Study: Ongoing Damage to Gut Lining Linked to Increased Risk of Lymphoma
More than 2 million people in the United States have celiac disease, rendering them unable to tolerate gluten. To manage the disease, people must eliminate foods with gluten, such as wheat, rye and barley, from their diets. If they don't, they typically suffer ongoing damage in their gut lining, which can be seen in follow-up biopsies. For a study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed the follow-up gut biopsies of more than 7,500 people in Sweden with the disease. The researchers found that those whose biopsies showed ongoing damage to the gut lining had an increased risk of lymphoma, or cancer of the immune system.
For more information on managing celiac disease, read this Eat + Run blog: Living Your Best (Gluten-Free) Life.
Crohn's Disease: Symptoms and Treatment
Crohn's disease belongs to a group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. Approximately 700,000 Americans have Crohn's disease, which is a life-long disease. Its main symptom is inflammation. When tissue is inflamed, it turns red and is swollen and painful. Inflamed tissue cannot perform its normal function. Crohn's disease can affect any part of the digestive system, and it can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Most cases affect the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the colon. Stomach pain and diarrhea are the main symptoms; some people have diarrhea up to 20 times a day. Rectal bleeding is another symptom. Other symptoms include the urgent need to move your bowels. Some patients have the feeling of an incomplete bowel movement.
Your doctor will perform one or more tests to determine whether you are suffering from Crohn's disease. Colonoscopy is the most common test. This test is used to look inside your rectum, colon and part of the small intestine. A tissue sample will be taken. This will help to determine if you have some other disease. Since bleeding is one of the symptoms, blood tests will be done. This is to find out if bleeding has caused a low blood count. Laboratory tests can also confirm that there is inflammation.
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How to Be a Healthy Hostess
From graduation get-togethers to pool parties, barbecues and birthdays, summer is a season that's packed with parties, writes U.S. News blogger Heather Bauer. Sure, it's easy enough to prep for these parties by buying a couple bags of chips, some hot dogs and a veggie tray from the grocery store. But this summer, consider upgrading your hosting game, especially in terms of serving healthy, delicious meals. Whether you've invited friends over for a simple cookout or you're hosting the in-laws for the weekend, there are always ways to prepare and serve nutritious meals to impress your guests.
Here are my suggestions for how to be the healthiest hostess this summer:
Read labels. If you've served the same brand of store-bought cookies for years, take a look at the nutrition label. You may want to take it off your go-to list if you see they're packed with unpronounceable ingredients and trans fats! Always, always read the labels of anything you're serving to your guests. Look for prepared foods with fewer than ten ingredients, as well as those that are clearly labeled non-GMO. Look at calorie counts, serving sizes and the amounts of fiber and protein. If you can't find any foods you feel confident about, cooking yourself is always an option – you know exactly what goes into your own dishes!
Be cognizant of dietary restrictions. Has your cousin gone gluten-free? Has your friend started a vegan diet? One way to make guests feel welcome is to make sure you serve food they can actually eat. It can be as simple as pointing them toward the soy-cheese nachos, but if you want to go all out, it's easier than ever to go online and find appetizer, dessert and main dish recipes for every dietary restriction under the sun. I like to use Pinterest to find recipes that are visually pleasing, too. [Read more: How to be a Healthy Hostess]