Study Says Carbs, Not Fats, Are Bad for You

Study Says Carbs, Not Fats, Are Bad for You

But don’t give up on fruits, vegetables and legumes — they’re still good for you
By Dennis Thompson  HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A large, 18-country study may turn current
nutritional thinking on its head. The new research suggests that it’s not the fat in your diet that’s raising your risk of premature death, it’s too many carbohydrates — especially the refined, processed kinds of carbs — that may be the real killer.

The research also found that eating fruits, vegetables and legumes can lower your risk of
dying prematurely. But three or four servings a day seemed to be plenty. Any additional
servings didn’t appear to provide more benefit.

What does all this mean to you? Well, a cheeseburger may be OK to eat, and adding
lettuce and tomato to the burger is still good for you, but an excess of white flour
burger buns may boost your risk of dying early.

Dehghan suggested that “the best diets will include a balance of carbohydrates and fats, approximately 50 to 55 percent carbohydrates and around 35 percent total fat, including both saturated and unsaturated fats.”

All foods contain three major macronutrients essential for life — fat, carbohydrate and protein. The optimum amounts a person should eat has been the focus of debate for decades, with the pendulum swinging from low-fat to low-carb diets over time.

Read the entire article HERE.

African American health and social justice

Improving the health of African Americans in the USA: an overdue opportunity for social justice

  • Allan S. Noonan
  • Hector Eduardo Velasco-Mondragon and
  • Fernando A. Wagner
Public Health Reviews201637:12

Published: 3 October 2016

In 1928, Louis Israel Dublin wrote “An improvement in Negro health, to the point where it would compare favorably with that of the white race, would at one stroke wipe out many disabilities from which the race suffers, improve its economic status and stimulate its native abilities as would no other single improvement. These are the social implications of the facts of Negro Health” [1]. This compelling assertion remains valid to date. The fact that the African American population is the least healthy ethnic group in the USA is not due to chance. The first African Americans were brought to the USA in chains as slaves. The transport itself from Africa to the New World remains one of the best examples of the ability of one sector of humanity to destroy the health of another. Estimates of the death rate of slaves during the infamous “middle passage” are wide ranging, from approximately 9 to 35 %. Slavery associated deaths were likely much higher [23]

Thirty years after the (1985) Heckler Report was released, African Americans still endure unacceptable health disparities and lack the power over policy and actions that could make the changes to eliminate such disparities.

Read the entire article HERE.

Diabetic Foot Care

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Diabetic Foot Care

If your toes are tingly, cracked or sore, if your feet are numb, cold or prone to infection, you could have diabetes-related foot problems. One study found that as many as 50 percent of people with diabetes have nerve damage to their feet.

  • Inspect your feet
  • Protect them from extreme temperatures
  • Wear comfortable, well fitting shoes
  • Prevent blood sugar spikes

Watch the slideshow here.

How to Lose Weight After 50

How to Lose Weight After 50 (Well, after 60)

  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Skip the soda and sweetened drinks
  • Make lunch, not dinner, your biggest meal of the day
  • Get some exercise every day
  • Do strength building exercise
  • Stop eating fried foods; bake, broil, grill them instead
  • Get enough sleep

Teen health sites…

 Teen health sites…