Bridging the nutrient gap

We may be living longer than ever, but we are not living healthier lives. Statistics show that UK adults spend 10 or more years in poor health and the prevalence of chronic conditions is predicted to rise by 57 per cent by 2020, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is thought that chronic diseases will cause three-quarters of all deaths worldwide by 2020, and that 71 per cent caused by heart disease, 75 per cent due to stroke and 70 per cent to diabetes will occur in developing countries. Key factors in the increase of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer are poor diet and unhealthy lifestyles.

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