In the News: Any Type of Sexual Harassment Can Cause Psychological Harm, Mushrooms May Fight Aging, Extreme Low-Calorie Diet Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Study finds any type of sexual harassment can cause psychological harm. A new study, published in the International Journal of Public Health, which has come at a time when sexual misconduct is in the public eye, has determined that any types of sexual harassment, be it inappropriate comments, unwanted attention, unsolicited images, etc, takes a serious psychological toll on the victim, causing or worsening low self-esteem, poor body image, anxiety, and depression. One of the study’s authors, Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, studied two groups of Norwegian high school students, 3,000 participants altogether. After reviewing their survey responses his team found that 62 percent of both male and female students said they’ve experienced non-physical harassment and reported mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These findings are remarkable because the effects of non-physical abuse are not often under the microscope to the same extent as physical harassment and abuse but the numbers show that the fallout is just as great.   (T)

Mushrooms may have anti-aging benefits. New research published in the journal Food Chemistry says that certain types of mushrooms have two antioxidants that can prevent aging and improve health. While it’s known that mushrooms have the highest amount of ergothioneine, there wasn’t as much information out there about glutathione, another important antioxidant. Porcini mushrooms were found to have the highest amount of both these two antioxidants after researchers tested 13 different kinds. They also found that when mushrooms had high amounts of one antioxidant, they tended to have high amounts of the other as well. You can learn more about the medical uses for mushrooms here. (MN)

Ultra Low-calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes. A team of researchers at Yale University has found that a very low-calorie diet can quickly reverse type 2 diabetes when tested on animals. When conducted on mice, they cut their daily intake down by 75 percent and found that their blood sugar levels lowered and they decreased fat as well. As one in three Americans will develop type 2 diabetes by 2050, determining how to prevent or treat this condition is of the utmost importance. Researchers will now have to test human subjects next to determine if these findings hold true for them as well. If so, it may change the types of drugs that are given to treat this all-too-common disease. You can try this negative calorie eating plan if you want to adjust to a low-cal diet. As always, speak to your physician first before beginning any new diet. (SD)