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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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Why Is Milk Consumption Associated with More Bone Fractures?

Michael Greger MD | January 31, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, aging, animal studies, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, brain disease, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children, dairy, fermented foods, galactose, galactosemia, Harvard, heart disease, inflammation, lactose, longevity, men's health, milk, mortality, osteoporosis, oxidative stress, women's health, yogurt

Milk is touted to build strong bones, but a compilation of all the best studies found no association between milk consumption and hip fracture risk, so drinking milk as an adult might not help bones, but what about in......

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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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Reducing Glycotoxin Intake to Help Reduce Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | December 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: Advanced Glycation End-products, aging, Alzheimer's disease, Australia, beef, brain disease, brain health, chicken, cognition, dementia, fish, glycotoxins, histones, lifespan, longevity, mental health, nerve health, pork, sirtuins, vegans, vegetarians

Each of us has about six billion miles of DNA. How does our body keep it from getting all tangled up? There are special proteins called histones, which act like spools with DNA as the thread. Enzymes called sirtuins......

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Preserving Male Reproductive Health With Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, fruit, infertility, longevity, men's health, mortality, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, reproductive health, saturated fat, semen, sperm counts, supplements, vegetables, vitamin C, walnuts

In 1992 a controversial paper was published suggesting sperm counts have been dropping around the world over the last 50 years. However, this remains a matter of debate. It's notoriously difficult to determine sperm counts in the general population......

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Preventing Breast Cancer with Flax Seeds

Michael Greger MD | May 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood clots, brain health, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cognition, flax seeds, fruit, grains, interleukin-1, lignans, longevity, mental health, mortality, ovary health, phytoestrogens, plant-based diets, seeds, side effects, tamoxifen, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

I've previously discussed the role of dietary lignans in the reduction of breast cancer risk and improvement in breast cancer survival, based on studies that showed that women with breast cancer who ate the most lignans appeared to live......

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How to Protect Our Telomeres with Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fats, animal products, antioxidants, athletes, birth defects, bologna, butter, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, exercise, fiber, fish, fruit, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, inflammation, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, meditation, mortality, oxidative stress, palmitic acid, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, processed foods, processed meat, salami, saturated fat, stress, telomeres, vegetables, vitamins, weight loss

In my video, Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging?, I discussed how stress reduction through meditation might be able to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes that tend to deplete as we age. What about......

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How Many Minutes of Daily Meditation to Combat Stress?

Michael Greger MD | April 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, fat, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, longevity, meditation, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, stress, telomeres, vegetables

In the film The Holiday, Cameron Diaz exclaims "Severe stress ... causes the DNA in our cells to shrink until they can no longer replicate." Did Hollywood get the science right? The enzyme that builds and maintains the caps......

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Hummus for a Healthy Heart

Michael Greger MD | March 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, antioxidants, beans, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chickpeas, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, DNA damage, heart disease, heart health, legumes, lentils, liver disease, liver health, longevity, obesity, osteoporosis, phytates, phytonutrients, prediabetes, saturated fat, split peas, statins, weight loss

I've talked previously about the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects of various phytonutrients in beans, but beans have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. As one academic review suggested, plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the......

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The Long Life Diet

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 29, 2015 | Health

Read More: centernarians, longevity, Okinawa

The Surprising Facts About What Healthy People Eat to Reach Their 100th Birthday A long life, enjoyed in good health, is a dream that many seek to realize. Yet while life span has been slowly increasing in developed countries, freedom......

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How Much Longer Do Fruit and Vegetable Eaters Live?

Michael Greger MD | September 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: cost savings, fruit, lifespan, longevity, mortality, phytonutrients, side effects, Taiwan, vegetables

Probably the least controversial advice in all of nutrition is to eat more fruits and vegetables, which is to say to eat more plants since the term vegetable basically means all parts of the plant that aren't fruit. We've......

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Why Certain Plant Compounds May Mimic Dietary Restriction

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, caloric restriction, chronic diseases, curcumin, evolution, exercise, fruit, grapes, green tea, hormesis, inflammation, lifespan, liquid smoke, longevity, medications, oxidative stress, pain, phytonutrients, resveratrol, spices, stress, turmeric, vegetables, xenohormesis

A new concept, called xenohormesis, has arisen to explain the mystery of why so many plant molecules interact with and modulate key regulators of our physiology in ways that are beneficial to our health (explained further in my video,......

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Dietary Cholesterol Affects Blood Cholesterol Levels

Michael Greger MD | August 18, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, eggs, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, metabolic syndrome, mortality, nutrition myths, prediabetes, smoking, standard American diet

In my video, Eggs vs. Cigarettes in Atherosclerosis, I profiled a study showing that both smoking and eating eggs can harm our arteries. But even egg yolks alone were associated with artery-clogging plaque buildup nearly two thirds as bad......

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Do Walnuts Really Improve Artery Function?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, hazelnuts, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, mortality, nuts, olive oil, walnuts

Good news for nut lovers: Eating at least one serving of walnuts per week may drop our chances of a cardiovascular-related death by 50%. However, walnut consumption may only drop our cholesterol levels about 5%. How could we get......

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Living Longer by Reducing Leucine Intake

Michael Greger MD | June 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, aging, animal products, animal protein, apples, beans, cabbage, California, caloric restriction, chicken, China Study, cholesterol, dairy, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, eggs, enzymes, fish, fruit, grains, IGF-1, Japan, LDL cholesterol, leucine, lifespan, longevity, meat, mood, mortality, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, rapamycin, side effects, standard American diet, TOR, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Many studies have shown that calorie restriction, without malnutrition, can increase lifespan and lower the risk of age-related diseases, such as cancer. However, for many people, calorie restriction clearly has its drawbacks. In the classic Minnesota Starvation Study, many......

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Exploiting Autophagy to Live Longer

Michael Greger MD | June 11, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, autophagy, blood pressure, bone health, caloric restriction, calories, depression, Easter Island, elderly, enzymes, evolution, infertility, lifespan, longevity, mitochondria, mood, morbidity, mortality, muscle strength, oxidative stress, rapamycin, reproductive health, sexual health, TOR, wound healing

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, we are living longer lives, but we're doing it by lengthening the morbidity phase. In other words, we live longer, but sicker, lives (see my video: Americans Are Live Longer, but Sicker Lives).......

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Low Carb Diets Found to Feed Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | May 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal protein, Atkins diet, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, cholesterol, cocaine, Dr. Richard Fleming, fat, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-carb diets, mortality, paleolithic diets, plant protein, plant-based diets, prehistoric diets, protein, Twinkies, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

People going on low carb diets may not see a rise in their cholesterol levels. How is that possible? Because weight loss by any means can drop our cholesterol. We could go on an all-Twinkie diet and lower our......

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Nuts May Extend Your Lifespan By About 2 years

Michael Greger MD | May 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, aging, almonds, blood sugar, body fat, brazil nuts, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cashews, chestnuts, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, fat, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, lung disease, lung health, macadamia nuts, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, oxidative stress, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, prediabetes, PREDIMED, smoking, stroke, walnut, weight loss

We've known that increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually live longer lives? Clinical trials have shown nuts help......

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Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,......

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Stopping Heart Disease in Childhood

Michael Greger MD | July 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adolescence, aging, aneurism, animal fat, aortic aneurism, blood pressure, body fat, brain disease, brain health, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, fat, flexitarians, gangrene, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, infants, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-fat diets, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, saturated fat, smoking, stroke, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

A landmark paper in 1953 radically changed our view about the development of heart disease forever. The study looked at a series of 300 autopsies performed on U.S. battle casualties of the Korean War. The average age was 22......

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How Plant-Based Diets May Extend Our Lives

Michael Greger MD | July 10, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, animal products, animal protein, beans, caloric restriction, calories, cancer, cancer survival, DNA damage, flexitarians, legumes, lifespan, longevity, Mediterranean diet, methionine, mortality, oxidative stress, plant protein, plant-based diets, protein, protein powder, soy, soybeans, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A recent review suggested that plant-based diets may prove to be a useful nutritional strategy for lifespan extension in part because they tend to be naturally low in the amino acid methionine (see my video Starving Cancer with Methionine......

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Pistachios May Help Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 27, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, arginine, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, citruline, cyanopsia, depression, erectile dysfunction, exercise, eye health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, LDL cholesterol, longevity, medications, men's health, mortality, nitric oxide, nuts, oxidative stress, penis health, phytosterols, pistachios, plant-based diets, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, side effects, vegans, vegetarians, Viagra, watermelon, weight loss, women's health

                Erectile dysfunction is a major cause of decreased quality of life in men—so much so that one early theory suggested that this may explain the link between impotence and heart attacks. Depression......

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Two Kiwifruit an Hour Before Bedtime

Michael Greger MD | April 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, antioxidants, cognition, complementary medicine, folate, fruit, immune function, industry influence, insomnia, kiwi fruit, lifespan, longevity, medications, memory, mortality, oxidative stress, pneumonia, serotonin, sleep, sleeping pills, tomatoes, Valium, vegetables

                The number one question in sleep research is “Why do we sleep?” followed by the question,“How much sleep do we need?” After literally hundreds of studies, we still don’t know the best......

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Flax and Breast Cancer Survival

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: angiogenesis inhibitors, biopsy, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, c-erbB2, cancer, cell proliferation, chemotherapy, endostatin, flaxseeds, isoflavone phytoestrogen, lignans, longevity, metastases, microdialysis, mortality, phytonutrients, post-menopause, postmenopausal, prostate cancer, tamoxifen, tumors, women's health

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of flaxseeds in breast cancer patients found that flaxseeds appear to have the potential to reduce tumor growth in just a matter of weeks. Scientists believe this is due to a class of......

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