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Smoking is the Leading Cause of COPD

Types of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 16 million Americans are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD refers to a group of diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that makes it difficult to breath. Some of the symptoms of COPD include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of ...
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Eat Plant Foods to Reduce Dementia Risk

Dementia Can Be Slowed and Even Prevented
​Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. In the United States, between 4 to 5 million people are suffering from dementia. A 2016 study that investigated the relationship between dementia and mortality risk suggests that this brain disorder may even kill more persons than cancer and heart disease combined as the number of people dyi...
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Kidney Cancer Risk and Cruciferous Veggies

Eating cruciferous vegetables may be vital in helping individuals fend off kidney cancer
Kidney cancer is among the top 10 most common cancers in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 63,000 persons will be diagnosed with cancer of the kidney and over 14,000 individuals will die from the disease in 2018. A rapidly growing number of published studies have shown that certain food groups may be beneficia...
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Avoid Heart Failure With Whole Plant Foods

Hearts Nourished with Fruits and Vegetables are Healthier Hearts
An estimated 5.7 million adults in the United States are currently battling with heart failure. For a person to be technically diagnosed with heart failure, it means his heart cannot pump enough blood to support other organs in the body, resulting in various symptoms, often (but not always) including fatigue, swelling in the ankles, short...
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An Apple a Day Keeps Colorectal Cancer Away?

Apple on Tree with Sunburst in Background
An apple a day may help to keep the doctor away. This statement is not news to many of us. But most of us are not aware that an apple a day may also help keep colorectal cancer away. A growing number of studies have shown that generous consumption of apples can help to prevent the onset of colorectal cancer.A 2009 study that explored the assoc...
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Reduce High Blood Pressure With Plates, Forks, and Exercise

Reduce High Blood Pressure With Plates, Forks, and Exercise
Hypertension is an epidemic in the United States, despite many people not even realizing they are at risk with blood pressures higher than 120/80. Nearly half of the adult population has high blood pressure or its precursor, called pre-hypertension. That's more than 100 million American men and women! Therefore, it is not surprising that hyper...
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Reverse Angina With Plant Foods

Angina Can Be Reversed With a Plant-based Diet
​Another study confirms additional reasons why it pays to follow a plant-based diet. It turns out that a whole-food, plant-based diet can help reverse angina without medication and procedures. Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort resulting from reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is not the same as an heart attack, but it is a...
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Allium Vegetables May Fend off Gastric Cancer

Baskets of Red and White Onions and Garlic
People concerned about avoiding gastric cancer may want to consider adding more allium vegetables to their diet. Vegetables in the allium family include onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots, and scallions. There is compelling evidence that high dietary ingestion of allium vegetables can help to halt the development of stomach cancer. A...
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Anthocyanins Rich Food Decreases Parkinson's Risk

Blackberries Blueberries and Raspberries
The United States has one of the highest incidence rates of Parkinson's disease in the world. About 1 million cases out of the more than 10 million cases of Parkinson's disease worldwide occurred in the United States. Every year, nearly 60,000 Americans are added to the growing list of people living with this neurodegenerative condit...
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Eggs Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Eggs are Just Too Risky
The higher the consumption of eggs, the greater the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Unfortunately, the United States is among the top egg consuming nations in the world. An estimated of 274.2 eggs were consumed per person per year in the United ...
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Why Eating Legumes May Help Your Heart

Variety of Beans in Spoons and Bowls
Whenever possible, eat a daily serving of legumes, which are an essential component of every heart-healthy diet. (Beans! Beans! Good for your heart!) The legume family of split peas, beans, lentils, and dal is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals that promote heart health. In addition, legumes do not c...
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Protect Your Lungs From Cancer

Lung Cancer Diagram
Lung cancer causes the most deaths from cancer in the US for both men and women. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer accounts for 26% of all cancer deaths and 14% of all new cancer diagnosis. Smoking tobacco or vaping nicotine is the principal cause of lung cancer, responsible for nearly 85% of all cases o...
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