Health round-up: Kids aren’t getting enough veggies, sugar’s impact on depression and migraines

Richard Laycock 3 August 2017 NEWS

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Kids in NSW aren't eating enough veggies

Only 5% of kids in New South Wales are getting their recommended daily amount of vegetables, according to The Health of People of NSW: Report of the Chief Health Officer.

"While some areas are improving, others are not. Vegetable intakes are very low and this is showing no signs of real change," chief health officer and deputy secretary population and public health Dr Kerry Chant said in the report.

The report found that not only are 1 in 20 kids not eating enough veggies, it also found that only 62% are eating enough fruit.

NSW kids are also eating too many treats with 50% eating an unhealthy snack each day, 41% getting takeaway at least once a week and 45% regularly consuming sweetened drinks.

The news isn't all bad with 65% of children drinking four or more glasses of water a day.

Sugar might cause depression in men

Men who consume sugary drinks, lollies and other sweets may face an increased risk of developing depression, according to researchers from University College London (UCL).

The study compared the likelihood of common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, in men who had a high intake of sugar versus those with a low intake, finding those who had a high intake of sugar had an increased risk of mood disorders.

Interestingly, the study found that mood disorders didn't make people more inclined to eat sugary foods.

Men who consumed more than 67 grams of sugar each day saw a 23% increase in their chances of developing a common mental disorder after five years.

"There are numerous factors that influence chances for mood disorders, but having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be the straw that breaks the camel's back. The study found no link between sugar intake and new mood disorders in women and it is unclear why," said lead author of the paper Anika Knüppel .

While the study found a correlation between mood disorders and depression in men, the was no such link in women.

Migraine sufferers might be deficient in magnesium

If you suffer from migraines it could mean that you're lacking in magnesium, according to new research.

The study, which was conducted over the last three years at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and the New England Centre for Headache at Stamford University (USA), has found a link between migraine sufferers and magnesium serum levels.

According to the report, of all migraine sufferers 40-50% have a magnesium deficiency, showing a strong link between magnesium deficiency and migraine.


What else is happening?

On Monday, minister Hunt announced more than $40 million for research into dementia projects.

The fund allocation will go towards helping 45 projects that are designed to help diagnose, manage, prevent and treat dementia.

Each week our round-up offers a summary of the latest developments impacting Australian healthcare and most importantly, you, the consumer. Check in every Thursday to find out what's happening in health.

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