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Could chewing your food help you lose weight? Feb 28, 2023

The Importance of chewing

Many of us have been told to “chew your food properly” as children, but with so many of us eating on the go, whilst watching the tv or even in front of the computer at work do we really chew our food properly? Does it even matter? The answer is that yes it...

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Why is cutting down bread so hard? Feb 14, 2023

Asking patients to cut down bread consumption is often met with multiple groans, objections and even a flat out ‘No’. We know that eating vast quantities of bread however is linked to weight gain. It is particularly troublesome for those with Diabetes as it sends the blood sugar high....

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Cholesterol & The Low Carb Diet Feb 07, 2023

I am often asked how will the low carb diet affect my cholesterol? Because when we lower the carbs, we increase the healthy fats. And of course, we have been told for many years that eating more fat, will increase cholesterol and lead to heart attacks & strokes.

So in this article lets...

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Why I care about weight loss: A GP Perspective Jan 15, 2023

For me, helping people to lose weight is the single most powerful thing I can do to improve individual and population health. We are experiencing a pandemic far worse than Covid-19.

But let me get this straight; this isn’t the individual fault. Being overweight isn’t a sign of...

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Prediabetes: What it is and why does it matter? Jan 09, 2023

What is prediabetes?

 

In a nutshell Prediabetes is the preceeding step to Type 2 Diabetes. This means that the doctor has identified you at risk as your blood sugars are higher than what they should be, but not quite in the range for Diabetes.

 

We measure your blood sugar by a test...

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Taking a break from a diet: a technique for long-term weight loss Nov 06, 2022

Background

It seems counterintuitive to take a holiday from a diet. As a doctor surely I would want people eating healthily all the time? The reality is, none of us can eat perfectly all of the time, certainly not in today’s climate. Life happens. What is important is how you live your life...

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What is the Metabolic Syndrome? Oct 27, 2022

This syndrome involves a group of co-existing conditions that can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. As a GP I see people with the Metabolic Syndrome daily: it is incredibly common. 

There are many different definitions available: but here is one of the most widely...

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