Health features for June
Below are a range of health tips from AXA PPP Healthcare, which you may find useful, with links to find out more.
Heart risks reduced by a Nordic diet
According to new research Nordic cuisine can lower cholesterol and help reduce the risk of heart disease.
The findings of the study, carried out by Professor Matti Uusitupa, from the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland, could see the Hypnotension programme adopt the new Nordic diet, which includes foods like berries and fish.
Improving your fitness after cancer treatment
This article reveals how exercise can help your recovery and share tips for exercising with cancer.
Instead of rest clinicians and oncologists are now recommending exercise after cancer treatment as a strategy for reducing the side-effects of treatment, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life.
Being diagnosed with cancer may put exercise and fitness goals right to the back of your mind. Add to that the impact of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapies and it’s easy to see why you may feel less motivated.
But exercise can have a very positive impact on your health, mentally and physically at this difficult time.
The real scale of obesity
Obesity is fast becoming an epidemic in the UK (recently referred to as the ‘fat man of Europe’). This article reports on the scale of the problem and its causes, and explores some of the potential solutions.
One in four adults living in the UK are thought to be clinically obese and a number of others suffering from eating disorders. This is costing the NHS billions every year.
There are a wealth of statistics and studies on the impact of obesity, and the scale of the problem, which in itself tells a story.
Living with a heart condition
This article focuses on Joanie Scott’s (52) experiences of having a stroke, how it was treated, and how she dealt with it afterwards.
“Joanie isn’t your typical stroke survivor,” explains Doireann Maddock, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation.
She now looks to follow a healthy lifestyle, with an improved diet and more exercise. “After a stroke, patients with those risk factors are advised to change their lifestyles. They may also be prescribed anticoagulant drugs, blood pressure tablets, medication for diabetes and the cholesterol-lowering drug statin. The combination of lifestyle changes and drug treatments can greatly reduce the chance of another stroke.”
According to the Stroke Association around 150,000 people in the UK suffer a stroke every year.
Vaccine offers brain tumour fight
New research has shown a patients’ immune system can fight off a serious brain tumour.
Glioblastoma multiforme, one of the most serious types of brain tumour, because it is difficult to remove under normal circumstances. Due to tumour cells spread into surrounding healthy brain tissue. This results in a poor survival rate, with most patients surviving no more than a year.
Now, researchers at Lund University , Sweden, have used a ‘vaccine’ to stimulate the immune system that has been suppressed by the tumour.
Prostate cancer cells targeted
When treating prostate cancer, some of the affected cells will remain; Australian scientists are investigating how to target these remaining cells.
The sub-group, which could contribute to recurrence of the disease, was identified during research into androgen deprivation therapy.
Increased understanding of the resistant cells could result in detection at an earlier stage in treatment, which in turn could reduce the 10,000 deaths from prostate cancer each year.
Help avoid heart disease with fish oils
According to the American Heart Association people should eat at least two servings of fish each week.
Fish oils are found in the tissue of fatty fish like tuna, salmon and sardines. These omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil are widely considered to have helpful properties when it comes to staving off heart disease.
Experts have long been striving to discover just how fish oils protect the heart.
Calcium can help women live longer
According to new research a small daily dose of calcium supplement can help women live longer.
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