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Are Vegetarians Really Healthier?

This is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed. A recent article in Medscape reviewed a large study showing that vegetarians have favorable levels of several health indicators, especially cardiovascular markers, versus meat-eaters. This was the largest study to date of its kind. The authors concluded...

Sugar Intake in Adolescence Linked to Future Risk of Tumors

This is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed.   A recent study revealed a link between high intake of simple sugars and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in adolescence and increased risk of conventional colorectal adenoma (benign glandular tumors of the colon and the rectum, which may...

The Dangers of Being Overweight for Your Liver

This is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed. A recent article in Medscape discussed findings that show being overweight or obese significantly increases the risk for liver disease and the likelihood of dying from it compared with being of normal weight, regardless of level...

Can Sitting Do Your Brain Good?

This is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed.   “Sitting may not always be bad for the brain and, in fact, may benefit cognition,” shares an October 2020 Medscape article citing new research.   This may sound contradictory to what we usually think about physical and brain...

Trans Fats Proven Bad for Your Brain

This article is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed. You have probably heard that trans fats are bad for you. Research has linked excessive consumption of trans fats to the development of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and many health conditions. Given these concerns, the...

Is Standing Better Than Sitting?

This is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a study or article in recent news and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed.   We hear a lot of talk about the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle and we should all be taking this seriously. As far back as 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that approximately 2...

Hormotional Overload: Regaining Balance for Your Body and Mind

Too many women suffer like I did from symptoms I sometimes call “triple hormone hell”. It’s a downward spiral of sleep issues, fatigue and moodiness. I was trying to get through my day with 1-2 hours of sleep at a time and overwhelming fatigue and feelings of despair. I had gained a significant amount of weight and my limbs felt heavy and my breathing constricted.   Many women also experience anxiety,...

Nutritional Science News: “Mediterranean Diet Strongly Tied to Reduced Alzheimer’s Pathology”

A November 20, 2018 article on Medscape.com from Deborah Brauser discusses strong evidence from a recent study in Australia linking the Mediterranean diet to reduced signs of Alzheimer’s disease development. The new research suggests that “adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MeDi) is linked to a reduction over time in Aβ-amyloid (Aβ) accumulation, a biomarker of cerebral Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology”. The lead author of the study, Stephanie R. Rainey-Smith, PhD, shared...

Are All Carbs Bad? Understanding Carbohydrates and Your Health

Changing Diets Starting from our hunter-gatherer roots, carbohydrates have been our main source of food. To thrive, we developed ways to transfer the food available in nature into something edible and easily available for large numbers of people. Therefore, the types of food consumed today look drastically different than those of our ancestors. Today, wheat is the most consumed cereal in the world. In the U.S., each person consumes an average of...

Meet Dr. Sara Laudani, Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition Specialist

Tell us about where you’re from and how you ended up in Shanghai. I’ve been living in Shanghai on and off since 2012 and love living in a city that feels like the beating heart of the world. I’m from Italy, born in Sardinia. I spent much of my adult life and did my medical training near Milan. We relocated to Shanghai for my husband’s job and also spent one year...