Type 2 and the 'Good Fats'
Eating nutritionally balanced meals is important for people with type
2 diabetes. Consuming the right amount of "good fats" is a part of
eating the right portions from each food group.
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Centers recommend eating 1 oz. of
walnuts every day to get healthy fats.
Walnuts contributed even more when fish rich in omega-3s, like tuna
and salmon, were on the menu.
Extra Pounds and the Heart
Doctors have known for a long time that carrying around extra pounds
increases the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood
pressure, which can lead to heart disease. New studies, however, show
that even without these conditions, extra weight puts the heart in
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
found that people who were significantly overweight at ages 31 to 64 had
a higher risk of hospitalization and death from heart disease later in
It was true for heavy people even if they did not have high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, and if they did not smoke
during middle age.
New Osteoporosis Treatment
Two types of medication are used to treat osteoporosis.
Biophosphates (Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva) stop or slow
reabsorption of bone.
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) injections help to build new bone. It is
usually used only in severe cases, but the increase in bone mineral
density was lost after treatment was discontinued.
New studies at the University of California, San Francisco, show that
a one-year treatment with PTH, followed by biophosphates immediately
afterward maintained or increased bone density.
Doctors at the National Osteoporosis Foundation say the drugs
complement each other when used sequentially.
Cervical Cancer Recurrence
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women.
Treatment of precancerous cells in the cervix has an excellent
outcome for the short term. But one study reported in the British
Medical Journal shows the risk of recurrence in the following 10 to 20
years was higher than expected. In the 7,500 Finnish women participating
in the study, doctors identified 448 new cases of cancer, 96 more than
expected. Risk also increased for other types of cancer.
Colorful Foods Help Keep Cancer Away
Cancer and heart disease may seem to be very different, but the same
healthy lifestyle is recommended for preventing both diseases.
That means maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and eating
healthful foods. Certain foods, however, are powerful cancer fighters
and stimulants of the immune system. When you think about cancer
prevention, keep colors in mind.
Doctors at The Cancer Project in Washington, D.C., say color dictates
what cancer-fighting compounds a food contains.
Red: Tomatoes, tomato products, watermelons, and pink
grapefruits contain lycopene, which decreases the risk of prostate
Orange: Carrots, yams, and mangoes are rich in beta-carotene,
which aids the immune system.
Yellow-orange: Citrus fruits contain vitamin C and flavonoids,
which inhibit tumor cell growth.
Green-white: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and
cauliflower contain indoles and lutein, which rid the body of excess
estrogen and carcinogens.
White-green: garlic, onions, chives, and asparagus contain
allyl sulfides, which help to destroy cancer cells, reduce cell
division, and boost the immune system.
Blue: Blueberries, purple grapes, and plums contain
anthocyanins, which eliminate free radicals.
Brown: Whole grains and legumes are rich in fiber, which rid
the body of carcinogens.
When you put a rainbow of colors on your plate, you take a step
forward in cancer prevention.