Is a High Protein Diet Good?

Susan S. Johnson

First it was the health devotee in your circle who swore by the paleo diet. Then, your social media friends started to convert to diets rich in eggs, nuts, meat and cheese. Suddenly, news headlines declared bacon and burgers were way healthier than pizza and pasta, and even your dad began the Dukan plan, a diet that wraps burrito fillings in lettuce “tortillas.”

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No question, high-protein diets are hot. But are they healthy? That depends. Here’s exactly what you need to know to determine whether a high-protein diet is right for you.

How Much Protein Do

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Prostate Cancer and the Plant-Based Diet

Susan S. Johnson

Some research suggests that people with early stage prostate cancer who switch to a plant-based diet can reduce their risk of advanced prostate cancer. Research also shows that a plant-based diet may reduce the risk of a prostate cancer diagnosis overall.

One in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout their life.

Though prostate cancer is a serious disease, some lifestyle changes, like switching to a plant-based diet, may improve outcomes and disease progression.

Here’s everything there is to know about plant-based diets, including how they can impact early stage prostate cancer and how they may be used alongside

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Hot topics: Diet and longevity, Racism and depression, chores and heart health, benefits of raw veggies, meat and cancer risk | Health and Medicine

Susan S. Johnson

Altering diet to add a decade

Simply making small changes to one’s diet can add as much as 10 to 13 years to life, according to a new study.

Norwegian researchers found that a 20-year-old woman who replaces refined grains with whole grains and legumes, as well as eats more fish and nuts, is  less likely to develop heart disease and cancer, and can benefit from an additional 10 years of life.

For men, those changes could mean an additional 13 years of life.

The results do not take into account nutritional requirements, but focus more on caloric

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Nordic diet may improve health, even without weight loss

Susan S. Johnson
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New research explores the health benefits of the so-called Nordic diet. Morten Falch Sortland/Getty Images
  • Researchers investigated the health effects of a healthy Nordic diet (HND) using metabolic analysis.
  • They found that the diet positively affects glucose metabolism, cholesterol, and cardiometabolic risk.
  • They conclude that metabolic analysis is an effective way to assess dietary outcomes.

The HND consists of berries, fish, root vegetables, and rapeseed oil. It is known to benefit various aspects of health, including weight loss, blood pressure, inflammation, and blood lipid profiles.

Studies also show that HND lowers the risk of

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