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Consuming grapes may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, an animal model reveals.
Elevated hair cortisol levels over time may correlate to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Changing exercise and diet at the same time yields a bigger boost than tackling them sequentially.
By adversely affecting blood vessels and breathing control, sleep deprivation associates with cardiovascular disease.
This stone fruit helps to improve blood glucose levels; as well, it may improve BMI among women.
Easily distressed individuals may be at higher risk of heart disease.
When consumed with starchy foods, strawberries, bilberries, lingonberries, and chokeberries significantly reduce the postprandial insulin response, among women.
The nation’s (US) annual food safety report card shows that 2012 rates of infections from the pathogens Campylobacter and Vibrio have increased significantly.
Consumption of mushrooms may promote healthy weight, boost immune function, and serve as a convenient way to achieve Vitamin D levels.
Long-term exposure to fine particles of traffic pollution may increase a person’s risk of heart disease.
National Sleep Foundation encourages routine exercise to achieve the best quality sleep.
Dysfunctional pathway may explain the relationship between brain deterioration, sleep disruption and memory loss as we age.
Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD.
Norway team reports on the costs of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea on long-term sick leave.
Fragmented or interrupted sleep may predict future placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility, among older women.
Difficulty falling or remaining asleep puts people at increased likelihood of developing high blood pressure.
Men and women with obstructive sleep apnea are at elevated risk for major depression.
Not getting enough sleep may lead to weight gain.
People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week.
Middle-aged and older women with sleep problems may be at greater risk for fibromyalgia.
Tip #164 - Calcium Combats Common Killers
University of Tsukuba (Japan) researchers followed 41,526 Japanese men and women (ages 40 to 59 at the study’s start) for a period of 13 years. The team found that those men and women who consumed the highest calcium from all dietary sources lowered their risk of stroke by 30%.
A team from the University of Navarra (Spain) studied a group of 2,290 elderly men and women at high cardiovascular risk, assessing dietary intakes and measuring blood pressure for a 12-month period. The researchers found that systolic and diastolic blood pressures of those with the highest average level of low-fat dairy intake (631 grams per day) were 4.2 and 1.8 mmHg lower than that of study subjects with the lowest average intakes (3.1 grams per day). The team posits that calcium, which is found in significant levels in low-fat dairy, may inhibit the constriction of vascular smooth muscle cell, while also improving the sodium-potassium balance.
The US nutritional guidelines recommend that adults ages 19-50 years consume 1,000 mg of calcium per day. Calcium-rich foods to enjoy include:
• Milk (1 cup), 296 mg
• Collard greens (boiled, 1 cup), 266 mg
• Spinach (boiled, 1 cup), 245 mg
• Almonds (1 ounce), 75 mg
• Orange (1 medium), 52 mg