Research is now frequently suggesting that people who have been diagnosed with clinical depression have a 30% increase in inflammation, a physical marker of many of the chronic conditions that are prevalent throughout the Western World today.
Are you still struggling with the Winter blues? Finding it hard to revitalise your health in 2016? Well this is a problem for many particularly whilst the weather outside is still bitterly cold and the days short, so you can be forgiven for finding it especially difficult to reinvigorate your health in the first couple of months of the year.
Alzheimer’s disease has long been a condition of catastrophic consequences; a condition affecting around 26 million people worldwide, a high number of fatalities and a severe financial burden upon healthcare throughout the Western world. But need this be the case?
There are currently around 3.9 million people in the UK living with Diabetes and 90% of these have ‘Type 2’ Diabetes. Although the number of people suffering from Diabetes is predicted to grow to 5 million by 2025, there is also a growing awareness that the treatment and reversal of many chronic conditions, such as Diabetes, may not lie in the field of prescriptive medicine, but in the hands of our own lifestyle and dietary choices.
In this week’s article we provide a review of recent health related stories that made the news with five items comprising:
- “Call to punish GPs over antibiotics”
- “Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut”
- “Targeting glucose production in the liver may lead to new diabetes therapies”
- “Mediterranean diet ‘as effective as statins’ in reducing heart attack risk”
- “Getting closer to understanding how exercise keeps brains young”
The NHS defines Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as: “a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.”
The three main features of the condition are: cysts that develop in the ovaries (polycystic ovaries), ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulate) and having high levels of “male hormones” called androgens. Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless cysts up to 8mm in size. The cysts are under-developed sacs in which eggs develop. Often in PCOS, these sacs are unable to release an egg, meaning ovulation doesn’t take place.
PCOS is considered the most common reproductive endocrine condition among women of childbearing age. It is estimated that about 1 in every 5 women in the UK has polycystic ovaries, but more than half of these have no symptoms. The exact cause of PCOS is considered unknown, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels. Continue reading