The popular story of how low-carb diets work goes something like this: Reducing your carbohydrate...
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Seasonality may have driven the development of agriculture.
Even seated upper body activity suffices to break up sedentary time.
Old Japanese women who eat the most protein and high-antioxidant foods are the least frail.
Low-carb diets work well at getting type 2 diabetics off their meds, even left to their own devices with only occasional assistance from remote clinicians.
High cholesterol, lower Parkinson’s risk.
19-year-olds are as sedentary as 60-year-olds.
Bariatric surgery creates an entirely new microbiome.
Many surgeries rely on the placebo effect.
Fried potato consumption raises mortality risk. Is it the potatoes, the frying, or the oil?
Moderate drinking emerges as a risk factor for cognitive decline.
We’re not even close to understanding the biological control of appetite.
If you’re going to take milk protein after lifting, 9 grams is the absolute minimum (and more is better).
New drugs are being fast-tracked without adequate testing.
Coffee boosts your workout, even if you drink the stuff all the time.
Farming selected for genetic variants that increase conversion of plant fats into long-chained fats.
New mummy data reveals that ancient Egyptian genetics were more closely related to Middle Eastern and European populations than Central African ones.
Statins don’t help older adults, and they may even lead to higher mortality.
A 3-egg-a-day, low-carb diet helps older adults lose visceral fat, improve metabolic health, lower triglycerides, and raise HDL.
Fennel is great for post-menopausal women (PDF).
Physical strength predicts political leaning in men.
Eating more salt causes you to preserve water and drink less.
Bright light in the morning leads to better sleep at night.
Using growls, “dogs may communicate honestly their size and inner state in a serious contest situation, while manipulatively in more uncertain defensive and playful contexts.”
UVA exposure and vitamin D3 levels, not sunburns or UVB, seem to mediate the risk of melanoma.
If you believe organic or local foods taste better, they will.
Exercise reduces aging at the cellular level.
Coffee and wine appear to be good for gut biome diversity.
Meniscus surgery increases the risk of knee replacement.
Compared to a high-fiber diet, a MUFA-rich diet reduced liver fat and increased liver insulin sensitivity.
Noisy knees could presage arthritis.
Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome are likely to have imbalanced gut bacteria.
The pill that increases endurance capacity (in mice).
We’re using too much sunscreen.
Researchers figured out a way to extract and test ancient human DNA from cave dirt.
Via ghrelin, hunger may promote the growth of new brain cells.
Grandma’s optimal post-workout meal: salmon.
Vegetarianism is a risk factor for gallstone disease.
Human brains in the presence of urban environments can’t relax, even if the humans they’re attached to grew up in cities.
Sleeping pills linked to death, even after controlling for pre-existing poor health.
Meanwhile, despite all the warnings to the contrary, supplements are not.
Intense exercise inhibits muscle aging.
Psychedelics really do open up your mind.