Diet & Fitness

Newly discovered gene mutation could be used to treat diabetes and heart disease

Researchers at at Harvard Medical School in the US have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar…

Yo-yo dieting ‘increases risk of heart attack and stroke’

Fluctuations in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels may be associated with a higher risk of heart attack…

Fish oil drug ‘cuts heart attack and stroke risks by 25 per cent’

An Irish pharmaceutical company has announced that its purified fish oil drug, Vascepa, is linked with a 25 per cent…

Intense two minute workout ‘as good as 30 minutes of moderate exercise’

A few minutes of high-intensity interval exercise may be as effective as much longer exercise sessions, according to new research…

Technology has made us lonely and unfit – but there’s an app for that

As a nation, the UK is suffering from a health and wellness crisis. A majority of adults – 66 per…

Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests

Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and longevity, according to a new report published in The…

The sugar tax in Chile reduced consumption – but hasn’t improved public health

A sugar tax introduced on soft drinks in Chile has failed to reduce inequalities in diet-related health, new research has…

The ‘body positivity’ movement is making people blind to their weight problems

The normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes is causing people to underestimate their weight, according to new research by the University…

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

Eating lentils ‘lowers type 2 diabetes risk’

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to…

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

High protein diet ‘increases heart failure risk’

For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein is associated with a slightly elevated risk of heart failure, according to…

Good news for vegetarians – plants can be made to absorb B12

Researchers at the University of Kent have discovered that some plants can absorb vitamin B12. The study has been published…

Dark chocolate ‘reduces stress and inflammation’

Consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao (a minimum of 70 per cent) has positive effects on stress…

Eating more fish ‘could prevent Parkinson’s’

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, prevents the formation of protein structures closely associated…

A high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients

Eating a high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss, improves diabetes and decreases the need for insulin, according to new research by…

Beetroot supplements increase exercise capacity after heart failure

Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new study published in…

Smaller portions, higher prices, fewer choices; public health puritans are ruining everything

January is a bleak month for many of us. I shall be glad to see the back of it, but…