At the very least, there is a significant proportion of US doctors who use these guidelines in everyday practice. Although the evidence so far has supported the widespread use of statins to reduce CVDs, I would only re-emphasise the importance of caution in the US and elsewhere: statins eligibility is not a closed case just yet and it may take some time before we fully understand how statins can be best prescribed.
A piece of European legislation is currently threatening to drastically limit the way in which we conduct research using data in this country. If it goes ahead unaltered, valuable work currently underway may become illegal with huge losses to our knowledge of cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
We cannot afford to ignore the long-term, slow motion public health crisis we know is coming: preventable illness. More of us are living longer. But as the population gets older increasing numbers of people are living with long-term health conditions, like arthritis, chronic lung disease or cardiovascular disease.
The enduring struggle to curb degenerative diseases through improved nutrition has reached a critical juncture. Knowledge that sugar, not saturated fat, promotes these diseases is spreading widely. Nutrition-oriented communities mustn't squander this rare historical opportunity. The Paleo and Vegan communities should act strategically, intelligently, and decisively.
Takeaways are part of this debate because we're eating more of our food outside the home than we used to - one in six meals and between 20% and 25% of calories come from eating out - and takeaway foods are a popular, but often unhealthy choice, because they tend to be high in salt and saturated fat and high in calories per gramme of food.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) was the biggest cause of death in England, accounting for nearly 60,000 of the total 466,800 deaths in 2012 (about one in seven deaths in men and one in ten deaths in women). And it's the top cause of death for people under the age of 75. Most of the risk of heart attack is down to a few risk factors that are potentially modifiable...
Vast majority of people are consuming much more sugar than they should be. And it could be having a silent but deadly long-term effect on your health. I'm not suggesting that eating a few chocolates this Valentine's Day is going to give you heart disease... But perhaps this year, don't laden the person you love with chocolate, but instead a healthier alternative.
Although these "good" causes like "Healthy Heart Month" are all very laudable, they evade the real, underlying issues and causes of heart disease, primarily nutrition. Why? Well that's a complicated question, but the simple answer has its roots in politics, money and vested interests. Let's break down the real truth behind heart disease and one of its falsely claimed culprits, cholesterol.
Death from heart disease has been decreasing since the 1960s and it's come down largely because of decreased smoking, good medicines for blood pressure, and more recently cholesterol. But if you look at the youngest age groups, it's plateauing and beginning to go up in the mid-30s and mid-40s age groups.