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Month: May 2015

Nature vs Nuture results in a draw, according to Twins Meta-study

University of Queensland researcher Dr Beben Benyamin from the Queensland Brain Institute collaborated with researchers at VU University of Amsterdam to review almost every twin study across the world from the past 50 years, involving more than 14.5 million twin pairs. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, reveal on average the variation for human traits and diseases is 49 per cent genetic, and 51 per cent due to environmental factors and/or measurement errors. “There has still been conjecture over how much variation is caused by genetics and how much is… Read more Nature vs Nuture results in a draw, according to Twins Meta-study

Cohurt study shows a healthy lifestyle reduces risk of colorectal cancer

Objectives To evaluate the association between a simple lifestyle index based on the recommendations for five lifestyle factors and the incidence of colorectal cancer, and to estimate the proportion of colorectal cancer cases attributable to lack of adherence to the recommendations. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting General population of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark. Participants 55 487 men and women aged 50-64 years at baseline (1993-7), not previously diagnosed with cancer. Main outcome measure Risk of colorectal cancer in relation to points achieved in the lifestyle index (based on physical activity, waist… Read more Cohurt study shows a healthy lifestyle reduces risk of colorectal cancer

The Myth of a High Protein Diet

Research shows that animal protein may significantly increase the risk of premature mortality from all causes, among them cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Heavy consumption of saturated fat and trans fats may double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A study published last March found a 75 percent increase in premature deaths from all causes, and a 400 percent increase in deaths from cancer and Type 2 diabetes, among heavy consumers of animal protein under the age of 65 — those who got 20 percent or more of their calories from animal protein. Low-carb, high-animal-protein diets promote heart… Read more The Myth of a High Protein Diet