MedWire (5/18, Withers) reported, “Individuals who consume a vegetarian diet have a lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than those who do not,” according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care. After examining the diets of some 773 people, researchers found “those adhering to a vegetarian dietary pattern were at a 56% lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than nonvegetarians,” and that “triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index were all significantly lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, even after adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, and dietary intake.”
HealthDay (5/18, Gordon) reported, “The trace mineral selenium improves quality of life and slows the progression of eye problems in people with the autoimmune disorder known as Graves’ disease,” according to a study published in the May 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. For the study, researchers “recruited 159 people with mild Graves’ orbitopathy, and randomly assigned them to receive two daily doses of either 100 micrograms of selenium, 600 milligrams of pentoxifylline, or a placebo.” Six months later, the study authors “found that selenium treatment, but not pentoxifylline or the placebo, was associated with an improved quality of life.” What’s more, the mineral also slowed the progression of the orbitopathy, compared to pentoxifylline and placebo.
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