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Evidence in Practice

Wednesday, 12 December 2018
A recent summary of Cochrane reviews shows that lifestyle changes (including as a minimum: healthy eating, physical activity and self-monitoring of blood sugar levels) are the only intervention with enough evidence to show possible health improvements for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and their babies.
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Depressed people have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Filling a prescription for antidepressants, which was used in this study as an indicator of depression, was associated with a three-fold greater risk of atrial fibrillation. However, medication was not responsible for the high frequency of atrial fibrillation in depressed people.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Vitamin D levels in the blood are linked to cardiorespiratory fitness, according to a new study from the USA. Participants in the top quartile of vitamin D had a 4.3-fold higher cardiorespiratory fitness than those in the bottom quartile.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Physical activity could result in a less severe stroke, according to a new Swedish study. Even light physical activity such as walking 4 hours per week and moderate physical activity for 2-3 hours per week appear to have a beneficial impact.
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Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Frequent fluctuations in blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and BMI can have a serious effect on heart health and life expectancy. In a new study from South Korea, sudden changes in metabolic health parameters were associated with an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and premature death.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Treating periodontitis (gum disease) could help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels and may reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications, according to a new study published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018
A recent study from Finland shows that children with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels >80 nmol/l had lower plasma total and LDL cholesterol levels than children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
People that sleep for more than 8 hours a night have a greater mortality and cardiovascular risk than those who sleep for under seven hours, according to a recent systematic review published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study also found that a sleep duration of 10 hours is linked with a 30% increased mortality risk compared to sleeping for seven hours.

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