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Many studies show that adopting a Mediterranean-type diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and improves the survival of patients with coronary heart disease.
According to recent studies, reducing the intake of animal proteins and replacing them with plant-based proteins seems beneficial for maintaining good health.
It is now clearly established that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats (monounsaturated or polyunsaturated) is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In overweight, prediabetic and sedentary men, exercise induced changes in the gut microbiota that are correlated with improvements in blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.
Tobacco and e-cigarettes
An avalanche of studies show that regular physical activity is a veritable “universal remedy,” associated with a marked decrease in the risk of chronic diseases and an increase of life expectancy in good health. And the amount of exercise required to enjoy these benefits is much lower than we might think.
Voluntary and regular exercise in mice decreases the number of inflammatory leukocytes (white blood cells) in the bloodstream. The underlying mechanism involves a decrease in the secretion of the hormone leptin by fat cells.
Exercising on an empty stomach, rather than after a meal, could burn twice as much fat according to a randomized controlled study.
The most recent studies indicate that there is no limit to the amount of weekly exercise to obtain beneficial effects on longevity.
Tobacco and e-cigarettes
Despite the considerable progress made in the fight against tobacco, smoking remains one of the main causes of premature death in our society. An increasing number of studies indicate that e-cigarettes could become a weapon of choice against the ravages associated with tobacco use.
A randomized clinical study shows that blood vessel function is significantly improved only 1 month after the transition from tobacco to electronic cigarettes.
Despite the sensationalist headlines of recent years, the rise in the number of vapers is not associated with a resurgence of youth smoking. On the contrary, the proportion of young smokers is steadily falling and has reached a historic low in 2018.
A randomized clinical trial reports that e-cigarettes are twice as effective as nicotine substitutes for quitting.
Beyond Burger, Impossible Burger and other products that mimic meat: are they good for health and the environment?
New products made from plants but designed to look, feel, and taste like meat have recently appeared on the market. These products do much less harm to the environment than meat production, but they are ultra-processed foods that contain significant amounts of salt and saturated fat.
The effects of global warming on health are already beginning to be felt and are likely to become very significant in the coming decades without concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Heat waves are sporadic events of high temperatures, which can have serious consequences on human life.
People who work a lot (more than 55 hours a week) are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, especially stroke.
Blue Zones are areas of the world where the longevity of the inhabitants is well above average. The inhabitants of these regions have a lifestyle that has several common characteristics that contribute to their longevity.
Updated May 22, 2018 In animals, detecting a threat (smell of smoke, sight of a predator, sound of a gunshot) by the sensory organs (nose, eyes, ears) triggers a maximum alert in the brain that will initiate a series of extremely complex processes called the...
One study reports that young adults with high blood cholesterol levels are much more likely to be affected by cardiovascular disease later in life.