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TalkingNutrition

Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals

Entries filed under 'Women's 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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    DSM enforces high-quality nutrition and trusted partnerships as key to achieving sustainable societal and economic progress

    The Micronutrient Forum (MNF) envisions a world where all people have access to essential micronutrients at levels needed to promote health, prevent disease, and bring hidden hunger to an end. The 2016 conference focused on women’s nutrition as a catalyst for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), whereas nutrition has a role to play in all 17 goals. The health and wellbeing of women and girls are critical to enable healthy human lives, unlocking human potential, and ultimately sustainable development.

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    What is new in nutrition for the first 1000 days?: DSM Nutritional Products satellite symposium at the Power of Programming

    Manfred Eggersdorfer, Professor for Healthy Ageing at Groningen University and Senior Vice-President for Nutrition Science and Advocacy at DSM Nutritional Products, emphasized the importance of good nutrition during the first 1,000 days – from conception to the child’s second birthday – for life-long health. He then introduced the three experts who were going to discuss the latest science on vitamins K and D and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) in early life.

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    Tackling Micronutrient Inadequacies in Bangladesh: Is Food Fortification Enough?

    The FAO’s 2012 report on food insecurity states that “progress in reducing hunger has been more pronounced than previously believed”. Even so, almost 1 billion people suffer from chronic undernutrition. Eating the right amounts of all vitamins and essential minerals, as well as protein, fats and carbohydrates, is important for people to be healthy and productive. Food fortification is one means to improve the micronutrient intake of populations. Is it a silver bullet approach to reducing hidden hunger?

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    Ferritin, Polyphenols and Phytate: The Complex Business of Estimating Iron Absorption

    Iron absorption is notoriously difficult to estimate. In what is sure to be an influential article, Armah, Carriquiry and Reddy estimate total population iron absorption and compare it to a value widely used to reflect iron absorption when creating Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). Can their results explain the widespread iron deficiency anemia that is found in well-nourished populations?

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