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Preventing falls in older people

The typical Western diet and lifestyle promote the emergence of several chronic disorders; one of them (related to aging) has a very long name: osteosarcopenic obesity, which translated means deterioration of bone health, decline in muscle strength and mass, and increased presence of fat tissue in muscle and bone. The main causes of this problem are chronic diseases, drug therapy, genetic predisposition and environmental factors, but poor nutrition and lack […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 in the prevention of migraine attacks

Migraine reduces the quality of life, is related with professional absenteeism and is associated with other health problems. Several medicines are used in the prevention of headache attacks in people suffering from migraine, but people with chronic daily headache often achieve only transient relief with conventional medical management. There are also non-pharmacological treatments (acupuncture, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, psychotherapy, and dietary therapy). In relation to dietary therapy, it has been observed […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 in obesity and related disorders

Obesity and the disorders associated with it (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, etc.) are a growing health problem in the developed world. They are related with a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which in turn, can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Furthermore, obesity is associated with non-medical issues as diminished mobility, and social stigmatization. Adipose tissue (fat) has a very important […]

 
 
 
 

EPA and DHA protect from PCBs

Risk factors for stroke (high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and diabetes) have been associated with dietary intake of contaminants, including synthetic compounds such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were marketed for nearly 50 years (from 1929 until the end of the 1970s, when they were banned in most parts of the world because of environmental concerns), being used in electrical equipment, surface coatings, inks, adhesives, flame-retardants, and […]

 
 
 
 

Omega-3 and oral health

Periodontal disease range from simple gum inflammation (gingivitis) to serious disease that causes major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth (periodontitis). Gingivitis is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth; plaque contains bacteria, which cause the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and form tartar, that brushing doesn’t clean (only […]

 
 
 
 

Fish oil supplementation and acne

Acne occurs most often during puberty and affects both women and men. It is more common in developed countries than in less industrialized regions, and is characterized by seborrhea and formation of comedones, pustules and papules in areas rich in sebaceous glands, although not all of these disorders are present in the same person. It can be caused by different factors (genetic predisposition, hormonal abnormalities, immunological disorders, psychological, and environmental […]