Unexplained tiredness is one of the leading reasons people visit their GP(1). According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1 in every 5 individuals feels especially tired, while 1 in 10 experience prolonged fatigue(2).
Acne is a common condition that affects many people at some point in their life, particularly those in their teens and early 20s. Although often perceived as a self-limited disease of adolescence, its prevalence remains high into adulthood. In the UK nearly 90% of teenagers have acne and half of them continue to experience symptoms as adults. By the age of 40, 1% of men and 5% of women still have lesions and currently acne is becoming more prevalent in children.
It is estimated that the UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year because of migraine – a complex condition with a wide variety of, mostly, incapacitating neurological symptoms.
This week is Migraine Awareness Week, an annual campaign to draw attention to migraine and educate the wider public. This week’s blog takes a look at the different stages of migraine attacks, some of the causes associated with this debilitating condition, and nutritional support that could be considered to help alleviate the symptoms.
In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, four items comprising:
- Micronutrient gaps in childbearing years ‘concerning,’ survey stresses
- Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales
- Low DHA and EPA a ‘strong risk factor’ for preterm birth: Danish data
- Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence study says
Often referred to as the calming amino acid, L-theanine is a neurologically active compound which has repeatedly demonstrated its utility as a relaxing agent1,2 . Along with catechins and caffeine, L-theanine is a key ingredient in tea leaves – which may be why tea is so often associated with a sense of calm and relaxation.
It is estimated that 4 million British women suffer an attack of cystitis each year.1 The incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is highest in women; in younger adults there is a 50:1 female to male ratio, while in patients over the age of 70 years of age the ratio is around 2:1.2 Incidence in both sexes increases with age and can be asymptomatic – it is estimated that up to 30% of people living in nursing homes and other institutions have asymptomatic bacteriuria.2,3