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Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
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Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
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To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
Fruit Even Healthier Than Thought: Study Shows
DISABILITIES
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EYE CARE, VISION
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
FITNESS
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Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
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After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
HEAD & NECK
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Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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HEARING
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HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
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Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
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Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
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Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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PREGNANCY
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Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
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SLEEP DISORDERS
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Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
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Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease

ncreasing your intake of olive oil may help protect against ulcerative colitis, a new study finds.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon, resulting in abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. This study found that people whose diet was rich in oleic acid were far less likely to develop ulcerative colitis.

Oleic acid is a monosaturated fatty acid found in foods such as olive oil, peanut oil, grapeseed oil, butter and some margarines.

This study included more than 25,000 people, aged 40-65, in Norfolk, U.K. who were recruited between 1993 and 1997. None of the participants had ulcerative colitis at the start of the study. By 2002, 22 participants had developed ulcerative colitis. The researchers compared the diets of these people to those who didn't develop the disease and found that those with the highest intake of oleic acid were 90 percent less likely to develop ulcerative colitis.

"Oleic acid seems to help prevent the development of ulcerative colitis by blocking chemicals in the bowel that aggravate the inflammation found in the illness," study leader Dr. Andrew Hart, of the University of East Anglia's School of Medicine, said in a news release.

"We estimate that around half the cases of ulcerative colitis could be prevented if larger amounts of oleic acid were consumed. Two-to-three tablespoons of olive oil per day would have a protective effect," he said.

The study was presented Saturday at the Digestive Disease Week conference in New Orleans.

SOURCES: University of East Anglia, news release, May 1, 2010 Published on: May 03, 2010