Bone density – diagnosis, nutrients and lifestyle factors

The NHS reports that osteoporosis affects over three million people in the UK.  In addition, according to prevalence data from the UK Adult Dental Health Survey, 37% of the adult population has moderate levels of chronic periodontitis, while 8% of the population suffers from severe periodontitis.1

Low bone mass is a feature of both these conditions and thus increased risk of osteoporotic fracture and periodontal bone and tooth loss.2 In this blog we will discuss nutrients and lifestyle factors that can have a positive effect on bone density.

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In the news – health and 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:

  • Omega-3 DHA in phospholipid form may bypass faulty brain transport in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Infant microbiome predicts obesity risk at age 12 – study
  • Unpublished medical research ‘a threat to public health’
  • Regular omega-3 intake during pregnancy could boost baby brain and vision: Study
  • Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients

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Curcumin – a natural therapeutic agent

Curcumin, an active constituent of the root of the perennial herb turmeric (also known as Curcuma longa) and a member of the ginger (Zingiberaceae) family, has been used in India and the Far East for thousands of years as a culinary spice and a medicinal herb.

In the last couple of decades, there has been an explosion in scientific interest and research around curcumin’s potential as a natural therapeutic agent for a wide range of chronic inflammatory health conditions. A search on PubMed for curcumin in the title/abstract gives nearly 12,000 search results – much of this research is in vitro or using animal models to demonstrate mechanisms and pathways.
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The truth behind artificial sweeteners

The sugar tax, introduced in the UK earlier this year, has resulted in many brands reducing the sugar content of their products and replacing some of it with artificial sweeteners. Obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are on the increase and eating sugary foods is a significant contributor to these conditions. Thus the use of artificial sweeteners may seem like the perfect solution in the fight against obesity – a sweet taste with little or no calories – and artificial sweeteners are advocated by many organisations including the American Dietetic Association.1

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