New research suggests your weight could play a role in your risk for serious complications during pregnancy. The study at the University of Pittsburgh looked at 1,100 pregnant women and found those with the highest amounts of body fat before becoming pregnant had the highest risk of developing Preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition for both the mother and her baby. Once it develops, the only cure is to get the baby out. The condition happens between five to ten percent of first time pregnancies. Researchers say this latest study offers strong evidence that fat tissue plays a role in the condition.
Meanwhile, new research is proving the power of tea in the fight against prostate cancer. Twenty men with advanced prostate cancer were assigned to drink five cups of either green or black tea a day. A second group of men just drank soda instead for the five days. Scientists at UCLA then examined prostate tissue samples from all the men and found the same thing animal studies have already shown. Cancer fighting compounds called polyphenols, known to be in green and black tea, were absorbed into the prostates of the men who drank the teas.
Further studies found that the cancer cells of tea drinkers grew more slowly than those of the soda drinkers. Researchers say they were pleased to find that there was some cancer fighting benefit even with this relatively small amount of tea consumption.
Three words make up a new but simple prescription for a healthy heart, just eat less. That's the recommendation after a study that measured heart disease risk factors in people who followed a low calorie diet for at least three years. Turns out the smaller eaters had lower blood pressure, lower total and bad cholesterol, lower levels of blood fats and higher levels of good cholesterol. This was compared to the same number of people who were eating their regular size meals.
During the study, the dieters ate less than 2000 calories a day, depending on their size, and that's about half of what people on normal diets eat today. Researchers say the findings are significant because they show that simply eating less can mean a lot more in terms of the benefits of heart health. This study is published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.