Cardiovascular health and phytonutrients

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for all the diseases of the heart and circulation including angina, congenital heart disease, coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 17.9 million people die each year of cardiovascular diseases and this is set to rise to 26 million by 2030; according to WHO 80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable. We know that the majority of CVD is due to dietary and lifestyle factors, many of which are modifiable and associated with obesity, stress and sedentary lifestyles.

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In the news – health & nutrition research

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:

  • Sit less and move more to reduce risk of early death, study says
  • Gum disease bug could play ‘central role’ in development of Alzheimer’s, scientists say
  • How diet is changing – the good and the bad
  • Nutritional habit change urged in pregnant women as omega-3 intakes ‘very low’
  • Keeping up vit D levels a no-brainer as deficiency linked to neural fault

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