Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging

The Next Half-Century of Food

The Next Half-Century of Food

On the anniversary of a landmark White House conference, experts raise critical issues that affect nutrition for all of us
Study: Losing weight—and keeping it off—linked to cardiometabolic benefits

Study: Losing weight—and keeping it off—linked to cardiometabolic benefits

Maintaining weight loss is associated with more favorable heart disease, stroke, and diabetes risk factors compared to regaining weight after three years
‘Report card’ on diet trends: low-quality carbs account for 42 percent of a day’s calories

‘Report card’ on diet trends: low-quality carbs account for 42 percent of a day’s calories

Older people, those with lower income, and those with less education face greater hurdles
Microbiome may be involved in mechanisms related to muscle strength in older adults

Microbiome may be involved in mechanisms related to muscle strength in older adults

Study identifies differences in gut microbiome composition in physically high-functioning vs low-functioning older adults, successfully transfers some of these effects into mice
Higher Protein Intake May Curb Age-Related Inflammation

Higher Protein Intake May Curb Age-Related Inflammation

For adults around sixty, low-grade, age-related chronic inflammation is associated with hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Low vitamin K levels linked to mobility limitation and disability in older adults

Low vitamin K levels linked to mobility limitation and disability in older adults

Low levels of circulating vitamin K are linked to increased risk of mobility limitation and disability in older adults, identifying a new factor to consider for maintaining mobility and independence in older age.
New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the U.S.

New study estimates preventable cancer burden linked to poor diet in the U.S.

A new modeling study estimates the number, proportion, and type of specific cancers associated with the under or overconsumption of foods and sugar-sweetened beverages among American adults. The analysis is one of the few to focus on the modifiable risk factors for cancer connected to food intake in the United States. 
A Call to Hearts, A Call to Action

A Call to Hearts, A Call to Action

Commencement addresses often focus on the idea of a bright future, but Congressman Jim McGovern’s speech at the Friedman School’s ceremony on May 19 was a little different.
Nutrients From Food, Not Supplements

Nutrients From Food, Not Supplements

Study also identifies association between excess calcium supplement intake and increased risk of death from cancer
Rethinking Dairy Fat

Rethinking Dairy Fat

A new study, co-written by senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, finds that the fats in milk, cheese, and other dairy products aren’t linked to a higher risk of death in older adults.