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Diet Has Big Impact on Healthy Aging

Healthy eating is an essential step towards living a long and active life. Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, a physician and nutritionist at the Morrison Center in New York City, spoke to CBSN about the importance of a balanced diet as you age.

 

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Healthy Aging

Diet Has Big Impact on Healthy Aging?

Healthy eating is an essential step towards living a long and active life. Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, a physician and nutritionist at the Morrison Center in New York City, spoke to CBSN about the importance of a balanced diet as you age.

 

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Eat right, reduce your risk of diabetes

diabetesThe data are in: Eat right, reduce your risk of diabetes

Here’s a new medical study with a conclusion that might just change your life: eat healthy.

Sure, you’ve heard it before, but this time the benefit is the prevention of diabetes. That’s a big deal, especially if, like so many other people, you are at risk for the disease. More on that in a moment.

First, let’s review the study. Researchers publishing in PLoS Medicine describe a study of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who participated in health surveys over a 20-year period. They found that:

People who chose diets that were predominately of plant-based foods developed type 2 diabetes 20% less often than the rest of the study subjects.
For those with the very healthiest plant-based diets (including fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains), the reduction in type 2 diabetes was 34%.
On the other hand, those who made less healthy choices (such as sugar-sweetened beverages and refined grains) developed type 2 diabetes 16% more often than the rest. Read More

 

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Diet

3 S’s to Limit in Your Diet

The nutrition facts label offers a quick overview of a product’s serving size, calories and nutrients to help you make smarter choices when buying packaged foods. Boosting nutrients such as calcium, dietary fiber and iron can improve nutrition. On the other hand, decreasing the amounts of other nutrients also can positively impact on your health.

 

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Detoxification

Detox
“Detoxes” & “Cleanses”

A variety of “detoxification” (“detox”) diets and regimens—also called “cleanses” or “flushes”—have been suggested as a means of removing toxins from your body or losing weight. Detoxification may be promoted in many settings and may also be used in naturopathic treatment.

Detox programs may involve a variety of approaches, such as:

  • Fasting
  • Consuming only juices or other liquids for several days
  • Eating a very restricted selection of foods
  • Using various dietary supplements or other commercial products
  • Cleansing the colon (lower intestinal tract) with enemas, laxatives, or colon hydrotherapy (also called “colonic irrigation” or “colonics”)
  • Combining some of these or other approaches.

Bottom Line

There isn’t any convincing evidence that detox or cleansing programs actually remove toxins from your body or improve your health. Weight loss on a detox diet may be because these diets are often very low in calories.  

If you want to protect yourself from environmental hazards or control your weight, visit the resources under General Information below. There is evidence-based information that can help you reach your goals. Read More

 

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