Can Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Raise your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?
A massive study involving French citizens that spanned more than a decade evaluated their use of artificial sweeteners. The observational study periodically checked the participants’ food and drink intake and had the participants regularly report on their health. By the end of the study, the researchers learned that the participants who consumed higher levels of artificial sweeteners experienced cardiovascular disease events at a higher rate than participants who did not cons
10,000 Steps vs. Power Walking: Are they Equally Beneficial?
A large new study investigates the health effects of walking 10,000 steps a day or less. The researchers found that the risk of premature death decreases with every 2,000 steps people take. They also found a correlation between the number of daily steps and a reduced risk of developing dementia, heart disease, and cancer. Power-walking also adds additional benefits and can make fewer steps count significantly more. For maintaining one’s health, experts typically recommend wal
Sugar Disrupts Microbiome and Immune Function, leading to metabolic disorders
A new study found that sugar consumption leads to a loss of important immune cells in mice. Sugar appears to tip the microbiome balance away from bacteria that support immune cells in favor of non-beneficial bacteria. The study authors draw a strong connection between the loss of these immune cells and cardiometabolic diseases, such as diabetes. Research shows that an estimated 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. Immune cells in the gut interact with the microbiome —
Alzheimer’s: Scientists find way to switch some diseased cells back to a healthy state.
Evidence suggests that microglia—the primary immune cells in the brain—may directly contribute to the development of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Due to technical challenges, scientists have not been able to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying microglia activity or function in healthy and diseased brains. Scientists have now developed a new method based on the gene-editing tool CRISPR to identify genes that modulate the function of m