What a month for health news, first of all we have outlandish headlines telling us chocolate will help fight cardiovascular disease and now The Daily Telegraph have the gall to tell the nation that drinking “plenty of red wine” will help them lose weight. Understandably this headline has already come under intense scrutiny from countless health experts including a long form feature analysis by the NHS.
The bizarre study was incorrectly reported by certain UK papers as some kind of miracle which gave the go ahead for us become red wine guzzling stick insects. You’ll also find it humorous to know that the study the press were referring to was carried out on mice instead of humans which arguably makes such findings null in terms of dietary relevance. The study was taken by researchers from South China Agricultural University and Washington State University with particular focus on the effect of ‘resveratrol’ on cells and fat tissue.
It’s true that resveratrol does appear in some red wines and can help mice produce brown fat cells (which grown humans have very little of) as opposed to white fat tissue which thus leads to obesity. The amount of resveratrol in red wine is very minor and given the fact that a 750cl bottle of supermarket slosh would contain 570 calories is hardly going to do you any good. Try and use your better judgement when faced with far-fetched headlines like this and always consult a healthcare professional if you wish to have a drastic change of diet.
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It’s an unfortunate reality that heart failure rates in the UK are hitting an alarming high. Over 900,000 people across Britain have been affected by the trauma and aftermath that comes with heart failure – a figure deemed by Professor John Cleland a “modern epidemic”. Why are these figures so high? The answer lays in our lifestyles and complacency to dietary control but that’s a topic for another time. The latest study by the European Society of Cardiology has strongly suggested that patients who are recovering from heart failure who then fall into strong depression are “more than likely” to suffer a fatality within a year of their initial symptoms.
This is both startling and worrying, not only for people who may be in this situation but their loved ones and of course, the doctors and psychologists who will be working to rehabilitate them. The state of mental health treatment in the UK is frankly lacking and it’s shocking that in 2015 we are only now making evident strides in eradicating the shameful taboos that come with anxiety and depression. Cardiacare implore anybody suffering in silence seek therapy or medication as soon as possible, this is not something you need to live with.
Heart failure comes as a result of a weak or stiff heart muscle struggling to maintain regular pumping of the blood. The patient will then experience extreme tiredness and shortness of breath leading to, in most cases, a drop in quality of life should they recover. This significant lifestyle change affects people in different ways but the study suggests that mild to severe depression is more likely to occur “in the 300 days that follow” the attack.
Thankfully this study has sparked intrigue and The British Heart Foundation has assured the public they are aware of the issues that depression can cause in extreme cases. If you have been affected by this issue we strongly recommend you seek out help immediately.
The original report on this story can be read over here at the BBC.