Amidst the dense fog of confusion lies the grounding of some basic and indisputable truths. Eat your veggies, cut down on sugar, exercise more often; these are all examples of statements that your mother would have iterated, and ones that should not go unheeded.
Anyone reading the papers this week might have come away with the impression that all over 50s should be hot-footing it down to their local pharmacy and demanding a polypill. So why, you might be wondering, are we not adopting this 'one size fits all' approach straight away?
High cholesterol and high blood pressure rarely have any symptoms - which may be part of the reason why medication for these conditions isn't taken as prescribed. These conditions are invisible killers.
I am a huge fan of chia seed. Chia is an ancient superfood staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures which means means 'strength' in Mayan so it is not surprising that they have earned the nickname 'Indian Running Food'.
New heart statistics published this week are a welcome reminder of how far we've come in the past decade. Between 2002 and 2010, the proportion of people in the UK who die from a heart attack each year has more than halved.