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Obesity Linked to 12 Types of Cancer in New Report

Obesity Linked To 12 Cancers

Obesity Linked To 12 CancersThere is really no downside to avoiding cancer. A new report highlights that obesity is linked to 12 cancers, meaning these 12 types of cancer could be reduced for populations through better nutrition and lifestyle. As the US moves toward Value Based Care and Population Health Management there is every reason to expand healthcare into preventing (the greatest Value arguably) any illness in a population. We have the knowledge. Now we need the incentives for a more holistic approach to healthcare.

The “Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective” report presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna included an updated version of the organization’s cancer prevention recommendations, which it dubbed its “blueprint to beat cancer.” It was accompanied by the Cancer Health Check tool, which offers personalized recommendations for how to prevent the disease.

The recommendations included: being a healthy weight; exercising; eating grains, veg, fruit and beans; avoiding high calorie foods; limiting the consumption of red and processed meat and sugar-sweetened drinks, as well as cutting out alcohol. The WCRF also warned against relying on dietary supplements and emphasized the benefits of breastfeeding babies.

Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened drinks was linked to cancer because it can cause weight gain and obesity, the experts said. But being physically active was found to directly protect against cancers of the bowel, womb and, post-menopause, breast, as well as cutting the wider risk of developing other cancers.Mirroring a 2015 World Health Organization warning that linked the consumption of processed and red meats to forms of cancer including bowel, the report recommended a diet featuring wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and pulses. Red meat should be limited to no more than three portions (350 to 500g cooked servings) a week to prevent bowel cancer, the WCRF said.

Alcohol, meanwhile, was “strongly” associated with cancer of the breast, liver, mouth, bowel, throat, esophagus, and stomach.And as more countries adopt Western lifestyles with sedentary living and obesity-causing foods, cancer rates are expected to spike 58% by 2035, causing 24 million global deaths per year, the researchers said. However, the onus to prevent cancer does not solely lie with individuals, they stressed, urging governments to prioritize cancer prevention policies.

For more information please see the original article: Obesity Linked to 12 Types of Cancer in New Report

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Put women’s nutrition on the workplace menu – Personnel Today

Workplace Menu Can Promote Women’s Health

Workplace Menu Can Promote Women's HealthMany workplace menus still focus on satisfying hunger. There is a real opportunity to promote health and well-being throughout the workforce with better menu choices. In fact, the workforce menu can promote women’s health in particular in so many ways.

Women can experience specific health-related vulnerabilities and, as such, are therefore at unique risk for various nutrition-related conditions that can affect the duration and quality of their working lives. Although women’s health is multi-faceted, requiring multidisciplinary input, nutrition has been shown to significantly influence the risk of chronic disease and can assist in maintaining good health.

Some conditions commonly, or exclusively, associated with women where nutrition can play a role in effective management include menopause, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, breast cancer, urinary tract infections, and eating disorders.

These conditions may often be overlooked, but can have a major impact on women at work. With a female employment rate now exceeding 70% in the UK (Clegg, 2018), and most adults spending more than half of their waking hours at work (Morgan et al., 2011), the workplace provides a valuable opportunity to meet women’s health needs during her working years.

For more information please see the original article: Put women’s nutrition on the workplace menu – Personnel Today

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New study shows health impacts of eating plant-based diet

Plant-based Diet Health Benefits

Plant-based Diet Health BenefitsAn upcoming nutrition conference plans to highlight the numerous plant-based diet health benefits. At HealthCare Too, we keep finding, posting, and commenting on such research. What we haven’t found is evidence that so much of our conventional modern Western diet promotes health. Occasionally there is something that bacon or milk or beef or something may not be that bad for you. That is scant praise.

Mounting evidence suggests a plant-based diet lowers heart disease risk

Eating more plant protein, less animal-derived protein associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease

In a study of nearly 6,000 people based in the Netherlands, those who ate more plant protein at the expense of animal-derived protein showed a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease during a median follow-up period of more than 13 years. Kim V.E. Braun, Erasmus University Medical Center, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 35) (abstract).

Eating more plant protein, less animal-derived protein associated with less plaque in the arteries

A study of 4,500 Brazilian adults finds that people who regularly consumed more plant-based protein were nearly 60 percent less likely than those consuming more animal-based protein to show evidence of plaque in the heart’s arteries based on coronary artery calcium scoring, a measure of plaque buildup commonly used to assess heart disease risk. Dirce Maria Marchioni, Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 89) (abstract).

Vegetarian diet associated with reduced risk factors for heart disease and diabetes

Among South Asians living in the US, people following a vegetarian diet were found to have a lower number of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, including a lower body mass index, smaller waist circumference and lower amounts of abdominal fat, lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar compared to people in the same demographic group who ate meat. Sameera A. Talegawkar, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 114) (abstract).

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Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says – The New York Times

Eliminating Trans Fats Worldwide

There are perfectly tasty and perhaps even healthy oils we can use to prepare and flavor food. However, we have continued to use trans fats. The World Health Organization has issued guidance for eliminating trans fats worldwide. The only thing we will likely notice is better health.

Eliminating Trans Fats Worldwide

The World Health Organization on Monday announced a sweeping plan that urges governments around the globe to eliminate the use of trans fats, the industrially produced edible oil that gave birth to margarine, Crisco and other artery-clogging products that have been linked to millions of premature deaths.

Artificial trans fats, better known to many American consumers as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, have contributed to a half million deaths a year, many of those in developing countries ill-equipped to address the health threats posed by a product cherished for its low price and long shelf life.

The campaign, more a set of guidelines than an edict, seeks to eradicate trans fats from global food supplies by 2023, potentially saving some 10 million lives, according to the W.H.O.

Source: Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says – The New York Times

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Not All Calories Are Equal: Some calories can promote fat gain and obesity more than others

Not All Calories Are Equal

Not All Calories Are EqualFor decades many of us have worked under the assumption that all calories are equal. Perhaps it was just wishful thinking that calories for a soda, burger and fries were the same as anything else. Research is showing that, in fact, not all calories are equal.

Healthy, balanced eating involves much more than counting calories.

In fact, counting calories has barely any relation to having a nutritious diet. And a new study claims that we should probably be more concerned about where our calories come from, rather than how many calories we consume.

Published in the Obesity Reviews, the research says that those calories found in sweetened drinks (read: fizzy pop) can be particularly bad for our health.

A team of 22 researchers from different US universities found that despite containing the same number of calories, a 340ml can of sugary soft drink is far less healthy than a medium-sized potato (surprise, surprise).

The former can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and other issues, while a potato is rich in a whole range of vitamins and minerals.

So far, so obvious.

The study reads: ‘Calories from any food have the potential to increase risk for obesity and cardiometabolic disease because all calories can directly contribute to positive energy balance and fat gain.

‘However, various dietary components or patterns may promote obesity and cardiometabolic disease by additional mechanisms that are not mediated solely by caloric content.’

To read the original article please see: Some calories can promote fat gain and obesity more than others | Metro News

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California Becomes The First State To Prescribe Food As Medicine

Prescribe Food As Medicine

Prescribe Food As MedicineThe ancient Greek physician Hippocrates left us many important thoughts on health, including Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. While physicians around the world still pledge the Hippocratic Oath, too few receive any training in nutrition. As a result, the healthcare system overlooks the vital nature of food as a component of healing. As part of any care plan, health systems should prescribe food as medicine. We have to eat. What / When / How / With whom we eat makes a difference in our health. If we prescribe food as medicine and think holistically, we can improve care while reducing costs and improving quality of life. If patient engagement is important to your organization, then remember Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Nutritious, plentiful food plays an outsized role in helping people recover from major illness or live with a chronic condition. In addition to cancer treatment, which requires patients to eat high-calorie meals, people with cardiovascular illnesses may benefit from low-sodium food, while those with type 2 diabetes can better manage their disease with meals that are low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.

Across the country, an estimated one in eight Americans ― 42 million in total ― are food insecure. Not only does this mean that they may be experiencing hunger, but that the kinds of food they do eat are not nutritious enough to sustain an active, healthy life. At the same time, rates of chronic disease caused by poor nutrition are rising, and the more food insecure you are, the more likely you are to have chronic diseases like hypertension, coronary heart disease, hepatitis, stroke, cancer, asthma, diabetes and arthritis.

Despite its importance, food during an illness can often be an afterthought. Crucially, it is not covered by any medical insurance plan. Instead, people like Latney have to rely on nonprofits or charity to help them fill the nutrition gap, and not all cities have organizations that can help.

To read the entire article see: California Becomes The First State To Prescribe Food As Medicine | HuffPost

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Lifestyle Medicine Promotes Cost Savings: An Actuary’s Pilot Project

Lifestyle Medicine Promotes Cost Savings

lifestyle medicine promotes cost savingsSo simple yet so hard to change. We know lifestyle medicine promotes cost savings. There is decades of research already available and more coming every day. This article from noted holistic health advocate, John Weeks, looks at a simple experiment that produced remarkable results. Using the well-known book / movie “Forks Over Knives” an actuary ran his own experiment.

“I didn’t know anything about this information, before the movie, about how this was possible,” he recollected. He began to concoct the idea for his experiment. What would happen if a set of Central States’ insureds who use their Medicare supplement were merely given the opportunity to access this news information, as he had been. Might this impact health across the population.  He received internal approvals and carried out the little study on 500 Medicare supplement policy-holders.

The intervention was simple. Each was sent a copy of the “Forks over Knives” film. It arrived with a letter that shared with them that, by following the concepts in the film, they could reverse the pattern of their chronic diseases: “We kind of tried to present it like a drug intervention. We said here is something that could help you reverse your disease.” The letter also included a number to call to request a copy of the book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by one of the featured doctors in the film.

Of the 500, 17% requested a copy of the book. Ten months after the intervention, Beckman compared claims for medical services versus the 10 months prior to the mailing for two groups: those who responded to the book offer, and those who didn’t. Those who responded saw a 20% reduction in claims compared to a 5% reduction in claims for those only receiving the film. This compares to a 6% increase for those not receiving any materials.

A follow-up survey supported these numbers with 90% of the book recipients saying that they “did something” to positively change their habits in response and 80% reporting some health improvement.

How about the cost side? “The R.O.I. was through the roof,” said Beckman. The book plus video cost $17. The total cost was perhaps $6190-$8000 for all mailed including some handling costs. At this cost, reducing a couple nights of hospital stay would alone take the pilot to break-even.

Source: Remarkable lifestyle medicine cost savings from an actuary’s pilot project

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Fast Food Hurts Pregnancy Chances, Increases Infertility, Study Says

Fast Food Hurts Pregnancy Chances

Fast Food Hurts Pregnancy ChancesWhile fast food is convenient, we increasingly understand it is not always that nutritious. In fact, a new study has found fast food hurts pregnancy chances. It is incredibly difficult to maintain a healthy, holistic lifestyle in these modern times. That is is more challenging when we do not have sufficient information to make good decisions or access to proper nutrition once we make healthy decisions. These are the opportunities for transformation in healthcare.

Women who eat less fruit and more fast food are less likely to conceive within a year and more likely to experience infertility, according to new study.

For the study, published Friday in the peer-reviewed medical journal Human Reproduction, researchers analyzed diets of 5,598 women in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland.

The team, led by professor Claire Roberts from University Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute in Australia, found women who eat fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to become pregnant. Fast food was defined as items bought from fast food restaurants, and did not include fast food items bought from supermarkets, such as pizza. So, overall fast food consumption might have been underreported, researchers said.

Women who ate fruit three or more times a day increased chances of becoming pregnant quickly. Women who ate fruit less than one to three times a month took half a month longer to conceive, the study found.

For the entire article please see: Fast food hurts pregnancy chances, increases infertility, study says

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Eating the right kind of dark chocolate will improve your life

Dark Chocolate Improves Life

dark chocolate improves lifeIn the Perry household there is a 3 to 1 majority for dark chocolate… Mom is the holdout for milk chocolate. There are times when Science becomes our best friend. Recent research into how dark chocolate improves life is one of those times. For perhaps one of few times, Mom’s taste buds did not steer her the right way!

Scientists are finally confirming what dark chocolate lovers already knew — the sweet treats reduce stress and improve mood.

What the dessert food’s devotees might not have predicted, however, is that dark chocolate also shrinks inflammation while strengthening memory and the immune system, according to a new study from Loma Linda University.

These select types of dark chocolate are only truly beneficial if they’re rich in cacao — made with at least 70% — and made with organic cane sugar, according to the research presented Tuesday at the Experimental Biology 2018 summit in San Diego.

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content — the more sugar, the happier we are,” lead author, psychoneuroimmunology and food science researcher Lee S. Berk said in a release. “These studies show us that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects.”

For the entire article see: Eating the right kind of dark chocolate will improve your life – NY Daily News

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Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad — Linked to Diabetes, Obesity

Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad

Artificial Sweeteners Are BadA recent study has linked artificial sweeteners to diabetes and obesity… they conditions these sweeteners are supposed to eliminate. The Perry household has had its own experience with artificial sweeteners… none of it good. Not even the taste. We have found that a smidge of honey, a pinch of brown sugar, or unsweetened apple sauce are great substitutes for the… ummm… substitutes. Not only do artificial sweeteners fail to keep us slim, they actually contribute to diabetes and obesity. It’s simple… artificial sweeteners are bad.

A new study presented Sunday at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting examined the biochemical effects of artificial sweeteners in rats and cell cultures. Researchers fed one group of rats a diet high in glucose or fructose, different types of sugars, and another group a diet with aspartame or acesulfame potassium, common zero-calorie artificial sweeteners. After three weeks, researchers observed “significant differences in the concentrations of biochemicals, fats and amino acids in blood samples,” according to a press release.

The study also examined how artificial sweeteners affected vascular health by looking at how they impacted the lining of the blood vessels.”

As diabetes and obesity become a rising worldwide health concern there has been an increased awareness of environmental factors, such as diet, that are contributing to the problem,” the study says. “However, it was not until recently that the negative impact of consuming non-caloric artificial sweeteners in the place of sugar had been increasingly recognized as a potential contributor to the dramatic increase in diabetes and obesity, along with the associated complications.”The results of the study suggest artificial sweeteners alter how bodies process fat and obtain energy. Additionally, researchers discovered acesulfame potassium appeared to accumulate in the blood, with increased amounts having more harmful effects on cells that line blood vessels

For the full article read: Study: Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes, Obesity | Health Care News | US News

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