In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers investigated whether potato consumption (including fried and unfried potatoes) is associated with increased premature mortality risk. The study included 4440 participants with an 8-year follow-up from the Osteoarthritis Initiative cohort study. During the 8-year follow-up, 236 participants died. The results showed that participants who consumed fried potatoes 2–3 times per week and ≥3 times per week were at an increased risk of mortality. The consumption of unfried potatoes was not associated with an increased mortality risk.
In a recent systematic review, researchers found that omega 3 fatty acid intake is effective in reducing pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The analysis of 18 randomized, controlled trials showed a dose of between 3 and 6 g daily had the best effect.
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Concentrated broccoli sprout extract (BSE) was investigated in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study for its effect on fasting blood glucose levels and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in 103 type 2 diabetic patients. Following 12 weeks of BSE, fasting blood glucose and HbA1c were reduced, particularly in patients with obesity and dysregulated type 2 diabetes.
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In a recent study involving 23 breast cancer survivors, 12 weeks of aerobic training was found to improve sleep, pain and general health.
A group of 60 pregnant women were randomly assigned to either an antenatal yoga program or a control group. The antenatal yoga program consisted of a 1 hour supervised yoga class, three times a week, starting at 26 weeks gestation. Compared to the control group, participants in the yoga classes experienced lower pain intensity, required a decreased frequency of labor induction, had a lower percentage of cesarean section and experienced a shorter duration of the second and third stages of labor.
In an Australian study of 166 men and women over 64 years of age, researchers found that a Mediterranean diet, comprising mainly of plant foods, abundant extra-virgin olive oil, and minimal red meat and processed foods, for 6 months lowered systolic blood pressure and improved endothelial function.
In a Japanese study of over 82,000 participants, researchers have found that a higher intake of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer among men who are currently nonsmokers.