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High-Plant Diet Lowers Blood Pressure

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

More than 90 percent of North Americans will develop high blood pressure. A new study shows that a diet high in potassium appears to protect teenagers from high blood pressure in adulthood, while a low-salt diet has no effect (JAMA Pediatr, June 2015;169(6):560-568). A high-potassium and low-salt diet is achieved by eating mostly plants, and people who eat lots of plants have the lowest rates of high blood pressure. Meats are high in salt and plants are high in potassium.

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FAA Regulation Changes

Don’t risk your aviation career, get screened for sleep apnea! FAA regulations are soon to be changing their guidelines for sleep apnea ensuring pilots don’t fall asleep at the controls.

On March 2nd the new guidelines will be issued for any clinical and physical finding based on physician assessment.

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Low Vitamin D May Cause Diabetes

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

This month researchers showed that having low blood levels of hydroxy vitamin D (below 26 mcg/L or 65 nmol/L) increases risk for diabetes (J Nutr, 2014;144(5):734-42). Vitamin D is necessary for insulin to attach to its receptors on cells to drive sugar from the bloodstream into cells. If insulin cannot attach to its receptors, it cannot function, causing blood sugar levels to rise very high.

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Exercise Keeps You Younger

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

The decline in brain and body function with aging is caused more by inactivity than it is just by aging. A new study of 85 male and 41 female fit amateur cyclists, aged 55 to 79, found that most of them were physically much younger than most people of the same age (The Journal of Physiologyem>, published online January 6, 2015;593(1):). All rode their bikes for recreation and none were serious competitive athletes. The men had to be able to ride a metric century (62 miles)averaging only 10 miles per hour, and the women 60 kilometers (37 miles), averaging a slow 6.7 miles per hour.

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Why Nuts Don't Make You Fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Nuts are a rich source of fat, but many studies have shown that the fat in nuts is absorbed very poorly. This month a study explains why nuts are not fattening (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2015 Jan;101(1):25-33). The fat in almonds is located inside the almond cells. Even after prolonged chewing, most of the almond cells remained intact and the fat was still inside the cells. Since fat is absorbed only after it is released from cells, most of the fat in almonds cannot be absorbed in the upper part of your intestinal tract. This explains why the calorie count of nuts is really lower than what you read on the label.

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