Diet Drinks Linked to Increased Stroke and Dementia Risk

“We found that people who drank at least one can of diet soda each day had a 3 times increased risk of stroke and dementia than those not drinking any such beverages.”

Source: Diet Drinks Linked to Increased Stroke and Dementia Risk

Source: Do Diet Sodas Pose Health Risks?

Observational study and the researchers are quick to note the study findings do not prove cause and effect.  There also may be an element of reverse causality.

I personally do not drink any sugar or artificially sweetened soft drinks.

I do drink a ton of coffee.

Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters at greater risk — ScienceDaily

Men with a high intake of plant protein also had healthy lifestyle habits, but lifestyle habits alone did not explain their lower risk of diabetes. The risk of men with the highest intake of plant protein to develop type 2 diabetes was 35 per cent smaller than the risk of those with the lowest intake of plant protein.

The researchers also discovered an association of a high intake of meat with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. The strongest association was seen in the consumption of meat in general, including processed and unprocessed red meat, white meat and variety meats. The link between eating meat and having a higher risk of diabetes is likely caused by other compounds found in meat than protein, as meat protein was not associated with the risk of diabetes.

Source: Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters at greater risk — ScienceDaily

Nothing to Do With Food

This post has nothing to do with food.  When I was a kid my Dad drove a beat up Chevy.  It was a sixties type of car, not real fancy but got us from Point A to Point B.  Dad literally drove that thing until it fell apart.  Ten years ago I bought a 2006 Ford Taurus used with 15,366 miles on the odometer.  I wanted a reliable car that I could drive until it fell apart.

The manager at the local auto shop I use told me this car was the best 06 Taurus he had ever seen.  I said no.  I told him this was the best 06 Taurus he’ll ever see.  The CD player just might keep and never spit out your CD.  Every now and then the fan for the AC sounds like Tweety Bird.  But I just got the car back from the shop after its 60,000 mile maintenance.

I plan on driving this thing until it falls apart but I might not live that long.

Diet for Preventing Diabetes – Nutrition Action

Source: Diet clues for preventing diabetes – Nutrition Action

The title is catchy and leads you to believe you can “prevent” diabetes with diet.  I personally favor the concept of delaying diabetes rather than preventing the disease.  My father (deceased) had, and my youngest brother has diabetes.  I knew what my risk was and continues to be.

Many years ago I asked one of the country’s top endocrinologists what I could do to avoid developing diabetes.  His answer was short and simple:

Stay as thin as you can as long as you can.

Be nice to your pancreas!