As a natural part of the human process, ageing cannot be avoided. But let’s be honest, if we could slow it down, we would – right? Truth be told, radiant, glowing skin is something we aspire to at all ages, but maintaining it through the years? Now that is impressive. Some might even say bestowed only upon those with ‘good genes’.
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.
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
Planning a pregnancy is both an exciting and important time. It is always preferable for both mother and father to assess their health and nutrition before conceiving a child; which will optimise the chances of conception, wellbeing in pregnancy and the health of the baby.
Digestive disorders and diseases affect millions of people worldwide and have a significant economical impact comprising health care costs and work absenteeism and presenteeism, in addition to decreased quality of life for sufferers.1 Our food choices are fundamental to digestive health, but there are other considerations such as:
Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin, often highlighted for its role in energy production, red blood cell formation, DNA synthesis and prevention of pernicious anaemia. But, beyond the fact that it can be lacking in plant-based diets and should be consumed regularly, what do we really know about how this crucial nutrient functions within the body?