Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. More than 37 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it. Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death and the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness in the United States. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled.[1]

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2023, approximately 153,020 individuals will be diagnosed with CRC and 52,550 will die from the disease.[1] Although CRC rates have been declining in older adults, they have been on the rise in patients younger than age 50.[2] This led the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force to change its recommendations in May 2021 for colon cancer screenings to begin at age 45.[3]

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition where the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is consistently too high. Almost half of Americans over the age of 20 have high blood pressure, and poorly controlled high blood pressure (hypertension) can have serious and far-reaching effects on various aspects of health[1].

Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives. It plays a crucial role in giving dough its elasticity and helps it rise during the baking process and is responsible for the chewy texture of bread and other baked goods.

Fat plays a crucial role in our health and is an essential nutrient that the body needs for various physiological functions. These include:

Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States and is common among all ages and populations. About 16 out of 100 adults have symptoms of constipation. About 33 out of 100 adults ages 60 and older have symptoms of constipation.[1] It is defined as: · fewer than three bowel movements a week · stools that are hard, dry, or lumpy · stools that are difficult or painful to pass · a feeling that not all stool has passed Constipation can be caused by various factors, including:

Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride and is commonly used to flavor food is about. It is also a food preservative and is used as a binder and stabilizer and is the major source of sodium in the human diet. The human body requires a small amount of sodium to contract and relax muscles, conduct nerve impulses, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals.[1] We only need about 500 mg of sodium a day to perform these vital function. The US dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day—that's equal to about 1 teaspoon of table salt.[2] However, the average American gets 3,500 milligrams of sodium, so a tremendous amount of sodium.[3]

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common issue for men as they age. By the time a man is age 50, he has a 50% chance of having ED and for every decade of life after that, the risk goes up by about 10%. By the time a man is 70, there's a 70% chance he's got ED. [1]

Close to 2 million people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer last year.[1] And we know that over half of cancer deaths are preventable.[2] Diet now contributes more to cancer risk than smoking![3] So knowing what foods increase your risk of getting cancer and which ones lower your risk is very important in helping you lead a long, cancer-free life.[4] Foods that have been linked to a higher rate of cancer include processed and red meat,[5] partly related to the heme iron in red meat and the nitrates in the cured meats. [6]

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