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High-Sodium Diet May Increase Risk for Heart Arrhythmia.

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition characterized by an irregular heartbeat, which has been linked to both stroke and heart failure. A new study that monitored over 700 middle-aged men and women for an average of 19 years revealed a higher incidence of atrial fibrillation among those who consumed the most salt. Lead author Dr. Tero Pääkkö adds, “This study provides the first evidence that dietary salt may increase the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation, adding to a growing list ...

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Mediterranean Diet During Pregnancy Linked to Healthier Development in Children.

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According to a new study that followed 2,700 children until age four, those whose mothers most closely followed the Mediterranean diet during pregnancy were 32% less likely to experience an abnormal growth pattern through age four. Study author Dr. Dora Romaguera adds, “These results support the hypothesis that a healthy diet during pregnancy can have a beneficial effect for child development.”

Journal of Pediatrics, November 2018

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Mediterranean Diet and Lower Cardiovascular Risk.

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The results of a twelve-year study suggest that women who most closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet (which focuses on a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil, while limiting red meat and dairy consumption) have a 23-28% reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.

JAMA Network Open, December 2018

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Vitamin D Supplement May Help with Bedwetting.

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Nocturnal enuresis is a common urinary bladder problem in younger children. In this study, researchers found that giving a daily vitamin D supplement to children with a history of wetting the bed appeared to significantly reduce the number of wet nights experienced by 44.4% of the participants within two months.

Journal of Pediatric Urology, June 2018

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Plant-Based Diets Are a Great Option for Type 2 Diabetics.

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A review of data from eleven clinical trials involving diabetics has identified an association between adopting a plant-based diet and improved physical and emotional quality of life.

BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, October 2018

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