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Successful Weight Management with Plants

Research suggests that dropping meat from your eating pattern may be useful when it comes to successfully managing your weight. In a 2003 comparison study of over 37,000 Britons of all ages,…



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on aortic aneurysm and dissection.
SOURCE: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, news release, Aug. 25, 2016


Press Release: New CPE Courses and Online School

Vallejo, CA — Food and Health Communications, Inc has just launched an online school at https://foodandhealth.com/courses. This new site will help educators stay current on nutrition research topics and gain culinary skills right…

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Benefits of Physical Activity

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic disease — such as heart trouble, diabetes, even cancer — and keep you feeling and looking younger as you age.


Nutrition 101: Calories

What is a Calorie? A calorie is a unit of measure that determines the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of one kilogram of water from 0 to 1 degree…

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Can a Lack of Gluten Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

Got gluten? You should. A new study suggests that going “gluten-free” may actually raise your risk for type 2 diabetes. The diet, meant for a small population of individuals who have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, became popular despite lack of evidence that it was healthful for most people.


Kidney disease

The Relationship Between Sodium and Chronic Kidney Disease People who are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease(CKD) must be on a restricted diet to help slow the rate of kidney deterioration. Sodium is among one of the…


Diabetes Breakfast Buffet of Ideas

The American Diabetes Association states that there is no one-size-fits-all meal pattern for each person with diabetes. When planning meals, take into account your individual food preferences as well as blood sugar…


An Expanded Model for Mindful Eating

Mindfulness involves being fully present from moment to moment, with full awareness of one’s own emotional state and physical condition, as well as one’s surroundings.1-4 Mindfulness practice has been increasingly incorporated into the treatment of chronic diseases.4 Promising results have been observed in the management of depression, stress, physical function, quality of life, and chronic pain.

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Do High Protein Diets Promote Diabetes?

Over the last several decades we have seen a marked increase in BMI and type 2 DM throughout much of Asia as traditionally minimally processed high carbohydrate (CHO) diets low in animal…

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Mediterranean Diet Update

One of my favorite podcasts is “Zorba Paster on Your Health.” “Dr. Zorba” is a family physician who gives sound medical advice with lots of laughter. I’m always impressed with his nutrition…


Sugar Vocabulary Guide

Sugars have been in the news a lot lately, but sometimes the terms we use for them can be confusing. Lucky for you, this post has the answers… Added sugars: These sugars are…


New Sugar Guidelines for Kids

A new statement from the American Heart Association advises all kids from age 2 to 18 to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day. Children under the age…

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Trying to Shed Pounds

The biggest losers — those who lose the most weight — tend to be the ones who win when it comes to keeping weight off, new research suggests.


Halt Prediabetes with 5 Diet Tips

If you are one of the 86 million Americans with prediabetes, your best chance to avoid developing type 2 diabetes is to boost your body’s insulin sensitivity. Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes…


Make Small Dietary Shifts

People need to shift to healthier food and drink choices. Today, let’s look at exactly what that means for the dietary components that can put your health at risk. Small Shifts in…

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Eating Well

More information

To learn more about the dietary guidelines, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Understanding Carbohydrate Counting

When your doctor tells you that you have diabetes, you might be aware that it has something to do with your blood glucose, but do you know how to manage it via…

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Kitchen Hacks: Bean Edition

We all know that beans are great. With a single cup of cooked beans boasting 64% of your daily value (DV) for folate, 60% DV fiber, 38% DV manganese, 30% DV protein,…

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Nutrition News: Redefining “Healthy”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced that it is beginning the official process of redefining what “healthy” can mean when used on a food label. The director of the…


Nutrition 101: Protein

What is Protein? Protein is a necessary macronutrient that the body uses to build lean muscle, synthesize hormones, grow hair and nails, and maintain organs. Proteins are made up of building blocks,…

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Aging Well: Spotlight on Added Sugars

How much added sugar do you consume? The typical American consumes enough added sugars to contribute to health problems, including fatty liver, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Added sugars…


Penn’s Potato Diet

Penn Jilllette, for those unfamiliar with the “Penn & Teller” magic act, is a long-time Las Vegas entertainer, TV personality, and the author of several books. His latest book discusses his rather…


High Blood Pressure in Children

Diabetes is not the only “adult” disease on the rise in children and adolescents. High blood pressure has become more common as well, largely because of increased obesity in the young, although often an underlying — and treatable — disorder is the cause.


Diabetes Lunch Ideas

Lunch is often a difficult meal because you only have a limited amount of time to eat and few food options. How often do you skip lunch because you’re too busy, grab…


3 Top Tips to Lower Sodium

Here are the stakes: “Americans consume too much sodium. High sodium consumption raises blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and…

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Getting Kids to Move More

Kids and teens need 60 minutes of exercise daily. Here are some ways to get them off the couch. Call it play: Words matter. Kids may not want to “exercise” every day,…


3 Ways to 15 Minutes Per Day

There’s big news from the EuroPRevent 2016 meeting in Istanbul! According to Dr. David Hupin, a physician in the Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology, University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in Saint-Etienne, France,…


Intensive Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Can Extend Survival: Study

Intensive management of type 2 diabetes can make a difference in how long and how well you live, even if you don’t start until middle age, researchers report.

People who were already at risk of type 2 diabetes complications were randomly selected to continue with their normal treatment or to be placed in an aggressive and multipronged treatment group.

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Get Active with a Bootcamp!

When I say bootcamp, I don’t mean that I’m cooking for upwards of 5 hours in one day. Instead, I’ve signed up for an bootcamp-style exercise program near me. And the verdict? I love…

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Picking Perfect Fruit: Peaches and Nectarines

Here’s a handy guide to selecting the perfect peaches and nectarines, along with a look at their health impact and nutrient profile… Nutrient Profiles: In terms of genes, peaches and nectarines are…

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Can Omega-3s Reduce Asthma Symptoms?

It is known that asthma and other allergic reactions are triggered by allergens that induce the overproduction of IgE. IgE, mast cells, basophils, and eosinophils are the essential components of allergic inflammation…

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10 Cheap and Healthful Foods

Studies show that people that eat out 3 or more times per week eat more fat, sodium and calories and fewer vitamins, minerals, and fiber than those that eat in. Stock your…

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Fruit and Vegetable Handout

Want to breathe new life into the advice to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day? Try this handout, which is loaded with fun and creative ways to eat more fruits and vegetables……

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A Fresh Start for Spring

Spring is in high gear and what better time is there to do a quick bit of “spring cleaning” when it comes to your health and habits? Changing old habits can be…


American Heart Association Blueprint for Healthy Eating

The American Heart Association (AHA) released nutrition recommendations based on research published in the journal Circulation in October 2016. The AHA Blueprint for Healthy Eating summarizes the scientific evidence on the healthiest…

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Cancer and Eating Pattern Factsheet

Diet and cancer: is there a link? Many of the studies we’ve found indicate that there is. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Research has shown that…

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Physical Activity

Just one hour of physical activity a day — something as simple as a brisk walk or a bicycle ride — may undo the increased risk of early death that comes with sitting eight hours or more on a daily basis, a new study suggests.



Fried, Grilled or Baked Foods? They May Affect Type 2 Diabetes Risk Researchers suggest steaming, poaching and stewing for better health By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News)…


Fiber and Healthy Aging

If you eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and legumes, then you may consume the recommended 22 grams of fiber per day for women age 51+ and 28 grams per day…

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Weight management

Having the so-called “obesity gene” doesn’t affect people’s ability to shed pounds through diet, exercise and weight-loss medications, a new study suggests.