From our Parish Nurse, Claudia Johnson–
I have been part of the Nurses Health Study (NHS) since 1976 when it began. Over the years the study has been expanded to younger generations and other health care workers have been added. The studies’ unique strengths, including regular follow-up of study participants since 1976 and repeated assessment of health and lifestyle factors, have allowed them to play an instrumental role in shaping public health recommendations. For example, the Nurses’ Health Study helped uncover early links between cigarette smoking and cardiovascular disease, and between postmenopausal obesity and breast cancer. Also, research on the impact of diet on health in the Nurses’ Health Studies has informed dietary recommendations, including national dietary guidelines.
One example: Gluten-free diets have grown in popularity over the years due to concerns about celiac disease and gluten allergies. Two recent studies from the NHS and HPPS (Health Professionals Follow-up Study) investigated the health consequences of gluten consumption in people without celiac disease. They found that eating foods high in gluten, if they are whole grains, can be beneficial to health. Men and women with the highest levels of gluten intake had 20% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those with the lowest gluten intake.
In a second study, even after adjusting for intake of refined grains, the risk of coronary heart disease was 15% lower in people with the highest gluten intake vs lowest intake of gluten. Further, gluten intake did not lead to weight gain in people under 65.
Bottom line, research suggests that gluten, in the form of whole grains, can be an important component of a healthy lifestyle among individuals without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
Please feel free to contact the Parish Nurse, Claudia Johnson, if you have health questions or concerns.
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You can contact Claudia directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 303-862-1917