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Summary of the Big Health News in 2017

  • Fasting is now recognised to have a major role in rekindling health.
  • Taking vitamins in pregnancy reduces the risk of its complications. 
  • Vitamin D, apart from strengthening the bones, also helps to reduce risk of colds and chest infections.
  • 10 portions of fruits and vegetables (800 gr) a day significantly reduces the risk of premature death. The "5 -a- day" was promoted as a step to the right direction.
  • Eating fat improves your life expectancy (it reduces the risk of the most common causes of cancer).
  • Staying fit with exercise and sports, reduces the risk of falls and fractures later in life and extends life expectancy.
  • HRT is back on the table! Still associated with a small increased risk of breast cancer but improved bone health, diabetes and sleep.
  • Aspirin - a small dose reduces the risk of some cancers and it is linked with extended life span but comes with a risk of gastric bleed amongst the elderly.
  • Regular use of coffee is linked with reduced risk of dying from diabetes, stroke, cancer, kidney and lung disease.
  • Traffic pollution (especially free radical from diesel exhaust fumes) are responsible for 48,000 - 52,000 deaths from cardiovascular and lung disease and cancer per annum in UK cities.
  • Diet drinks come with an increased risk of stroke.
  • Sleep problems are a bad predictor for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAI's), used for decades, do little to control pain and increase risk of cardiac arrest.
  • Being overweight or obese is firmly linked with many common conditions and shortened life expectancy.
  • Sugar, apart from increasing the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, is also linked with mental illness.