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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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Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure

Michael Greger MD | October 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, blood pressure, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Walter Kempner, evolution, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, medications, mortality, pickled vegetables, plant-based diets, preservation, protein, rice, salt, sodium, stroke, vegans, vegetarians, vision

For the first 90% of our evolution, humans ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day. Why? Because we ate mostly plants. Since we went millions of years without salt shakers, our bodies evolved into......

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How to Design a Misleading Study to Show Diet Doesn't Work

Michael Greger MD | August 29, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, citrus, diverticulitis, Dr. James Linde, fiber, fish, fruit, greens, lemons, meat, mortality, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, scurvy, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

A study out of the University of North Carolina found no association between dietary fiber intake and diverticulosis. They compared those who ate the highest amount of fiber, 25 grams, to those who ate the smallest amount, which was......

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9 out of 10 That Die From it Never Knew They Even Had This Preventable Disease

Michael Greger MD | August 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: African Americans, aging, bladder health, colon disease, colon health, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Neil Painter, fiber, grains, intestinal health, meat, mortality, pain, plant-based diets, stool size, sugar, Uganda

Diverticula are out-pouchings of our intestine. Doctors like using a tire analogy: high pressures within the gut can force the intestines to balloon out through weak spots in the intestinal wall like an inner tube poking out through a......

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The 3 Vitamins that Prevent Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, animal protein, b12, bacon, beans, brain disease, brain health, breakfast, cognition, colon health, dementia, eggs, fiber, folate, Framingham Heart Study, greens, gut flora, Harvard, homocysteine, legumes, meat, memory, methionine, mortality, plant-based diets, steak, supplements, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12, vitamin B6

By our seventies, one in five of us will suffer from cognitive impairment. Within five years, half of those cognitively impaired will progress to dementia and death. The earlier we can slow or stop this process, the better. Although......

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Comparing Pollutant Levels Between Different Diets

Michael Greger MD | August 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, beef, Boston, breast milk, breastfeeding, California, CHAMACOS study, chicken, children, cognition, dioxins, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fat, feed additives, fish, flame-retardant chemicals, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, infants, meat, neurotoxins, PBDEs, persistent organic pollutants, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, pregnancy, puberty, safety limits, seafood, thyroid health, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

The results of the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study were published recently. This study of a California birth cohort investigated the relationship between exposure to flame retardant chemical pollutants in pregnancy......

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Optimal Bowel Movement Position

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, anorectal angle, appendicitis, bowel movements, colon disease, colon health, constipation, diverticulitis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Joel Kahn, fiber, gallstones, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, mortality, plant-based diets, squatty potty, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Compared to rural African populations eating traditional plant-based diets, white South Africans and black and white Americans have more than 50 times more heart disease, 10 times more colon cancer, more than 50 times more gallstones and appendicitis, and......

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Optimal Bowel Movement Frequency

Michael Greger MD | August 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, blood pressure, bowel movements, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon disease constipation, colon health, diarrhea, evolution, fiber, gastrocolic reflex, heart disease, heart health, plant-based diets, salt, standard American diet, stool size, stroke, United Kingdom, vegans, vegetarians

Lasting for 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was one of the greatest ancient civilizations--with a vastly underestimated knowledge of medicine. They even had medical subspecialties. The pharaohs, for example, had access to dedicated physicians to be "guardian[s] of the royal......

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Plant-Based Diets as the Nutritional Equivalent of Quitting Smoking

Michael Greger MD | August 1, 2017 | Health

Read More: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, Dr. Neal Barnard, exercise, fat, frying, heart disease, hypertension, lifestyle medicine, meat, medical education, mortality, plant-based diets, smoking, stroke, tobacco

Despite the most widely accepted and well-established chronic disease practice guidelines uniformly calling for lifestyle change as the first line of therapy, doctors often don't follow these recommendations. As seen in my video, The Best Kept Secret in Medicine,......

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Diet and Hiatal Hernia

Michael Greger MD | July 13, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, Barrett's esophagus, bowel movements, cancer, carcinogens, colon disease, colon health, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, esophageal cancer, fat, fiber, GERD, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, phytates, plant-based diets, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

In terms of preventing acid reflux heartburn, high-fat meals cause dramatically more acid exposure in the esophagus in the hours after a meal. I talked about this in Diet and GERD Acid Reflux Heartburn. High fiber intake decreases the......

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Treating Kidney Stones with Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 2017 | Health

Read More: alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, beans, beef, bread, calcium, cheese, complementary medicine, dairy, eggs, fish, fruit, grains, kidney disease, kidney health, kidney stones, LAKE score, Lifestyle medicine, meat, milk, oxalate, pasta, pH, plant protein, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, rice, salt, seafood, sodium, standard American diet, tuna, uric acid, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, water

Studies suggest that excessive consumption of animal protein poses a risk of kidney stone formation, likely due to the acid load contributed by the high content of sulfur-containing amino acids in animal protein, a topic I explore in my......

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Sushi Worm Parasite

Michael Greger MD | June 20, 2017 | Health

Read More: brain disease, brain health, eye health, fish, food poisoning, food-borne illness, mortality, oral health, pain, paralysis, parasites, plant-based diets, raw food, seafood, sushi, worms

There was a report recently of a woman in San Francisco suffering from gnathostomiasis. I had learned about the disease while I was in medical school, but never actually saw a case. Evidently, it's now on the rise. Clinically,......

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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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What Happened to the Rice Diet?

Michael Greger MD | May 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blindness, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, Lifestyle medicine, medications, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, reversing chronic disease, rice, sodium, statins, stroke

During his career at Duke, Dr. Walter Kempner treated more than 18,000 patients with his rice diet. The diet was originally designed as a treatment for kidney failure and out-of-control high blood pressure at a time when these diagnoses......

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The Best Diet to Prevent Kidney Stones

Michael Greger MD | May 2, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, burgers, calcium, chicken, cod, fiber, fish, fruit, hamburgers, kidney disease, kidney health, kidney stones, magnesium, meat, oxalate, plant-based diets, red meat, salmon, steak, tuna, United Kingdom, uric acid, vegans, vegetarians

In my video How to Prevent Kidney Stones With Diet you can see what the jagged surface of a kidney stone looks like under a microscope. Imagine one of those scraping down your urinary canal! Kidney stones affect approximately......

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What Animal Protein Does in Your Colon

Michael Greger MD | April 11, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, ammonia, animal protein, beans, beef, beverages, butyrate, cabbage, cancer, colon cancer, colon disease, colon health, cruciferous vegetables, dried fruit, fiber, food additives, fruit, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, lentils, meat, oatmeal, organic, pasta, peas, plant protein, plant-based diets, preservatives, processed foods, protein, rectal cancer, standard American diet, sulfites, sulfur, sulfur dioxide, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wine, women's health

There's a take-off of the industry slogan, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" - "Beef: It's What's Rotting in Your Colon." I saw this on a shirt once with some friends and I was such the party pooper--no pun intended--explaining......

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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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The Five Most Important Dietary Tweaks

Michael Greger MD | March 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, bacon, beverages, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children, chronic diseases, cola, deli meats, diabetes, exercise, fruit, heart disease, hot dogs, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, longevity, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, pork, processed meats, seeds, Slovenia, smoking, soda, standard American diet, stroke, tobacco, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Generally, adherence to healthy lifestyle patterns has decreased during the last 18 years. Obesity is up, exercise is down, and the number of people eating just five servings of fruits and veggies a day dropped like a rock. And......

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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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Four Ways to Improve on the Mediterranean Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bread, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, fruit, grains, grapes, greens, heart disease, hypertension, Mediterranean diet, nuts, obesity, olive oil, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, red wine, salt, saturated fat, seeds, sodium, stroke, vegetables, wine

The traditional Mediterranean diet can be considered mainly, but not exclusively, as a plant-based diet, and certainly not a whole foods, plant-based diet. Olive oil and wine can be considered essentially fruit juices. Even if one is eating a......

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What Do All the Blue Zones Have in Common?

Michael Greger MD | January 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fats, animal products, beans, beer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dairy, eggs, exercise, fish, french fries, fruit, grains, heart disease, junk food, lifespan, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, olive oil, plant protein, plant-based diets, potato chips, potatoes, PREDIMED, processed foods, seafood, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

What accounts for the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet? An anatomy of health effects was published, and the single most important component was the high consumption of plant foods. In contrast, fish and seafood consumption, the only animal foods......

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The Two Most Active Ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, almonds, Ancel Keys, animal fats, antioxidants, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cookies, dairy, DNA damage, eggs, fat, fish, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, hazelnuts, heart disease, heart health, lard, lifespan, longevity, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, olive oil, olives, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, PREDIMED, soda, stroke, vegetables, walnuts, wine, World Health Organization

Olives and nuts are plant foods, and as such, are packed with antioxidants, raising the antioxidant level of our bloodstream resulting in lower fat oxidation and free radical DNA damage, but what's happening inside people's arteries? Researchers measured the......

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