Healthy diets have long lasting positive effects

Healthy diets have long-lasting positive effects even with partial weight regain – Mediterranean and low-carbohydrate diets have lasting, healthy effects, even with partial weight regain. The study is published in a peer-reviewed letter in the current New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) as an update to the landmark study, the workplace-based Dietary Intervention Randomized Controlled Trial (DIRECT), a tightly controlled 24-month dietary intervention.

Healthy diet reduces birth defects risks

Overall quality of pregnant woman?s diet affects risk for two birth defects, Stanford study shows – Healthier dietary choices by pregnant women are associated with reduced risks of birth defects, including neural tube defects and orofacial clefts. Folic acid supplementation and food fortification has been effective in preventing neural tube defects, but folic acid does not prevent all birth defects.

Burger diet boosts asthma and wheeze in children

Burger diet boosts kids’ asthma and wheeze risk — Effect of diet on asthma and allergic sensitisation in the International Study on Allergies and Asthma in Childhood – Eating three or more burgers a week may boost a child’s risk of asthma and wheeze – at least in developed nations – reveals a large international study, published in Thorax today.

Weight loss diets reduce atherosclerosis

Weight loss diets significantly reverse arterial clogging — Ben-Gurion University study — 2-year study reveals that carotid artery atherosclerosis reduction is due to weight loss-induced decline in blood pressure from either low-carbohydrate, low-fat or Mediterranean diets – A two-year study led by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) found that healthy, long-term weight loss diets can significantly reverse carotid (main brain artery) atherosclerosis, a direct risk factor for strokes and heart attacks.

Soluble fiber boosts immune system and immunity

An apple a day? Study shows soluble fiber boosts immune system – Soluble fiber – found in oats, apples, and nuts, for starters reduces the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system, revealed by researchers.

Mediterranean diet and exercise lower Alzheimer’s disease risk

Exercise and Mediterranean-type diet combined associated with lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease — Findings of observational study warrant further research in controlled clinical trial to clarify the role of these and other possible factors contributing to AD risk – Both being more physically active and adhering to a Mediterranean-type diet appears to be associated with reduced Alzheimer’s risk, according to a new report in the August 12, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Mediterranean diet linked to longer life and health

Longer life linked to specific foods in Mediterranean diet — Anatomy of the health effects of the Mediterranean diet, the Greek EPIC prospective cohort study, BMJ online. – Some food groups in the Mediterranean diet are more important than others in promoting health and longer life, according to this prospective cohort study from the Greek segment of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition (EPIC).

Mediterranean diet improves cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease

Higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) may protect from Alzheimer disease (AD). Its association with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has been explored and proved in this study. – Eating a Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with less risk of mild cognitive impairment-a stage between normal aging and dementia-or of transitioning from mild cognitive impairment into Alzheimer’s disease.

Mediterranean diet reduces type 2 diabetes risk

A recent study shows that high adherence to a diet (mediterranean diet) rich in olive oil, fruit and vegetables, and little meat was associated with an 83% relative risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes. – People who follows mediterranean diet, are having less risk to suffering from type 2 disease, revealed by researchers. The Mediterreanean diet is rich in olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish, but low in meat, dairy products and alcohol. The study published on bmj.com.