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How watching soccer might affect your health; Scientists create a healthy diet with ultra-processed foods; Vitamin D may lower risk of inflammatory diseases - Morning Medical Update


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How watching soccer might affect your health

For many fans, watching the World Cup is an exciting, pulse-pounding event. For those with preexisting heart conditions, that adrenalin may cause problems. Experts advise at-risk fans to keep on the lookout for any heart attack symptoms, limit greasy stadium food, and get adequate sleep over the month-long competition.

Scientists create a healthy diet with ultra-processed foods

A seven-day meal plan made out of processed foods compiled by scientists scored 86 out of 100 points on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI). The average American meal scores a 59 on the HEI. The two negative factors of this meal were the high sodium content and lack of whole grains.

Vitamin D may lower risk of inflammatory diseases

A community study in Ireland revealed that adults with lower levels of inflammation had higher levels of vitamin D. The average age of participants was 63 years old. ““Vitamin D deficiency is probably the most common medical issue worldwide. It’s estimated that a billion people, maybe even half the world’s population, [are] vitamin D deficient or insufficient,” Dr. Michael Holick, a professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine said in an interview.

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