Mediterranean Diet Linked To Reduced Risk of Kidney Disease
The Mediterranean diet is among the most studied and researched forms of dietary and lifestyle management. Mediterranean diets are traditionally high in omega-3 fatty acids from high consumption of foods such as olive oil and nuts, while also including regular fruit and vegetable consumption coupled with weekly servings of fresh fish. A new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American College of Nephrology has discovered that Mediterranean style diets have a significant impact on chronic kidney disease. The study tracked over 9,000 participants for seven years and scored each participants based on how closely they followed the recommendation of the Mediterranean diet. The data showed that following the diet did in fact reduce risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease by nearly 50%, along with a 42% reduction in the rapid development of related symptoms. However, although the results may seem promising, research also note that there is no magic pill for disease intervention, and that regular adherence to a diet and exercise plan are the only ways to significantly reduce common health risks.
BPA Exposure Linked to Food Intolerances
BPA is a chemical added to plastics that has been used widespread in manufacturing since the 1960’s. Exposure to BPA has been known to cause numerous health problems including disruption of endocrine function, cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, and more. Despite claims that BPA was safe for several decades, overwhelming evidence forced the FDA to redefine its position on the dangerous compound – a decision that resulted in lower levels of acceptable BPA in products. However, a new study published in FASEB has found that even minor BPA exposure during the perinatal phase can cause food intolerances later in life. The study found that exposure to BPA caused allergic responses to foods in addition to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases as well. And despite the recent claims that low levels of BPA being perfectly safe, over 90% individuals currently have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies, and food allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, and GI tract issues have become more prevalent than ever. The data prompted on researcher to say “We may look back one day and see BPA exposure as one of the more important public health problems of our time”
Resveratrol Doesn’t Appear to Benefit Exercise
Resveratrol gained wild popularity in the last decade as a “super antioxidant” with the ability to also induce some of the positive benefits of exercise on the body without actually exercising. However, recently resveratrol has come under fire as a multiple studies have leaked out that cast doubt on whether or not there’s any benefit at all to resveratrol supplementation. Now, a new study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism has found that resveratrol may actually reduce the benefits of HIIT cardio on the body. For the study researchers gave already trained individuals either resveratrol of a placebo and placed them on an exercise plan that included bouts of HIIT cardio. At the conclusion of the study researchers found that not only did resveratrol appear to have no additional benefit over the placebo, it actually appeared to mitigate some of the positive health benefits associated with HIIT cardio. And although this particular study shouldn’t prove as an overall indictment of resveratrol supplementation, it should cause us to pause and reconsider hot nutritional trends before science forms a consensus opinion.
Study On Milk Consumption Raises Questions
Milk is one of the most widely consumed foods on the planet, and is the only food produced by both humans and animals with the sole purpose of providing a means of sustenance. And although lactose intolerance and lactose malabsorbtion are common in adults, it doesn’t prevent millions of people across the globe from gulping down glasses of one of Mother Nature’s super foods on a daily basis. However, a new study published in the British Medical Journal details a unique case against drinking too much milk. The study was conducted by Swedish researchers who followed 61,000 men and women for eleven years. During this time researchers monitored a variety of diet and lifestyle factors, but came to some very shocking conclusions regarding milk consumption. They found that women who consumed three glasses or more of milk per day were 90% more likely to die earlier, had a 60% greater risk for hip fracture, and a 15% risk for having any type of fracture at all. The results also showed inverse relationships between milk consumption and health for men as well. And although the data from this study does raise some interesting questions, it’s far too early to make any assumptions about what, if anything, this means for future health concerns.
Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Increased Asthma Attacks
Although vitamin D is that isn’t actually a vitamin (it’s a steroid hormone), that doesn’t change the fact that it might be one of the body’s master regulators – responsible for facilitating hundreds of processes. And despite mountains of new vitamin D research that have been conducted over the last decade, it’s estimated that over 60% of Americans are still vitamin D deficient. Now, a new study found in the journal Allergy has identified vitamin D as a primary defense against asthma attacks. In the study researchers studied over 300,000 people to determine the effect that vitamin D had on asthma control. Even after adjusting for diet and lifestyle factors such as smoking, the data still showed a clear correlation between low vitamin D levels and asthma flare ups. Adequate blood levels of vitamin D are considered to be 30ng/ml or higher; and researchers found that participants in the study who fell between 0-9 ng/ml were 15% more likely to suffer regular flare ups, 12% between 10-20 ng/ml, and 9% for those above 30 ng/ml. The results indicate that people suffering from chronic asthma who currently have low or sub-optimal vitamin D levels, would in fact benefit from regular vitamin D supplementation.