Mayo Clinic Statin decision aid
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Mayo Clinic Statin decision aid

  https://statindecisionaid.mayoclinic.org/index.php/statin/   The Mayo Clinic have a free online decision aid which will graphically represent the difference in heart attack risk that you face over the next ten years. You can choose three different calculation algorithms. Each varies a bit regarding factors that they consider important. The units section can transfer according to what … Continue reading

What’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?
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What’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?

Apart from blood sugar control what’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?   Retinopathy At diagnosis, 10.5% of type two diabetics already have retinopathy. New research has shown that severe proliferative diabetic neuropathy can be predicted by measuring the size of retinal blood vessels, but this is still being developed in … Continue reading

Planning a pregnancy: the importance of getting slim before you get started
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Planning a pregnancy: the importance of getting slim before you get started

In Europe the World Health Organisation estimate that more than 50% of men and women are overweight or obese and 23% of women are obese. In a pregnant woman obesity raises her chances of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. She is also more likely to get metabolic syndrome and type two diabetes later in life. The … Continue reading

Obesity raises the risk of cancer
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Obesity raises the risk of cancer

Obesity is strongly associated with eleven different cancers. These are: oesophageal, multiple myeloma, stomach, colon, rectum, biliary tract, pancreas, breast, endometrium, ovary and kidney.  For many cancers there seems to be a dose response. This was found by Kyrgiou and colleagues by studying over 95 meta-analyses from various sources. The BMJ reports, “The unavoidable conclusion … Continue reading

Rowan Hillson:Diabetes and fracture risk
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Rowan Hillson:Diabetes and fracture risk

Adapted from:   Fractures and Diabetes Rowan Hillson MBE National Clinical Director for Diabetes England 2008-18   Practical Diabetes Jan/Feb 17 Summary Fractures are more likely in diabetics compared to non- diabetics. Metabolic factors, an increased risk of falls, complications, infection, medications and the effects of low blood sugars all contribute. Neuropathy is a particular … Continue reading

Robert Redfern: High carb diet causes memory loss as we age
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Robert Redfern: High carb diet causes memory loss as we age

As reported in Naturally Healthy News Issue 24 Eating a diet that’s rich in carbohydrates – sweets, soft drinks, bread, pasta and potatoes- is  a direct cause of mild dementia and memory loss as we get older. Starch and sugar cause cognitive impairment. A diet that is high in fats and protein is far less … Continue reading