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, four items comprising:

  • Definitive link? Cochrane review finds omega-3 intake in pregnancy slashes risk of preterm birth
  • Sugar tax on soft drinks raises £154m
  • Benefits of exercise-boosted gut dependent on weight and regimen: Study
  • Type 2 diabetes affects 7,000 under-25s in England and Wales


Definitive link? Cochrane review finds omega-3 intake in pregnancy slashes risk of preterm birth

A review of more than 70 clinical trials has found that increased intakes of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy is linked to a lower risk of premature births.

The updated Cochrane Review pooled data from almost 20,000 women involved in more than 70 randomised trials that compared supplementation of omega-3s with placebo – finding that higher intakes as a result of supplementation reduces the risk of premature births.

Read the full article here.

Related Cytoplan blogs

Omega-3 supplements – making the appropriate choice 

Preconception care – optimising health of baby and mother 


Sugar tax on soft drinks raises £154m

The new sugar tax of soft drinks has raised  £153.8m since it was introduced in April, the government has said.

The figure, which covers the period to the end of October, means the tax is on track to raise the estimated proceeds of £240m for the full year. The new tax is applied to soft drinks with a certain amount of sugar per litre.

Health officials have warned that more action could be taken against the food industry unless it cuts sugar further.

Read the full article here.

Related Cytoplan blogs

Sugar intake in Children – more than just a weight issue


Benefits of exercise-boosted gut dependent on weight and regimen: Study 

New study findings appear to back assertions that exercise is good for gut diversity, as US researchers also discover that obesity and exercise regularity to be significant influencers of this benefit.

Writing in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the team found that exercise-induced alterations of the gut microbiota were dependent on obesity status.

Read the full article here.

Related Cytoplan blogs

Exercise – can there be too much of a good thing?

Probiotics – what are they and how do they work? 


Type 2 diabetes affects 7,000 under-25s in England and Wales

There are nearly 7,000 children and young adults under 25 with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales – about 10 times the number reported before, according to Diabetes UK.

Its analysis of 2016-17 data found most were being treated in GP practices rather than in specialist units.

The condition is linked to obesity and is more aggressive in children.

Read the full article here.

Related Cytoplan blogs

The role of stress in the onset of type 2 diabetes


If you have any questions regarding the topics that have been raised, or any other health matters, please do contact me (Clare) by phone or email at any time.

clare@cytoplan.co.uk, 01684 310099

Clare Daley and the Cytoplan Editorial Team


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