Vegetable-Rich Diet Associated With Decreased Risk For Cataracts

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/9, Boerner) reported that, according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published online March 23 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who are vegans or vegetarians appear to have a 30% to 40% reduced risk for cataracts. In a study involving some 27,600 people over the age of 40, some of which were followed for about 15 years, researchers also found that people who ate more than 3.5 ounces or more of meat each day had the highest risk for developing cataracts.

Some Vegetarians May Face Increased Risk Of Heart Problems From Nutritional Deficiencies. WebMD Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(4/8, Doheny) reported that research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that “some vegetarians may be increasing their risk of heart problems from nutritional deficiencies in their diets.” In a “review of published articles from medical journals,” researchers “found that vegetarian diets are often lacking in some key nutrients. These include vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.”


Brief, Intensive Exercise May Help Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors In Adolescents

Medscape Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/8, Kling) reported that “brief, intensive exercise is an effective way to lower cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in adolescents, according to a study Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published online April 6 in the American Journal of Human Biology.”

HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/8, Preidt) reported that after “seven weeks, teens in” a “moderate-intensity group had completed a total of 420 minutes of exercise, compared to 63 minutes for those in the high-intensity group.” All of the children in the study “showed significant improvements in cardio-respiratory fitness, blood pressure, body composition, and insulin resistance.” However, “the teens in the high-intensity group achieved those health benefits with only 15 percent of the exercise time put in by those in the moderate-intensity group.”