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Foods to Eat to Help Prevent Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, body fat, bowel movements, breast cancer, cancer, cholesterol, colon disease, colon health, diabetes, estrogen, fatty liver disease, fiber, gut flora, insulin, lipotropes, meat, obesity, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, saturated fat, testosterone, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Why is meat consumption a risk factor for diabetes? Why does there appear to be a stepwise reduction in diabetes rates as meat consumption drops? Instead of avoiding something in meat, it may be that people are getting something......

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Foods to Avoid to Help Prevent Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: advanced glycation endproducts, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, boiling, C-reactive protein, carcinogens, chicken, children, cholesterol, cooking methods, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, frying, glycotoxins, heavy metals, heme iron, IGF-1, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, infants, inflammation, insulin, leucine, meat, nitrosamines, obesity, obesogens, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, poultry, poultry viruses, poultry workers, pregnancy, processed meat, saturated fat, steaming, trans fat, turkey, zoonotic disease

We've known that being overweight and obese are important risk factors for type 2 diabetes, but, until recently, not much attention has been paid to the role of specific foods. I discuss this issue in my video, Why Is......

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Reversing Diabetic Blindness with Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, blindness, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, insulin, kidney disease, kidney failure, lasers, medication, protein, reversing chronic diseases, rice, sodium, steroids, surgery, vision, weight loss

Though many reported feeling better on Dr. Walter Kempner's rice and fruit diet, he refused to accept such anecdotal evidence as proof of success. He wanted objective measurements. The most famous were his "eyegrounds photographs," taken with a special......

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What Causes Diabetes?

Michael Greger MD | July 20, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, animal products, avocados, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, exercise, fat, fatty liver disease, insulin, LDL cholesterol, lipotoxicity, lung cancer, meat, monounsaturated fats, nuts, olives, pancreas health, prediabetes, saturated fat, smoking, tobacco

After about age 20, we may have all the insulin-producing beta cells we're ever going to get. So if we lose them, we may lose them for good. Autopsy studies show that by the time type 2 diabetes is......

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Solving a Colon Cancer Mystery

Michael Greger MD | June 29, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, animal fat, animal protein, cancer, cholesterol, colon cancer, colon disease, colon health, exercise, fiber, lung cancer, mortality, processed foods, rectal cancer, smoking, standard American diet, tobacco

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, after lung cancer. The rates of lung cancer around the world vary by a factor of 10. If there was nothing we could do to......

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Plant versus Animal Iron

Michael Greger MD | June 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: African Americans, anemia, animal products, beans, beef, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, chickpeas, cholesterol, cruciferous vegetables, diabetes, dried fruit, farm animals, fiber, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, heme iron, iron, legumes, lentils, lung cancer, magnesium, meat, metabolic syndrome, Mexican Americans, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, pork, rye, seeds, split peas, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they're no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because......

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How Much Nutrition Education Do Doctors Get?

Michael Greger MD | June 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, heart disease, heart health, lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, plant-based diets, reversing chronic disease, stroke, surgery

In the United States, most deaths are preventable and related to nutrition. Given that the number-one cause of death and the number-one cause of disability in this country is diet, surely nutrition is the number-one subject taught in medical......

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Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?

Michael Greger MD | May 30, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, antioxidants, bacon, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, constipation, corn, diabetes, Dr. Hugh Trowell, eggs, fiber, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, meat, medications, millet, mortality, oatmeal, obesity, plant-based diets, standard American diet, statins, stroke, sweet potatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

Fiber continues to be singled out as a nutrient of public health concern. We're getting only about half the minimum recommended intake on average. There is a fiber gap in America. Less than 3 percent meet the recommended minimum.......

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High Blood Pressure: Normal but Not Natural

Michael Greger MD | April 6, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, aging, bacon, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bologna, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, cola, cruciferous vegetables, Europe, fruit, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, hypertension, lifespan, longevity, meat, medications, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, processed meat, seeds, soda, standard American diet, vegetables

The most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death ever undertaken allows us to answer questions like, how many lives could we save if people cut back on soda? The answer is 299,521. Soft drinks aren't just bad......

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How to Prevent a Heart Attack

Michael Greger MD | March 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, heart diseases, heart health, inflammation, lifespan, mortality, saturated fat, standard American diet, trans fat

In my video Arterial Acne, I described atherosclerotic plaques as inflamed pockets of pus. Our coronary arteries start out healthy, but then the saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol in the standard American diet increases the cholesterol in our......

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How Much Fiber Should You Eat Every Day?

Michael Greger MD | March 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, apple, beans, berries, blood sugar, broccoli, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, fat, fiber, Froot Loops, grains, heart disease, heart health, meat, nuts, oats, obesity, pasta, stroke, vegetables

High dietary fiber intake may help prevent strokes. The belief that dietary fiber intake is protectively associated with certain diseases was postulated 40 years ago and then enormously fueled and kept alive by a great body of science since.......

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White Meat May Be as Cholesterol-Raising as Red

Michael Greger MD | February 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, beef, beverages, blood sugar, burgers, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, Coca-Cola, cola, dairy, eggs, fat, fish, flexitarians, hamburgers, heart health, industry influence, lard, LDL cholesterol, meat, Pepsi, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, soda, sugar, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, white meat

In light of recommendations for heart healthy eating from national professional organizations encouraging Americans to limit their intake of meat, the beef industry commissioned and co-wrote a review of randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of beef versus chicken......

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Benefits of Oatmeal for Fatty Liver Disease

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, asthma, blood sugar, bread, breakfast, breakfast cereal, cancer, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, cholesterol, cirrhosis, diabetes, exercise, fiber, fruit, grains, heart health, liver disease, liver health, mortality, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, oatmeal, obesity, rice, smoking, vegetables, weight loss

If oatmeal is so powerful that it can clear up some of the ravages of chemotherapy just applied to the skin (see my video Oatmeal Lotion for Chemotherapy-Induced Rash), what might it do if we actually ate it? Oats......

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Benefits of Nuts for Stroke Prevention

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, fat, fruit, heart disease, hypertension, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, PREDIMED, saturated fat, standard American diet, stroke, vegetables

In the PREDIMED study, from the Spanish "PREvencio ́n con DIeta MEDiterranea," a whopping 7,447 patients were randomized into three groups. These were folks at high risk for a heart attack, about half were obese, diabetic and most had......

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The Mediterranean Diet or a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet?

Michael Greger MD | January 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Heart Association, brain disease, bread, butter, cancer, canola, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, fish, fruit, Greece, heart disease, Lyon Diet Heart Study, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids, plant-based diets, PREDIMED, saturated fat, smoking, walnuts, wine

Recent studies have shown that higher Mediterranean diet adherence scores are associated with a significant reduction of the risk of death, heart disease, cancer, and brain disease. The problem with population studies like these is that people who eat......

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What's the Optimal Cholesterol Level?

Michael Greger MD | December 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, dietary guidelines, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, exercise, fruit, Harry Potter, heart disease, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, obesity, smoking, statins, vegan, vegetables

No matter where we live, how old we are or what we look like, health researchers from the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health have discovered that 90% of the chance of having a first heart attack "can be......

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Improving Employee Diets Could Save Companies Millions

Michael Greger MD | December 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, animal protein, beans, blood sugar, body fat, broccoli, calories, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fiber, fruit, grains, industry influence, insulin, Lifestyle medicine, meat, metabolism, obesity, plant, plant-based diets, prediabetes, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, Workplace intervention

The food, alcohol, and tobacco industries have been blamed for "manufacturing epidemics" of chronic disease, but they're just trying to sell more product like everyone else. And so if that means distorting science, creating front groups, compromising scientists, blocking......

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The Natural Human Diet

Michael Greger MD | November 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: Africa, bacon, blood pressure, brains, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cheese, chicken, China, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, evolution, fiber, fruit, greens, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, low-carb diets, meat, Mioscene, nutrition myths, nuts, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, pork, prehistoric diets, Pritikin, seeds, stroke, trans fats, Twinkies, vegetables

Our epidemics of dietary disease have prompted a great deal of research into what humans are meant to eat for optimal health. In 1985, an influential article highlighted in my video The Problem With the Paleo Diet Argument was......

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Medical Care: The Third Leading Cause of Death

Michael Greger MD | November 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: cancer, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, hand washing, heart disease, iatrogenic, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, medications, mortality, penis health, side effects, statins, surgery

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but a pound isn't that heavy. Why change our diet and lifestyle when we can just wait and let modern medicine fix us up? In my video The Actual......

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How Well Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Actually Work?

Michael Greger MD | November 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: bone fractures, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon cancer, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, Fosamax, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, Lipitor, medical education, medications, meditation, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stress

One of the reasons people may undervalue diet and lifestyle changes is an overconfidence in the ability of pills and procedures to prevent disease. For example, people tend to wildly overestimate the power of things like mammograms and colonoscopies......

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Flax Seeds Can Have Profound Effect on Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, antioxidants, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, hamburgers, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, lard, meat, medications, molasses, mortality, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, salt, saturated fat, side effects, statins, stroke, sugar, tomatoes

A recent article in the journal, Meat Science, acknowledged that a sector of the population perceives meat as a food that is detrimental to their health because of studies associating meat consumption with heart disease and cancer. So, the......

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Do You Meet the Simple Seven?

Michael Greger MD | October 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, beans, beverages, blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, soda, vegetables, World Health Organization

In public health school, you learn there are three levels of preventive medicine. Primary prevention would be like trying to prevent someone at risk for heart disease from getting his or her first heart attack. Secondary prevention is when......

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How to Design Saturated Fat Studies to Hide the Truth

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, Atkins diet, butter, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, fat, Harvard, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, Hegsted Equation, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, milk, National Beef Cattleman's Association, National Dairy Board, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians

Where do the international consensus guidelines to dramatically lower saturated fat consumption come from? (I show the list in my video, The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public). They came from literally hundreds of metabolic ward experiments, which......

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Paleo Diet May Undermine Benefit of CrossFit Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, apples, Atkins diet, beans, beef, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, doughnuts, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, insulin, junk food, LDL cholesterol, legumes, low-carb diets, meat, nutrition myths, nuts, oatmeal, paleolithic diets, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, protein, salmon, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss

Much of the low-carb and paleo reasoning revolves around insulin. To quote a paleo blogger, "carbohydrates increase insulin, the root of all evil when it comes to dieting and health." So the logic follows that because carbs increase insulin,......

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The Role of Caffeine in Artery Function

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, beverages, caffeine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, coffee, cream, exercise, grapes, heart disease, heart health, IGF-1, milk, phytonutrients, prostate cancer, red wine, soda, sweeteners, tea, water, wine

There are dietary guidelines for food, but what about for beverages? A Beverage Guidance Panel was "assembled to provide guidance on the relative health and nutritional benefits and risks of various beverage categories." They ranked them from one to......

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