Category: Obesity and Weight Loss

Childhood Obesity Multiplies Diabetes Risk By Four

| May 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

The UK has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Europe, with one in every three 10-year-olds being overweight or obese. And, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post here the Government’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t look capable of changing this sad state of affairs any time soon. Of course, being overweight […]

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Temperatures Outside The Comfort Zone Improve Glucose Metabolism

| May 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

I must admit I don’t like the cold. A temperature somewhere in the mid-20s Celsius suits me just fine. But new research shows that getting a few degrees outside your usual comfort zone could have big benefits for your metabolism and cardiovascular health – for instance, by improving insulin sensitivity by more than 40 per […]

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The Folly Of Bariatric Surgery

| August 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

I have never liked the idea of bariatric (weight loss) surgery. The term covers gastric bypass and gastric band operations, techniques initially developed as a ‘last hope’ option for morbidly obese people who had failed to lose weight by other means. The popularity of these procedures has rocketed in recent years and it’s easy to […]

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Beat The Christmas Bulge With These Weight-Reducing Herbs

| December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

At this time of year, it can be particularly difficult to keep our weight under control. The cold, dark and wet days make us crave more filling and comforting foods while the round of parties and seasonal meals means that keeping to a low-GL diet can be a real challenge. Of course, we should still […]

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Gut Bacteria Linked To Obesity And Type 2 Diabetes

| August 29, 2012 | Comments (2)

You may not think too often about the “bugs” that live in your gut, but you are providing a home to around one hundred trillion microbes, mainly in your colon. The “gut flora”, as they are called, include gut bacteria, fungi and various other single-celled organisms. This complex community of microbes normally exists in a […]

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Chinese Economic Boom Drives Diabetes Time Bomb

| August 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

We are used to thinking of diabetes as a problem of western civilisation, so I was shocked to see a report recently that showed Chinese children have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States. This massive rise in the incidence of diabetes is matched by increases in […]

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How Obesity Causes Type 2 Diabetes

| April 10, 2012 | Comments (2)

If you have been following my blog posts over the last three months, you will know that type 2 diabetes is a condition that involves impaired glucose metabolism. That is why it is so important to keep your blood sugar level under control, in particular by avoiding those “high glycaemic load” foods that cause rapid […]

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Cutting Sugar From Your Diet Can Ward Off Diabetes

| February 13, 2012 | Comments (4)

Sometimes, following the mainstream advice on diabetes could seriously damage your health. A prime example is the role of sugar in the development of type 2 diabetes. According to Diabetes UK “Eating sugar does not cause diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors”. The BBC Health website says “It’s important […]

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