The Health News United Kingdom February 6 2018

  • New research shows that prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now dying from prostate cancer in the UK every year – the equivalent of one man every 45 minutes. This compares with 11,442 women who die from breast cancer.
  • New figures show that 4 in 10 strokes are now happening in middle age, fuelled by soaring obesity levels and unhealthy lifestyles. Health officials last night urged men and women in their 40S and 50S to overhaul their daily habits, amid warnings that the average age for suffering such attacks has fallen sharply. Public Health England said poor diet, alcohol and smoking were putting millions of Britons at risk of suffering the deadly traumas normally associated with old age.
  • A new study by Oxford University has found, crash diets may stop the heart pumping properly. Researchers at Oxford University said people suffering from heart problems should seek medical advice before adopting a low calorie diet. The new study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the impact of eating fewer than 800 calories a day on heart function and the distribution of fat in the abdomen, liver, and heart muscle.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/prostate-cancer-now-third-biggest-cancer-killer-in-the-uk_uk_5a742489e4b06ee97af15a74?utm_hp_ref=uk-health-news

New research shows that prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.  Prostate Cancer UK said the number of men dying from prostate cancer every year has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with eleven thousand eight hundred nineteen men now dying from prostate cancer in the UK every year – the equivalent of one man every forty five minutes. This compares with eleven thousand four hundred forty two women who die from breast cancer.

Lung cancer and bowel cancer remain the two most common cancers to die from. Trends show that the number of women dying from breast cancer has been steadily decreasing since nineteen ninety, however the same downward death trend is yet to be seen in prostate cancer.
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The charity estimates that it needs to fund around one hundred twenty million pounds of research over the next eight years to reverse the trend and achieve its ten-year goal of halving the number of expected prostate cancer deaths by two thousand twenty six. In a bid to ramp up its fundraising, the charity has launched a series of March for Men walks around the UK to help raise funds.

Professional dancer and Celebrity Big Brother housemate Wayne Sleep was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in two thousand fifteen and will be leading the London March for Men for the second year running.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/01/four-ten-strokes-now-happening-midlife-fuelled-obesity-epidemic/

New figures show that four in ten strokes are now happening in middle age, fuelled by soaring obesity levels and unhealthy lifestyles. Health officials last night urged men and women in their forties and fifties to overhaul their daily habits, amid warnings that the average age for suffering such attacks has fallen sharply. Public Health England said poor diet, alcohol and smoking were putting millions of Britons at risk of suffering the deadly traumas normally associated with old age.

The new data shows that thirty eight percent of first strokes are happening among those aged between forty and sixty nine, with the average age dropping almost three years in a decade.

Elderly people remain the most vulnerable to strokes – which are deadly in half of cases, and leave half of survivors with disability. But the new figures show that in the last decade the average age for first stroke has dropped from seventy one to sixty eight among men, and from seventy five to seven three in women.

Senior doctors said Britain’s obesity epidemic, with two in three adults now overweight or obese, was fuelling the number of patients who were vulnerable to stroke in midlife. And they raised concerns that those in middle age were less likely to recognise symptoms of a stroke – a medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off – and to seek help quickly enough. Professor Julia Verne, from PHE, urged those in middle age to undergo NHS health checks, and to take action to slim down waistlines and take medication for high blood pressure.

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Meanwhile, obesity levels have risen sharply, with twenty five percent of adults now obese, compared with three percent in the nineteen seventies. One in six people in the UK will suffer a stroke in their lifetime, and stroke is the third most common cause of premature death.
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The figures show that in two thousand sixteen, fifty seven thousand people had a first time stroke in England, with around thirty thousand deaths.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/02/crash-diets-may-stop-heart-pumping-properly-oxford-university/

A new study by Oxford University has found, crash diets may stop the heart pumping properly.
Researchers at Oxford University said people suffering from heart problems should seek medical advice before adopting a low calorie diet. The new study used magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) to investigate the impact of eating fewer than eight hundred calories a day on heart function and the distribution of fat in the abdomen, liver, and heart muscle.

Nutritionists recommend that men consume around two thousand five hundred calories a day and women two thousand calories to maintain a healthy weight. But many people now cut their daily intake by drinking diet-shakes to dramatically to lose weight or drastically cutting meals.
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Recent research found that two thirds of Britons are on a diet most of the time, but there are eight hundred thousand people living with heart failure and nearly two million living with chronic angina. The research was carried out on twenty one obese volunteers, of an average age of fifty two and body mass index of thirty seven. Participants consumed a very low calorie diet of six hundred to eight hundred kilocalorie per day for eight weeks. MRI was performed at the start of the study and after one and eight weeks. After one week, total body fat, visceral fat and liver fat had all significantly fallen by an average of six percent, eleven percent, and forty two percent, respectively,  accompanied by significant improvements in insulin resistance, fasting total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and blood pressure.

However, after one week, heart fat content had risen by forty four percent and there was a noticeable deterioration in heart function, including the heart’s ability to pump blood.

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