Health

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

06 Apr 2017

“One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025,” The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the “UK’s population to be fattest in Europe” by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major modelling study of global obesity trends. The study used data covering 19.2 million adults in 186 […]

Arterial Hypertension

11 Nov 2017

What is high blood pressure (HBP)? It is a chronic disease characterized by an increase in the pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries, as the heart beats. It is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality especially in developed countries. When checking blood pressure two numbers are given, the first […]

High blood pressure: does it lead to diabetes?

04 Jan 2018

Study gives strongest link yet between blood pressure and diabetes. At first glance these might be considered two unconnected conditions, but research over the years has led to diabetes being classified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers looked at data on more than 4 million people in the UK who were free of […]

Physical activity guidelines for older adults

19 May 2018

How much physical activity do older adults aged 65 and over need to do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.  The amount of physical activity you need to do each week depends on your age, older […]

Is passive smoking harmful?

31 May 2018

Yes. Breathing in someone else’s cigarette smoke (passive smoking or secondhand smoking) can increase your risk of cancer and other health problems. It is also particularly harmful for children. Smoke stays in the air When someone smokes a cigarette, the smoke from the burning tip is released into the air. So is the smoke they […]

Should we ‘eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper’?

29 Jun 2018

“We should ‘eat breakfast like a king’ to fight obesity, scientists claim,” the Daily Mirror reports. The headline was prompted by a new review into “chrono-nutrition”, which involves seeing if when we eat is as important as what we eat. The review suggests eating more of our total daily food intake in the evening – […]