NCI Well Connect: March 28, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that two March studies highlight the difficulties for vegans?

One study from Journal of the American Osteopathic Association concluded that vegans are at high risk for deficiency of essential nutrients. Nutrients of concern are vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, vitamin D, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The research team recommended that health care providers monitor vegan patients for adequate blood levels of vitamin B-12, iron, ferritin, calcium and vitamin D.

The second study from PLOS One states that vegans are often nutrient­ deficient due to unbalanced protein sources and a low intake of berries, fruits and nuts. The researchers elicited cause for concern as individuals who become vegetarians for health­ related reasons may be exchanging previous dietary deficiencies for new ones.

The vegans in this study had lower concentrations of vitamin D, beta­ carotene, selenium, iodine and EPA and DHA omega­-3. Vegans also exhibited higher polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations and lower saturated fatty acid concentrations than the control group. Finally, the concentrations of soy polyphenols were high in vegans, which is not good for those with a genetic inability to detoxify estrogens adequately.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
 
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Are You a 2.7 Percenter?
Bonnie and Steve: Only 2.7 percent of the U.S. adult population achieves all four of some basic behavioral characteristics that researchers say would constitute a "healthy lifestyle" and help protect against cardiovascular disease, a recent study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings concluded.

Researchers examined how many adults succeed in four general barometers that could help define healthy behavior: a good diet, moderate exercise, a recommended body fat percentage and being a non-smoker. These behavior standards were pretty reasonable, not super high. Yet, the low percentage of those adhering to all four was mind boggling.

Measurements of activity were done with an accelerometer, a device people wore to determine their actual level of movement, with a goal of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity a week. Blood samples were done to verify a person was a non-smoker. Body fat was measured with sophisticated X-ray absorptiometry, not the unreliable Body Mass Index. A healthy diet was defined in this study as being in about the top 40 percent of people who ate foods recommended by the USDA.

The lifestyle characteristics were then compared to "biomarkers" of cardiovascular health. Some are familiar, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Others are more sophisticated, such as C-reactive protein, fasting triglycerides, homocysteine and other data that can provide evidence of cardiovascular risk.

Many people accomplished one or more of the four basic lifestyle goals, such as not smoking or being adequately active. The most striking finding was how few people accomplished all the goals.

Among the findings:
  • For healthy levels of HDL and total cholesterol, the strongest correlation was with normal body fat percentage.
  • A total of 71 percent of adults did not smoke, 38 percent ate a healthy diet, 10 percent had a normal body fat percentage, and 46 percent were sufficiently active.
  • Only 2.7 percent of all adults had all four healthy lifestyle characteristics, while16 percent had three, 37 percent had two, 34 percent had one, and 11 percent had none.
  • Women were more likely to not smoke and eat a healthy diet, but less likely to be sufficiently active.
  • Adults 60 years and older had fewer healthy characteristics than adults ages 20-39, yet were more likely to not smoke and consume a healthy diet, and less likely to be sufficiently active.
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Why Is This Graphic So Important?
Bonnie and Steve: If one or more of these boxes are yellow or red, then you have genetic deficiencies that may impair your ability to break down and move toxins from your body. You can prevent impairment with diet, lifestyle, and nutrient modification.

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