News for the week 2023-04-17

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      Green Mediterranean diet linked to aortic stiffness reversal.

      Several healthy diets were effective at improving cardiovascular health, but a specific variation on the Mediterranean diet was substantially more effective.


      “The diet enriched with plant polyphenols and lower in red or processed meat and simple carbohydrates was better than a typical hypocaloric Mediterranean diet or following conventional healthy diet guidelines with regard to proximal aortic stenosis (PAS).”

      ”PAS is a distinct marker of vascular aging and a sensitive early predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality risk.”

      “After adjusting for other factors, PAS dropped by 15% over baseline with the green Mediterranean diet compared with 7.3% on the regular healthy Mediterranean diet and 4.8% with the guideline-based diet.”

      “ame 1,500-1,800 kcal/day for men and 1,200-1,400 kcal/day for women and to include 28 g of walnuts daily. The “green” version of the Mediterranean diet added consumption of 3-4 cups of green tea and a shake made of Wolffia globosa (Mankai, a high-protein aquatic plant also known as duckweed) each day, along with avoidance of processed red meat. All three groups got free gym memberships and instructions for moderate-intensity, largely aerobic physical activity.”

      (Warning: If you take warfarin, that shake may interact with your medication.)

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      USA COVID vaccine policy update

      For people age 65 or older, you can have one more shot if it’s been at least 4 months since the previous shot.

      For immune compromised people, you can have one more shot now if it’s been at least 2 months since your previous shot. Your doctor can prescribe additional shots after that as needed.