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Be Wary of Plant-Based Diets

From eNewsletter 2/10/2021

DID YOU KNOW that two new studies add to the growing concern about plant-based diets? According to one study from Nature Medicine, those on a low-fat, plant-based diet had higher insulin and blood glucose levels compared to a low-carbohydrate, animal-based diet. A bit more concerning was a study from BMC Medicine which found that when compared with meat eaters, vegans were at an increased risk of total and site-specific fracture of the hip, leg and vertebrae. This was a huge population study with a 17.6 year follow up. Vegetarians also had a higher risk than meat eaters.

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Steve and Bonnie: Sometime in the near future, we would love to write about the successes we as a nation are having against COVID-19. Unfortunately, it seems like we take one step forward and two steps back. It should come as no surprise that SARS-CoV-2 is mutating because the longer we allow the virus to jump from person to person, the more mutations it creates to stay viable.

It seems the new administration is no different than the previous administration with regard to promoting wellness as a deterrent to COVID-19. The new public health talking heads are the same as the old talking heads. Not one word has been uttered about each American taking stock in their own health by eating well, managing stress, exercising intelligently, sleeping optimally, and heaven for bid, taking targeted nutrients. The sad thing is that most of these public health experts adhere to these wellness ideals, but do not espouse them to the public.

Thus, we still need to be as vigilant as ever in adhering to what we know has gotten most of us through this pandemic successfully. It is hard to predict when the end will be in sight. We thought it could be this summer, but it is not looking like that will happen. As exhausting as it may be, stay the course for yourselves, your families, friends, and coworkers.

Here is the latest news and research that should interested you.

23andMe COVID-19 Severity Tool

This is a quote from 23andMe: "23andMe is pleased to announce we added a COVID-19 Severity Browser tool to our COVID-19 Information Center. Our new interactive COVID-19 Severity Calculator can help you better understand the factors that may contribute to hospitalization from COVID-19, based on data from the 23andMe COVID-19 Study. 23andMe recently conducted a study with over one million consented research participants to better understand risk factors associated with the susceptibility and severity of COVID-19. Study results showed associations between likelihood of hospitalization due to COVID-19 and demographic, health, and lifestyle factors. These new insights allowed us to create a model that can take certain combinations of information, entered by the user and provide percentages of 23andMe study participants who may have been hospitalized with the similar combinations of information."

Monolaurin and Quercetin

If you missed this from Monday's issue, in a new, sweeping review of thousands of phytonutrients and nutraceuticals, two of our "go-to's" were found to have the strongest action against COVID-19? Monolaurin and quercetin were two of the five most effective. Moreover, the authors in the Nutrients study remarked that they are not just effective against SARS-CoV-2, but many other viruses as well.

Lung-Gut Axis

According to a new study in MucosalImmunology, COVID-19 patients with gastrointestinal symptoms have more severe/critical diseases indicating the importance of the lung–gut axis. SARS-CoV-2 infection alters the gut barrier, leading to the systemic spread of bacteria, endotoxins, and microbial metabolites, which may contribute to multisystem dysfunction, septic shock, and the systemic inflammatory storm that occurs in the second phase of the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Thus, gut microbiota is vital in the lung’s defenses against respiratory infections. Strategies include the use of probiotics and prebiotics, as well as fiber-rich diets.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Researchers discovered that patients with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 75 percent less likely to die in comparison to the other groups with lower levels. The Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids study suggests the relative risk of death is four times greater for those with lower omega-3 levels.

Vitamin D Deficiency

A new study from last week's Medrxiv concludes the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with both infection and mortality rate of COVID-19 among European countries. Thus, it is a critical parameter to be considered when implementing preventive measures to mitigate the mortality rate of COVID-19. This of course is critical to the world, not just Europe.

I't Not the Fat

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