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The latest evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is, effectively, ‘diabetes’ of the brain. In fact, some researchers claim the two illnesses are so similar that Alzheimer’s should really be called ‘type 3 diabetes’. This might explain why a staggering 70 per cent people suffering from type 2 diabetes go on to develop Alzheimer’s, compared with only 10 per cent of the non-diabetic population who go on to develop the debilitating brain disorder.
Women who are optimistic and positive are far less likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other chronic conditions when they reach retirement.
The health advice we’ve been given about avoiding saturated fats is just plain wrong: the fats—from meat, butter, cream and cheese—don’t raise the risk of heart disease and instead have a protective effect, a new study has concluded.
Drinking up to a pint of beer a day helps slow the decline of levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein)—the ‘good’ cholesterol—as we get older, a new study claims. It’s a Goldilocks amount: abstain or drink more than a pint a day and the fall in levels becomes twice as rapid as for the moderate drinker.
For nearly 50 years, saturated fats were seen as the main culprits in causing heart disease, and a discovery of some old research papers has discovered why: the sugar industry had been paying scientists to say so.
People with high levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol are more likely to die prematurely—so overturning a long-held theory that it improves our health and reduces our chances of heart disease.
There’s a link between gum disease and an inflammatory condition in the brain—elderly people with periodontitis, or inflamed gums, are four times more likely to suffer a stroke.
There’s a joke that used to do the rounds of newspaper offices: don’t let the facts spoil the story. Medicine seems to have its equivalent version, with inconvenient truths being buried to safeguard a cherished theory.