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Vit D, Your Toilet, and Gardening

From eNewsletter 4/5/2023

DID YOU KNOW there's a reason why we include C-reactive protein (CRP) in our blood test requirements, as well as why we consider cardiac-related inflammation 50% of your cardiac disease risk? A study from The Lancet found that among patients taking statin medication, inflammation assessed by high-sensitivity CRP was a stronger predictor for risk of future cardiovascular events and death than cholesterol. The authors state that not only do we need to always screen for inflammation, but must also look beyond statin therapy for inflammation-inhibiting therapies, because they are often ineffective.


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Public Health Alert

Steve: I last updated you about pressing public health issues in mid-January. Vitamin D A study in JAMA Network Open found that those who are overweight or obese need more vitamin D than regular weight individuals. A study from JAMA Pediatrics supports a standard dose of 400 IU per day of vitamin D3 supplementation for breastfed infants to encourage bone health. No Deaths From Supplements in 2021 The most recent data from America's Poison Control Centers show no deaths from supplements. The top five categories were analgesics, household cleaning substances, cosmetics/personal care products, antidepressants, and sedatives/hypnotics/antipsychotics. Artificial Sweeteners Aspartame (Equal) may raise the risk for anxiety at doses equivalent to less than 15% of the maximum daily human intake recommended by the FDA, according to a study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The conclusion of a study from Nature Medicine reveal that erythritol is both associated with incident major adverse cardiovascular events risk and fosters enhanced thrombosis. A study in Nutrients is recommending against artificial sweeteners for diabetes and weight loss. Artificial sweeteners affect glucose absorption in the intestinal tract as well as insulin and incretin secretion. Moreover, artificial sweeteners alter the composition of the gut microbiota and worsen the glycemic control owing to changes in the gut microbiota. They also suppress the taste response to sugar. Furthermore, high artificial sweetener intake was associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular risk, coronary artery disease risk, cerebrovascular risk, and cancer risk. Statins "Nudge" Some Into Diabetes A new, expanded meta-analysis presented at American Heart Association scientific sessions confirmed the long-known effect that statin treatment has on raising blood glucose levels and causing incident diabetes. The authors state that those taking statins with high glucose or hemoglobin A1C can "nudge" them into the diabetic range. A study released as a preprint on Research Square suggests that statins may affect enzymes in the endocannabinoid system and alter genes involved in regulating cannabinoid receptors, thus creating the common symptoms of muscle pain and weakness. Do Not Give Acid Suppressors to Infants and Other PPI "No-No" A study from JAMA Pediatrics found that infants prescribed acid suppressing medication had a higher risk of developing asthma as children. Among people with type 2 diabetes who self-reported regularly using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), the incidence of cardiovascular disease events as well as all-cause death was significantly increased, as reported in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Breast Milk Reduces Allergies Tiny molecules of microribonucleic acids found in breast milk can help protect babies from developing allergic conditions like atopic dermatitis and food allergies, suggests a study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Sleep Meds Increase Dementia Risk A study in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease followed approximately 3,000 older adults without dementia, who lived outside of nursing homes, with the average age 74. During the study, 20% developed dementia. Participants who "often" or "almost always" took sleep medications had a 79% higher chance of developing dementia compared to those who "never" or "rarely" used them. Close the Toilet Lid Before You Flush A University of Colorado Boulder research team used laser lights to expose the otherwise invisible aerosol spray that is sent into the air by flushing a toilet with the lid up. Yet, when the lid was down, the lasers showed almost nothing was released. Cell Phone Use When Pregnant Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity, Yale School of Medicine researchers have determined. The results were published in Scientific Reports. It is always best to keep your phone away from your body whenever possible, but especially when pregnant. More data from The Baby Safe Project. Gardening Can Save Your Life Those who garden tend to be a healthier weight, exercise more, and eat more fibrous fruits and vegetables, which reduces risk for cancer and improves heart health, according to a study from The Lancet Planetary Health. Localized Prostate Cancer A study from New England Journal of Medicine finds prostate cancer treatment can wait for most men after comparing three approaches: surgery to remove tumors, radiation treatment and monitoring. There was no difference in localized prostate cancer mortality at 15 years between the groups. Prostate cancer survival for all three groups was high: 97% regardless of treatment approach. Social Media Limiting social media use to one hour per day helped older teens and young adults feel much better about their weight and appearance after only three weeks, according to a first-of-its-kind study in Psychology of Popular Media.


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