Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that develops over time with hardening of the arteries and reduced blood and oxygen to tissues and muscles in the legs. It currently affects one in 20 Americans over the age 50.
A new study published in the journal Circulation Research suggests that patients with PAD who drink beets juice before walking may feel less pain than people who don't, making it an attractive therapy for people with severe limited blood/oxygen supply to their lower limbs. "Our early work in patients with PAD showed that a single dose of beet juice increased pain-free walking by 18 percent compared to a placebo juice with no inorganic nitrate," said senior study author Jason David Allen of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
As described at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting, it’s becoming clear that the advantages of intermittent energy restriction (IER) are even further reaching, with enormous implications for brain health. Human and non-human animal studies have shown that IER increases synaptic plasticity (a biological marker of learning and memory), enhances performance on memory tests in the eldery, leads to the growth of new neurons, promotes recovery after stroke or traumatic brain injury, decreases risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and may improve quality of life and cognitive function for those already diagnosed with these diseases. IER has also been shown to play a preventative and therapeutic role in mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
People with prediabetes are at a much higher risk of not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also complications such as heart disease, stroke, and peripheral nerve damage. These complications can also arise without the progression of type 2 diabetes. A correlation between vitamin D levels and prediabetes has been found after reviewing many clinical trials. Compared to patients with normal glycemic control, people with prediabetes have lower levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. With vitamin D supplementation, insulin resistance and impaired insulin secretion may be prevented.
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