An observational piece in last week's British Medical Journal had the media buzzing when cardiologist Aseem Malhotra lashed out at governments and the food industry as being culpable in wrongly demonising saturated fat consumption as a leading cause of cardiovascular disease
It was nice to see that on the topic of omega 3 fish oil consumption, of which I have been a staunch defender, I have received unlikely support from Big Pharma. They have been casting their nets for the next big heart cure, and fish oil is the catch of the day.
I am so fortunate to love the work that I do. And, sometimes, it is possible to improve the lives of others through my work. Do let me tell you about some of my recent projects...
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.
Global warming isn't the fictional bogey man many once thought it to be and its effects go way beyond marooning polar bears on melting icebergs. The methane (noisily) produced by livestock is 20 times more deleterious as a greenhouse gas than C02, which makes meat production the second most damaging source of greenhouse gases in the world.
There are a number of reasons for the increase in the numbers waiting for a new heart. Primarily it's down to more people surviving a heart attack but living with the consequences - heart failure. Those with severe heart failure need a heart transplant to survive or have a better quality of life.
We all know how a good night's sleep can do us wonders, and a late night of broken sleep can leave you feeling groggy, irritable and unproductive. But there's a lot more to be said about getting an early night than you may think.
BBC Radio Five Live were crusading again last week, their plan of campaign once more heavily reliant upon taking a lazy sound-bite and stimulating a h...
When we think of health problems in Africa, we generally focus on infectious diseases (such as HIV and malaria), malnutrition, and maternal and childhood mortality. By contrast, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as obesity, heart disease and cancer are frequently referred to as 'diseases of affluence', and thus thought only as a problem of rich, developed countries.
For years of life lost due to premature mortality, in comparison with the European average, the UK does worse in 2010 in ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, breast cancer, other cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, oesophageal cancer, pre-term birth complications, congenital anomalies, and aortic aneurysm.
From the start of April onwards we once again become capable of synthesising vitamin D from safe sun exposure. But, that's the snag; the requirement for the sun to be out. For who are we kidding; the calendar may say summer is coming, but clearly someone forgot to remind Mother Nature.
Lack of physical activity detrimentally increases several risk factors for chronic disease and death... Inactive people are more likely to develop obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), osteoporosis and some cancers (breast and bowel), all of which pose major public health problems.
A couple of weeks ago Coca-Cola launched a new advert in the UK called Be OK! The advert offers consumers suggestions for activities which, when combined, can help to burn off the 139 calories in a can of Coca-Cola.
Is the veneer finally beginning to fade on the low-fat hypothesis? Is the pendulum finally swinging away from fat as the harbinger of all things evil, to a new culprit, sugar?
Horse meat is a superior nutritional source to the other red meats we habitually eat of both iron and omega-3 fatty acids, two critical nutrients many of us don't get enough of.
And a prime example of an underserved, tarnished reputation is that of alcohol. Seen as a vice, more harmful than healthful - in binging amounts this can't be denied. But what about 'moderation' referring to two or less drinks a day for men and one or less for women?