JAMA Cardiovascular Corner

Cardiovascular Corner Low Lipids, Metformin, and Plant-Based Diets

Substituting red meat with high-quality plant protein sources was associated with more favorable changes in cardiovascular risk factors relative to dietary replacements combined in a recent meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) published in Circulation.

 

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Increased Mortality Risk Associated With Red Meat Consumption

Eating More Red Meat Lately? You May Want to Reconsider That

Adults who up their red meat intake may face increased mortality risk, suggests an analysis in The BMJ.

The analysis included over 80,000 U.S. health professionals (about two-thirds women) who completed numerous food-frequency questionnaires over two decades. Researchers examined whether changes in red meat consumption over 8 years were associated with mortality risk in the subsequent 8 years. People with histories of cardiovascular disease or cancer were excluded.

During follow-up, some 14,000 participants died. After multivariable adjustment, those who increased their red meat consumption by more than 0.5 servings a day saw a significant 10% increase in mortality risk — regardless of their baseline intake.

Decreases in red meat consumption were associated with decreased mortality risk — but only when they were accompanied by increases in other proteins or plant-based foods like fish, nuts, or whole grains.

BMJ article link below.

Association of changes in red meat consumption with total and cause specific mortality among US women and men: two prospective cohort studies

Soy Protein Decreases Circulating LDL and Total Cholesterol Concentrations in Adults

Conclusions

Soy protein significantly reduced LDL cholesterol by approximately 3–4% in adults. Our data support the advice given to the general public internationally to increase plant protein intake. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT03468127.

A Meta-Analysis of 46 Studies Identified by the FDA Demonstrates that Soy Protein Decreases Circulating LDL and Total Cholesterol Concentrations in Adults

Food Neophobia (or hell no I’m not eating that)

Food neophobia, or fear of new foods, may lead to poorer dietary quality, increase the risk factors associated with chronic diseases, and thus increase the risk of developing lifestyle diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.

Read the full Science Daily article here.

And yet another reason why people don’t eat more fruits and vegetables.

When should you be tested for vitamin B12?

How does one get deficient in B12? The classic cause, most frequent in older adults, particularly those of northern European ancestry, is pernicious anemia, in which the body is unable to absorb B12 due to lack of the protein needed to allow it to pass through the intestine into the body. It was thought that dietary lack was uncommon because B12 is found in so many foods, but these are all of animal origin, and it is easy for strict vegans to become deficient if they do not take supplements. There may be decreased absorption of B12 after gastric bypass surgery or in the setting of gastrointestinal diseases such as celiac or Crohn’s diseases. Some medications, particularly the diabetes treatment metformin or long-term use of acid-suppression, may cause decreased absorption.

Read the full article at KevinMD.com

Natural Food Interaction (NFI) Diet and DM2

We spoke about the results, which will be published and constitute an unprecedented 97.2 percent type 2 diabetes remission rate. Meaning that based on current data, anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes has a near 100 percent probability of entering full clinical remission within 20 weeks if they follow the NFI diet.

https://nutritionstudies.org/my-type-2-diabetic-patients-transformed-their-health-through-diet/?utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=jun19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=newsletter+links

Diabetes runs in my family.  My father had diabetes and my youngest brother also has the disease.  I do a lot of reading and research to better understand what I personally need to do to never develop diabetes.  The NFI diet sounds amazing.  This is just another powerful piece of evidence that supports adopting a mostly plant based diet.

If you’re as excited about this news as I am please share these articles and links.  Your diabetic family and friends will thank you.

And if you’re wondering my last fasting blood sugar was <100mg/dl and my A1C last measured in 2015 was 5.8%.

Be Nice to Your Liver – Eat Yogurt

Yogurt improves insulin resistance and liver fat in obese women with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome: a randomized controlled trial

Conclusions

Yogurt was better than milk at ameliorating IR and liver fat in obese Chinese women with NAFLD and MetS, possibly by improving lipid metabolism, reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, and LPS, and changing the gut microbiota composition. This trial was registered at www.chictr.org.cn as ChiCTR-IPR-15006801.