Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die

shopping basket with fruit and veg

This recent systematic review in the BMJ found that more fruit and veg in the diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes.

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Does high sugar intake affect cholesterol and blood pressure?

It’s been suggested that a high-intake of dietary sugars is a cause of increased blood pressure and poor lipid profile. A recent systematic review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigates further.

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Painkiller use during marathons could be a serious health risk

You’re on the starting line raring to go, the starter gun sounds and you’re off, eager and determined to give it your best. There’s a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Twenty-six and a smidge miles later and everything won’t seem nearly so bright! The marathon will have wreaked havoc on [read the full story…]

How does UK healthcare perform and compare to other nations?

It’s hard to imagine what life was like in the UK before the National Health Service. It was a time when healthcare was unreliable and of course treatment had to be paid for. Now the UK has a free, state-run NHS. Funded by taxpayers and with a budget of more than £100 billion, it’s the [read the full story…]

Quitting smoking cuts your risk of heart disease even if you gain some weight, new study suggests

Breaking the habit

No Smoking Day saw the publication of a study which is encouraging for those smokers who’ve taken the first steps in quitting but are worried about weight gain. A lot of people find they put on weight when they give up smoking, something I’ve blogged about before (you can find it here), and it raises [read the full story…]

Lower your risk of major illness by walking regularly

I’ve been pacing and reading this morning in the Woodland. Taking the opportunity to walk whenever I can. We all know that exercise is good for us but often relate that to going to the gym or joining an aerobics class. Well, recent research has shown that something as simple as a regular walking routine [read the full story…]

More links between sitting time and chronic disease: new research from Australia

We’re hearing more and more about the negative impact on our health of sitting down too much of the time and here comes another bit of evidence which suggests that, though it’s not the type of study that can tell us about causes, only associations. It’s part of a big cross-sectional study in New South Wales, [read the full story…]

Guest blog: Heart attacks not reduced in people taking vitamins and antioxidants

Guest blog: Today we’re kicking off National Heart Month with this guest blog, written for us by Dr Harry Boardman, who is part way through his Cardiology specialist training in Oxford. Something to think about while you are lining your vitamin and antioxidant tablets up next to the marmalade on the breakfast table tomorrow morning, [read the full story…]

More evidence that obese children are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease

If you’re an overweight adult, you are at increased risk of a load of health problems you don’t want, including cardiovascular diseases (CVD). These affect the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease and stroke. As for children, evidence for a similar association is building up but the link is less well understood, including the [read the full story…]

Could garlic be a reliable alternative therapy for the treatment of hypertension?

Following on from Monday’s post on hypertension I’ve been looking at the potential benefits of garlic as an alternative therapy for this condition.  I’ve spent the last few hours perched under the Oak Tree reading all about the ‘stinking rose’.  Known as much for its odour as well as its flavour, garlic’s scent comes primarily [read the full story…]