Why we struggle to get good night's sleep as we get older

New research has identified the way age impairs the ability of the circadian clock in mammals to re-set itself when exposed to light, resulting in disruption to sleeping patterns and consequent threats to wellbeing, according to Science Daily.

Researchers found that aging results in a significant reduction in sensitivity to light in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).

The breakthrough could help target treatments that aim to improve both physiological and behavioural circadian clock’re-setting' in older people.

Skipping meals makes you FATTER

Young people who do extreme detoxes find it harder to shift weight later in life because it slows their metabolism.

Dieting and skipping meals can do more harm than good to your waistline, new research warns, according to Daily Mail.

Detoxes tends to lead to overeating, they found, suggesting there are more downsides than benefits to dieting in both the short term and the long term. 

The study's authors, conclude that eating meals regularly is the best way to ensure a healthy weight, and making it easier to control your weight in later life.

Snacking on nuts and seeds could almost HALF your risk of premature death by transforming heart health

Snacking on nuts and seeds boosts your heart health to such an extent that it could slash your risk of premature death by nearly half, a new study suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Researchers tracked 2,500 men for 22 years, monitoring their overall health, with a focus on the fatty acid levels in their blood. 

They found that those with a higher intake of linoleic acid, found in omega-6-rich foods like pine nuts and pumpkins seeds and vegetable oil, were 43 percent less likely to die early of preventable diseases.

The study also claimed they found no evidence to support fears that linoleic acid could promote cancer-causing inflammation - though it did nothing to protect people from cancer, either.

Scientists determined the blood fatty acid levels of 2,480 men between 42 and 60 years of age at the onset of the study, in 1984-1989.

Professor Jyrki Virtanen said: 'Linoleic acid is the most common polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.

'We discovered that the higher the blood linoleic acid level, the smaller the risk of premature death.

New dietary advice to prevent type 2 diabetes

Eat more cheese, apples and yoghurts and cut down on red meat and potatoes

Eat more cheese, apples and yoghurt and cut down on red meat and potatoes to prevent diabetes, new health guidelines say.

Doctors have published a list of foods they recommend to help stop people developing type 2 diabetes, according to Daily Mail.

It is the first time health guidelines issued have specified which foods could help fight off the disease, which is linked to obesity.

Adding cheap lentils to meals could combat high blood pressure

Lentils could combat high blood pressure, research suggests.

An 'amazing' trial on rats revealed the pulse, used in curries and soups can slash blood pressure that rises with age, according to Daily Mail.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is a silent killer and can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.

But the study offered hope of a cheap and easy way of combating high blood pressure.

The scientists also discovered eating lentils can reverse declines in blood vessel health.