Your Weight Gain Is Aging You—but These Foods Can Help Reverse The Process
Every day, an estimated 6,800 new peer-reviewed academic articles are published. That’s a whole lot of science to wade through—but don’t fret. We’ll do the legwork for you, each and every morning. Here’s your daily dose of the latest discoveries from journals, research institutions, and news outlets from around the world.
Eat Healthy FatsEating healthy fats may be able to help reverse some consequences of a junky diet, scientists from Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K. discovered. They fed mice a high-fat diet to make them obese, and then split them into three groups: one received supplementation from 2-hydroxyoleic acid (a synthetic form of the monounsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, found in olive oil), the second received omega-3 supplements (found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna), and third were given no supplements. The discovered that 2-hydroxyoleic acid—and the omega-3s to a lesser extent—reversed some signs of oxidative stress in the mice’s immune system, a feature of aging that was sparked by their weight gain.
Understand the Far-Reaching Consequences Of Heart DiseaseHeart disease doesn’t just affect your heart—your feet, kidneys, and brain are at risk, too, say experts from the Society for Vascular Surgery. Arteriosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries, can occur throughout your body. When it happens in your feet or legs, it’s called peripheral arterial disease, and can lead to reduced blood flow to those extremities that, in severe cases, may even require amputation.
Diagnose Autism Sooner?A new study suggests that it may be possible to diagnose autism before behavioral symptoms emerge—even when the babies are infants, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discovered. Using MRI scans, they found that brain differences noticeable at 6 to 12 months of age in infants with older siblings with autism were able to correctly predict autism diagnoses at 24 months in 8 out of 10 cases. This can possibly allow for earlier intervention, the researchers say.
Keep Your Weight DownGaining weight as an adult can raise your risk of cancer, according to a study in the British Journal of Cancer. In the study, people who were overweight in their 20s and became obese later on tripled their chances of developing cancers of the esophagus or stomach when they were older. Plus, those who were overweight at the age of 20 were up to 76 percent more likely to develop those cancers later on. (Obesity spikes your risk of these other cancers, too.)
Beat the Baby BluesWomen aren’t the only ones vulnerable to mood issues once their baby is born: Men may experience depression after the birth of their child, too, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. In the study, 4 percent of new dads reported elevated symptoms of depression after adding a new baby to the family. Things that raised the risk? Being in poorer health, not being in a relationship with the baby’s mom, and being unemployed.