A cardiologist has argued that saturated fat may not play a significant role in raising heart attack and stroke risk – an opposing view to established dietary advice and guidelines.
Aseem Malhotra, from Croydon University Hospital in London, says advice to reduce saturated fat intake has actually increased cardiovascular disease risk.
He claims a focus on reducing cholesterol means too many people now take statins.
Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Studies on the link between diet and disease frequently produce conflicting results because, unlike drug trials, it’s very difficult to undertake a properly controlled, randomised study.
“However, people with highest cholesterol levels are at highest risk of a heart attack and it’s also clear that lowering cholesterol, by whatever means, lowers risk.
“Cholesterol levels can be influenced by many factors including diet, exercise and drugs, in particular statins. There is clear evidence that patients who have had a heart attack, or who are at high risk of having one, can benefit from taking a statin.
"But this needs to be combined with other essential measures, such as eating a balanced diet, not smoking and taking regular exercise.”
The editorial was published in the British Medical Journal
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Campaigns & Issues
Dame Judi Dench fronts disability charity’s Christmas Appeal
Vitalise Christmas campaign launched to provide festive respite for people with disabilities and carers
Dame Judi Dench has been unveiled as the face of national disability charity Vitalise’s Christmas Appeal 2013, which aims to raise funds to give people with disabilities and carers desperately-needed Christmas breaks.
Dame Judi Dench, who is a Vice President of Vitalise, is spearheading the charity’s campaign to raise sufficient funds to subsidise every break across its three centres during Christmas Week.
A big-hearted gran known as Mrs Christmas for her festive lunches for hundreds of lonely and elderly has been treated herself on ITV's Surprise Surprise.
Tireless Gloria Stewart, 64, who has battled cancer and strokes three times, went to the filming of the TV show after nominating a friend for an award.
Competitions & Fun
Win a copy of The Great Train Robbery on DVD
ACORN MEDIA is delighted to announce the release of a powerful drama that offers a brand new take on one of Britain’s biggest and best known heists The Great Train Robbery.
Penned by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, The Great Train Robbery is made up of two fantastic films. A Robber’s Tale follows the story of the people behind the crime of century, led by Bruce Reynolds, the key planner of the 1963 heist and A Copper’s Tale, focuses on the team of detectives assembled to bring the robbers to justice. This outstanding new drama airs on BBC One 18 and 19 December and will be released on a DVD as a twodisc set on 6 January 2014.
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Health & Wellbeing
BBC Concert Orchestra makes music for people with dementia
The BBC Concert Orchestra recorded a CD of special musical accompaniments for people with dementia and their carers, on Friday (13 December) at Maida Vale studios in London, as part of their association with Alzheimer’s Society’s Singing for the Brain.
Singing for the Brain® is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems and promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.
Property & Finance
‘Too much month at the end of the money’ contributes to persistent debt in old age
New research by Andrea Finney of PFRC at the University of Bristol reveals the persistence of debt in old age as the “squeezed middle age” struggle with the both costs of essentials and childcare costs.
‘Demystifying non-mortgage borrowing in older age: a longitudinal approach’, is published today by PFRC and the International Longevity Centre–UK (ILC-UK) as part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The research analyses the Wealth and Assets Survey, finding that:
Leisure and Lifestyle
Eileen Caiger-Gray reviews Oliver!
Show stealer and major triumph in this first new revival of Oliver! since 1994 is the ensemble work of the company. Continuous whirls of Victorian life, brilliantly choreographed by Alastair David and Victoria Hinde, bring us uplifting talent, joyous exuberance, energy and precision, interwoven with fruit, veg, sides of beef, and all manner of other incommodious commodities, all doing full justice to Lionel Bart's melodious masterpieces. The audience is bowled over big-time by hearty numbers like Consider Yourself and Oom-pah-pah, as an impressive blend of professionals and budding (nay- flowering) young locals give their all.
"I'm a pensioner, get me out of here!"
Today's pensioners may not have to endure daily Bush Tucker trials to top up their shopping baskets but for almost 70% of people surveyed by the deVere Group, cost of living is the primary concern about retiring in the UK.
According the results of a recent survey of 1,231 over 50's questioned by the international financial consultancy, cost of living is the primary motivation for quitting Britain with almost half (49.5%) stating that they have 'seriously considered', 'are thinking about', or 'would be tempted' to live overseas during retirement.
Have you noticed that those advocating rises in pension levels to absurd levels like this are all very much younger and have no experience of the ageing process?