The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated nearly every aspect of our lives during the past 18 months. Early on, studies showed the elderly and patients who suffer from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were at greatest risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes, defined as being hospitalized, admitted to the intensive care unit and dying. Yet we know that regular exercise has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence and improve the management of NCDs and enhance immune function.
Social media commonly offers a variety of healthy living solutions, presenting a perfect mix of speculation, firm belief, a bit of scientific evidence and personal experience. Nutrition tends to be a popular topic on social media. Often, a seemingly convincing case is made that encourages people that a dietary approach is miraculous. One such topic is prolonged fasting. As health practitioners, we often have clients mention this “new” approach to healthy living. However, the approach often has little-to-no scientific evidence.
When it comes to protecting against autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and psoriasis, a pair of supplements may be helpful. That’s the finding of a recent study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and its affiliates. They analyzed data from VITAL, the largest national randomized, controlled trial to look at the effects of vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acid supplements on the risk of autoimmune disease.