Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging

High folate intake linked with nerve-damage risk in older adults with common gene variant

High folate intake linked with nerve-damage risk in older adults with common gene variant

Consuming too much folate (vitamin B9) is associated with increased risk for a nerve-damage disorder in older adults who have a common genetic variant. 

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Baby boomers will face many barriers to good nutrition as they age. It’s time to get prepared.

Catalyzing Innovation and Collaboration

Catalyzing Innovation and Collaboration

Each year, Tufts Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President sponsors two seed grant programs, Tufts Collaborates and Tufts Innovates; sparking research collaboration among disparate faculty members, and catalyzing innovative ideas for learning and teaching across campus. 

Little to no association between butter consumption and chronic disease or total mortality

Little to no association between butter consumption and chronic disease or total mortality

Butter consumption was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with cardiovascular disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes, according to a new epidemiological study which analyzed the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and all-cause mortality.

A Dietary Report Card for Americans

A Dietary Report Card for Americans

A study by Dariush Mozaffarian and members of his research team published recently in JAMA suggests that Americans are adding more whole grains, nuts and seeds to their diets and cutting back on sodas and sugary drinks, but it is partially dependent on income. 

Consumption of Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Consumption of Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Blood levels of seafood and plant-based omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a lower risk of dying from heart attacks, according to a new epidemiological study, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, led by Liana C. Del Gobbo, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the division of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

The Diet and Disease Connection

The Diet and Disease Connection

Alexandra Simas, a doctoral student at the Friedman School, is no novice at making connections between diet and disease. Her first patient was, well, herself.

You Are What Your Parents Eat

You Are What Your Parents Eat

In the winter of 1944, the western Netherlands faced a famine of epic proportions. A Nazi blockade had stopped all food or fuel from entering the region, forcing residents to eat whatever they could scrounge up—sometimes even grass or tulip bulbs. Many consumed as little as 600 calories a day, and by the time the famine eased that spring, more than 20,000 people had starved to death.

Sleep and Weight Gain

Sleep and Weight Gain

When it comes to studying the causes of weight gain and obesity, nutrition researchers rightly focus on the interaction between diet and exercise. They’re just starting to understand the influence of an activity that humans engage in for a third of their lives—sleep.

Smart Food Choices for Seniors

Smart Food Choices for Seniors

Eating right as an older adult takes a bit more effort. Even if you stay the same weight as you age, you have less lean muscle mass and your metabolism slows down, which means you need fewer calories than you once did. At the same time, your nutrient needs stay the same or even increase. Your body may have trouble absorbing certain nutrients, such as B12 and magnesium.

That’s why making every bite count is even more important for seniors.

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