• Diabetics who break down L-Carnosine too quickly develop kidney failure

    Jan 31, 2008
    Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide. This requires either a kidney transplant or kidney dialysis treatments for survival. A research team from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of Heidelberg has found that diabetics that have a particular type of gene involved with the protective factor Carnosine do not develop kidney failure.
  • Vitamin B6 may slash the risk of developing colorectal cancer

    Jan 30, 2008
    Increased intake of vitamin B6 from diet and supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by over 20% according to a large Scottish study. Almost 5,000 people took part in the study by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital and the University of Aberdeen; the results were dose-dependent meaning the greater the intake of Vitamin B6 between the lower the risk of colorectal cancer. The study adds to an ever growing body of science supporting the potential colorectal benefits of higher intake of the B vitamins.
  • Optimal vitamin D status decreases the increase in systolic blood pressure seen with aging in white Americans

    Jan 29, 2008
    There is a prevalence of both hypertension and a lack of vitamin D in residents of the United States. Recent clinical trials and animal studies have suggested that vitamin D insufficiency is likely associated with elevated blood pressure. Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA used cross-sectional data to determine whether vitamin D concentrations were related to systolic blood pressure (SBP) in the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
  • Vitamin D may help prevent falls in older women

    Jan 28, 2008
    Vitamin D supplements plus calcium may lower the risk of falls among older women who have a high risk of falling, according to a year-long clinical study conducted in Perth, Australia. Elderly women who are at risk of falling can benefit from extra vitamin D and calcium to reduce their risk by 53-63 percent a year according to the scientists from the University of Western Australia, Perth. In addition, they can expect that this treatment will reduce their fracture risk by about 20 percent over five years.
  • Four health changes can prolong life 14 years

    Jan 25, 2008
    People who drink moderately, exercise, quit smoking and eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day live on average 14 years longer than people who adopt none of these behaviors, researchers said on Tuesday. Overwhelming evidence has shown that these things contribute to healthier and longer lives, but the new study actually quantified their combined impact, the British team said. "These results may provide further support for the idea that even small differences in lifestyle may make a big difference to health in the population and encourage behavior change," the researchers wrote in the journal PLoS Medicine.