In the latest WalletHub survey, the safest state during COVID-19 was named. "In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics," wrote Financial Writer Adam McCann. "Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated." Read on to see if your state made the list, as we count down the top 10 (well, 11, because they counted D.C.)—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And May Not Have Even Known It. 11 Utah Score: 64.73The CDC said vaccinated people can go maskless pretty much everywhere except when traveling or in hospitals or prisons. Masks won't be required at schools in Utah. "So give kids an opportunity to see their teachers, to see their friends, to spend that last week together without masks, if they so choose," Gov. Spencer Cox said Thursday. 10 California Score: 65.03The state was hit hard but ended up being one of the safest. And soon: "We're not wearing face coverings. We're not restricted in any way, shape or form from doing the old things that we used to do, save for huge, large-scale indoor convention events like that, where we use our common sense," Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with Fox 11. 9 Washington D.C. Score: 66.50"Fourteen months after the Washington region's first reported case of the coronavirus, daily infections and deaths are trending down as vaccinations take hold," reports the Washington Post. "Hospitals are seeing far fewer critically ill patients, and funeral homes are receiving fewer covid-19 victims. A union chief in D.C. says it's been two months since he's had to call a bereaved family to brief them on their loved one's life insurance policy." 8 Connecticut Score: 66.95"Indoor masking will still be required for the unvaccinated for a little while longer," Gov. Ned Lamont said. "I think that's the right thing to do." As for how to tell who's been vaccinated: "I think every store, business, restaurant may have their own rules that way. At this point, I think people are going to self-attest. We hope they are going to do the right thing," he said. 7 Rhode Island Score: 67.29Fully vaccinated Rhode Islanders can follow the CDC's latest advice. And the whole state opens up soon. "So we reset Rhode Island at 100% capacity beginning May 21," said Gov. Dan McKee. "100% capacity in our retail stores, 100% capacity in our gyms, 100% capacity in our offices, and no limits to social gatherings." 6 Alaska Score: 68.83The state is happy to have vaccinations open to those 12 and up. "While children tend to do very well with COVID, they tend to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. We still see kids get sick, we still see kids hospitalized, and we know that they can spread it to adults," Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska's chief medical officer, told reporters this week.RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 5 New Hampshire Score: 71.18Vaccination walk-ins will happen soon, as might incentives. "We are looking at working with different businesses, with Commissioner (of Business and Economic Affairs Taylor) Caswell and Perry Plummer, looking at what opportunities there are for us to set up pop-up clinics or mobile activities all around the state at different types of events where there might be some opportunities for incentives," Dr. Beth Daly, the chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, said. "They're not going to be anything significant, but maybe a free hot dog or ticket to something." 4 Maine Score: 75.36Gov. Janet Mills will ease COVID protocols on May 24th. As for the latest CDC guidance on masks: "Notwithstanding the latest guidance from the U.S. CDC … Mask wearing remains critical, regardless of the venue," Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said this week. "When we do see [the U.S. CDC guidance], we will review it carefully, and proceed accordingly," Shah said, "but we just learned about and have not yet received it or reviewed it—that's gotta be step number one. Where we go after that, I can't speculate."RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 3 Massachusetts Score: 77.69"The new @CDCgov guidance is great news. We will be updating our reopening plans early next week," tweeted Gov. Charlie Baker this week. "Massachusetts is on track to vaccinate more than 4 million residents soon. Please stay safe while we prepare next steps to return to our new normal." 2 Vermont Score: 85.59Vermont waited until it had a low baseline of cases before re-opening fully. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, once called Vermont a "model" of how to handle a pandemic. "This should be the model for the country – how you've done it," Fauci said, "Notwithstanding that this is a small state, but it should be the model of how you get to such a low test positivity that you can actually start opening up the economy in a safe and prudent way."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 1 And the #1 Safest State During the Pandemic Is….Hawaii Score: 85.70Hawaii is "close" to reaching herd immunity, according to at least one epidemiologist. But Gov. David Ige isn't resting easy. "At this point in time with the majority of our community not vaccinated, and we are not able to determine whether someone is vaccinated or not, we will continue to maintain the mask mandate here in the state of Hawaii," Ige said at a press conference. "The challenge is it's impossible to determine who's vaccinated and who's not vaccinated." As for yourself, get vaccinated, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.
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As one of the most widely accessible and well-consumed protein sources globally, nearly every country and diet feature chicken. Whether it's grilled, boiled, broiled, fried, served warm or cold, this form of poultry is an easy—and delicious!—way to meet your nutritional requirements for the day. And while there are some drawbacks to eating chicken (like high cholesterol and high sodium levels), there are some significant health benefits.A major effect of eating chicken is its impact on your overall health and wellness goals. Specifically: how it impacts our bones, our muscles, our weight, our heart—and, believe it or not, our mood. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)Unlike beef or pork products that are super-high in fat, chicken is considered a lean source of protein. And while it does have more fat than, say, a serving of salmon, it's still low compared to other options. Plus, it's high in something all bodies need: amino acids. How come? We can't build muscle without amino acids since they make up muscle tissues.When we consume more protein, we also build bone mineral density. This is always important, but mainly as we do more laps around the sun and naturally lose muscle tissue and bone strength. So if you're goal is to keep active all the years of your life, make sure chicken is part of your diet.Or, say a goal of yours is to drop weight. To keep yourself satisfied—and thus, not eating chips or treats—you need to consume a good amount of protein. Generally speaking, that's about 25 to 30 grams per meal—a four-ounce serving of chicken has around 30 grams alone. By preparing yummy dishes that are full of protein, you will reach your weight aspirations easier.Last but potentially most important: we all want to be happy, right? A side effect of eating chicken is how it's a natural mood booster. In the same way that being outdoors under the sunshine can make us feel calmer, eating chicken gives our body a higher level of serotonin, thanks to the addition of the amino acid tryptophan. It won't have an immediate impact, but you could see a benefit when you also focus on overall healthy habits and exercise.Get even more healthy tips straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter!
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Diabetes is one of the most deadly diseases in America—and yet if you don't have it, you think it might not happen to you. That said, there's no harm in knowing the signs you may be getting diabetes, according to doctors. "It's extremely important to know your risk for diabetes and to be screened for diabetes early if you are concerned over your risk. A simple blood test can tell you your risk," says Dr. Deena Adimoolam, a Yale-trained endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes, food as medicine and metabolic health. Read on for the 7 most worrying symptoms—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Symptoms Everyone Needs to Know About During This Pandemic. 1 You May Have Excessive Thirst and Frequent Urination If you're developing diabetes, you may have polydipsia—increased thirst—or polyuria—frequent, excessive urination. These are very common, and it's all because of your kidneys. Your kidneys are the organs that filter and absorb glucose. When you have diabetes, you have excess glucose. "High levels of glucose function like a diuretic which leads to excess urination. This excess urination can then lead to extreme thirst and dehydration if you can't keep up with your fluid intake," says Dr. Adimoolam. 2 You May Always Feel Hungry It's natural to feel hungry after a long workout or having skipped breakfast. But diabetes may feel hungry for seemingly no reason—and find that food doesn't queel the pangs. There's actually a medical term for always feeling hungry when you have diabetes—it's called polyphagia. "Diabetes is defined by an issue with a hormone called insulin," says Dr. Adimoolam. "Insulin is important to allow glucose to enter into cells where it can be used for energy. In Type 1 Diabetes, there is a deficiency in insulin production. In Type 2 Diabetes the body is resistant to the effects of insulin (insulin resistance). Since this glucose cannot enter into cells to be used for energy, your body feels that you need more food for energy and you seek out food. But eatingmore won't help—what helps is taking medications to help get glucose back into cells to be used for energy."RELATED: The #1 Reason You Could Get Cancer, According to Science 3 You May Have Blurry Vision If you guessed blurry vision when you have diabetes was due to blood sugar issues, good job: you have been paying attention. Your eye lens swells when blood sugar levels are high, and body water is pulled into the lens. You may also have damage to the blood vessels in the retina; they can become weak and thin, and leak a fatty protein called exudate. This makes sight difficult. 4 You May Feel Very Tired When your blood glucose is uncontrolled, you may have hyperglycemia—which can lead to nausea, fruity-smelling breath, shortness of breath and dry mouth—or high blood sugar, and feel a lack of energy. "Patients with diabetes are unable to make use of the high glucose levels in the body for energy—this is why they feel exhausted," says Dr. Adimoolam. 5 You May Find Your Cuts and Wounds Heal Slowly A scrape or scratch is nothing to most people, but to diabetics, it can result in a serious issue, leading to infection. Diabetics have been known to get foot ulcers for example—wounds on the feet that may never heal. Why? There's a direct connection between blood glucose and healing. "In primary closure of surgical wounds in high-risk patients, poor glycemic control is significantly associated with worse outcomes," said the definitive study. "Every effort should be made to ensure tight control in both the chronic and subacute perioperative periods." "Chronic exposure to high glucose values leads to disease of the blood vessels (what we call 'vascular complications of diabetes')," says Dr. Adimoolam. "When blood vessels are damaged, there is limitation of the flow of blood to those specific areas of the body which leads to slow wound healing." 6 You May Have Numbness or Tingling in Your Hands or Feet You may have a numbness or tingling in your hands or feet due to diabetes. This is because of diabetic neuropathy, a nerve damage that can "affect as many as 50% of people with diabetes," say the doctors at the Mayo Clinic. You may also have pain or cramps. Or have proximal neuropathy (diabetic polyradiculopathy)—"This type of neuropathy — also called diabetic amyotrophy — often affects nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs. It can also affect the abdominal and chest area," says the clinic.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 7 You May Have Patches of Dark Skin Patches of dark skin—called Acanthosis nigricans—can be a sign of diabetes or, far more rarely, certain cancers.you'll see the velvety folds usually in the creases of your skin—mainly of the back of ones neck and armpits. What causes them? Usually insulin resistance, which is why this is so common among diabetics. "Too much insulin stimulates an increase in the abnormal growth of these skin cells," says Dr. Adimoolam. 8 What to Do If You Have Any of the Symptoms Mentioned Watch for that symptom and the others mentioned here, and contact a medical professional if you experience any of them. "Some amount of physical activity everyday may help lower one's blood sugars and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes," says Dr. Adimoolam. "Daily activity may even help with weight loss and improving your heart's health." 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Since the start of the pandemic, there have been multiple studies examining how vitamins can impact your chances of contracting COVID-19 and amping up on them may influence severity of infection and even death. However, a new study warns that one in particular may not be as effective as previously believed. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Caught COVID and Maybe Didn't Know It.Can Vitamin D Help with COVID-19 Outcome?Researchers from Brazil conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial (the gold standard in evaluating drug efficacy) involving 240 patients in a São Paulo City hospital in June-August 2020. They divided them into two groups, one of which was given a peanut oil solution and the other, D3 in a single dose dissolved into the same solution. They were all treated for COVID-19 with the same hospital protocol, given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. They found that vitamin D had no clinical outcome impact on the length of hospital stay, admission to ICU, intubation, or death.RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts SayThere Is "No Indication" It Can Help with COVID"In vitro studies or trials with animals had previously shown that in certain situations vitamin D and its metabolites can have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects, as well as modulating the immune response. We decided to investigate whether a high dose of the substance could have a protective effect in the context of an acute viral infection, reducing either the inflammation or the viral load," Rosa Pereira, principal investigator for the project, told Agência FAPESP, per a press release, about the study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). "So far we can say there's no indication to administer vitamin D to patients who come to the hospital with severe COVID-19," she said.Bruno Gualano, a researcher at FM-USP and penultimate author of the article, explains that the findings mean there is no "silver bullet" for the treatment of COVID-19. "But that doesn't mean continuous use of vitamin D can't have beneficial effects of some kind," he said.RELATED: I'm A Doctor And Warn You Never Take This SupplementHow Much Vitamin D Should You Take?While vitamin D is essential, taking more than the recommended dose can result in toxicity, also called hypervitaminosis. Per the Mayo Clinic, it can cause a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), resulting in symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination. "Vitamin D toxicity might progress to bone pain and kidney problems, such as the formation of calcium stones," they explain. Taking 60,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D for several months has been shown to cause toxicity. "This level is many times higher than the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for most adults of 600 IU of vitamin D a day," they explain. RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to ScienceShould You Take Vitamin D at All?"If you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements," Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an Instagram Live with actress Jennifer Garner. Talk to your doctor to see if it's right for you. And to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
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After a year of pandemic lockdowns, the country is slowly returning to normal. Vaccination rates are increasing, COVID-19 rates are declining nationwide, and the CDC health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci are talking have loosened previously non-negotiable guidelines like wearing masks indoors in public places. But there's one thing the CDC says you shouldn't do, even after being fully vaccinated: Attend large gatherings. Read on for four slides about where it's safest to go—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Caught COVID and Maybe Didn't Know It. 1 What, Exactly, is a Large Gathering? According to the CDC, "Large gatherings bring together many people from multiple households in a private or public space. Large gatherings are often planned events with a large number of guests and invitations. They sometimes involve lodging, event staff, security, tickets, and long-distance travel. CDC's large events guidance might apply to events such as conferences, trade shows, sporting events, festivals, concerts, or large weddings and parties."RELATED: The #1 Cause of Heart Attack, According to Science 2 Why is the CDC Still Warning Against Them? On its website under the section "Large gatherings," which was updated on May 6, the CDC warns that "COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are high across the United States.""To decrease your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, CDC recommends that you do not gather with people who do not live with you at this time. Attending events and gatherings increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 3 What Gatherings are OK? The CDC updated it's guidance this week."If you've been fully vaccinated," they say:"You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don't have symptoms." 4 How to Get Through the Rest of This Pandemic Safely As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
It could be argued that there's never been a better time to celebrate. The protective restrictions put in place during the pandemic are beginning to lift just as the weather warms up. People are returning to work, school, each other. And though there are many ways to commemorate the start of a new, brighter era, one of the most popular and simple methods is undoubtedly to crack a few cold ones.If the bad rap that beer traditionally gets in health-conscious circles is turning you off and keeping you from cheering along with long-lost friends, fret not. We spoke to Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet, as well as Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD from Balance One Supplements, and got a few key tips about the healthiest ways to indulge—and even asked them what would be considered the best beer to drink. Here's what they said, and for even more healthy drinking tips, be sure to read up on our list of the 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are.Just how unhealthy is beer?Popular knowledge says that beer causes weight gain, and it turns out, popular knowledge isn't wrong. Richards demystified that truth for us a bit, though."Alcohol is considered a macronutrient, like protein, fat, and carbohydrates, because it is technically a source of calories," she began. "While protein and carbohydrates provide 4 calories per gram and fat provides 9, alcohol gives the body 7 calories per gram."She went on to explain that, calories aside, the real issue with alcohol lies elsewhere."Alcohol typically leads to weight gain due to how it is metabolized," Richards said. "The body metabolizes alcohol first for energy, leading to calories from other sources being stored as fat. This weight gain is generally due to the poor diet choices that are made while also drinking alcohol."Besides weight gain, what else should people look out for? According to the experts, gluten and other allergens (like wheat) are common in beer and can cause issues when it comes to gut health."Beer is commonly made with a variety of glutinous grains," says Richards. "This can be an issue for anyone prone to inflammation or with a gluten sensitivity or allergy."So what type of beer is the best?Dietitian Trista Best explained that in general, the lighter the beer, the better."Opting for beers that are light in both color and calories can help to ensure you are drinking a more pure form of the beverage," says Best. "Many beer manufacturers have also begun accommodating consumers with specific needs by crafting their beverages without allergens."Richards got even more specific, adding that in general the healthiest beers—those made without gluten—are made with either rice, millet, sorghum, or corn instead. Take, for example, Glutenberg Blonde Ale. It's made with corn, millet, and quinoa, among other things, and is a lighter brew.And then there's also Omission Brewing Co.'s Ultimate Light Golden Ale, which is a reduced-gluten beer that is even lighter, ringing in at just 99 calories."These options may come at a slightly higher price tag but are worth it" Best noted.Now that you're aware of the best beer to drink, here's The Worst Beer to Drink This Summer, According to an Expert.
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A recently leaked Walmart memo obtained by Recode indicates that the retail giant is losing ground to its competitors. The 100-page document prepared by Walmart for its advertising agencies reveals the company lags behind the competition in multiple retail categories, including grocery, and concludes that "Walmart is not first and preferred."This seems to be in stark contrast to Walmart's overt image. The retailer has had a good start to 2021, announcing partnerships with a number of popular fast-food restaurants and publishing impressive quarterly earnings releases. It's also no secret that Walmart fared better than most during the pandemic, enjoying growth in its e-commerce sales during 2020, and increasing its total value in 2021 by over $20 billion. By 2022, the company plans to invest $14 billion in distribution technologies (including automation) and seems poised to maintain its position as the world's number one retail store.RELATED: This Fast-Casual Chain Is Coming To A Walmart Near YouBut Walmart's competitors have also thrived during the pandemic, the memo points out. It reveals that as of February 2021, Amazon and Target were, in fact, outperforming Walmart in general merchandise sales, claiming the lion's share of customer spending in this category. In groceries, the memo mentions an increase in sales at Publix, Target, and Albertsons juxtaposed to a drop in grocery traffic at Walmart.The grimmest news, however, came from online grocery sales. Pre-pandemic, Walmart owned a healthy 40% of that market. As of February 2021, that share is down almost 10 points, while Walmart's main competitor Instacart grew its share from 20% to a worrisome 30%. According to the memo, Walmart hopes to edge out Instacart with investment in drone delivery services and mini-warehouses.The big-box chain has attempted to remain competitive by developing its own membership and loyalty program Walmart+, similar in concept to Amazon Prime. Launched last September, the program offers numerous customer perks, including free grocery delivery and next-day shipping on some products. For more, check out Walmart Is Expanding This Grocery Service, but People Are Skeptical, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
Perhaps Meatless Monday meals should occur a few more days a week. According to research that was presented at the annual European Congress on Obesity (ECO), vegetarians are likely to have healthier biomarkers—measurements that offer a clinical assessment—compared to meat lovers.Study authors from the University of Glasgow examined the self-reported diet habits of healthy adults (ages 37 to 73) in the United Kingdom. After dividing the men and women into two groups—vegetarians (4,111 of the volunteers) and meat-eaters (a total of 166,516 people)—the investigators observed 19 blood and urine biomarkers associated with various chronic conditions and diseases.And here's what these tests revealed: Regardless of common risk factors (age, sex, education, ethnicity, obesity, smoking, and alcohol intake), vegetarians displayed "significantly lower" levels of 13 biomarkers, including total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, apolipoprotein A (linked to cardiovascular disease), and apolipoprotein B (linked to cardiovascular disease), as well as markers connected to liver function, kidney function, and cancer cells.Related: Side Effects of Giving Up Red Meat, According to ScienceThe lead researcher of this observational study believes these promising results most likely derive from following an eating pattern that focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts while leaving burgers and rib-eye steaks off the plate. It's not surprising that a number of the biomarkers are linked to heart health, Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT—The Nutrition Twins—and authors of "Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure" said to Eat This, Not That! in an interview."Previous research shows meat that's particularly high in saturated fat can negatively impact these values and is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease, while research has also shown that a diet rich in produce, whole grains, nuts, and seeds helps to prevent cardiovascular disease," they state."Likewise, prior research also consistently shows that processed meat [salami, sausage, bacon, hot dogs] and red meat can contribute to inflammation in the body and damage cells that lead to cancer and disease while eating fresh produce, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains has the opposite effect."Related: Eating Bacon Could Cause This Type of Liver Disease, New Study RevealsYet the current University of Glasgow study also found that the vegetarians had a few undesirable test results, as well. This group showed low in some key biomarkers, including HDL (good) cholesterol, vitamin D, and calcium—while also having higher levels of triglycerides, and cystatin-C (an indicator of poor kidney function) compared to the meat crew.The Nutrition Twins say one possible explanation for the low vitamin D and calcium numbers would have to do with the absence of certain foods, such as milk and cheese (which contain calcium and may not be a staple in a vegetarian's diet) and eggs, liver, and oily fish like salmon, herring, and sardines (vitamin-D-rich foods that are also not likely part of a vegetarian's meal plan). But poor HDL and triglyceride numbers are typically connected to obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes, which is believed to be uncommon factors among vegetarians."However, some vegetarians eat unhealthy non-meat products for most of their meals—think chips, pretzels, pastries, simple sugars, pasta, baked goods, and refined grains," say the twins.Opting for high-carb, low-fiber foods could result in inflammation, along with low HDL and triglycerides. As for the higher levels of cystatin-C in vegetarians, The Nutrition Twins believe an abundance of these processed foods may also be the cause of any possible kidney issues.Overall, lead study author Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales from the United Kingdom notes the multitude of health benefits that appear to come from following a vegetarian diet."Our findings offer real food for thought," he said in a press release.Now, be sure to check out Surprising Side Effects of Going Vegan.
Weight-loss supplements that promise fast results are far from new—the first diet pills were sold in the late 1800s—but just as those over-the-counter medications proved worthless, today's batch doesn't seem much better, according to a new study in the journal Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism.Researchers reviewed 54 randomized, placebo-controlled trials of herbal and dietary supplements, with over 4,000 participants represented. These included:Green teaWhite kidney beanEphedraYerba mateLicorice rootGarcinia CambogiaMangosteenEast Indian globe thistleOnly white kidney bean supplements showed a statistically significant amount of weight loss compared to a placebo, but even with this one, the difference was so modes (about three pounds) that it's not worth recommending as an option, says lead researcher Erica Bessell, PhD, of the Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney in Australia.That's particularly true given that people fluctuate in weight throughout the day, especially on weekends, one 2014 study found. The average is about five pounds of fluctuation, so "losing" three pounds with a supplement is not very notable, Bessell says."Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which require rigorous testing and clinical evidence that demonstrates their safety and effectiveness, over-the-counter herbal and dietary supplements are not required to prove they work," she notes. "In our research, it appeared that most supplements seem safe based on short-term usage, but they don't provide any meaningful weight loss."In another analysis, the researchers looked at 67 other randomized trials representing about 5,000 participants that involved non-herbal options such as conjugated linoleic acid, chitosan, and glucomannan—these are complex sugars and soluble fiber that manufacturers claim will promote feelings of fullness and even block the absorption of fat or carbohydrates.Like the white kidney bean supplement, these all showed some weight loss in comparison to the placebo, but not enough to be recommended to those trying to lose extra pounds."These supplements might seem like a quick-fix solution to weight problems," says Bessell, and that can be especially true with bold promises and plenty of marketing, including supposed "before and after" photos of satisfied customers. But, she adds, there's little data about long-term effectiveness.That means you might lose a bit of weight—if you're lucky—but in terms of significant weight loss that stays gone? There's simply not enough evidence to back up those claims.For more, be sure to check out Surprising Side Effects of Taking Vitamin D Supplements, Says Science.
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