Health challenges are like buses – often more than one come along at once

What NISAD researches isn’t a random pick – there’s a reason why we study what we study.

There’s an inter-relatedness to our research – our programmes aim to address lots of things in our lives that cluster together.

For example, too much stress can lead to anxiety and depression.

Stress, anxiety and depression can all result in us overeating to try to manage our emotions – particularly foods high in salt, sugar and fat.

When we have high levels of stress hormones we lay body-fat down around our middle – one of the worst places for our health.

Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes is very often due to us having too much body-fat and not being active enough. However, we can reverse Type 2 through changing our size by reducing body-fat and increasing our exercise.

If we (or a loved one) have memory problems, or are diagnosed with a memory-based condition, we can find ourselves getting extremely anxious.

This absolutely doesn’t mean we have an anxiety disorder but we can learn to handle our worries much more effectively.

Difficult relationships, whether they’re at home or at work, can cause us a great deal of distress -potentially leading us to… stress, anxiety and depression – as well as perhaps feeling lonely and disconnected.

Loneliness is a huge problem for many, many of us in our lives today and it can impact on our physical and mental well-being.

The quality of our sleep will affect every part of our lives as well as our physical and mental health.

Because all of these things can happen at any stage in our life our Milestones programme is designed to give evidence-based support from the womb to old-age.