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Plant-Based Diets Lower Cholesterol

Vegetarian, especially vegan, diets reduce cholesterol levels, according to a review and meta-analysis authored by Physician Committee researchers and published in Nutrition Reviews.

Vegan Diets Benefit Heart Health

A vegan diet demonstrates the ability to prevent and treat heart failure, according to a case study and short literature review in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

Statin Use Increases Likelihood of Developing Diabetes

People taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a recent meta-analysis published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases.

Plant-Based Diet Best for Heart Disease and Obesity

A whole-food, plant-based diet is best for reducing weight and cholesterol, according to a study published this week in Nutrition & Diabetes.

Nurses Experience Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

A new publication in the American Journal of Nursing shows the benefits of plant-based diets for nurses and their patients.

Physicians Address Food Myths

A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology analyzed the evidence behind recent food trends and myths.

Plant-Based Diets Prevent Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Plant-based diets decrease risks for heart disease and type 2 diabetes and aid weight management, according to a review published in Nutrition Bulletin.

Grains Protect Against Heart Disease

Consumption of both refined and whole grains helped reduce weight, blood pressure, and total and LDL cholesterol among overweight and obese patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Intake Worsens Prostate Cancer

Saturated fat and cholesterol intake makes prostate cancer more aggressive, according to a study published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention a Concern for All

Risk factors for heart disease remain a concern across the age spectrum and particularly for African-Americans, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Plant-Based Diets Best for Type 2 Diabetes

A plant-based diet is best for those with type 2 diabetes, according to a review published online in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes.

Subsidized Foods Increase Risk for Disease in U.S.

A diet comprised of mostly subsidized products increases cardiometabolic risk factors, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Dietary Cholesterol May Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Dietary cholesterol is linked to increased breast cancer risk, according to a meta-analysis published in Nutrition Research

Protective Effect of HDL Null if LDL Levels High

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may not protect against heart disease if low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) levels remain high, according to a study published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer

Vegetarian and vegan diets improve health and protect against early death from disease, according to a meta-analysis published online in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.

Nutrition Counseling Reduces Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Nutrition counseling by a physician improves heart health, according to a study published in Advances in Nutrition.

Cholesterol Levels High in U.S. Children and Adolescents

One in 5 children in the United States has high cholesterol, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Vegetarian Diets Lower Cholesterol Levels

A vegetarian diet is beneficial for heart health, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Fruit and Vegetable Intake during Young Adulthood Prevents Heart Disease

Eating fruits and vegetables as a young adult prevents heart disease later in life, according to a study published online in Circulation.

High Cholesterol Levels Increase Joint Inflammation

High cholesterol levels increase tendon complications and pain, according to a review published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Vegetarian Diets Increase Metabolism

Vegetarian diets are associated with higher metabolic rates, according to a study published in Nutrients. Researchers monitored the diets and metabolic rates for 24 vegetarian and 26 nonvegetarian participants.

Dietary Cholesterol Increases “Bad” Cholesterol Levels

Dietary cholesterol will increase your total cholesterol level and LDL levels, or “bad” cholesterol, according to a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers reviewed 40 studies that analyzed the effects of dietary cholesterol on heart disease and serum lipids, including total cholesterol and LDL levels.

FDA Bans Trans Fat Linked to Heart Disease

The danger trans fat poses to heart health has been clearly established, and in order "to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year," the FDA will require food manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils-the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat-from processed foods within three years.

High Triglyceride Levels Increase Risk for Hypothyroidism

High triglyceride levels may increase your risk for thyroid conditions, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers monitored triglyceride levels and hypothyroid incidence rates for 24,100 participants from three Chinese communities as part of the Risk Evaluation of Cancers in Chinese Diabetic Individuals study.

Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Obese Children

Vegan diets reduce the risk of heart disease in obese children, according to a study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers led by Michael Macknin, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic compared a plant-based diet with an American Heart Association diet in 28 overweight children along with one parent of each child. Those who followed the plant-based diet excluded added fat and animal products and focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

High-Fiber Diets Increase Lifespan

People who consumed the most fiber were 19 percent less likely to die during study periods ranging up to a decade.

Beans Improve the Health of People with Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes benefit from replacing red meat with legumes (beans, peas, or lentils) in their diets, according to a study published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Plant-Based Diet Improves Inflammation

A plant-based diet may reduce inflammation, according to a study published online in Nutrition Research. Researchers examined the nutrient intake for 63 overweight or obese participants following vegan, vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, or omnivorous diet.

Childhood Obesity Associated with Serious Heart Problems

Childhood Obesity Associated with Serious Heart Problems, according to a new study published by the American College of Cardiology.

A Vegan Diet Proves Most Effective for Weight Loss

A vegan diet leads to the most weight loss, compared with other dietary patterns, according to a new study in the journal Nutrition.

High Cholesterol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer

High cholesterol levels increase the risk for breast cancer

Fat Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

A high-fat, high-cholesterol diet increases the risk for breast cancer, according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

High Cholesterol Levels Lower Fertility

Higher cholesterol levels may prevent or delay pregnancy

Statin Users Gain Weight

Statin Users Gain Weight

"Paleo" Diet Leads to Worsening Cholesterol

Paleo Diet Increases Cholesterol

Beans Benefit Heart Health

How Beans Can Be Beneficial to Heart Health

Cholesterol Levels Lower in Vegans

Those who consume vegan diets have better cholesterol levels than people who eat meat, fish, dairy, and/or egg products, according to a study published this month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Weight Determines Kidney Function

Heavier people have worse kidney health, compared with people of normal weight, according to a new study published by the National Kidney Foundation.

Vegetarian Diet Lowers Cholesterol, Weight, and Blood Sugar

A low-fat, high-carbohydrate vegetarian diet lowers cholesterol, blood sugars, and weight, according to a study published in the October issue of Environmental Microbiology Reports.

Western Diets Bring Alzheimer's to Developing Countries

An increase in animal fat consumption in developing countries is associated with more Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Vegetarian Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease, according to a new study in the March issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Yes, Cutting Fatty Foods Really Does Help You Lose Weight

Diets lower in total fat led to lower total body weights, compared with diets higher in fat, according to a new review published in the British Medical Journal.

Statins Contribute to Fatigue and Loss of Energy

The Archives of Internal Medicine reports that cholesterol-lowering statins contribute to fatigue and loss of energy.

"Low-Carb" Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk

Low-carbohydrate diets can lead to weight gain and heightened risk of heart disease, according to a new study in Sweden.

Statin Drugs Boost Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Vegetarian Men at Reduced Risk for Heart Disease

Vegetarian men weigh less and have less cardiovascular disease risk, compared with nonvegetarians, according to a new study in Nutrition and Metabolism.

Glycemic Index of Foods Influences Weight Loss

Decreasing the intake of high-glycemic foods can help reduce body weight, according to a new article in the Journal of Nutrition.

Eggs and Cholesterol Associated with Gestational Diabetes Risk

Egg consumption increases the risk of gestational diabetes, according to a new article in this week's American Journal of Epidemiology.

Healthy Body Linked to Healthy Mind

People over the age of 65 with metabolic syndrome are at an increased risk of cognitive decline, according to a study published this month in Neurology.

Cholesterol in Eggs is Dangerous

The authors of a new publication in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology explain that the cholesterol in one egg exceeds the maximum amount recommended by the American Heart Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program.

Animal Protein Linked to Increased Diabetes Risk

Diabetes risk increases with higher intake of total protein and animal protein, according to a new study in this month's issue of Diabetes Care.

Soy Reduces Cholesterol in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

A study in next month's Journal of Nutrition found that consumption of soy protein may help people with type 2 diabetes lower their cholesterol levels.

Case Study Shows Risks with Atkins Diet

In an article published in today's Journal of the American Dietetic Association, PCRM researchers present a case study of a previously healthy 51-year-old man who developed high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and erectile dysfunction after going on the Atkins Diet, which avoids carbohydrate and emphasizes fatty foods.

Improving Diabetes with a Low-Fat Vegan Diet

A new report from PCRM researchers, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that a low-fat vegan diet helps people with diabetes lose weight and improve their blood sugars and cholesterol.

Increased Egg Consumption Linked to Mortality

In the Physicians' Health Study I, which included 21,327 participants with an average 20 year follow-up, researchers found that those who consumed seven or more eggs per week had an almost 25 percent increased risk of death than those with the lowest egg consumption.

Walnuts Improve Artery Flexibility

A new study from the American Journal of Cardiology shows that adding walnuts (a healthy plant source of omega-3 fatty acid) to a high-fat meal reduces negative changes in arteries.

A Vegan Diet for Diabetes Control

A study in the August issue of Diabetes Care, published by the American Diabetes Association, shows that a low-fat, vegan diet is highly effective for blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.

Fit or Not-Being Fat Is Riskiest for Your Heart

Excess body fat is more dangerous for your heart than being sedentary.

Low-Carb Diets: New Concerns about Cholesterol and Regained Weight

Tomorrow's Annals of Internal Medicine contains two reports that raise more cautions about low-carbohydrate diets.

Vegetarian

Today's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that a vegetarian diet incorporating soluble fiber, soy protein, almonds, and plant sterol ester-enriched margarine lowers serum cholesterol concentrations about as effectively as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

If "B" Is for Beef and "C" Is for Chicken Wings... Could "A" Be for Alzheimer's?

Women whose cholesterol levels are in the top 25 percent have a 76-percent increase in risk of developing dementia, compared to women with lower cholesterol levels, according to a study of 1,037 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study.