Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains are good sources of dietary fiber. It is the component of food that cannot be digested or broken down into energy.
Stiffer arteries and the inability of blood vessels to relax even to healthy people is linked to lack of vitamin D, according to the Emory-Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute.
Despite concern that health problems arising from obesity would affect life expectancy in high-income countries, such as the UK, there is no evidence of this to date.
The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations recently reported that fewer people worldwide now die of infectious diseases and more of chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
In a report by International Patient Research conducted last year only half of the patients interviewed were completely satisfied with their current diabetes treatments.