Nutrition

Eat more vegetables to reduce risk of cancer

fruit and vegResearchers looked at interactions between cancer family history in first-degree relatives (CFH) and lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity and evaluated cancer risk. In over 55,000 participants the results showed frequent intake of fruits, raw vegetables, ‍carrots, pumpkin, cabbage and lettuce, as well as frequent physical exercise, were associated with decreased risk for ‍gastric, breast, lung, and colorectal cancer, while habitual smoking increased the risk of gastric and lung cancer. ‍Interestingly, there was no influence of CFH ‍on lifestyle related risk factors.

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Nutrition

Fish oils during breastfeeding may reduce risk of type 1 diabetes in infants

Fresh salmon fillet with parsley and lemon
Salmon, a great source of fatty acids

In a study measuring fatty acid status in infants, researchers looked at the risk of type 1 diabetes. The results showed fish-derived fatty acids consumed during breastfeeding may provide protection against type 1 diabetes.

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Nutrition

Diet soft drinks associated with stroke and dementia

Diet soft drink consumption has been found to be associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia according to new research published in the medical journal Stroke. When compared with those who didn’t drink diet soft drink, those with the highest consumption increased their risk of ischemic stroke by 196% and Alzheimer’s disease by 189%.

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Coconut oil may improve cognitive status in Alzheimer’s disease patients

coconutTaking 40mL daily of extra virgin coconut oil for 21 days resulted in an improvement in cognitive status in Alzheimer’s patients, especially in women, those without diabetes mellitus type II, and severe patients. The researchers concluded ‘this study, although preliminary, demonstrated the positive influence of coconut oil at the cognitive level of patients with Alzheimer’s, this improvement being dependent on sex, presence or absence of diabetes and degree of dementia’.

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