Diet & Fitness

Exercise appears to slow the rate at which our cells age

Cell ageing appears to slow down if we keep fit and active, according to research at Brigham Young University in…

Is red meat bad for you? The evidence is far from clear

Eating red meat may raise the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a study in the…

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Is a two-week beach holiday really that bad for your health?

Just two weeks of inactivity in healthy young people can reduce muscle mass and lead to an increased risk of…

Can having your DNA tested lead you to live a healthier life?

From a blood test to a stool analysis, measuring biochemical markers is a time-honoured way to assess health and enable…

Sound science backs fasting. Calorie counting can’t compete

Fasting is no longer merely the domain of religion — more and more people are fasting for the sake of…

Were all the horror stories about dairy products and heart disease wrong after all?

Consuming full-fat cheese, milk and yoghurt does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new…

Sorry, but drinking tequila probably won’t help your bones, after all

At Spectator Health we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but tequila probably isn’t good for your bones,…

How drugs make us fat: why alcohol, caffeine and chocolate are a menace to your waistline

We know that calorie-dense, seductive foods like chips, ice cream, and cookies tend to push us to eat too much…

Vegetarians may live longer — but not because they are vegetarian

Vegetarians may live longer, but not necessarily because they have given up meat, according to a study in Preventive Medicine.…

Each hour of running ‘adds seven hours to your life’

For every hour spent running, your lifespan increases by an average of seven hours, up to a maximum of about…

Just one minute of intense exercise is enough to improve your health

An exercise regime known as the ‘one-minute workout’ has recently caught the attention of the media. The claim, which sounds…

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‘Broccoli cuts sugar cravings’: why fruit and vegetables need more hype

They don’t hold back, those scientists, do they? One minute it’s five a day and then, instead of a small…

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Small study suggests marathons can damage your kidneys

The physical stress of running a marathon can cause short-term kidney injury, according to research published in the American Journal…

If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal

In Sweden, the smoking rate has fallen to a mere nine per cent, as the New Scientist reports… Sweden is…

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Salt is not the enemy. It’s time authorities stopped demonising it

Forty years ago, the United States senate undertook the near-impossible task of reviewing all existing evidence on nutrition in order…

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Exercise wards off heart disease whatever your weight

Overweight or obese people with low levels of physical activity are a third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, according…

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You can eat a healthy diet for next to nothing. Here’s the proof

It is a common belief in some circles that a healthy diet is unaffordable. Last year, the chair of the…

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Breakfast isn’t a ‘dangerous meal’. It’s bad science to say it is

The weirdest dietary advice offered up so far this year has to be the fear-mongering about breakfast. One writer on…