Diabetes Digital Media launch low carb app endorsed by NHS

Adapted from The Times  January 6 2019 by Peter Evans

The better late than never NHS has finally endorsed a phone app that helps diabetics stick to a low carb diet.

Diabetes Digital Media based in Warwick have had their app, The Low Carb Program, accepted by the NHS apps library.  DDM has partnered with Ascensia Diabetes Care to allow patients free use of the app when recommended by GPs.

DDM was founded by Arjun Panesar and Charlotte Summers. Their company is on track to make sales of 1.7 m this year.

 

Public Health Collaboration Conference 2018: Achieving your optimal blood sugar target

Videos of the lectures given at the Public Health Collaboration conference 2018 which was held in May over the royal wedding weekend have now been released on You Tube.

You can see my talk, Achieving your optimal blood sugar target, as well as others, on the link below. There are a wide variety of lifestyle topics discussed. Happy viewing.

 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=public+health+collaboration+conference+2018

Public Health Collaboration Conference 2018: a great success for Lifestyle Medicine

I was delighted to attend and speak at the third PHC conference in London this year.  We met at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London on the sweltering weekend of the Royal Wedding. Apart from superb international speakers we were treated to low carb, high protein food, such as one would typically eat on a ketogenic diet. Instead of picking at our dinners as we often have to do with mass catering  we could eat the whole lot. Great!

Dr Peter Brukner from Australia started off the weekend with a review of what was happening in the low carb world. There are more and more reports coming out describing the advantages of ketogenic and low carb diets to different groups of people but the establishment are fighting back viciously as can be seen by the attack on Professor Tim Noakes in South Africa.  Indeed if his defence lawyers and expert witnesses had not worked for free he would be bankrupt.  This is a terrible way to wage war on doctors who are acting in the best interests of their patients.

Dr Aseem Malhotra also described bullying tactics that had been used against him when he was a junior doctor and first becoming publicly engaged in the low carb debate. I have been subjected to this as well.  Professor Iain Broom showed that the proof that low carb diets are superior to low fat diets goes back 40 years.

Dr Zoe Harcombe gave us an explanation of how the calories in- calories out idea just doesn’t add up. The well known formulas about how many calories you need to avoid to lose weight don’t work in practice because of the complex compensatory mechanisms we have to avoid death from starvation.  How you put this over to patients and give them useful strategies for weight loss and blood sugar control was explored by Dr Trudi Deakin.

Food addiction is a real issue, at least it is for the majority of the audience in attendance, who answered the sort of questions usually posed by psychiatrists when they are evaluating drug addiction.  Unlike drugs, food can’t entirely be avoided but ketogenic diets are one tool that can be used to break  unhealthy food dependence. This worked for presenter Dr Jen Unwin who at one point had a really big thing for Caramac bars.  I haven’t seen these in years but they did have a unique taste.

Dr David Unwin showed clearly that fatty liver is easily treatable with a low carb diet.

Dr Joanne McCormick describes how her fortnightly patient group meetings are making change accessible for her patients and how many GPs in the audience could broach the subject in a ten minute consultation.

The website Diabetes.co.uk will shortly be starting up a type one educational programme online that all are welcome to join. I discussed the issue of what blood sugar targets are suitable for different people and how they can achieve this with dietary and insulin adjustment.

Dr David Cavan spoke about reversing diabetes in patients in Bermuda. Although Bermuda looks idyllic the reality is that good quality food is about five times as expensive in the UK as it is all shipped in. Many inhabitants work their socks off but barely cover their costs and cheap sugared drinks and buns are their staple diet. Despite these setbacks he managed to persuade a lot of diabetic patients to ditch the carbs and this had favourable results even after the educational programme had stopped.

A cardiologist Dr Scott Murray described the effects of metabolic syndrome on the heart and really why sticking stents in diseased arteries is too little, too late. He is convinced dietary change is needed to reverse and prevent heart disease. This is the first time I have been told that certain types of heart failure and atrial fibrillation are direct effects of metabolic syndrome on the heart.

The importance of exercise for physical and mental well being was not neglected and we had Dr Zoe Williams describing the great benefits that even the minimum recommended exercise can produce.

Dr Simon Tobin and Tom Williams spoke enthusiastically about Parkrun. This is a free event that runs every Saturday morning in parks all over the world. You can choose to walk, jog or run the course.

Claire McDonnell-Liu is the mother of two children who have greatly benefited from a ketogenic diet. The conditions are urticaria and epilepsy.  Although NHS dieticians do help families with childhood epilepsy who want to use a ketogenic diet, they can’t do it unless drugs have failed, as this is NICE guidance. I wonder how many children would benefit in fit reduction without side effects of drugs if this guidance was changed?

This was a fabulous conference with a positive enthusiastic vibrancy. Thanks to Sam Feltham for organising this event especially since he has become a new dad as well.

The Public Health Collaboration are putting all the talks on You Tube.

I was interviewed about diabetes and women’s health issues for Diabetes.co.uk and Diet Doctor and these interviews and many others will be available for you all to see to improve your lives with diabetes.

 

 

 

Jovina cooks Spanish: Gazpacho

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This cold soup is delicious and refreshing—a perfect summertime starter.
Ingredients
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
1 cup peeled, seeded and roughly chopped cucumber
3 cups  good quality tomato juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

A few drops of Tabasco for added kick (optional)
Garnish: chopped cucumber, onion or bell pepper
Directions
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
Chill in the refrigerator for twenty four hours for the best flavor.  Garnish with chopped vegetables, if desired.

Eat green leafy vegetables to give your brain many extra years

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If you eat one or two portions of green leafy vegetables a day you could have a brain 11 years younger than you otherwise would.

That is the conclusion of a longitudinal study of almost a thousand elderly  people in the USA. Compared to people who rarely or never ate green vegetables there was a very marked difference in brain function over time.

This seems to be due to the folate, phylloquinone and lutein in the foodstuffs.

So eat up and protect your brain. If like me, you prefer your salad well dressed and your vegetables laced with fat and garlic and spices look around the site for our recipes. Spinach in a cheese and garlic sauce, and buttered peas and leeks are my favourites.

Adapted from BMJ 13 Jan 2018 from an article in Neurology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fittoservegroup: Peanut Butter Cookies

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Low Carb Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

by fittoservegroup

I grew up always baking and my parents gave me free license in the kitchen to do so. I remember begging my father to buy me my first Betty Crocker cookbook and then proceeding to wear that book out.  From measuring the ingredients, to the enticing smells  coming from the kitchen that bring the family together, I love everything about baking. Well, maybe not the cleanup afterwards. My point is, that baking has always played a big role in my life. So, when I went low carb keto, I was pretty certain I would have to hang up my baking apron. Needless to say, I was pretty sad about that possibility.

Frankly in the beginning, I really struggled to understand how to use alternate low carb flours. Working with gluten-free flours can be quite tricky. It’s that darn gluten that makes everything so tasty and easy to work with. However, I will tell you that it was my determination to figure out how to bake again, that pushed me to learn.

It’s hard to believe it’s been three solid years of this lifestyle for Randy and I. Today, I know my way around the low carb keto baking kitchen. I am not saying those first few attempts were not an epic fail. Trust me when I tell you, you would not have liked what was coming out of that oven. I threw out my fair share of low carb baked goods that no one ever even tasted. Sure it took some trial and error, but once I understood the basics, I was off and running. I hope this encourages you to keep trying. The satisfaction of knowing you are not only making something delicious but healthy, is powerful.

Creating a low carb keto peanut butter cookie was something I really wanted to accomplish. I love peanut butter and the thought of never having a peanut butter cookie, was just not an option. This is a simple recipe and one that I am confident any one can recreate.

Peanut allergy? Not a problem, just substitute the peanut butter for a sugar-free almond butter, or other favorite nut butter.

If you enjoy our melt-in-your-mouth low carb keto peanut butter cookies, please consider sharing the recipe.

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Watch this short video to explain how it works.

Low Carb Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup sugar-free chunky peanut butter

1 stick ½ cup of unsalted softened butter

1 cup of sugar substitute, I us Swerve or other erythritol blend.

1 egg

1 cup of almond flour

1 tsp of baking powder

½ tsp sea salt

Parchment lined cookie sheet

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand-up mixer, beat well the peanut butter, sugar-substitute, and egg. Next add the almond flour and baking powder. Stir mixture until fully combined.

Drop a teaspoon amount of dough to form little balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Once the dough is on the cookie sheet, flatten them with the tines of fork and to make the classic peanut butter design.

Bake in a 350-degree oven until lightly brown around the edges around 10 min.  Allow them to fully cool for another 10 minutes before eating and story.  T

Makes about 1 ½ dozen cookies.  2.5 net carbs per cookie

Note: This recipe doubles easily.

Enjoy in good health!

 

Orthopaedic surgeon who wants to reduce amputations silenced by regulatory body

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It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Gary Fettke, a Tasmanian orthopaedic surgeon has been banned from talking to patients about the nutritional changes they can make to prevent amputations.

His wife, a nurse, tells his story here:

 

http://www.nofructose.com/gary-fettke/

 

Gary’s presentation on you tube is here: