ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
CANCER
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
DIET, NUTRITION
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
EYE CARE, VISION
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Add your Article

More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat

(HealthDay News) -- Eating more whole-grain foods may help reduce body fat in older adults, says a new U.S. study.

The study looked at the eating habits -- including the consumption of whole-grain bread, brown rice, popcorn and other whole grains as well as fruits and vegetables -- of 177 men and 257 women, who averaged 68 years old.

Overall, the participants consumed relatively low amounts of whole-grain foods, averaging 1.5 servings a day, and dietary fiber, averaging 18.6 grams a day. U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines recommend that older people consume three or more servings daily of whole-grain foods and 21 to 30 grams of dietary fiber a day.

Among the study participants, bread and cold breakfast cereals were the main sources of whole grains, and women were more likely than men to consume whole grains.

After adjusting for factors such as levels of physical activity, the researchers found that a higher intake of whole grains was associated with lower amounts of total body fat and abdominal fat.

People who consumed the highest amounts of whole grains had about 2.4 percent less total body fat and 3.6 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate the least. This difference was found to be related to fiber in cereal, but not in fruits or vegetables. When only cereal fiber was taken into account, those who consumed the most had 3.2 percent less body fat and 5 percent less abdominal fat than those who ate the least amount of cereal fiber.

The findings appear in the October issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

The study's authors said that further research is needed to learn more about how whole-grain foods might regulate energy intake and how different types of fiber affect body fat distribution.

SOURCES: Journal of Nutrition, news release, Sept. 14, 2009