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  • Conquering Diabetes With Carbohydrates

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | August 8, 2017

    vegan-mealCarbohydrates do not cause type 2 diabetes. In fact, a new study found just the opposite: a diet rich in carbohydrates can actually fight diabetes. A wide range of other studies looking at plant-based diets and diabetes have consistently shown similar results.

    But you would not know that if you read articles such as this on in the New York Times. The paper published an opinion piece urging Americans to ditch not only sugars, but wheat, rice, corn, potatoes – even fruit – to fight diabetes and obesity. The article also recommended replacing these foods with meat, eggs and butter. Read more

  • SOS for PCOS: Supplements

    by Paula Gallagher | August 7, 2017

    pcos-womanPolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women. Symptoms include high testosterone levels, which can lead to menstrual problems and infertility, along with high insulin levels, which can contribute to obesity. In this part of SOS for PCOS, we take a look at supplements.

    Keep in mind that it can take at least 6-12 months of consistent lifestyle and diet changes, along with natural therapies, to bring about real change in the body when living with PCOS. In addition to a good diet, supplements have shown to be effective in helping those with PCOS. Read more

  • Does Your Doctor Discuss Nutrition With You?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | August 1, 2017

    vegetablesDid you know that 80% of heart attacks could be prevented if we overhauled our diet and lifestyle?

    Studies show that people who follow a plant-based diet centered around fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and the lowest rates of heart disease. One study showed that 81% of patients with heart disease who switched to a plant-based diet experienced fewer symptoms and complications, while nearly a quarter reversed the disease entirely. Read more

  • Eat Your Brussels Sprouts! They Could Prevent Cancer

    by Paula Gallagher | July 25, 2017

    Brussels-sproutsIndole 3 carbinol (I3C), a substance found in some vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.), and its metabolite di-indolylmethane (DIM) exhibit protective powers against some types of cancer, including breast cancer. These substances help support healthy estrogen metabolism by the liver, thereby potentially decreasing the risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers.

    Factors such as lifestyle, exposure to viruses, stress, air pollution, and diet all play important roles in the overall risk of getting cancer. Various studies have shown, though, that a high intake of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts has been associated with lower risk of several types of cancer. Why? Read more

  • SOS for PCOS: Diet

    by Paula Gallagher | July 18, 2017

    vegetables-for-PCOSMany women experience problems with their periods. But for many women, the problems can be caused by an increasingly common condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last week we looked at possible causes and symptoms of PCOS.

    PCOS is characterized by poor insulin function, with elevated insulin secretion reinforcing the cycle of hormone imbalance and anovulation (prolonged menstrual periods). Women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of insulin resistance and prediabetes, but even thin women with PCOS have been shown to suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, where initial insulin oversecretion leads to rebound low blood sugar levels. Read more

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