More evidence that ultra-processed foods could harm health

More evidence that ultra-processed foods could harm health

Previous research has suggested that consuming high levels of ultra-processed foods, such as packaged snacks and soda, could harm health. Two new studies confirm this notion and provide more evidence of the associated cardiovascular and all-cause mortality risks. Eating processed foods may raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Numerous studies have linked a high consumption of ultra-processed foods with a raised risk of chronic conditions. Cancer, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis are just a few of the outcomes associated with consuming processed foods. Some studies have also suggested that consuming processed meat…

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More Evidence That We Need To Stop Sitting So Much: Especially Men

More Evidence That We Need To Stop Sitting So Much: Especially Men

If you have a desk job, it is pretty easy to spend most of your day on your bum. Even after you punch the clock, chances are there will be more time sitting between your commute and the nightly intake of your favorite shows. You know you should at least walk a bit more during the day. If you are like most people, it is difficult to get motivated. But recent research might push you in the right direction – especially if you are a man. In a study published…

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Little Evidence for Risks, or Benefits, of Habitual Barefootedness

Little Evidence for Risks, or Benefits, of Habitual Barefootedness

Studies on the long-term effects of habitual barefoot walking or running are scarce, and there is only limited evidence for more foot problems and no evidence for higher injury rates among people who are often barefoot, according to a new review. “Having the huge ‘barefoot debate’ in mind, we expected more evidence on the long-term effects of barefoot locomotion,” said lead author Dr. Karsten Hollander of the Institute of Human Movement Science at the University of Hamburg in Germany. Some populations, for example South Africa, include many people who are…

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More Evidence Links High Sodium Intake to Risk of Death

More Evidence Links High Sodium Intake to Risk of Death

Keeping sodium intake low may prolong life according to a new study that set out to clarify the long-term risk of eating too much sodium and the benefits of cutting down. Based on following more than 3,000 people with elevated blood pressure for over 24 years, researchers found that risk of death from any cause rose in a straight line along with sodium intake. “Our results are not that surprising because we know that sodium increases blood pressure, and we have found that it increases risk of cardiovascular disease also,”…

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E-cigarettes may help quit smoking, shows evidence

E-cigarettes may help quit smoking, shows evidence

Electronic cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking last year and there is no evidence of any serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years, according to studies published on Tuesday. Researchers at University College London (UCL) analysed the latest data on smoking and quitting in England – including details on smokers who worked with the health-worker devised Stop Smoking Services to set a quit date. While they found no direct evidence that e-cigarettes prompted more people to make the…

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