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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

Does so-called good cholesterol really protect from heart disease?

A new study challenges the heart protective effect of "good cholesterol" A new study challenges the notion that HDL or so-called good cholesterol protects us from heart disease. Findings published by University of Maryland researchers suggests maybe we shouldn't be comfortable with the notion that HDL or high density lipoproteins in our blood are an indicator that our heart disease risk is low. First study reveals more about HDL cholesterol not so protective effect The researchers looked at cohort data from 25 years from the Framingham Heart Study. The focus was to determine the impact of high triglyceride levels, "bad", or LDL cholesterol and HDL on heart disease risk. Men and women without heart disease were followed between 1987 and 2011. The study included 3,590 men and women. What the researchers found is that HDL cholesterol's protective effect isn't exactly what we thought. Senior author Michael Miller, MD, professor of