The Health News United Kingdom December 8 2017

  • According to a new report, older women are more likely to be poor, socially isolated, badly housed, unhealthy and die sooner because of a lifetime of lower pay and unequal working conditions than older men. Women aged 65-69 suffered the worst discrimination of all. A study by the Centre for Ageing Better found “shameful” and stark contrasts in people’s experiences of later life, with severe inequalities among older people largely a product of poverty and disadvantage throughout life.
  • Doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow say that nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a “watershed” trial.  People spent up to 5 months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss. The charity Diabetes UK says the trial is a landmark and has the potential to help millions of patients. Treating the disease costs the UK’s NHS about £10bn a year.
  • Research has warned that popular vegetarian sausages are so salty that one portion contains more than half a pizza. Meat-free sausages including some made by Linda McCartney and Quorn contain significantly more salt than the level recommended by Public Health England, Consensus Action on Salt and Health found. Despite their “healthy” image many vegetarian sausages were given “red flags” by Cash as they were found to be among the saltiest of all sausages on the market.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 8th of December 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/06/inequalities-among-older-people-especially-women-shameful

According to a new report, older women are more likely to be poor, socially isolated, badly housed, unhealthy and die sooner because of a lifetime of lower pay and unequal working conditions than older men. A study by the Centre for Ageing Better found “shameful” and stark contrasts in people’s experiences of later life, with severe inequalities among older people largely a product of poverty and disadvantage throughout life. Women aged sixty five to sixty nine suffered the worst discrimination of all. The review found that only thirty six percent of this age group received the full state pension in two thousand fourteen. Claire Turner, director of evidence at the Centre for Ageing Better said: “A good later life is something we should expect for everyone. It should not be conditional on where we live or how much money we have, nor on our gender, race, disability or sexuality.”
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The report found that female part-time workers or women with low-grade jobs are at greatest risk of financial insecurity in later life. Women who have spent most of their lives working part-time are no better off in retirement than women who have never worked. There is also evidence which suggests that people from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to have adequate pension savings, with women from ethnic minority backgrounds at particular risk.
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While women suffer these inequalities more than men, however, people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds and some from LGBT backgrounds are also disproportionately disadvantaged. The review also found that older people with the least wealth are more likely to have one or more health problems, including diabetes, depression, osteoarthritis and cataracts. Poorer people in later life are up to four point two times more likely to have diabetes and up to fifteen point one times more likely to have osteoarthritis. Older people who live in poorer areas are significantly more likely to be frail than those who live in richer areas and have more wealth.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42154666

Doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow say that nearly half of patients have reversed type two diabetes in a “watershed” trial. People spent up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss.

The charity Diabetes UK says the trial is a landmark and has the potential to help millions of patients. Isobel, from Largs in North Ayrshire, was one of two hundred ninety eight people on the trial. Her blood sugar levels were too high, and every time she went to the doctors they increased her medication. She went on to the all-liquid diet for seventeen weeks – giving up cooking and shopping. She even ate apart from her husband, Jim. Instead, she had four liquid meals a day.

A sachet of powder is stirred in water to make a soup or shake. They contain about two hundred  calories, but also the right balance of nutrients.

The trial results, simultaneously published in the Lancet medical journal and presented at the International Diabetes Federation, showed: forty six percent of patients who started the trial were in remission a year later; eighty six percent who lost fifteen kilograms or more put their type two diabetes into remission; Only four percent went into remission with the best treatments currently used. Professor Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, told the BBC: “It’s a real watershed moment. Before we started this line of work, doctors and specialists regarded type two as irreversible.”

Treating the disease costs the UK’s NHS about ten billion pounds a year.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/health-warning-salt-content-vegetarian-sausages/

Research has warned that popular vegetarian sausages are so salty that one portion contains more than half a pizza.  Meat-free sausages including some made by Linda McCartney and Quorn contain significantly more salt than the level recommended by Public Health England, according to Consensus Action on Salt and Health.  Despite their “healthy” image many vegetarian sausages were given “red flags” by Cash as they were found to be among the saltiest of all sausages on the market.  The health campaign group said many companies had failed to reduce salt in their products with just three weeks left to reach two thousand seventeen targets set by Public Health England.

The British public eat more than one hundred seventy five thousand tonnes of sausages each year, which amounts to sixty one grams of salt per person. Eating too much salt has been linked to degenerative health conditions including heart disease. The average salt content of sausages is one point three grams per one hundred grams, a figure that has remained relatively unchanged since two thousand eleven and exceeded salt reduction targets at the time.

Linda McCartney’s “Vegetarian” and “Red Onion & Rosemary” Sausages both contain one point six grams of salt per one hundred grams. Public Health England wants all sausages to contain less than one point thirty eight grams of salt per one hundred grams by January two thousand eighteen. Eight out of ten products analysed had traffic light warnings for salt on the front of packs allowing customers to see how much they contain. However a number of brands producing the saltiest sausages including Richmond, Wall’s and Iceland, failed to provide this.

Professor Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Cash, said: “The UK has led the world on salt reduction but this survey clearly shows that many companies are not cooperating with the current voluntary policy.

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