Our amazing kidneys: What you need to know

Our amazing kidneys: What you need to know

In reality, it’s likely that you don’t think too much about your kidneys. In fact many people are not certain about their size, or what they do “exactly” – or too, where they are actually located. Our kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining our health but are...
Vitamin C kills tumor cells with hard-to-treat mutation

Vitamin C kills tumor cells with hard-to-treat mutation

Maybe Linus Pauling was on to something after all. Decades ago the Nobel Prize–winning chemist was relegated to the fringes of medicine after championing the idea that vitamin C could combat a host of illnesses, including cancer. Now, a study published online today in...
Gut bacteria compound may help to prevent type 2 diabetes

Gut bacteria compound may help to prevent type 2 diabetes

New research from Finland suggests that higher blood levels of indolepropionic acid – a product of gut bacteria that is increased by a fiber-rich diet – may help to protect against type 2 diabetes. The study suggests that having high blood levels of...
Dietary acid load, metabolic acidosis and insulin resistance

Dietary acid load, metabolic acidosis and insulin resistance

Western diets rich in animal protein and poor in fruit and vegetables increase the body acid load, a predictor of type 2 diabetes risk. The relationships between dietary acid load, mild metabolic acidosis and insulin resistance remain unclear. The objective of this...