Health Headlines with Dr. Mary Gillis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH): Here’s a roundup of health headlines for the week of Aug. 9.

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Vaping damages protective proteins

Vaping just once for 30 minutes can lead to what’s called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is characterized as an imbalance of free radicals–cells that cause damage to cells–and antioxidants which are cells designed to fight free radicals. Over time, health experts say, oxidative stress can lead to cardiovascular, pulmonary and neurological disease. The imbalance also damages protective proteins and a person’s DNA.

An unidentified woman vapes as the national lockdown ends in December 2020 in London. (Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)

Scientist warn about dangers of keto

Are you planning to go on a diet? If so, scientists say to stay away from keto. In the most comprehensive study to date published in the Frontiers of Nutrition, researchers found the diet is linked to heart disease, cancer and kidney failure.

“The typical keto diet is a disease-promoting disaster,” lead study author, Lee Crosby, said in a news release. “Loading up on red meat, processed meat and saturated fat while restricting carbohydrate-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains is a recipe for bad health.”

07 August 2021, Brandenburg, Sieversdorf: Several pieces of marinated pork and chicken lie on a charcoal grill. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB (Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Weight gain at middle age has nothing to do with slower metabolism

Have you gained weight since hitting middle age? Well, don’t blame it on a slowing metabolism. In a recent study researchers across the globe recruited 6,600 participants. They were instructed to drink a special water that assesses a person’s metabolic speed. In the sample, they found metabolism remains stable between the ages of 20 and 60 years old. Only after 60 does it start to decline.

A man sits on a bench on Nov. 27, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)


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