Eating more plant-based foods ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’
“Eating more fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost a quarter,” reports The Independent.
The headline is prompted by a new review that pooled the results of 9 studies looking at the link between how “plant-based” over 300,000 people’s diets were, and their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Does ‘ultra-processed’ food cause earlier death?
“Heavily processed food like ready meals and ice-cream linked to early death,” reports The Guardian.
The headline comes from 2 large observational studies, which found people who ate the most “ultra-processed” food were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or to die sooner, compared with those who ate the least ultra-processed food.
The term “ultra-processed food” is generally understood to refer to food that’s gone through multiple food manufacturing processes in order to make it cheap or tasty, or both.
Honey ‘as good as antiviral creams’ for cold sores
“Honey is ‘just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams’,” the Mail Online reports.
Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the virus.
Regularly skipping breakfast linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke
“Skipping breakfast may raise risk of heart disease by up to 87 per cent, study finds,” The Sun reports. This follows a US study that looked at the breakfast habits of over 6,500 adults aged around 50. It then looked to see how many people died overall and the specific cause.
Drinking very hot tea linked with risk of 1 type of oesophageal cancer
“Drinking piping hot tea or coffee could ‘double your risk of developing tumours in the oesophagus’,” reports the Mail Online.
A study of more than 50,000 people in Iran showed that those who drank 700ml (about 2 to 3 mugs) of black tea a day at temperatures of 60C or above were almost twice as likely to go on to get oesophageal cancer during 10 years of follow-up in the study, compared with people who drank tea at lower temperatures.
Morning walks and frequent breaks ‘as good as drugs for blood pressure’
“Just 30 minutes of exercise a day ‘as good as drugs’ to lower blood pressure,” reports the Daily Mirror.
Australian researchers conducted experiments on 67 adults aged 55 to 80 to look at the effects of half an hour of walking on the blood pressure of people who were otherwise sitting down for 8 hours a day.
A nagging sore throat may be an early sign of cancer
“Sore throat that won’t go away ‘could be a sign of cancer’ doctors warned,” reports The Independent.
Cancer of the larynx, or voice box, affects about 1,700 people a year in the UK. Most cases develop in people aged 60 and above and it is more common in men. It can be treated, and early detection and treatment can make a real difference.”
Exercise ‘as good as medicine’ for controlling high blood pressure
“Swimming, walking or lifting weights in the gym ‘treats high blood pressure as well as drugs’,” reports the Mail Online.
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is common among older people and can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Many people take one or more medicines to keep blood pressure under control.
High-carb, low-protein diet ‘may keep brain young’ – at least in mice
“Low-protein, high-carb diet may help ward off dementia,” reports The Guardian.
Researchers studying mice kept on different diets found that mice on either restricted-calorie diets or low-protein, high-carbohydrate diets showed differences in the hippocampus region of the brain compared with mice fed on other diets.
Eating organic food linked with lower cancer risk
“”Organic food lowers blood and breast cancer risk, study finds,” the Mail Online reports.
The news website reports on a large study in France that questioned 69,000 people on their consumption of organic food, and then monitored them for 5 years to see how many developed cancer.