Research Roundup

April 2018 Issue

Research Roundup: April 2018

Nut Noshing May Cut Heart Disease Risk.

Regular nut consumption (specifically tree nuts overall, walnuts, and peanuts) is linked to reduced risk of heart disease, research shows. Among 210,000 people, researchers found that eating five or more servings of nuts (including peanuts) a week was associated with a 14 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and a 20 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), compared to no nut consumption.

(Journal of the American College of Cardiology, November 2017)


Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Diverticulitis Cases.

Men who follow a low-risk lifestyle could slash their risk of diverticulitis by 50 percent, research shows. Low-risk means fewer than two ounces of daily red meat intake, about one ounce of daily dietary fiber, at least two hours of physical activity per week, normal body mass index (BMI), and having never smoked. The study showed that, compared to men who met none of the low-risk lifestyle criteria, those with one or two lowered their risk by 29 and 34 percent, respectively, and those with three or four factors lowered their risk by 70 percent.

(The American Journal of Gastroenterology, November 2017)


Dietary Magnesium Promotes Bone Health.

Eating magnesium-rich foods may protect against age-related skeletal muscle and bone loss, according to U.K. researchers. Based on the dietary magnesium intake of 156,575 men and women aged 39 to 72, higher intakes were positively associated with increased grip strength, skeletal muscle mass, and bone mineral density. Compared to those with the lowest intake, bone mineral density among those with the highest intake was 2.9 percent and 0.9 percent greater for men and women, respectively.

(Nutrients, September 2017)