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Archive for July, 2021

COVID-19 linked to autoimmunity

Posted on 29 July 2021 by in News

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The understanding of what goes wrong in autoimmune disease, and why, is advancing on numerous fronts[1]. One key question that remains, is what makes some people more likely to experience autoimmunity than others?

Gender appears to play a significant part, with autoimmune disease around three times more common in women than in men, with two primary reasons being hormones and chromosomal variations[2]. Read the rest of this entry »

Lest we forget – iron deficiency is common and a health risk!

Posted on 15 July 2021 by in News

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Food containing natural iron. Fe: Liver, avocado, broccoli, spinach, parsley, beans, nuts, on a blue background. Top view.

Faced as we are with an infectious and mutating agent of illness, the allied focus on nutritional needs has been to identify foods and nutritional concentrates that confer an immunological advantage[1]. Covid-19 does not treat us equally. Undernourished people have weaker immune systems and may be at greater risk of severe illness due to the virus.

Because iron deficiency degrades non-specific immunity, your body’s first line of defence against pathogens, you are more vulnerable to infection and disease, and other health complications[2]. In fact, frequent infections are a lesser-known symptom of iron deficiency. At the same time, poor metabolic health, including obesity and diabetes, is strongly linked to worse Covid-19 outcomes, including risk of hospitalisation and death[3]. Read the rest of this entry »

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