In response to a report published earlier this week by the UK’s National Obesity Forum and the newly-formed ‘Public Health Collaboration’, Claire Kerins, lead Specialist Cardiac Dietician with Croí and the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology, encourages the public to be cautious when interpreting these recommendations. Ms Kerins explains “This report is mostly based on ideas and opinions, and not based on good science or research. The recommendations from this report are simply irresponsible and misleading for the general public”. She went on to say “If we were to follow the recommendations in this report, such as increasing our saturated fat intake from foods such as cheese and butter, the outcomes would be an increase in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight”.
The Heart Failure Patient Alliance, an initiative intended to improve the healthcare needs of people living with heart failure in Ireland as well as their carers, was launched in Galway in April 2016. The HFPA aims to represent the voice of Heart Failure Patients in Ireland.