prevention efforts. Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues compiled food price data and assessed the dietary habits of 5,115 young adults, age 18 to 30. A 10 percent increase in pizza and soda price was associated with a 12 percent decrease in calories consumed from pizza, and a 7 percent decrease in calories consumed from soda. Cost increases were also associated with a lower overall daily calorie intake and lower body weight. An 18 percent tax on these foods would result in a weight loss of 5 pounds per year by reducing calorie intake by 56 calories per day, the authors estimate. This weight loss would also correspond with a reduced risk of obesity-related diseases. "Findings suggest that national, state or local policies to alter the price of less healthful foods and beverages may be one possible mechanism for steering adults toward a more healthful diet," the authors write. "While such policies will not solve the obesity epidemic, they could prove an important strategy to aid in weight loss and reduced rates of diabetes.” Permanent weight loss can be achieved by: • Burning more calories than you consume. • Aiming for no more than two pounds of weight loss per week. • Regular low-impact and vigorous exercise. • Substituting whole grains, fruits and vegetables for fat and sugar. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for weight management as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Diet And Exercise For Health

A healthy diet and regular exercise may help the mind function better, a new Duke University study suggests. “It looks like exercise and diet improve the range of cognitive function,” says Patrick Smith, a clinical neuropsychology intern and research member. “It helps executive function, learning and psychomotor speed.” The study assessed 124 men and women with high blood pressure who were at least 15 pounds overweight, determining the effect of diet and exercise on blood pressure. Those participants that ate well and exercised regularly had an overall 30 percent improvement in mental function by the end of the four-month period, the researchers noted. Strategies utilized were a weight management program which included appetite awareness training, reduced portion size, following the low-fat DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), and healthy snacking habits, combined with aerobic exercise workouts for 30 minutes three to four times a week. “Physical activity does seem to have a direct effect on brain cells,” says Smith. “There are neurochemical changes that happen with exercise. There is also some evidence that it helps grow new brain cells.” Cognition can be improved by: • Memory exercises. • Stress reduction. • Including vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, and other antioxidants in the diet. • Ensuring adequate sleep. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for weight loss as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Vitamin D And Diabetes

Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” because people get most of their vitamin D from the sun, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 55 percent. Over the last twenty years, Americans have developed a vitamin D deficiency, probably related to the use of sunscreen or being advised to stay out of the sun. While individuals should prevent excess sun exposure, they should also be aware that 90 percent of their vitamin D comes from sunshine and limited-time, outdoor sessions a few times a week can enhance health. A new study from Warwick Medical School indicates that high vitamin D levels can not only aid in preventing type 2 diabetes but can also reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by nearly 35 percent. The study appears in the journal Maturitas. While vitamin D deficiencies can lead to an increased risk of developing these diseases, the direct link between getting plenty of vitamin D and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention is not yet determined. Health benefits of vitamin D include: • Formation and maintenance of strong bones. • Protection against osteoporosis and high blood pressure. • Immune system strengthening. • Protection against colon, breast and prostate cancers. … Read More

Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension

Combining an anti-hypertension diet with exercise and weight loss may result in lowered blood pressure and other health benefits. The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension, can lower blood pressure in just weeks, especially when augmented by exercise and weight loss. The DASH diet also offers other health benefits, such as chronic disease prevention, and can aid in combating osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke. The DASH diet is especially effective in reducing blood pressure in older adults. If adopted early and combined with other lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking, the DASH diet can prevent hypertension. Lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, moderate fish, poultry, and legumes provide the DASH diet with a variety of foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium while high in protein, fiber and nutrients, specifically calcium, potassium and magnesium. Red meat, fats and sweets are included in the diet in smaller amounts. While the DASH diet can aid in lowering blood pressure, reduced sodium intake can help prevent the development of hypertension. Reduce sodium in your diet by: • Buying foods labeled “no salt added,” “sodium-free” and “low sodium.” • Adding spices or flavorings to food rather than salt. • Use salt-free seasoning blends. • Don’t add salt when cooking pasta, rice or other foods. • Rinse canned foods to remove sodium. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of hypertension as well as a wid Feb.24. … Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency And Asthma

Individuals with asthma may experience a worsening in asthmatic symptoms if they have a vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study. Vitamin D can affect lung function and asthmatic treatment. "Our findings suggest that low vitamin D levels are associated with worse asthma," says lead researcher Dr. E. Rand Sutherland, from the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver. Vitamin D is found in several dietary sources such as milk, fish and fish oils and eggs. In addition, the sun increases production of vitamin D; as little as 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure can help to prevent deficiencies. Health benefits of vitamin D: • Maintains calcium balance. • Regulates blood pressure. • Strengthens immunity. • Prevents viral infections. "It may be that vitamin D is acting as a modifier of the immune system or a modifier of steroid response in ways that are relevant to people with asthma,” adds Sutherland. The study appears in the January 28 edition of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Findings indicate that a vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased inflammation and constriction of the airways. Restoring normal vitamin D levels in people with asthma may help to improve the respiratory condition. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of asthma as well as a wide range of health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calare … Read More

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Depression Risk

Individuals who follow the Mediterranean dietary pattern, rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and fish, appear less likely to develop depression, according to a study in a recent issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. Previous research has suggested that the monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil, used abundantly in the Mediterranean diet, may be associated with a lower risk of depressive symptoms. Almudena Sánchez-Villega., Ph.D., from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and colleagues studied 10,094 healthy participants who completed an initial questionnaire between 1999 and 2005. Participants reported their dietary intake on a food frequency questionnaire, and the researchers calculated their adherence to the Mediterranean diet based on multiple components: Moderate intake of dairy products, low intake of meat and high intake of legumes, fruit, nuts, cereals, vegetables, and fish. After a midpoint of 4.4 years of follow-up, 480 new cases of depression were identified. Individuals who followed the Mediterranean diet most closely had a greater than 30 percent reduction in the risk of depression than whose who had the lowest Mediterranean diet scores. Components of the diet may improve blood vessel function, fight inflammation, reduce risk for heart disease, and repair oxygen-related cell damage, all of which may decrease the chances of developing depression. In addition to a healthy diet, acupuncture can aid in the treatment of depression by: • Increasing cerebral serotonin, which has anti-depressant analgesic effects. • Reducing fatigue and other symptoms of depression. • Elevating mood. • Stabilizing hormonal imbalance. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Chinese Herbal Medicine For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted November 03, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Food & Nutrition

A traditional Chinese herbal remedy called "thunder god vine" reduces inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study. The herbal remedy is an extract of the medicinal plant known in China as “lei gong teng,” and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of inflammatory disorders. … Read More

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