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Low-Carb Benefits Go Beyond Weight Loss

In All Health Watch, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Heart and Cardiovascular, Weight Loss by Garry Messick0 Comments

Low-carb diets are popular because they are more effective for weight loss than traditional low-calorie, low-fat diets. And people often find they are easier to stay on. 

But new research shows cutting carbs has other important benefits.

The study comes from Ohio State University. It looked at  obese people with metabolic syndrome.[1]

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of conditions that, taken together, increase risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

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Pain Drugs Tied to Suicidal Behavior?

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Nerve pain plagues nearly 30 million Americans.[1]

It can have many causes, including diabetes, injury, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid problems. 

But in all cases, it can be excruciating. And it can make normal activities impossible.[2]

So people turn to pain-killing drugs for relief.

Until a few years ago, the first-line mainstream treatment was opioid medications. But since the opioid addiction epidemic, doctors are prescribing them less often.

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One Fruit Juice Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Heart and Cardiovascular by Garry Messick0 Comments

The average American senior takes more than five prescription drugs.

Among the most common are blood pressure and cholesterol medications.[1]

But new research shows that one type of fruit juice may be as effective as these drugs…without the dangerous side effects that come with hypertension meds and statins.[2]

The study was published in the journal Food Science & Nutrition.

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Seniors Flock to Cannabis

In All Health Watch, Anti-Aging, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Marijuana has traditionally been associated with young people. For some generations, teenage pot smoking is a rite of passage.

Times have changed.

These days, cannabis use among seniors is growing faster than among any other age group. One survey found a ten-fold increase in number of people over 65 who use marijuana products. Nearly 4% of older Americans say they have used cannabis in the past year.

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Statins Double Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Diabetes, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

We knew it was bad. 

But we didn’t know it was this bad…

In April we told you about a study that showed statin drugs raise the risk of type 2 diabetes.

But now new research shows the danger of these cholesterol-lowering medications may be far greater than we thought.

The study was published in the journal Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews.

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57% of Older Adults Are Low in One Crucial Vitamin, New Study Finds

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

We generally think of malnutrition as something that happens somewhere else…mostly in impoverished Third World countries.

Most of us living in developed nations have access to all the food we want (maybe too much of it).

On top of that, much what we eat is fortified with vitamins and minerals. And many of us take a multivitamin or other supplements to make sure our bodies get all the nutrition we need.

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