Rheumatoid arthritis – signs, symptoms & risk factors

Key statistics taken from a 2017 Arthritis Research report stated that:

  • Over 400,000 people in the UK have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The cost of rheumatoid arthritis to the UK economy is estimated at £3.8 – 4.8 billion.
  • 1/3 of people with rheumatoid arthritis will have stopped working within 2 years of onset.

In this week’s blog we look at some of the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with rheumatoid arthritis; including diet, lifestyle and genetics.

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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:

  • Study links vitamin A levels to infant growth
  • Probiotics for bipolar disorder mania
  • All babies should be given vitamin D from birth, say experts
  • Dietary fibres boost beneficial bacterial
  •  Gut bacteria linked to risk of heart attack and stroke

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The Practice of Mindfulness – Part 1

Studies have indicated that practicing mindfulness can help you to manage common mental health problems. Indeed, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – the organisation that produces guidelines on best practice in health care – recommends using mindfulness to treat mild depression and to help prevent further episodes of depression. But what exactly is mindfulness and how do you ‘practice’ it?

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The role of stress in the onset of type 2 diabetes

This week is diabetes awareness week. We know that the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing and although diet plays a fundamental role in the onset of the disease, other aspects of modern life are also contributing and need to be addressed in conjunction with dietary changes. Therefore in this blog we investigate the association of stress and diabetes and how high stress levels can play a significant role in the progression of type 2 diabetes.

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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:

  • Depression speeds up brain aging, find psychologists
  • ‘Unusual’ diabetes approach: Vitamin D may boost insulin cell survival, finds study
  • Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?
  • New study out of Poland suggests garlic extract may reduce cardiovascular risk in obese individuals
  •  Gut bacteria linked to risk of heart attack and stroke

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