Can coffee help us live longer?

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Many could be surprised to learn that a new study conducted in the United Kingdom presents findings that indicate that coffee could elongate our lives. After studying the health of half a million people from 10 European countries, data suggests that drinking three cups of coffee a day may increase our lifespan.

The study was led by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in conjunction with Imperial College London. They selected an enormous group of people all over the age of 35 and when the study began they recorded how much coffee they drank a day. The state of health at the time of death was then analysed over 16 years. Their conclusions claim that caffeine could be linked to helping lower the risk of death and the development of health complications such as heart diseases and gut related problems. Although researches are keen to highlight that although the pool of Read more

40% of the global adult population has high blood pressure: do you?

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High blood pressure, called hypertension, has become increasingly common. According to the World Health Organisation, raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths worldwide[1]. The WHO explains that around 40% of the global population above the age of 25 has raised blood pressure[2].

It’s a dangerous condition, even more so because it’s often symptomless. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the vessels as it flows throughout the body. If it’s consistently too high, it can damage them and the circulatory system as a whole. Called the “silent killer,” it leads to strokes, vision loss, heart attacks, heart failure or kidney disease if it’s not managed well. Understanding blood pressure readings The only way to know if you have high blood pressure it to get it checked. If your doctor does find elevated rates, it’s important to monitor your numbers. Many pharmacies Read more