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Intravenous Chelation Benefits Diabetics

Well, this is likely the last post before Black Friday, so instead rehashing last year's rant, you can just read it again HERE.

Now, for the study, which is a slight deviation from the typical nutritional focus of this site. This was a new study that showed some amazing benefits for using intravenous chelation in a diabetic population. This was an analysis of the data from the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). In this study, the researchers didn't find much benefit to nondiabetic patients; however, when they narrowed their analysis to just those with diabetes, chelation therapy delivered some extraordinary, and surprising, benefits.


You're Gonna Love My Nuts (Part 2)

Break out the nut cracker! If the last study I covered wasn't enough to get you eating more nuts, here's another one that links it to reduced mortality. In this study, the frequency of eating nuts was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality, and this was seen independent of other predictors of death.

The data comes from 2 large prospective US cohorts: 76,464 women in the Nurses' Health Study (1980 - 2010) and 42,498 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986 - 2010). The researchers excluded study participants with a history of heart disease, stroke, or cancer. They analyzed nut consumption at the start of the study and every 2 to 4 years thereafter.


You're Gonna Love My Nuts!

More reason to love nuts...data, from a large prospective study of 75,680 women part of the Nurses' Health Study from that nut consumption reduced the risk of pancreatic cancer.


Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Gut Bacteria

A newly published study is the first to link rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease, with a specific species of intestinal bacteria known as Prevotella copri. The research team compared the gut bacteria (isolated from faecal samples) of patients with RA to those of healthy individuals. The researchers found that P. copri was more abundant in patients with newly diagnosed RA compared to healthy individuals or even patients with chronic, treated RA.


Nutritional Prevention of Cataract

Age-related cataract is one of the leading causes of low vision in both developed and undeveloped countries. Although cataract is successfully treated by surgical removal of the lens, followed by implantation of an artificial lens, the number of people affected by cataract is expected to rise due to the increase of life expectancy, putting further stress on the health care costs associated with the management of this condition. 

Accumulation of oxidized proteins in the lens that aggregate and precipitate is believed to be the most likely mechanism for this condition and antioxidant nutrients may play a role in cataract risk reduction. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids reported to be present in eye lens and large observational studies have suggested that high dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin may be beneficial for reducing the risk of cataract incidence or cataract extraction. I had already covered 2 such studies in the past (links below). 


Tiny Study Confirms CoQ10 for Fibromyalgia

Here is a new study on something I've covered by much better designed studies in the past. In fact, this was a teeny-weeny study of just 4 patients (so almost useless), but does confirm larger studies that found similar results.

This study involved four patients with fibromyalgia, all of whom were found to have a deficiency of CoQ10. Oral supplementation with CoQ10 was found to be associated with improvements in clinical symptoms, which confirm CoQ10 may be of benefit to patients with fibromyalgia.


Vitamin D3 May Prevent Need for Antibiotics

Ok, so I'm reporting on this study about a month after it was published, but I think it's still new enough to discuss here--especially in light of the last study I covered.

This was a small pilot study that randomized 644 subjects (60-84 years of age) to receive one of three treatments:
  1. 60,000 IU/month vitamin D3 (an average of 2000 IU/day)
  2. 30,000 IU/month vitamin D3 (an average of 1000 IU/day)
  3. a placebo


Cold/Flu Prevention: to D3, or not to D3?

That seems to be the question people are asking after this latest study on vitamin D3 that showed no benefit to preventing the cold of flu compared to placebo. This goes against what most studies have shown, but let's look at the details to see why this may have been the case.

Researchers enrolled 2259 participants aged 45 - 75 years who were also taking part in a colorectal adenoma chemoprevention trial. Participants were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups:
  1. 1000 IU/day of vitamin D3
  2. 1200 mg elemental calcium/day
  3. both
  4. placebo 


Chocolate for Weight Loss?

Should have ate more chocolate!
So fresh out of the Halloween debauchery, I'm sure many of you are feeling rather bad about stuffing your face with candy. Well, cheer up... here's another study that confirms earlier research showing that chocolate consumption is linked to lower body mass index (BMI) and slimmer waists.

This new study determined the chocolate intake of 1458 European adolescents aged 12.5-17.5. These teen participants were asked to enter their food intake into a computer on two non-consecutive days. However, in my opinion, the main flaw of the study was that "chocolate" was considered as any product where chocolate was the main component. This included things not typically seen as real chocolate, like pralines, chocolate spread, and even candy bars (where chocolate is usually only part of the coating). The researcher also didn't differentiate between dark, milk and white chocolate. BMI was calculated for each participant as well as adiposity (amount of body fat) and waist circumference.