Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals
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    Is Your Life Being Shortened by a Lack of Vitamin E?

    Dr Arya Sharma, Professor of Medicine and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta states that body mass index (BMI) is a poor indicator of health. Nevertheless, he is concerned by the rapid increase in the prevalence of severe obesity (BMI of 40-59.9 vs normal weight BMI 18.5-24.9) because of its association with a loss of 6.5 to 13.7 years of life.

    Being overweight and obesity increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). 75% of those who are obese or have diabetes have NAFLD. Possibly 90% of those who are severely obese

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    Preventing NCDs: Where to Apply Resources?

    Want to stay healthy and active into your 80’s? Of course the answer is yes. Researchers say it can be accomplished by promoting behaviors that prevent molecular and metabolic dysfunction. In other words, adopting healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors.

    Inflammation is a normal defensive response to infection and injury. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is believed to contribute to the development of several  non-communicable diseases (NCD)

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    Malnutrition in Vulnerable Refugee Populations: Report on Syria

    The civil war in Syria started almost three and a half years ago. As a result of the conflict, roughly 2.9 million people have fled Syria, and another 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. The majority of the international refugees now live in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, in refugee camps and also in the general community in these countries. Refugees are at increased risk of malnutrition, especially in protracted conflicts such as in Syria. A recent report from the CDC investigates rates of malnutrition in Syrian refugees living in and outside of a refugee camp in Jordan. What is the nutritional status of people living in such a compromised situation?

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    What do Maintaining Muscle, Being Strong and Healthy Aging Share? Vitamin D!

    Vitamin D is most commonly associated with bone metabolism. Did you know low vitamin D status also affects muscle?

    Liu and colleagues report that lower 25(OH)D concentrations are linked with greater muscle mass loss in middle-aged people. Using a subset of 3,289 community-dwelling residents from the Nutrition and Health of Aging Population in China Project living in Beijing and Shanghai, they report muscle mass 

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    Who Doubted Safety and Benefits of Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation?

    Calcium and vitamin D are essential nutrients for bone health. Many people, especially women, do not consume recommended amounts of these two nutrients from their diet. With a few exceptions, i.e. dairy products, snack bars and ready-to-eat cereals, it has been difficult to fortify foods with calcium (a mineral) without negatively affecting taste (and consumer preference). Federal regulations restrict the types of foods which can be fortified with vitamin D. Dietary supplements become a primary option to fill calcium and vitamin D shortfalls.  

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    What is the Evidence Base for Vitamin D Supplementation in Pregnant Women?

    Many people are interested in how diet during pregnancy can affect health of both mother and infant. In fact, our fourth most popular blog post ever discusses how vitamin D supplementation influences gestational diabetes-related health measures. Recently, Harvey and co-workers published an exhaustive review on the effects of vitamin D supplements in pregnancy. Did these authors find a benefit to vitamin D supplementation?

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    Striving for a Nutritionally Sustainable World

    Today I searched Wikipedia for the word ‘sustainability’ and found,  “Achieving sustainability will enable the Earth to continue supporting human life”. With respect to food and nutrition, sustainability requires understanding the determinants and costs of producing, processing, and distributing foods globally to sustainably feed a growing population regardless of where they live.

    People in the US spend less on food than any other country, only 6.4% of their expenditures in 2012. Americans don’t necessarily spend less on food than others, they just tend to eat more, mostly prepared foods rather than cooking with staples, and leaving more uneaten (waste).  

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    Wanting to Get Out of the Kitchen? Some Free Advice

    Whether on vacation, traveling for business, or trying to avoid standing in front of a stove during the summer, a common choice is eating at a restaurant. When doing so, most people underestimate the calories in restaurant foods.  

    A CDC report finds that 57% of Americans use menu labels when making food choices. Women are more likely to read menus than men. 

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