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Sugar Tax- how will it work?

A new sugar tax on the soft drinks will be introduced in the UK the chancellor announced yesterday. The move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity. So how will the sugar tax work? The levy is squarely aimed at high sugar drinks- particularly fizzy drinks, which […]

Poor diabetes care in England leading to preventable deaths

Poor diabetes care in England is leading to preventable deaths, record rates of complications and huge costs to the NHS. Diabetes UK says the disease is the fastest growing health threat of our times and current care models are not working to get on top of the problem. The NHS spends a tenth of its […]

Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

Dementia is biggest killer of women in UK

Dementia is the biggest cause of death for women in England and Wales official figures show. The disease now kills more than three times as many women as breast cancer and thousands more than either heart attacks or stroke. Analysts say the rising numbers may be because doctors are becoming more aware of the disease […]

Type 1 diabetes- possible cure

The possibility of a cure for type 1 diabetes has recently taken a “tremendous step forward”, scientists have announced. The disease is caused by the immune system destroying the cells that control blood sugar levels. A team at Harvard University used stem cells to produce hundreds of millions of the cells in the laboratory. Tests […]

Obesity is new smoking says NHS boss

Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS says the head of the NHS. A quarter of adults – up from 15% 20 years ago – and one in five schoolchildren is obese, figures show and the problem is estimated to already cost the NHS […]

Obesity and diabetes drugs cost needlessly harms NHS

NHS Scotland has spent nearly £230 million on drugs to treat diabetes and obesity within the last three years figures have shown. The diabetes drugs bill was £75.7 million in 2013-14, £73.2 million last year and £74.2 milion in 2011-12.  Another £6.1 million went on obesity prescriptions in the three year period. The figures were […]

Sugar- the new killer substance

A campaign group has been formed to reduce the amount of sugar added to food and soft drinks in an effort to tackle obesity and diabetes in the UK. Action on Sugar has been set up by the team behind Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash), which has pushed for cuts to salt intake […]

Cancers increase by 40% due to bad lifestyles

Cancers caused by smoking, drinking and excessive sunbathing have soared in the past decade- official statistics have revealed.The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal large increases in the incidence of so called “lifestyle” related cancers. The biggest rise has been in the rate of malignant skin cancer, which has increased by […]

Three million people now diagnosed with Diabetes in UK

Three million people in the UK have now been diagnosed with diabetes, says charity Diabetes UK, which warns this new high could create a huge burden on the NHS.Most of these cases are Type 2 diabetes, caused by the UK’s ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people. Another 850,000 people are […]