Weekly Health Roundup August 8

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International health news

Danish researchers suggest that drinking three or four times a week makes you less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Wine has the biggest impact on the development of diabetes since this beverage is likely to control the body’s sugar levels.

New research suggests that global blindness is set to triple by 2050. This increase number is due to the growing ageing population. The highest rates of blindness are found in South Asia and the Sub Saharan area.

Researchers have warned that loneliness and isolated living could kill people. It could be an even bigger problem than increasing obesity rates as people often don’t feel physical pain so don’t seek help. These problems are most common in the US, England, and India.

Country updates

According to a new report of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates of boys and girls have been steadily rising since 2007. The rate of suicide amongst girls has doubled since 2007. Another CDC report published last year found that suicide rates of the whole US population has increased by 24% since 2001.

The NHS is going to recruit thousands more mental health workers, according to the health secretary. This is due to the increase of mental health problems in England. The aim is to recruit enough therapists, consultants and nurses in order to treat one million extra patients by 2020/2021.

Due to the cholera outbreak in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is taking steps to prevent diseases during the Hajj Pilgrims. It has started  working with the WHO. Citizens and visitors are advised to get vaccinations against cholera and yellow fever to prevent these diseases from spreading.

Health advice

Spending time at the beach is good for your well being, new research suggests. People who live near the coast report better mental and physical health than those who live further inland. One of the reasons for this could be that the blue color of the sea produces calm and peaceful feelings.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, fitness trackers may not be as good  for your health as you think. Many people get obsessed with exercise and food which can trigger the development of serious eating disorders.