This week I am in Bogota and in Medellin, Colombia. I was invited to give a lecture on the global burden of non-communicable diseases at the International Days of FUCS university. I also gave seminars on the importance of nutrition in health and disease at the departments of Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Surgery at FUCS university and at CES university in Medellin. Great to meet so many new people and discuss potential collaborations!
This week I’m at the IUNS International Conference of Nutrition in Buenos Aires. Great to meet so many old and new friends and to present my research on nutrition and health in the Generation R and Rotterdam Study in three different sessions at this great conference. And honored to have been awarded an Early Career Award!
Last month I was interviewed for the Magazine Uitzicht about the importance of nutrition for women’s health. We discussed for example the importance of exercise and of vitamin D supplementation after age 50 for bone health and specific nutritional requirements during pregnancy.
I got the amazing opportunity to attend the New Investigators United course on gut microbiota from the European Association for the Study of Obesity. Thanks all for a great meeting!
Interviews at FunX radio are so much fun. This time I talked with Shay and Morad about what to believe from all the nutrition information in the media.
I got an interesting question from a journalist this week: is it healthy to eat foods with charcoal? Apparently it’s a hype to add activated charcoal to foods to ‘detox’. My response: yes, this product works as detox if you have an acute intoxication with certain poisons, because it binds these toxins in the stomach and helps to eliminate then. But it binds not only toxins, but also certain vitamins, minerals, and medications. So if you don’t have an acute it’s not only nonsense but even potentially dangerous!
Following our publication on vitamin D deficiency in children (Journal of Nutrition, 2015), journalists from several media outlets interviewed me on how big this problem is in the Netherlands. We showed that one in three school-age children suffer from vitamin D deficiency. In children with a non-Dutch ethnic background this was even 50%. Playing outside and watching television are important factors in the level of vitamin D in children.