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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

Entries filed under 'Nutrient intakes'

    US physicians have less than the recommended blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids

    Healthcare professionals are viewed by many individuals as being a leading source of health information. However, a new study has found that 95% of a group of US family physicians had an Omega-3 Index below 8%, a blood level of omega-3 fatty acids that has been suggested for cardioprotection. These findings present an opportunity to improve omega-3 levels in populations globally by raising awareness among physicians about their own omega-3 status, so they can make better-informed recommendations to patients. 

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    Outcomes from the International Congress of Nutrition provide insights into the impact of inadequate nutrient status on health

    According to a recent global survey, most people recognize that it is important to stay active and have good nutrition. And in Europe alone, weight appears to be the main health concern of adults. Research presented at the IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) highlighted how high obesity levels across Europe have led to increased interest in diets and weight loss. However, many weight management diets that include reducing food intake can result in inadequate micronutrient intake, which may bring a number of health risks. Increasing the consumption of nutrient-dense foods via fortification and supplements can help meet this growing challenge.

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    Nutrition, health and economic status

    A DSM- and Sight and Life Foundation-led editorial board has launched a new book, Good Nutrition: perspectives for the 21st century, to provide the latest perspectives on the nutrition challenges that are now common to all societies worldwide. The first section of the book sets the scene for nutrition across the globe applying a one-world approach. The second part of the book considers the economic drivers of malnutrition and the relationship between nutrition quality and quality of health.

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    Higher levels of vitamin D associated with lower risk of breast cancer morbidity and mortality

    Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in women globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the diagnosis of breast cancer is growing in the developing world, due to increased life expectancy, increased urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.[1] A new study suggests higher vitamin D levels are associated with lower risk of breast cancer progression and mortality. [2]

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    Will new research on the interplay between low vitamin D levels and negative psychotic symptoms affect the market for antidepressants?

    New scientific findings from Norway (1) reveal a strong association between low vitamin D levels in the blood and increased negative psychotic symptoms and depression. Negative psychotic symptoms are loss of positive interpersonal communication functions, such as the lack of emotions and interest in other people and of ideas. In Europe, around 37% of the population is concerned about mental health (2).

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