Low-carb diets and dehydration

It is well known that dehydration is a potential adverse effect of a ketogenic diet, which is one higher in fat with adequate protein and lower in carbohydrates. Nutritionists should be watchful, in particular, of those who use ketogenic diets as therapy for certain conditions such as epilepsy and type 2 diabetes. A study inContinue reading “Low-carb diets and dehydration”

Kidneys: Animal vs Veggie Protein

I was curious to know what it is about animal protein in general that would affect kidneys more than vegetable protein. So I went searching for a study. There was a human intervention trial from the Dept of Internal Medicine in Texas that I found, which had evaluated animal protein-rich diet on kidney stones andContinue reading “Kidneys: Animal vs Veggie Protein”

Why Evidence-based Nutrition

As a result of my profession in science communications, it is a fact of life that I come in to work to find 1-2 papers to read every morning on my desk. I must read an average of between 10 new scientific papers weekly. They can range from culture studies, animal studies, human clinical trials,Continue reading “Why Evidence-based Nutrition”

How much water do I drink?

I’ve been perusing through Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water. Yes, I’m well aware that it does not entirely scientific and does have a few claims that could be regarded as sensationalism for water (excess cholesterol is a result of too little water intake, really?). I was intrigued, however, at some ofContinue reading “How much water do I drink?”

What’s the most dangerous item on a fast food menu?

When I first saw the movie Super Size MeI was first pretty shocked that someone would actually risk his own body this way. Then, I was shocked at how quickly this guy was able to gain weight. This may simply be because I don’t tend to gain any weight even after stuffing myself day afterContinue reading “What’s the most dangerous item on a fast food menu?”

Why Statins May Require You Take Extra CoQ10 and Vitamin E

Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol by blocking cholesterol synthesis in the liver (1). By lowering total and LDL cholesterol, in effect, they help lower risk of heart disease and death (1). The most commonly known statin drugs are simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), and rosuvastatin (Crestor). Currently, it is theorized that asContinue reading “Why Statins May Require You Take Extra CoQ10 and Vitamin E”

What are blood thinners and how do they work?

Blood thinners, or anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents, are drugs to thwart blood clotting of which could block flow of blood to your heart causing a heart attack or your brain causing a stroke. Common anticoagulants are Coumadin, Warfarin and Heparin. It controls the rate in which clotting can occur and prevents them from forming insideContinue reading “What are blood thinners and how do they work?”