“The science of gene-diet interaction is one of the most promising strategies we have in order to improve general health”, a quotation from Professor Giovanni Scapagnini taken from this week’s blog, in which clinical neuroscientist and functional nutrition practitioner Miguel Toribio-Mateas interviews Professor Scapagnini on the complex subject of nutrigenetics and its role in disease prevention and treatment.
Due to medical advancements, death rates from heart disease are falling. Nevertheless, it was reported in 2014 that cardiovascular disease accounted for 27% of all deaths in the United Kingdom, which was only 2% less than cancer. However, the WHO (World Health Organisation) have estimated that more than ‘80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable’, with a healthy diet and other lifestyle factors being central to this.
In this week’s article we provide a review of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles to reach the news, five items comprising:
- Scientists identify genes connected to well-being, depression and neuroticism
- Type 2 diabetes is reversible – study findings mark ‘paradigm shift’
- Protein injection hope for Alzheimer’s
- Early introduction of peanuts and eggs cuts allergy risk, study finds
- Fast food may expose consumers to harmful chemicals called phthalates
When you consider that mental health problems affect around 1 in 4 people throughout the United Kingdom, it should come as no surprise that conditions that fall into that category such as anxiety, autism, schizophrenia, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer’s make up a significant proportion of people seeking complementary healthcare throughout the UK.
Do you often get ‘pins and needles’ and suffer from a lack of energy or fatigue? Well it could be something that you may not yet have considered – Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most documented and researched nutrient deficiencies in medical science, yet despite this it still prevails on a frequent level in the UK – “affecting around 1 in 10 people above the age of 75” as reported by the NHS. However, it is considered by many doctors that this statistic may actually be closer to ‘1 in 4’.
Our brain requires optimal levels of nutrition throughout all stages of life, just like the rest of our body. Many factors including age, illness, medication and stress can all affect the level of our cognitive function.
A healthy diet with the appropriate nutrients such as essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals is, of course, essential to maintaining cognitive health throughout life.