How Fiber Helps to Prevent Disease

We have known for a long time that high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits and seeds are associated with lower risk for heart attacks, strokes, many cancers, obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia and other diseases. Recent studies on gut bacteria ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 14th, 2018
Calcium and Vitamin D Pills Do Not Prevent Fractures

A review of 33 studies shows that calcium and vitamin D pills do not prevent fractures, regardless of dose (JAMA, Dec 26, 2017;318(24):2466). Other reviews of 59 studies and 50 studies showed that neither calcium pills nor foods rich in calcium pre ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | January 7th, 2018
Latest on Eggs

Researchers from Denmark performed a detailed survey of studies published between 2005 and 2015 on the associations between egg consumption, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes (European Journal of Nutrition, published online September 27, ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | November 26th, 2017
Desire for Junk Food is in Your Genes

Because it's been programmed into our genes, people prefer calorie-dense foods (Am J Clin Nutr, 2016 Aug; 104(2): 446–453), such as: • pastries and desserts that are loaded with sugar, starch and fats, • fried foods full of ca ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 28th, 2017
Processed Meats and Cancer Risk

The World Cancer Research Fund International Continuous Update Project has released its recent findings from their review of about 400 studies. They found that the risk for colorectal cancer increases by 12 percent for every 100 grams per day of pr ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 7th, 2017
Fried vs Unfried Potatoes

A study of 4400 North American men and women, ages 45 to 79, followed for eight years, showed that those who ate fried potatoes two or more times a week were at increased risk for dying during the study period, compared to those who ate fried potat ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 28th, 2017
Obesity Epidemic Now Worldwide

The rate of obesity worldwide has doubled in 73 countries since 1980. Today 30 percent of North Americans and 10 percent of the world's population are obese, an estimated 604 million obese adults and 108 million obese children. A recent article ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 24th, 2017
High Dose Vitamins Associated with Increased Risk for Lung Cancer

Vitamins B6 and B12 have been promoted by the supplement industry for many years, touting benefits such as increased energy and higher metabolism. A new study suggests that these high-dose vitamin supplements are associated with increased risk for ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2017
How Soluble Fiber Promotes Good Gut Bacteria

New research from the University of California-Davis shows how soluble fiber promotes the growth of healthful bacteria in your colon and discourages the growth of harmful bacteria, to improve your immunity and reduce your chances of suffering heart ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 20th, 2017
New Studies on Artificial Sweeteners

Several recent papers raise new concerns about the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners. In one study, researchers showed that a sweeter-tasting, lower-calorie drink caused people to eat more food, to have higher blood sugar levels and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 20th, 2017
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