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.
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.
This week 14 November was World Diabetes Day. The number of people living with diabetes worldwide is rapidly rising, with an estimated 422 million adults affected in 2014 compared with 108 million in 1980. As the issue becomes more pressing, research is increasingly focusing on the condition and the factors that may influence the risk of it developing. A recent study, in particular, has found a strong link between a higher intake of vitamin D in childhood and a decreased risk of type 1 diabetes.
In the next installment of our brain health blog series, we will be reviewing the new research presented at the International Carotenoids Society‘s (ICS) symposium. The 18th ICS Symposium was a five day long event in Switzerland, hosting over 80 talks to almost 300 attendees. One topic of particular interest was the role of macular carotenoids, particularly lutein, in the brain. The benefits of lutein for the eyes are well documented, but emerging science is highlighting uses for cognitive health too. A variety of new studies on the subject were presented at the symposium by various speakers.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, and is expected to affect 131.5 million people by 2050. With this in mind, it’s clear to see why so much research is being carried out to help prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease.