Dr. Ann

The science supporting the adverse health effects of regular red meat consumption continues to roll in and boosting the risk of type 2 diabetes is especially notable. In a powerful new evaluation from Harvard researchers that included over 149,000 adults whose dietary habits were closely monitored over a 20-year period, even very modest increases in […]

The underlying metabolic problem in type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. Victims of type 2 diabetes typically suffer from some degree of insulin resistance for many years prior to developing the disease in full. If your insulin doesn’t work well and you eat the Great White Hazards, your pancreas is forced to release that much […]

I promised to keep you abreast of the flood of new science related to vitamin D and health so here goes…. In a study that included 554 generally healthy middle-aged adults, those with lower vitamin D levels had stiffer arteries and poorer blood vessel function.  Those with full-fledged vitamin D deficiency had abnormal blood vessel […]

In a landmark new report, scientists tragically concluded that diabetes and fasting blood sugar levels >100mg/dl (prediabetes) increase the risk of death from all causes.  To complete the evaluation the researchers reviewed 97 former published studies covering 820,900 individuals and 12.3 million person-years of follow up.  (a mammoth study which adds to the validity of […]

Sugary beverages continue to rear their ugly heads on the chronic disease front.  Aside from smoking, consuming sugary beverages tops my list of unhealthy habits. Soda has zero nutritional value and has repeatedly been linked to great harm.  In a new report that analyzed data from 11 previous studies, researchers concluded that drinking one or […]

Over the past few months there has been a plethora of new data on the beverage front. Here are some highlights: For every additional cup of coffee consumed daily, the risk of diabetes decreased by 7%. Those drinking 3 or 4 cups a day were 25% less likely to get diabetes vs. those drinking zero […]

In an analysis that included the most comprehensive and authoritative to date, nuts proved their efficacy in improving blood lipid levels.  After pooling the data from 25 separate clinical tests, scientists determined that including up to a third of a cup of nuts dailylowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 7.4 percent, lowers triglycerides by 10.2 percent, […]

One of the unhealthiest consequences of having excess body fat, or gaining weight in general, is how it affects the action of insulin, the body’s fuel-storage hormone. When we gain weight, especially in our abdominal areas, complex biochemical changes take place that alter how our cells respond to insulin. Specifically, our cells become less responsive, […]

A powerful, new randomized clinical trail (the only kind of study that can really tell us the truth) adds to the validity of my standard dietary advice to “have your fat, and eat it too – as long as you make sure it’s the right type.”  Presenting at the American Heart Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting […]

The Mediterranean Diet hit another healthy home run with 2 new studies adding to its long and successful record on the disease-fighting front.  A slew of former studies have established this delicious dietary pattern (high in plant foods, fish, olive oil, moderate in red wine, and low in meat) as beneficial for heart health, cancer […]

A powerful new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition should motivate you to re-double your efforts in avoiding the Great White Hazards.  The report comprised the most definitive review to date of the impact sugar and refined, processed carbs like white flour (high glycemic index foods) have on disease […]