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Poor Sleep Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Poor Sleep Promotes Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study done at the University of California at Berkeley provides more evidence that as previously suspected, poor sleep is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid has long been thought to be causative of the death of brain cells leading to Alzheimer’s disease. When a person lacks deep restorative sleep the build up of this toxic protein is promoted.

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Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Slows Cognitive Decline

Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Slows Cognitive Decline

Eating spinach, kale, and other leafy green vegetables may help slow cognitive decline, according new research from Rush University Medical Center which will be presented at the 2015 American annual meeting of the Society for Nutrition.
The researchers analyzed the diets and also the cognitive abilities of 954 older adults (average age 81) for five years, and observed a slowing of measurable cognitive decline among those who consumed greater amounts of green leafy vegetables.

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Zinc Deficiency Promotes Inflammation- Chronic Disease

Zinc Deficiency Promotes Inflammation- Chronic Disease

Just published research from Oregon State University shows that zinc, an important mineral in human health, affects how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation.

This study reveals a pathway by which zinc deficiency could play a role in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes that involve inflammation.

Such diseases most often show up in older adults, who are more at risk for zinc deficiency. In the study the researchers showed that zinc deficiency caused improper immune cell activation and dysregulation of  IL-6,  a protein that affects the inflammatory response in the cell.

“When you take away zinc, the cells that control inflammation appear to activate and respond differently; this causes the cells to promote more inflammation,” said Professor Emily Ho, lead author of the study from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences,

Zinc is  required for many biological processes in the body , including growth and development, and immunity. It is naturally found in protein-rich foods such as meat and shellfish, with oysters particularly known for their high content.

In the U.S.  of those 65 years of age and older, approximately 40 percent do not consume enough zinc according to Dr Ho, and older adults may  also not absorb or utilize zinc well, making them even more susceptible to the effects of zinc deficiency.

“It’s a double-whammy for older individuals,” said Dr Ho. “We think zinc deficiency is probably a bigger problem than most people realize,” she said. Preventing that deficiency is important.”

Older people, more susceptible to chronic disease from many age related mechanisms are wise to ask their physician to check their zinc status and consider supplementation if deficient.

The findings were published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2015. 

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For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhealth@optonline.net

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Feeling Gratitude is Heart Healthy

Feeling Gratitude is Heart Healthy

Gratitude, the mental outlook of recognizing and cherishing  positive aspects of one’s life, may contribute to overall better physical as well as mental health, and according to a new study benefits the heart. In patients with mild heart failure, lower inflammatory markers were found in those who feel gratitude, according to newly published research.Regarding his study which appears in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice,  lead researcher Paul J. Mills, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California San Diego says,”We found that more gratitude in these patients was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health”.

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Dementia Risk Tied to Chronic Use Of Several Common Medications

Dementia Risk Tied to Chronic Use Of Several Common Medications

A  new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown a significantly increased risk for developing dementia in those chronically taking  medications with an anticholinergic effect, especially  at higher doses  for a long period of time.  Many of these drugs which are commonly taken by older Americans are over the counter as well as prescription medications. They include diphenhydramine (Benadryl), antihistamines like chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), the  antidepressant doxepin (Sinequan), and antimuscarinics used for  bladder control like oxybutynin (Ditropan). This study also suggests that dementia risk linked to anticholinergic medications may persist – and may not be reversible even years after people stop taking these drugs.

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THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION / LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLE OF 2014- Added Sugar Has A Greater Role Than Salt in High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

Today I present the winner, the single most important article of the year. The title of this blog says it all-

Added Sugar Has A Greater Role Than Salt in High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

As I’ve state with our daily countdown of the top ten, the most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease.  Today’s pick in conjunction with our #2 pick presented yesterday is about crucial evidence that shows that we need to change the longstanding dietary advice that medicine and public health officials have been telling the public for many years.  They have been telling us to avoid eating saturated fat like eggs, while the evidence shows that eating too much sugar and processed carbohydrate is the more important factor in how  heart disease is  promoted by eating the typical American diet. Also eating a low salt diet is not the best advice for everyone. People will be very surprised to learn that sugar is more of a problem than salt, for promoting the development of high blood pressure. These most important findings of 2014 , should be  a wake-up call, informing us that us we need to change the advice given to the public  for many years now, about preventing cardiovascular disease. This is the single most important message that we should take from the nutritional research published in 2014. Heart disease is our number one killer and people have not been advised correctly about how to prevent it.  It’s time for everyone to understand, DON’T  EAT THE  SUGARS IN PROCESSED FOODS ! They are bad for you.

And finally, HERE’S #1 !

Added Sugar Has A Greater Role Than Salt in High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk

The British online medical journal Open Heart has just reported that an analysis of all current  available evidence shows  that we need to  drastically change the dietary advice that Americans  and Europeans are given regarding how to prevent heart disease.  There is more and more accumulating evidence that eating fat and salt are  not the problems that we have been told they are. Eating sugar added to processed foods  is the problem.

As per the analysis presented in this study,  sugars which are added to processed foods are likely to play a greater role in causing high blood pressure and heart disease, than added salt. People whose dietary intake of added sugar is greater than 25% of  their total daily calories have fully three times the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease risk compared to people whose sugar intake is low.

Cutting salt intake has been the standard dietary approach to lower high blood pressure, but that advice  is “debatable,” according to the authors of the study.They advocate that we should  now be emphasizing the avoidance of added sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup added to processed foods.

The article states, “Sugar may be much more meaningfully related to blood pressure than sodium, as suggested by a greater magnitude of effect with dietary manipulation. Compelling evidence from basic science, population studies, and clinical trials implicates sugars, and particularly the monosaccharide fructose, as playing a major role in the development of hypertension”.  The research regarding  high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener in processed foods is clearly  worrisome. The data shows that a daily intake of more than 74 g of fructose is associated with a  77% increased risk of blood pressure above 160/100 mm Hg. Excess intake of added sugars has also been strongly associates with elevated  blood cholesterol and other researched blood fats, as reported here in the blog post, New Study Proves that Eating Saturated Fat Does Not Increase Fats in the Blood (Dec 3, 2014).

It is important to note that the  naturally-occurring fructose and other sugars found in fruits are not harmful and should be an important part of  a heart healthy diet.

For more of the latest in nutritional/ lifestyle research check all of my blog posts at www.drsobo.com/blog

For the best care in Integrative Medicine call Henry C. Sobo, M.D., at 203-348-8805 or write us at optimalhealth@optonline.net

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#4 of THE TOP 10 MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 2014

THE  TOP 10  MOST IMPORTANT NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE RESEARCH ARTICLES OF 20014

Over the past year I’ve shared with you over seventy  postings containing the most important research findings reported in the areas of nutrition, natural treatments, and lifestyle factors that we in Integrative Medicine believe are the best treatments now and for the future.

On this seventh day of our daily countdown please see #4 of my TOP 10 research articles of the year. The most important criteria that I considered for inclusion in the list was the study’s  importance in changing our understanding or treatment  approach to any disease.  Today’s pick is about the evidence that shows that following the basics of a healthy diet and lifestyle can literally save your life. In that regard , it is my hope that some reader(s) of my top 10 Research Articles of 2014 will take any of  the information to heart and it  can inspire  them to enjoy better health in their lives. If I am of help to any reader in this way, my job will have been well done.

Thank you and HERE”S #4

“Healthy Lifestyle Choices May DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK IN MEN”

According to newly published research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the big news is that fully 80% or more of the heart attacks occurring in men are preventable by a healthy lifestyle.

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