Inflammation is a primary trigger for a number of chronic diseases in the aging population ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease to arthritis, and a number of researchers are pursuing the role of dietary changes in reducing the inflammation response. Lynnette Ferguson, from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, and colleagues studied 30 healthy men and women who were selected for their initially “poor” diets. The subjects were encouraged to eliminate refined and processed foods and follow a Mediterranean-type diet over six weeks—taking in increased amounts of fish, vegetables, unrefined cereals and so-called good fats such as olive oil and avocado. A prominent feature of the diet was that it was also gluten-free. Recipes were supplied to the participants. After six weeks the team observed that biomarkers of inflammation, most notably C-reactive protein, were markedly reduced.
Eggs Not a Risk
Conflicting studies in recent years report that egg consumption both may and may not be a risk factor for the development of heart disease. Liegang Liu, from Huazhong University in China, and colleagues completed a meta-analysis of eight studies that included 263,938 study subjects for coronary heart disease and 210,404 participants for stroke. All studies followed subjects for up to 22 years, during which 5,847 cases of coronary heart disease and 7,579 cases of stroke occurred. The team found that one egg per day (containing 210 milligrams of cholesterol) was not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. The lead investigator also comments that eggs are a low-calorie source of nutrients, including minerals, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids, which could lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Rong, Y., et al. (2013). Egg consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. BMJ. Jan 7; 346:e8539.
—Dr. Bob Goldman
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Dr. Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO, FAASP has spearheaded the development of numerous international medical organizations and corporations. Dr. Goldman has served as a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Filene Center, Tufts University; as an Affiliate at the Philosophy of Education Research Center, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, He is Clinical Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea Medical University; and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Central America Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Goldman holds the positions of Visiting Professor, Udayana University School of Medicine, Indonesia; Visiting Professor, Huazhong University of Science & Technology Tong Ji Medical School, China; Visiting Professor, The Wuhan Institute of Science & Technology, China; Visiting Professor at Hainan Medical College, China; and Visiting Professor, School of Anti-Aging, Aesthetics and Regenerative Medicine, UCSI University, Malaysia. Dr. Goldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sports Physicians and a Board Diplomat in Sports Medicine and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Goldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sports Physicians and a Board Diplomat in Sports Medicine and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine. He has overseen cooperative research agreement development programs in conjunction with such prominent institutions as the American National Red Cross, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense, and the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health.
Dr Goldman was awarded the 2012 LifeTime Achievement Award in Medicine &Science. Dr. Goldman is the recipient of the ‘Gold Medal for Science, the Grand Prize for Medicine, the Humanitarian Award, and the Business Development Award. He received honors from Minister of Sports and government Health officials of numerous nations. In 2001, Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch awarded Dr. Goldman the International Olympic Committee Tribute Diploma for contributions to the development of sport & Olympism.
In addition, Dr. Goldman is a black belt in karate, Chinese weapons expert, and world champion athlete with over 20 world strength records, he has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Some of his past performance records include 13,500 consecutive situps and 321 consecutive handstand pushups. Dr. Goldman was an All-College athlete in four sports, a three time winner of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Physical Fitness Award, was voted Athlete of the Year, was the recipient of the Champions Award, and was inducted into the World Hall of Fame of Physical Fitness. Dr. Goldman was awarded the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goldman is Chairman of the International Medical Commission overseeing sports medicine committees in over 184 nations. He has served as a Special Advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. He is founder and international President Emeritis of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the cofounder and Chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. Goldman visits an average of 20 countries annually to promote brain research and sports medicine programs.