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Wake Up to Wellness: Issue #10

What’s new in the world of health and wellness this week?

We’ve got you covered:

  • The first heart monitor to use artificial intelligence
  • Why it’s not too late to get a flu shot
  • America’s obsession with sugar
  • How junk food can contribute to depression
  • How AI will change healthcare forever

The First Heart Monitor Powered by AI Will Save Lives

The Heartsense heart monitor is groundbreaking for the medical field. The wearable monitor is the first one powered by artificial intelligence (AI) one to market, developed by Dr. Rameen Shakur, a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Heartsense monitor looks like band that the patient wears around their chest. It’s waterproof, and uses several sensors to record your heart’s activity, which it analyzes to see if there are any irregularities. The data is immediately sent to a cloud storage where the AI algorithms scan them for abnormal rhythms and send the results back to an mobile app so you can talk about them with your physician.

Shakur said, “You’d see people walk around with these monitors that never understood the patient experience — these Holter devices that feel like having an octopus stuck to your old ’80s Walkman that’s strapped to your side. It got me thinking, ‘This is exactly why the majority of our patients don’t keep monitors on long enough. They’re not ergonomic, they’re not comfortable, they don’t fit in with daily life.’”

When in the U.S. alone, strokes take the lives of 140,000 people every year, this is a game changer, and will help save lives with early detection of atrial fibrillation and other heart arrhythmias.

Read the full story here.

If You Haven’t Gotten a Flu Shot Yet, Go Today

If you’ve waited this long to get a flu shot and think it’s not worth visiting the pharmacy, think again. According to the CDC, 45 percent of adults and 46 percent of children have gotten a flu shot this year (more than last year), but it’s still not enough.

Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine says, “I would say, very clearly, to the person who hasn’t gotten their flu shot yet: You should hustle along. You don’t have to run, but hustle along — get your vaccination this afternoon. It takes 10 days for protection to build up to maximum in your body. Influenza will be wherever you are in your community — someone has influenza today that could be transmitted to you tomorrow.”

Last year, 900,000 people were hospitalized and about 80,000 died from the flu and related complications, and 180 of those were children. As of October 1, there have been 544 flu-related hospitalizations and 78 deaths nationwide. A flu shot is recommended for everyone six months and older, while young children, the elderly, and unborn children of pregnant women have the highest risk.

Read the full story here.

New Study Shows 70% of American Adults Are Concerned With Sugar Consumption

An interesting study reveals that 70 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about how much sugar they consume. However, only 49 percent of people said they were likely to use an alternative to sugar, like stevia or monk fruit.

Respondents they they were most concerned about the amounts of sugar in soda, juice, candy, desserts, and flavored coffee. Despite the concern, most Americans have a diet that is too high in sugar — with an average of over 13 percent of calories coming from sugar.

The health risks of consuming too much sugar are vast, including obesity, cavities, diabetes, and joint risks. Some companies have responded by using less sugar in their products, creating awareness, and using sugar substitutes.

Read the full story here.

What We Know About the Connection Between Junk Food and Depression

Here’s another reason to clean up your diet. Junk food can literally weigh you down emotionally. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University found that foods that increase inflammation, such as the ones high in cholesterol, saturated fat, and carbs, make you 40 percent more likely to experience depression.

Participants in the studies recorded their diet and were given a score for how inflammatory their diet was. Some of the participants were tracked for up to 13 years.

Each participant was assigned a score of how inflammatory his or her diet is. They found that those who had a more pro-inflammatory diet were 1.4 times more likely to develop depressive symptoms.

Dr. Steven Bradburn, from the Bioscience Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan School of Healthcare Science, said, “These results have tremendous clinical potential for the treatment of depression, and if it holds true, other diseases such as Alzheimer’s which also have an underlying inflammatory component. Simply changing what we eat may be a cheaper alternative to pharmacological interventions, which often come with side-effects.”

So, what does an anti-inflammatory diet look like? Limit your intake of saturated fats and processed foods. Eat more fiber, unsaturated fats, green, leafy vegetables, and fatty fish.

Read the full story here.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Medicine

Advances in technology are affecting every industry, and the medical field is no exception. AI is bringing some interesting changes to health care.

What can you expect? Look for digital consultations where AI algorithms will use deep learning to know what types of questions to ask patients. Computer vision technology will soon be able to read X-rays and scans without a human doctor.

AI-based diagnosis has a long way to go, but one company has already made a mobile phone-based diagnosis for diabetes that can scan your eyes to diagnosis the disease. You can also anticipate robot surgeons, such as the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), which can suture stitches more accurately than a human surgeon.

Read the full story here.

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Is Lazy Keto a Good Idea? The Pros and Cons of a Relaxed Keto Diet

If you’ve been following along in the keto blogosphere, you’ve probably begun to notice a debate cropping up around “lazy keto” and “dirty keto.”

Does this new approach count as keto, or is it just an unhealthy imposter taking all the credit for the true keto diet? Does it work for weight loss, or are there negative effects that lazy keto dieters aren’t thinking about? Is lazy keto just another name for a standard low carb diet or does it really send you into ketosis the same way the “real” keto diet does? What’s best for long-term health?

Keto groups all over the internet are weighing in on the topic, and the answers still aren’t incredibly clear. Whether you’re new to the lifestyle or a veteran to the ketogenic diet, where you stand on this debate might be as simple as who you follow on social media.

We’ve gathered the best arguments for and against the lazy keto diet to help you decide whether or not it’s the right approach for you.

What Is Strict Keto?

If you’ve so much as engaged in a quick Google search about the keto diet, you know that it’s a high fat, low carb approach to weight loss.

Strict keto requires that you monitor a few things:

  • The proportions of fat to protein to carbohydrates. The ideal ratio is 65–75% fat, 15–30% protein, and 5-10% carbs.
  • Your total calorie intake (varies based on your current weight and weight loss goals).
  • Your carb intake, which must remain below 20 grams of net carbs per day to ensure that you achieve and remain in ketosis (the optimal fat-burning state).

In an ideal world, if you’re on a strict keto diet, you’re choosing healthy fats, high quality, grass-fed meats, and organic vegetables in order to maintain the ratios we mentioned. After all, you’re embarking on this major change for the health benefits, right? So you might as well go all in and choose the best foods you can for optimal health.

So What’s Lazy Keto?

Lazy keto is a loose form of the strict keto diet. Instead of tracking all four macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins, and calories), it only requires that you track carbs. On the lazy keto diet, you still want to maintain a carb count of 20 grams or less per day, but you can basically eat whatever else your heart desires outside that single parameter.

Some keto groups call this approach “dirty keto,” due to its allowance for foods that nearly all healthcare professionals regard as unhealthy: fast food, commercial meats, tons of bacon, low-carb processed snacks like pork rinds, artificial sweeteners, and the keto treats and desserts you see advertised on Instagram and Facebook.

Another term for this style of keto is called IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), which basically calls for the same lackadaisical approach to keto. If it fits your macros, you can eat it, no matter how unhealthy it might be.

This is where the sticky questions begin to bubble up for most proponents of the strict keto diet, especially those that overlap with the paleo community. If lazy keto allows for unlimited consumption of unhealthy foods, then is it really keto at all? Might it even be dangerous?

What the Proponents are Saying

Prominent keto influencers, like the blogger at No Bun Please and Stephanie Laska, a best-selling author, take a more flexible lazy keto approach.

They claim a ton of personal success on this plan. No Bun Please has successfully lost 80 pounds on the lazy keto diet plan and kept it off successfully for more than three years. Not only that, he boasts major relief from his chronic IBS symptoms and has even gone into remission from Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Laska, who wrote the best selling book “Dirty, Lazy Keto,” lost 140 pounds on the plan and has sold her approach to hundreds of thousands of inspired readers.

These two and other lazy keto proponents like them argue that sometimes the perfectly strict keto plan isn’t realistic. Sometimes you have to make a keto-friendly choice at a fast food restaurant that fits with the carb requirements but doesn’t have the most ideal ingredients (a fast food burger without the bun is a great example). Sometimes it’s easier to stay on a keto meal plan long term if you know that eating a sugar-free snack that isn’t technically “healthy” (like pork rinds or something with artificial sweeteners in it) from time to time won’t wreck your whole diet.

Lazy keto advocates acknowledge that tracking all of your macros all of the time can get old and cause people to go off-plan rather than face the burden of having to track everything forever. The argument goes that if you can keep your blood sugar down, your ketones up, and you’re avoiding weight gain, then you’re probably doing it right.

It’s also worth noting that not everyone can afford to be strict about only buying organic veggies and grass-fed meats, and that if you loosen the rules of keto, it makes the diet more accessible to the masses.

But is it healthy?

What the Naysayers are Saying

You might already be imagining the list of grievances the purists have accumulated about the lazy or dirty approaches to the keto diet. For one, if you aren’t tracking your proteins, you might not be getting enough, which means your body might be consuming your lean muscle mass when it runs out of fat-based fuel.

Or the reverse could be happening. You could be eating too much protein, causing your body to process that for energy instead of the fats you eat, and throwing you out of ketosis (which is the whole point of the diet). Neither scenario is good for the number on the scale.

Other considerations include a deficit in the healthy micronutrients you get when you focus on eating vegetables and healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados. Most general medical advice suggests that prioritizing nutrient-dense foods will help not only promote optimal health, but will fill your diet with lower-calorie, more filling foods that will nourish your body far better than their processed food counterparts. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber are concentrated in these foods, which are essential to any diet, regardless of whether or not the keto diet is involved.

Naysayers like the author of Keto Diet Living argue that the keto desserts filled with almond flour, heavy whipping cream, and Splenda are not only not keto foods, but they undermine the shift dieters should be making in their relationship with food in general.

In other words, if you’re swapping out indulgent regular high carb desserts with keto recipes that just replace the sugar with the fake stuff, you aren’t doing all that much to help yourself in the long term because you aren’t changing your relationship with the unhealthy choices. It’s definitely something to think about.

Some Experts Are Someplace in the Middle

Of course, there are also a few keto experts who sit somewhere in the middle of these two polarized points of view. The folks over at Ketovale argue that lazy keto is a good way to ramp up to strict keto if you’re just starting out with the diet.

Strict keto requires a lot of granular knowledge and adherence, which can feel intimidating to a new dieter, but if you have a lot of body fat to lose and have been eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) your whole life, you might see some pretty impressive results from the shift to lazy keto alone.

They recommend switching over to stricter keto once you get the hang of the diet and start seeing some results – or once you plateau on the lazy plan.

Which Keto Is the Right Keto?

Untangling the confusion about whether or not lazy keto is a good idea might be as simple as figuring out what works for you. While we do recommend that you prioritize vegetables and other nutrient-dense, gut-supportive foods, the balance you strike will ultimately come down to how you feel.

Keep a food journal for a week or two as you transition into your new keto plan to uncover which foods help you stay in ketosis and which foods push you out of it.

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Wake Up to Wellness: Issue #9

What’s new in the world of health and wellness this week?

We’ve got you covered:

  • The health benefits of being a good person
  • How uterus transplants can offer hope to women who want to have a baby
  • The connection between a ketogenic diet and chronic pain
  • How controlling your anxiety can help you lose weight
  • A surprising benefit of talking to your kids about condoms

How Being a Good Person Is Actually Good for Your Health

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you help a friend in need or spend time volunteering? It’s backed by science.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh recently completed a study where 45 volunteers were given three choices:

  1. Complete a task that benefitted them
  2. Volunteer for a charity
  3. Help a friend in need

Afterwards, the researchers studied the differences in their brain scans based on what they chose. Those who chose to help a friend in need showed more activity in their brain’s “reward centers” and also showed less activity in three other parts of the brain that manage the body’s response to blood pressure and inflammation.

Tristen Inagaki, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and leader of the study, said, “Humans are born especially vulnerable and dependent on others. As a result, we require a prolonged period of intense caregiving following birth in order to survive.”

Check out the full story here.

Uterus Transplants Can Help Women Have Healthy Babies

We’ve all heard about heart and lung transplants, but uterus transplants? This exciting new procedure could be the answer for women who face challenges trying to have a baby.

One in 500 women of childbearing age have a condition called absolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI). The condition prevents pregnancy because they don’t have a fully functioning uterus.

A case study was published this month that marks the first time a woman gave birth after receiving a uterus transplant from a deceased donor. The mother was a 32-year-old woman in Brazil who had a rare congenital condition known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, causing her to be born without a uterus.

The donor was a 45-year-old woman who died from a stroke. The woman got pregnant seven months after her transplant through in-vitro fertilization and the baby was born when she was 35 weeks along, weighing 6 pounds.

While this wasn’t the first time a baby has been born through a transplanted uterus, it is the first time it’s happened with a deceased donor. Dr. Rebecca Flyckt, FACOG, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, who has performed uterus transplants, said, “For those of us that are interested in the deceased donor model, this is really a landmark that proves to us that this approach can have the final outcome that we’re interested in, which is a healthy baby.”

Read the full story here.

Can a Ketogenic Diet Relieve Chronic Pain?

The ketogenic diet continues to gain popularity, but did you know it may be effective at naturally reducing pain? The CDC reports that 46 people die every day from overdose of prescription drugs as they try to manage chronic pain.

A series on CrownMD.net showcased how insulin resistance contributes to the chronic pain associated with arthritis and used the keto diet as treatment. Obesity puts extra strain on one’s joints, contributing to the problem of chronic pain.

Extreme neuron excitability is another factor that leads to chronic pain. In animal studies, researchers have noticed how ketones reduce neuron excitability, which is one reason those suffering from seizures are recommended a ketogenic diet.

Furthermore, the ketone body betahydroxybutyrate (BHB) can block pain pathways in mice and rats, decreasing chronic pain even more. Read the full story here.

Don’t Let Anxiety Thwart Your Weight Loss Efforts

We all know how difficult it can be to lose weight and keep it off, and if you’re one of the 40 million Americans who live with an anxiety disorder, it might be even harder.

Why? There’s a host of reasons. Anxiety can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule, and studies show that not getting enough sleep can reduce fat loss by up to 55 percent. When you’re tired, you are always less likely to exercise and more likely to make poor food choices.

Anxiety can also cause your cortisol levels to spike, signaling your body to increase fat production. Cortisol is also linked to developing more fat around your middle, called “visceral fat.”

So, what can you do to lose weight and control your anxiety? Make conscious efforts to keep your anxiety at bay and stay on track. Keep a journal, practice mindfulness or meditation, talk with your doctor about medication, and exercise — exercise provides mood-lifting dopamine that combats anxiety.

Read the full story here.

Why It’s Important for Dads to Talk to Their Sons About Condoms

As any parent knows, talking about safe sex isn’t always easy. But, it’s important.

Fathers who talk with their adolescent sons about using condoms helps prevent STDs and unplanned pregnancies, according to researchers. Over the last decade, U.S. government data showed condom use was dropping and STDs were on the rise.

A professor at New York University, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, conducted a study where researchers interviewed 25 black and Hispanic fathers who had sons aged between 15 and 19 in New York City. The study showed that fathers who regularly talked with their sons about correct condom use reduced the rate of STDs and pregnancies.

Even more, the fathers reported it improved their own condom usage. The study authors commented, “Helping fathers teach their sons about the consistent and correct use of condoms by addressing common communication barriers — and focusing specifically on strategies to avoid condom use errors and problems — is a promising and novel mechanism to increase the use of male condoms and to reduce unplanned pregnancies, STIs, and sexual reproductive health disparities among adolescent males.”

Read the full story here.

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Keto Soup Recipes for Busy People

It’s soup season! What’s better than turning up the heat on a beautiful pot of soup when it’s frosty outside? If you’re on a ketogenic diet, soup is actually one of the few comfort foods that doesn’t have to change too much to accommodate your restrictions, which makes soup season your season!

The beautiful thing about making a nice, hearty soup during one of the busiest times of year is the ability not only to cook in quantity but also to do it in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker while you’re out doing other things. Of course, you can always do it the old-fashioned way on a stove top — or the new-fashioned way, in an Instant Pot — but soup season is the perfect time to break out “set-it-and-forget-it” cooking implements that make your life easier amidst the parties, visiting families, gift shopping and traveling that comes with the holidays.

Staying on a keto diet meal plan just got that much easier.

Simple Keto Soup

If you’re trying to keep it simple, the best way to think about a low-carb, keto soup recipe is to do something you’re used to while simply leaving out the high carb foods.

Making a chicken soup? Great! Leave out the noodles and potatoes, top it with a ton of shredded cheese, and you have yourself a keto chicken soup.

What about chili? The net carbs in beans can add up quickly, so skip the beans and load up on ground beef and veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms to give it the bulk it needs to keep you full. Top it with shredded cheddar cheese to take it over the top.

Both of these choices work like a charm in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

Some soup recipes are already keto soup recipes without having to tweak very much at all. Our gluten-free Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup is a great example. In this version of a classic comfort food, we’ve left out the flour and cornstarch and kept the broccoli florets in tact to thicken the soup instead. Of course, the use of heavy cream, Kettle and Fire bone broth, and a crumbled bacon topper more than make up for the missing ingredients, lending a rich, high protein, high fat element to an American favorite. Just make sure you choose organic dairy and pork.

Keto Soup Recipes

While there are plenty of delicious soup recipes out there that don’t need too much tweaking to accommodate a low carb diet, some traditionally hearty soups require a little bit more finagling. Potato soup, for example, is about as high carb as it comes, so a pretty major overhaul needs to take place. The first step is replacing the potatoes with something just as creamy and flavorful: cauliflower.

If you’ve never tried a cauliflower mash, this replacement suggestion might sound crazy to you, but trust us, it’s a great swap.

Try making this “potato leek” soup from Recipe Girl using cauliflower instead of potatoes. Or go for the gold with this loaded baked “potato” soup from Kaylin’s Kitchen where she’s made the same switch. Your cauliflower soup will taste and look so much like the real thing, your dinner guests won’t believe they’re eating a low carb soup.

Truthfully, just about anything can be made into a delicious low carb meal if you get creative. The keto diet works so well because it’s filling, rich, and satisfying due to its high fat requirements. So use those requirements to your advantage and experiment with low carb recipes!

The folks at Peace, Love, and Low Carbs did that when they invented their Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup, and so did Lina from Hip to Save when she created her Slow-Cooker Keto Mexican Taco Soup. These are both hearty comfort food soups that will make you forget you’ve got any restrictions to your diet at all.

What About Other Restrictions?

Admittedly, the majority of the keto recipes and suggestions we’ve shared so far are pretty dairy heavy. But what if your digestive system can’t handle a broccoli cheddar soup or topping everything with cheddar or cream cheese? What if you’re lactose intolerant?

There are delicious lactose-free dairy products out there, including cream cheese, sour cream, and even some yogurts. Furthermore, the higher the fat concentration in your dairy (e.g. butter, ghee, heavy cream, hard cheeses like parmesan and romano), the less lactose there is in the dairy product. But if you’re sensitive to all forms of dairy, you might need a vegan alternative, even if you’re not vegan.

Coconut milk is an extremely delicious alternative to heavy cream in most soup recipes, and cashew cream is a wonderful replacement for cream cheese. For shredding, there are some great almond options that melt pretty well too!

Simple replacement (from heavy cream to coconut milk) is adequate in most situations, but in some cases, coconut milk should actually be the go-to! A seafood chowder or creamy broccoli soup does great with coconut milk instead of heavy cream. If you’re looking for more worldly dishes to try at home, consider this coconut thai soup by Gnom-Gnom or a tom kah gai (coconut chicken soup) by Ketogasm. Both call for coconut milk from the start.

Soup Season

There’s a world of possibilities when it comes to soup recipes that can accommodate a low carb diet. Your keto lifestyle doesn’t have to go down the tubes just because it’s a busy time of year. Break out the slow cooker or Instant Pot and start whipping up some delicious keto soups. You’ll have a nice warm dinner and leftovers to save you time later in the week. Who knows, soup season might become your new favorite season!

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Wake Up to Wellness: Issue #8

What’s new in the world of health and wellness this week?

We’ve got you covered:

  • Magic pills for weight loss could be a reality in the future
  • How digital Band-Aids could aid wound regeneration
  • At-home HPV testing kits might save lives
  • An update on the connection between childbirth and breast cancer
  • How some foods can battle cholesterol

Could the Future of Weight Loss Be a Magic Pill?

If you’ve ever wished for a magic pill that lets you eat anything without gaining weight, that just might be in the works. A recent study showed that when researchers disabled a gene called RCAN1, mice were able to eat much more food than usual without gaining weight.

The hope is that a pill can be created to replicate a pill for humans that will target the RCAN1 gene to reduce obesity worldwide. And with obesity rates continuing to climb, the author of the study, professor Damien Keating of Flinders University, says, “The ideal would be to take some sort of pill that didn’t require you to watch your diet, that didn’t require you to exercise. Now, that might seem like a pipe dream, but the findings that we have out of this mouse study at least indicate a novel pathway that we might be able to target.”

Read the full story here.

Will Band-Aids Go Digital in the Future?

Can you imagine a Band-Aid looking any different than how it’s always looked? The digital version of the Band-Aid may be on its way. Scientists have shown that electric fields can aid wound regeneration in rats. While electronic fields and healing isn’t a new concept, it’s never been applied to the band-aid.

Historically, the challenge has been that electronic stimulation for healing requires heavy machinery to create an electric current and the patient usually has to go through several long sessions, usually while sleeping.

What’s so exciting about a “digital Band-Aid” is that it powers itself by utilizing the energy of the the person wearing the Band-Aid. When the person moves, it powers the bandage. Xudong Wang, Ph.D., an author of the paper and professor of material science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, “… the device is self-powered, self-sustainable without any battery or electric circuit. It works based on converting the small mechanical displacement of the surface of the skin and converting it into electric pulses and using the electric pulses to facilitate recovery.”

The space-age Band-Aid includes a copper band with electrodes and a nanogenerator. When it’s attached to the skin, the electric current mimics the body’s endogenous electric fields, helping the skin regrow and heal.

The early results are promising – even on deep cuts, rats that got the electronic healing recovered rather quickly – in just three days versus 12 days in the control group.

What’s next? Researchers have to determine if it will work on humans. Next, it would have to be tested on skin closer to a human’s skin, like pigs. Then, it would have to go through human clinical trials.

It’s years away, but it’s an exciting, promising medical advancement! Read the full story here.

Can Cancer Risk Be Identified With At-Home HPV Test Kits?

Most women know that the major risk of HPV is that some types can cause cancer. However, not everyone has access to affordable, nearby testing services through a medical clinic, especially in rural areas.

A group of researchers took it upon themselves to make sure everyone has access to HPV testing and finished a study that showed at-home HPV tests sent through the mail to women with difficult access to healthcare services to be beneficial. In fact, 80 perfect of women that were mailed a HPV test returned it for testing.

The study included 103 women between the ages of 30 and 65. To be fair, they had already agreed to return the test beforehand. One in four women in the study tested positive for a type of HPV that could potentially lead to cancer. However, Dr. Timothy N. Hickman, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and co-founder of Houston IVF, said, “Only a small fraction of women infected with a high-risk HPV will develop cancer … It’s a very small fraction of infected women.”

Read the full story here.

What Childbirth Means for Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Traditionally, childbirth hasn’t had a positive correlation with developing breast cancer, but new research has indicated it may increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer, particularly around the years following childbirth.

However, after five years, researchers say the risk gradually declines – and 23 years after giving birth, childbirth seems to provide some protection against breast cancer.

Experts in the field say the risk is minimal and it should not impact childbearing decisions.

Hazel Nichols, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, said, “In general, pregnancy-related factors tied to a lower risk of developing breast cancer later in life include having your first full-term pregnancy at an early age, such as younger than 20; having more than one birth; having a history of preeclampsia; and breastfeeding over a longer period of time, according to the National Cancer Institute.”

The data from the study showed that women who had children had an increased risk compared to women who had never given birth regardless of whether they had breastfed their children or not.

Nichols said, “One of the things that we want our study to be able to do is to contribute to new tools that will help predict breast cancer risk more effectively for young women — so women who might be trying to decide with their providers when to start having mammogram screenings. In order to have a good tool to do that prediction, we need to know how risk factors operate in young women, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that we can’t take the information or the patterns we see in older women and apply them to younger women and assume they’ll be the same.”

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Fighting Cholesterol With the Right Foods

Historically, some foods have gotten a bad reputation for raising blood cholesterol, such as shrimp. However, experts now agree that they don’t have a negative impact. In fact, they’ve found some foods can have a positive impact on your health by reducing your cholesterol levels.

For example, the unsaturated fats in walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios can help lower your LDL cholesterol. The soluble fiber in beans and oats helps to remove cholesterol from your system before it can do any damage.

If you’re a guacamole lover, here’s good news. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados and also reduce your LDL levels. Limit foods high in saturated fat like red meat and butter to control your cholesterol, and enjoy the foods that keep you healthy!

Read the full story here.

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The Best Foods To Eat to Protect Your Teeth

Regular brushing and flossing are crucial to supporting healthy teeth and gums by eliminating food particles and bacteria that form plaque. Plaque produces acid which damages tooth enamel and can lead to cavities and gum disease. In the end, as the gum tissue tugs away from the teeth, the bacteria may destroy the bone beneath […]

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