Studies have indicated that practicing mindfulness can help you to manage common mental health problems. Indeed, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – the organisation that produces guidelines on best practice in health care – recommends using mindfulness to treat mild depression and to help prevent further episodes of depression. But what exactly is mindfulness and how do you ‘practice’ it?
This week is diabetes awareness week. We know that the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing and although diet plays a fundamental role in the onset of the disease, other aspects of modern life are also contributing and need to be addressed in conjunction with dietary changes. Therefore in this blog we investigate the association of stress and diabetes and how high stress levels can play a significant role in the progression of type 2 diabetes.
In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:
- Depression speeds up brain aging, find psychologists
- ‘Unusual’ diabetes approach: Vitamin D may boost insulin cell survival, finds study
- Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?
- New study out of Poland suggests garlic extract may reduce cardiovascular risk in obese individuals
- Gut bacteria linked to risk of heart attack and stroke
The gut microbiome refers to the trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in your gut. The gut microbiota interacts with various organs and systems in the body, including brain, lung, liver, bone, cardiovascular system and others.
According to Asthma UK, between 2011 and 2015, the UK’s average asthma death rate was almost 50% higher than the average across the EU. Asthma UK also stated that around 1,400 people died from an asthma attack in the UK in 2015 and the UK’s death rate was higher than countries including Greece, Italy and the Netherlands. Releasing the figures on World Asthma Day on 1 May, the charity said the situation was “truly shocking”, but did not know “for sure” why Britain was performing so badly.
The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have become well known in recent years particularly for their properties which support cardiovascular, joint and brain health. Omega-3 (and omega-6) fats are considered essential fatty acids as the human body does not possess the enzymes required to produce its own omega-3 and 6, therefore they must be obtained from the diet.