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On The Next “Doctor Oz”

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New Report Names The Healthiest Chocolate Bar With The Most Flavanols

By now you’ve heard about the heart benefits of dark chocolate. Health experts say antioxidant compounds called flavanols in the dark delicacy have the power to lower hypertension and improve blood flow. Flavanols have also been tied to healthier cholesterol levels and antioxidant benefits. But some dark chocolate bars come loaded with more than four times the flavanols of others, according to a new report from, an independent company that tests health products and supplements for quality and contaminants.


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Magnesium and Diabetes

A meta-analysis of 13 prospective cohort studies has found that magnesium intake is inversely associated with type 2 diabetes risk, and in a dose-dependent manner.

Diabetes, and in particular Type 2 diabetes, is a growing health concern worldwide. Untreated or poorly controlled diabetes increases risks of many health conditions. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes. Experts agree that diet plays an important role in the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. According to epidemiological evidence magnesium intake may be related to the incidence of diabetes. Magnesium is found primarily in whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables, and is an essential cofactor in enzymes involved in glucose metabolism.

In a study published in Diabetes Care, researchers conducted a meta-analysis to examine the association between magnesium intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes. The study included 13 prospective cohort studies and 536,318 participants. The included studies were published between 1999 and 2010 and involved follow-ups of up to 20 years.

After adjusting for geographic location, follow-up length, gender, or family history of type 2 diabetes, the combined studies indicated a significant (22%) reduction of risk of type 2 diabetes when comparing the highest magnesium intake group to the lowest. The inverse association was also more pronounced in overweight individuals, suggesting that high magnesium intake may have greater effects on improving insulin sensitivity in overweight individuals who are prone to insulin resistance. In the analysis of dose-response it was found that for every 100 mg/day increment in magnesium intake there was a 14% reduction in type 2 diabetes risk.

The results of this study provide additional evidence that magnesium, in a dose-dependent manner, is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

Jia-Yi Dong et al. Magnesium Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Diabetes Care 34:2116–2122, 2011.


Top 10 tips to prevent breast cancer

I’m naturally skeptical of medical articles that use words like “prevent” in the title, but the 10 risks in this article are backed up by research, and it’s reasonable to believe that the steps outlined may help reduce the risk, so I’ll just leave the headline as the authors wrote it.


We’re coming close to Breast Cancer Awareness month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. But when 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation from awareness to prevention. The following tips will help turn awareness into individual action in your own life to prevent the disease.

Read more: Top 10 tips to prevent breast cancer | Prevention Starts Here.