Men, Protect Our Women! High-Protein Intake Increases Risk for Heart Failure: PCRM

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High amounts of protein increases risk for heart failure in women, according to data presented this week at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting. Researchers tracked and compared different types of protein intake for 103,878 women from the Women’s Health Initiative. Those who consumed the most protein overall increased their risk for heart failure, compared with those who consumed the least. In addition, an increase in vegetable protein lowered the risk for heart failure, suggesting the link is with animal protein specifically.

Read more about the harmful effects of too much protein here.

Barbour MF, Ashraf F, Roberts MB, et al. Association of dietary protein, animal and vegetable protein with the incidence of heart failure among postmenopausal women. Abstract presented at: American Heart Association, annual meeting; November 13-15, 2016; New Orleans, LA.

A Journey to Happiness from Renal Medullary Carcinoma

Journey_ButlerBy Mike Tucker, Jr

Journey Butler is not your normal teenager. Sure she knows all the new dances and latest technology and styles but you won’t see her glued to an electronic device or television. The 13-year-old is a cheerleader, a gymnast, a poet, a Hip Hop and ballet dancer, model and a member of the nationally competitive double-dutch jump rope team dubbed the Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars. She is also an aspiring rapper. View this adorable video about ratting out her older brother called “I’m Telling.” Journey also lights up every room she enters with her endearing smile. [Read more…]

Weight Loss Prevents Cognitive Decline

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Weight loss helps prevent brain damage caused by, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care. Researchers followed 319 participants with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity from the Action for Health in Diabetes study. Some participants received an intervention, including nutrition education, while the control group received no intervention. All participants underwent brain imaging and cognitive tests. Intervention group participants reduced their weight by 12 percent and improved their cardiorespiratory fitness, the body’s ability to oxygenate the muscles, by 26 percent, while those in the control group lost 1 percent of their weight and improved their cardiorespiratory fitness by 7 percent. Those in the intervention group had a 28 percent lower volume of white matter hyperintensity, or damaged areas of the brain, when compared to those in the control group.

Espeland MA, Erickson K, Neiberg RH, et al. Brain and white matter hyperintensity volumes after 10 years of random assignment to lifestyle intervention. Diabetes Care. Published online March 29, 2016.

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Childhood Obesity Leads to Hypertension

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Physicians Committee’s Breaking Medical News

Childhood obesity may lead to hypertension later in life, according to a study published online in Pediatrics. Researchers followed BMI and blood pressure readings for 101,606 participants aged 3 to 17 from various health care providers for about three years. Those who became obese or remained obese were three times more likely to develop hypertension than those who maintained a healthy weight. This study demonstrates the effect of early weight gain on other chronic diseases during a short time period and stressed the importance of preventive strategies.

Parker ED, Sinaiko AR, Kharbanda EO, et al. Change in weight status and development of hypertension. Pediatrics. Published online February 19, 2016.

 

Fruit Prevents Erectile Dysfunction

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Adding more fruit to your diet reduces your risk for erectile dysfunction, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers followed the diets of 25,096 men as part of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and monitored incidence for erectile dysfunction. Participants with the highest intakes of anthocyanins, flavones, and flavanones, phytonutrients found in fruit, lowered their risk for erectile dysfunction by 14 percent when compared to those who consumed the least. Common sources for these flavonoids include strawberries, apples, blueberries, and citrus fruits. Researchers suspect a diet rich in fruits coupled with other healthful lifestyle factors aids prevention and early treatment of cardiovascular disease by improving vascular conditions. Erectile dysfunction is typically an indicator of narrowed arteries, the same disease process that causes coronary heart disease.

Cassidy A, Franz M, Rimm EB. Dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of erectile dysfunction.Am J Clin Nutr. Published online January 13, 2016.

How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger – Diabetes

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Wow, this new plant-based nutritional book by Michael Greger, M.D. with Gene Stone is absolutely breathtaking. The amount of information presented and science to back it up showcases poignantly how much peril Americans are in as it relates to their health. But we can control a large percentage by reducing risk factors through a clean, vegan lifestyle. Yet, you cannot rush through Greger’s pages as if you’re a collegiate student with plans to attend the game afterwards. Each chapter must be visually massaged and detailed methodically to retain the plethora of nutritional knowledge.

Our plight is challenging but simple to resolve. So the journey continues since 1.6 million Americans alone die annually from premature death resulting from the top 15 chronic illnesses with heart disease being number one at 400,000 yearly deaths. According to “How Not To Die” 20 million Americans are diabetic which can lead to amputations, blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, strokes or death. As it relates to cancer, the three digestive cancers — colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal — kill 100,000 Americans yearly.

I just finished reading chapter six on diabetes and immediately had to disseminate my summary since so many individuals are affected including my friends and family members. More than 20 million Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes, whereas 5% represents type 1, a predisposed condition where the immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is the hormone that keeps blood sugar in check and released after every meal to escort glucose into the cells. Without insulin the sugar flows in the blood and can damage blood vessels and nerves which can lead to either lower extremity amputations (75K), blindness (650K), kidney failure (50K), heart attacks, strokes and 75,000 yearly deaths.

With type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance) the pancreas can make insulin but it doesn’t work well. Fat inside the cells of the muscles and liver interferes with the action of insulin. Diabetes in kids is most likely caused by overweight or obesity and can lower their life expectancy by 20 years. Keep in mind we don’t grow more fat cells, they just get bigger when weight is put which can spill over into the blood. Plant eaters drop their chances of diabetes by 78% compared to someone who eats meat every day. Yet, monounsaturated fats from nuts and seeds seem to protect opposed to saturated fat from animals which also appears to be toxic to the cells (in the pancreas) that produce insulin. When you eat saturated fat, both insulin action and insulin secretion are impaired within hours. So, the more saturated fat you have in your blood, the higher your risk may be for developing type 2 diabetes.

When measuring blood sugar, doctors are looking for a hemoglobin A1c of under 5.7. Over 6.5 will label you as a diabetic and the prediabetic range is between 5.7 and 6.4. The best solution for most? Become a whole-foods vegan and exercise!

A Visit to the Barnard Medical Center

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

So I made it to the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for my first plant-based doctor’s appointment and a tour of the facilities. Thanks to publicist Jessica Frost and Dania DePas, M.A. I was also able to connect with friend and associate Neal Barnard, M.D. and Dr. Steve Neabore to discuss the state of American health. With chronic diseases so prevalent in our culture and growing daily, the number 1 solution we have control over is to correct our diets and eliminate S.A.D (Standard American Diet) entirely. It’s amazing how the plant kingdom is taking over 360.

However, the journey continues since 1.6 million Americans alone die annually from premature death resulting from the top 15 chronic diseases with heart disease being number 1 at 400,000 yearly deaths. According to “How Not To Die” by Michael Greger, M.D., 20 million Americans are diabetic which can lead to amputations, blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, strokes or death. As it relates to cancer, the three digestive cancers — colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal — kill 100,000 Americans yearly. Yet, the number one diminishing factor in the majority of these cases are the types of foods eaten and lifestyle choices made. How we nourish or degrade our bodies is the key to life enhancement or degradation. It’s time to focus on prevention from smart and positive choices opposed to reaction from negative diagnoses. Eat clean, stay active and energize your life. One Love.

For more information on the Barnard Medical Center or to make an appointment visit www.barnardmedical.org.

5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20016 4th floor
202-527-7500

 

Barnard Medical Center Is Now Open

Barnard_Medical_CenterFor all the patients who have complained that their doctors know nothing about nutrition, all the medical students who have had nowhere to see plant-based diets in action, all the people following vegan diets who could not find a doctor who understands their choices, all the enlightened but overly busy doctors who have had no time to counsel patients on food choices, and, most of all, all the people suffering with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and weight problems who are taking one prescription after another and have never been able to tackle the cause of their problems, we have opened the Barnard Medical Center. You can download the special Barnard Medical Center excerpt from the winter 2016 issue of Good Medicine to find out more. [Read more…]

No Hot Dogs or Bacon Please!

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We’re sure everyone has seen the World Health Organization’s (WHO) findings yesterday on Cancer causation from processed meats like hot dogs and bacon. Well, it’s not new information to Fit Fathers whatsoever but now we have concrete research and findings to corroborate the truth. So hopefully this will help parents make better nutritional decisions when it comes to feeding their kids foods that heal and enliven opposed to those that destroy and degrade. Lead by example so your child becomes the example!

Overweight and Obesity Rates Increase in U.S.

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Physicians Committee Breaking Medical News:

Prevalence rates for obesity are on the rise in the United States, according to a letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed weight status in the United States using the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). BMI results showed, of the 36,325,297 participants, almost 40 percent of men and nearly 30 percent of women were overweight. Similarly, 35 percent of men and 36 percent of women were classified as obese, making them more susceptible to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The authors stress that the increase in weight compared to the prior analysis warrants changes to health policy with an emphasis on prevention.