New Data on Meat

Researchers followed 536,000 men and women, ages 50 to 71, for an average 16 years and found that those who ate the most meat from mammals and processed meat had a 26 percent greater risk of dying within the study period than those who ate the leas ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 27th, 2017
How Excess Salt Affects You

Two excellent recent studies from Germany and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee tell us that us excess salt: • causes hunger, rather than thirst • breaks down muscle and fat • may be a primary dietary factor in the high rates of ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 14th, 2017
More Good News About Nuts and Peanuts

Several recent articles show that eating tree nuts or peanuts with a high-fat or high-sugar meal prevents the expected high rise in blood factors that increase risk for the inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart attacks or strokes. • T ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 14th, 2017
Energy Drinks

Energy drinks can raise blood pressure and may cause irregular heartbeats, according to a new study conducted at Travis Air Force Base in California (Journal of the American Heart Association, April 26, 2017;6(5)). This extremely well-planned, perf ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 7th, 2017
Artificial Sweeteners, Dementia and Strokes

People who take one diet soda a day are nearly three times more likely than non-diet soda drinkers to suffer a stroke or to become demented, according to a study published in Stroke (April 20, 2017). Both sugar drinkers and artificial-sweetener dri ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 30th, 2017
Vitamin D: Latest Recommendations

Less than six percent of North Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiency, but nearly 20 percent take vitamin D pills. It is true that it is difficult to get adequate levels of vitamin D from sunshine during the winter months, but vitamin D is not ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 23rd, 2017
No Amount of Overweight is Healthful

This week, researchers at Boston University and Harvard reviewed three studies following more than 225,000 adults over age 50, for eight to twenty years, and showed that being even slightly overweight can increase your risk of dying by 6 percent, a ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 9th, 2017
Cheese and Yogurt are OK, but Milk is Associated with a Higher Death Rate

A Swedish study of more than 106,000 men and women shows that both drinking milk and restricting fruits and vegetables are associated with increased risk for premature death (Am J Epidemiol, Feb 2017;185(5):345-361): • Women who drank three o ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | April 2nd, 2017
Heart-Healthy Diet: New Studies

Several recent articles provide new data on which foods are associated with both your health and your longevity. The current issue of JAMA (2017;317(9):912-924).contains a major statistical analysis of the association between diet quality and rat ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 18th, 2017
Best Breakfast

For many years I have recommended oatmeal as the ideal breakfast food. It is filling, does not cause a high rise in blood sugar and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. You can enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your oatmeal by adding ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | March 12th, 2017
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