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Unhealthy diets linked to 20% of deaths worldwide By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula straw- berry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood. The doctor's column appears on facebook.com/theponchatou- latimes and on facebook.com]theindependencetimes. Unhealthy diets linked to 20% of deaths worldwide In 2017, eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt, and processed meat that contributed to heart dis- ease, cancer, and diabetes. Of the 11 million in deaths in 2017, almost 10 million were from cardio- vascular diseases, around 913,000 from cancer, and almost 339,000 from type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that among 195 countries stud- ied, the proportion of diet- related deaths was highest in Uzbekistan and low- est in Israel. The United States ranked 43rd, while Britain was 23rd, China 140th and India ll8th. Consumption of healthier foods such as nuts and seeds, milk, and whole grains was on average too low, and people consumed too many sugary drinks and too much processed meat and salt. Experts say this affirms what many have thought for several years. Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washing- ton, said, 'Poor diet is re- sponsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the v orld. Our assess- ment suggests the lead- ing dietary risk factorsare high intake of sodium, or |ow intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables." People ate only 12% of the recommended amount of nuts and seedsman av- erage intake of 3 grams a day, compared with the recommended 21 grams-- and drank more than 10 times the recommended amount of sugary" drinks. Diets high in sugar, salt, and bad fats are known risk factors for heart dis- ease, stroke, diabetes, and many types of cancer. A study published in January suggested an "ideal diet" for the health Of people and the planet would include a doubling Dr. Howes of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and le- gumes, and a halving of meat and sugar intake. Unhealthy diet causes one in seven deaths in Britain every year and re- search foundlack of fruit and fiber is taking the heaviest toll, fueling condi- tions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. A study by the University of Washington identified lack ofwholegrain, nuts and fruits as the worst el- ements of the British diet. Too much salt was the fourth biggest dietary risk factor, followed by too little vegetables. And the study found that fizzy drinks and processed meats such as ham and bacon were only minor contributors to Britain's death toll. In Britain, bad eating habits cost almost as many lives as smoking. Poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world. In the America that I love, there is no miracle diet but there are lots of bad diets that we are reg- ularly exposed to. Always avoid extreme or fad di- ets, emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables in moder- ate portions and exercise regularly.- AT THE MILL Friday, April 12 10am - 7pm Saturday, April 1:5 10am - 5pm Sunday, April 14 * 11arn - 4pm Children's Art Classes: Saturday 11am - 2pro l~ctures with Easter Bun~. Saturday. l Oa'm-2pm $5 $5 Admission For information, contact 225.638.5360 or visit Marketatthemillnewroads.com Y THE TERRY ANN McMAHON MEMORIAL LABYRINTH bur reasons We all know water is good for us and that we should probably drink more of it. So why, then, do Americans find it so difficult to sipffom what is arguably the foun- tain of youth? . antioxidants, improve aer- Answers vary, but the obic capacity, enhance en- fact is, one in 10 Ameri- cans drinks zero cups of water per day, according to-a study by Dr. Alyson Goodman, a medical epi- demiologist for the Cen- ters for Disease Control and Prevention. Zero. She suspects that those who don't drink any water (or very little) are getting it from other sources such as food and coffee, but warns this may not be enough. 'Wiany health risks de- crease when you drink plain water," says Good- man. Which is why, she says, the results are "mindbog- gling." Robert Eakle, CEO of Alkame Water, agrees. %Vithout water, no liv- ing thing can survive," he says. "It affects every area of our life and is an essen- tial part to maintaining proper health." However, not ' all wa- ters are created equal. Enhanced Waters, like Alkame Water, provide the body with more health benefits than regular wa- ter. Just take a look at how it can help: I.t balances body flu- ids. your body is composed. of about 60 percent water and performs vital func- tions such as protecting your organs and tissues, regulating your body tem- perature and carrying nu- trients and oxygen to yDur cells--essentially it keeps your body running like a well-oiled machine. It keeps skin looking healthy. Water moistur- izes your skin and func- tions' as a protective bar- rier to prevent excess fluid loss (think free anti-aging cream). In addition, it can keep your skin fresh and smooth. It boosts the immune system. Those who guzzle water are at'a lower risk of getting sick. This crystal- clear concoction helps fight aga.inst flu, cancer and other ailments--especial- ly if your water has mild alkaline properties, such as those found in Alkame Wateri Including ionized water in your daily intake can give your immune sys- tem a boost through added ergy levels and through a patented technology that alters the molecular struc- ture of water, hydrate your body more fully: It can help control calories. While drink- ing water may not be a weight-loss strategy, per se, substituting it for high- er-calorie or sugar-filled beverages can help by re- moving by products of fat, filling you up so you're not noshing, acts as a natural appetite suppressant and raises your metabolism. Alkame Water, Inc is a wholly owned subsid- iary of Alkame Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: ALKM). For more information about Alkame Water and its health benefits, visit www. alkamewater.com. AT ROSARYVILLE Labyrinths have existed for over 2,000 years. Be a part of this addition to our community by donat!ng to help build the Terry Ann McMahon Memorial Labyrinth. This labyrinth path will be stained green On a 60 X60 concrete slab requiring little upkeep. Open to the public at no charge. A great attraction for Rosaryville and Tangipahoa Parish. Send your donation or stop bY Rosaryville's gift shop for some labyrinth charm jewelry. Attn: Labyrinth Fund 39003 Rosaryville Rd. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 The Krewe of Erln began the project in honor of Terry Ann McMahon, co-founder of the Krewe of Erin and greatly missed community advocate. i i II C3 Times Internet Edition -- www. oonchatoula.com/)times E-Mail: editor@~ )endence@gmail.com