We're living longer. In just the last two decades, average life expectancy has risen by four years. But living longer doesn't necessarily mean living healthier: half of these extra years of life are marred by pain and trips to the doctor due to chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, joint pain, asthma, osteoporosis, stroke and heart 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.
The UK's obesity crisis is making politicians and consumers alike focus more on the food we eat. The government is introducing a number of very welcome measures to make the nation healthier, such as the newly published food standards for schools.
I regularly enjoy steamed foods with liberal amounts of healthy fat applied post-cooking. My primary fat sources include coconut, butter, olive oil, avocados, and full-fat fermented dairy (yogurt and kefir). In my opinion, smoke point proclamations give the impression that refined PUFAs are safe and omega-6-rich diets are healthy. The science suggests otherwise.
I suspect that as with many things in life, when a problem is found, the simple opposite of the cause of the problem is not always the solution. Sometimes common sense and understanding of the problem can lead to a far better solution which does not have increased economic and organisational costs.
We need to work across the health system and with our partners to raise awareness and motivate people - at every age and across all our communities - to take control of their blood pressure and invest in their health, for now and for the future.
What's all the fuss about Fats and statins? There was some embarrassment as the BMJ hit the news yesterday over having to pull some published reports into statins over questions about the quality of the data- but what are statins and what's going on?
In Britain, almost a third of 10 and 11-year-olds and over a fifth of four to five-year-olds are either overweight or obese. This week, it was revealed that one patient in seven in Britain's NHS hospitals has diabetes... The warning signs could not be any clearer. The trouble is, who's listening?
Consuming too much sodium (salt) over a lifetime increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and result in a host of medical complications from heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.
While there are some foods we should all be eating more of, men and women also have their own set of dietary requirements as well as their own unique health concerns. Here are 10 foods that women should eat...
In my opinion, based on the findings of this paper there is no evidence to tell people to consume a diet high in saturated fat. It is still a bad idea to eats lots of fast-food burgers and processed hot dogs. Yet, a diet rich in plant-based foods protects our health.
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...
Indeed, love probably means as many different things as there are people - from the unselfish care of a Mother Teresa to the heart-pounding passion of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Yet with Valentine's Day upon us it's the romantic variety tugging at our heartstrings, especially if we lack that special someone to share it with.
The All Black rugby player had been locked in his room for days, shutting out all contact with friends, family and fellow players. It was 4am when he finally picked up the phone to call a helpline. The reply at the other end was simple, "hello friend". It started a process that led to therapy that has been helping to change the life of Brent Pope for many years.
It came as a huge shock to find out 18 months ago, when I could no longer catch my breath while running on a treadmill, that I had a hole in my heart - about an inch across in fact - that apparently, I've had since birth. I was very lucky in that my dad is a GP and when I told him, he dismissed my doctor's diagnosis of 'oh, it's just a virus' and frogmarched me to A&E.
We've seen examples of this in the past where researchers have been able to highlight aspects of lifestyle that affect the risk of developing disease. This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the US Surgeon General report on smoking, which for the first time in the US highlighted the significant health harms to the general public from smoking.