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This week’s research is one that you might not be expecting; plant-based diets reduce the risk of diabetes.  Also, one that’ll be relevant to those of us studying for exams; sleep plays a key role in memory consolidation.  And finally, exam tips!

Healthy vegetarian diet reduces type 2 diabetes risk

Whilst there has been accumulating evidence for the disease risk reducing effect of a plant-based diet in the areas of cancer risk, diabetes risk and blood pressure reducing.   This study published in PLOS Medicine looked at the quality of the vegetarian diet, whether the diet was high in nutritious plant-based foods.  Hu, a senior author said, “A shift to a dietary pattern higher in healthful plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods, especially red and processed meats, can confer substantial health benefits in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes.” Read more.

How Sleep Improves Memory Uncovered

A study from the University of California-Riverside published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that increase autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity during sleep was linked to memory improvement.  In particular, ANS activity during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.  Prof. Mednick explained, “The findings suggest that ANS activity during REM sleep may be an unexplored contributor to sleep-related improvements in memory performance.” Read more.

Exams! Answering Questions to Maximise your Marks

This guide by the University of Reading gives some useful information on planning your exam strategy to maximise your marks.  It includes a printable guide and advice on preparations for the night before to help get that important memory consolidating sleep.  Good luck everyone! pandora charms