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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of breast cancer – Video

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

In the pink month or the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we publish a report below to remind our readers that diet is important in preventing breast cancer – a disease that will eventually develop in one in eight women in the United States in their lifetime.

Eating a Mediterranean diet may help significantly reduce risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a new study published in the July 14, 2010 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests.

The study led by Antonia Trichopoulou from Epidemiology and Medical Statistics in Athens, Greece, along with colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women whose diet was 2 points closer on a 0-9 scale to traditional Mediterranean diet were 22 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

For the study, the researchers followed up on 14,807 women in the European Protective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort in Greece for an average of 8.8 years and identified 240 incident cases of breast cancer. Participants’ dietary patterns were evaluated on a 9-point scale for similarity to the traditional Mediterranean diet.

In the entire cohort, an increase of 2 points in the diet score was associated with a 12 percent reduction in the breast cancer risk. But the researchers said the association was not significant.

A diet 2 points closer to the Mediterranean diet did not seem to reduce risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women, but among postmenopausal it was associated with a 22 percent reduced risk of breast cancer.

A health observer suggested that the Mediterranean diet may be more protective than what the study shows due to the possibility that the assessment of the study participants’ diets could introduce errors.

Olive oil, a key component in the Mediterranean diet, has been associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, according to the background information in the study report by the researchers.

Monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil are at least partially responsible for the protective effect, the health observer suggested, because the use of olive oil means the participants used less vegetables oils such as corn oil and soybean oil, which contain tumor-promoting omega-6 fatty acids.

Breast cancer is expected to be diagnosed in more than 175,000 women and kill about 50,000 each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. The good news is that breast cancer is in many cases preventable. From foodconsumer.

Taking On Crohn’s Disease With Diet

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease which causes inflammation to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It’s also known as ileitis or enteritis.

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks healthy body tissue. White blood cells amass in the intestinal lining, initiating chronic inflammation, then progressing to ulcerations and injury to the bowel.

The usual target is the lower part of the small intestine, or the ileum. The inflammation and swelling penetrate deep into the intestinal lining, causing intense pain and diarrhea. The intestines can’t absorb nutrients properly and malnutrition becomes a real threat.

A person with Crohn’s disease may be anemic or deficient in vitamin B12 and folic acid. Many sufferers are deficient in vitamin D. The National Academy of Sciences report that 2,000 IUs a day of vitamin D is safe.

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil or flaxseed oil may have an anti-inflammatory effect. Probiotics (“good” bacteria) may also be beneficial.

Inflammation and diarrhea cause fluid loss and ultimately dehydration. If you get dizzy or weak, or light-headed, you may be dehydrated.

It’s imperative to keep your fluid and electrolyte intake up. Electrolytes help keep the electrical balance and water distributed to the cells.

A high-calorie liquid diet may bring relief to the embattled intestines, and enable greater absorption of nutrients so needed by Crohn’s sufferers.

No diet works universally. But being aware of which foods agree with you and which ones don’t gives you the upper hand.

Some of the likely suspects are dairy products, high-fiber foods, fried foods, legumes and cruciferous vegetables, whole grains and bran, nuts and seeds, red meat, spicy foods, raw fruit or vegetables.

Potentially troublesome beverages are alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, milk and tea.

A high-calorie, high-protein diet with three meals and two or three snacks a day, or a low-residue diet may be beneficial. Low-fiber and low-residue diet can decrease the cramps, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

A low-residue diet is low in foods that add residue to stool.
If you’re interested in a low-residue diet, stay away from corn, nuts, seeds, raw fruits and vegetables.

A daily food journal may bring hazardous foods to light. Staying away from these foods may cause some symptoms to ease.

Just write down what you eat and how much of it, along with the date. If you have any symptoms flare up after eating a food, make a note in your journal. From empowher.

Doctors turning to nontraditional way to treat Crohn’s Disease

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Imagine not being able to eat a meal ever. That’s life for people with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic condition that attacks the body’s digestive tract. Now, some folks are turning away from traditional medicine to keep the disease in check. It’s a drug-free solution that’s not easy.

“I’ve been practicing for four years,” Steve Smarduch said.

For Steve Smarduch, it’s all about discipline. And this is what’s on the menu for every single meal, seven days a week.

He’s got Crohn’s Disease, an inflammation of the digestive tract. Half-a-million others in the US have it, too. Meals were followed by stomach pains and vomiting. He was taking standard steroidal treatment, until his mom got worried.

“All those drugs that are used for Crohn’s disease have very bad, very bad side effects,” Steve’s Mom Svetlana said.

She found a treatment used across Europe called eteral nutrition. This milk-shake is kind of like a nutritional energy drink, and it put Steve’s disease in remission.

“It’s safer than most other modes of treatment we have available,” Pediatric gastroenterolist Dr. Randolph McConnie from Rush University Medical Center said.

Steroids work, but they can boost the chances of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and infections. A European study found this liquid diet is just as effective as steroids, and has no side effects. But it can cost more than $200 a week, and sticking with it is no treat.

“There’s an issue of taste, there’s an issue of how the patient tolerates the formula,” Dr. McConnie said.

“It’s working out for me pretty good. I drink it I get the calories and proteins and I’m all set,” Steve said.

Steve’s wants to add solid food soon. But he’ll stick to his routine as long it makes him feel better.

Doctors say patients typically stay on a strict liquid diet for six to eight weeks. Then slowly introduce food back into their diet. The formula needs to be bought online or through a pharmacy.


BACKGROUND: Crohn’s disease is a chronic ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal tract. Although it can involve any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the small intestine or colon. The disease can affect people of all age groups but the most popular age group diagnosed is young adults. Common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and diarrhea. Bleeding from the rectum, weight loss, joint pain, skin problems and fever may also occur. (SOURCE: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA))

LIFE WITH CROHN’S DISEASE: A diagnosis of Crohn’s disease can mean different things to different people. If symptoms are severe, then it may mean certain lifestyle adjustments but if symptoms are mild, then certain changes to diet, along with proper treatment may be the best way to cope with the disease. The key to living life the way you want is to develop your own guidelines for health and wellness. Following your gastroenterologist’s advice, taking medicines as scheduled, and keeping your gastroenterologist’s appointments are the first steps toward staying healthy. Treatment may include medicines, nutrition supplements, surgery or a combination of these options. Some people have long periods of remission, when they are free of symptoms. (SOURCE: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2010)

LIQUID DIET: Normal digestion occurs when food is broken down in the stomach and then absorbed in the bowel. These absorbed products are then carried by the blood to all parts of the body. Sometimes a person who has Crohn’s cannot eat any or enough food to keep their body full of nutrients. Enteral Nutrition is an alternative supplement for food and is the first choice for children in Canada and European countries suffering from Crohn’s. It has also been an official treatment for Crohn’s disease in the United States as well since 1960. The liquid is similar to nutritional energy drinks like Ensure or Boost. Like any other medicine, it does not work for every patient but when it does it can: induce remission, in some patients, in as little as two weeks, can restore normal growth in kids who have stopped growing because of the disease and promote healing in diseases area of the intestinal track. Studies found that this diet has fewer side effects than steroids. Enteral Nutrition must be given for six to eight weeks in order to induce remission and to maintain remission. The treatment must be continued for years. It’s typically not covered by insurance and more research is needed because the mechanism by which Enteral Nutrition induces clinical remission in Crohn’s disease still remains unclear.
From wndu.