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WHOLEGRAINS AND RISK OF DIABETES A new study published in the British Medical Journal has found that a higher intake of wholegrains is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.   Researchers combined the findings from three large prospective cohort studies – the Nurses’ Health Study, The Nurses’ Health Study 2 and the …

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FIBRE AND BODY WEIGHT  The role of dietary fibre in weight management has been investigated for many decades and is still debated. A recently published systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials sheds more light on the subject by specifically investigating the effect of viscous dietary fibres on body weight, waist circumference, body mass …

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LIFESTYLE MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE  It’s estimated that there are currently 50 million people living with dementia globally. Major risk factors for dementia include age, genetics and family history. For example, people who have a gene called APOE4 are at much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease – the most common …

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IS ONE WEIGHT LOSS DIET MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHERS?  If you’re trying to lose weight, there’s no shortage of ‘diets’ and weight loss programs promising impressive results. But is there really one type of diet that is more effective than others? A new study published in the April edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) …

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WHAT ROLE DOES DIET HAVE IN THE PREVENTION OF DIABETES AMONG WOMEN WITH PRIOR GESTATIONAL DIABETES?  According to the International Diabetes Federation, 1 in 6 births in 2019 were affected by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that first occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after a woman gives birth. However, …

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CHOCOLATE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE  With Easter approaching, you might be wondering about the impact of enjoying chocolate on your health. Many studies have been published looking at the health effects of chocolate, but the findings have been inconsistent. With the aim of better understanding the association between chocolate intake and chronic disease risk, a group …

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COW’S MILK AS A POST-EXERCISE RECOVERY DRINK: IMPLICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE AND HEALTH  Managing recovery after exercise depends on the nature of the exercise, the time between exercise sessions and your goals. From a nutritional perspective, your main considerations are: Optimising your muscle protein turnover  Glycogen resynthesis • Rehydration  Managing your muscle soreness  Managing energy balance.  …

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GO LOW GI – THE DIABETES BENEFITS KEEP STACKING UP  Almost 40 years ago, David Jenkins and colleagues published the first paper to propose that the glycemic index of foods might be an important measure of nutrition quality. “It was introduced back in 1981 to rate the glycemic character of the carbohydrate in individual foods …

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A RED MEAT ISSUE FLAMES UP  Five – yes, five – papers in the Annals of Internal Medicine published in October 2019 whipped up a flaming hot controversy about nutrition guidance broadly and red meat specifically reports ConscienHealth’s Ted Kyle. The bottom line from all these papers? Maybe we need to admit that the evidence …

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3 FIXES FOR A MEDIA DIET OF QUESTIONABLE SCIENCE Will leafy green vegetables prevent dementia? Or does living near heavy traffic cause it? ConscienHealth’s Ted Kyle summarises John Ioannidis’ JAMA opinion piece describing our woeful current media diet of questionable science and minor issues, while serious and substantial health concerns get little attention. 1. FOCUS …