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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Ho Ho Ho – oh no….

Gavin LeSueur - November 15, 2018

I thought I would get this post in early – as the office Christmas parties often kick off in November.  Christmas comes with it’s own health risks so a bit of foresight is forewarned!

Emergency rooms and after hours clinics are often busy during this period. Try not to become a statistic…

The reasons are usually one of the following!

– Overeating. Eating too much, too fast can cause indigestion or diarrhea. It can also trigger heart and blood problems.

– Overdrinking. Too much alcohol can stress your liver. It also makes you lose control over your actions and speech, causing you to harm others physically (or emotionally). Accidents caused by drunk driving are common around the Christmas holidays

– Food poisoning. This happens a lot because platters are usually left exposed on the table until the next day. Remember to refrigerate!

– Negligence. We tend to let our guards down during the holidays because we’re too busy and stressed out. We overlook important details like giving maintenance meds to elders or keeping away knives and scissors from kids.

Christmas is something to value and enjoy with your loved ones. So don’t let health troubles get in your way. Have a healthy Christmas!

One Can. Thirty Eight Teaspoons…

Gavin LeSueur - November 11, 2018

Drinking just one 360ml (12 ounce) sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 percent, a European study contends.

As an exercise in understanding the amount of refined sugar content in soft drink I decided to measure out the amount of sugar that is listed on the side the commonest soft drink sold world wide. With my children observing and using an accurate digital kitchen scale, my ten year old son started counting the teaspoons. Even allowing for the inaccuracy of the spoon size everyone was astonished. At thirty eight teaspoons he had measured the sugar in one can of soft drink.

I suggest every family does this exercise. The impact on my children was significant.

The increased risk of developing diabetes associated with having one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day fell to 18 percent when the investigators took into account people’s total calorie intake and body-mass index (BMI), a measurement of body fat based on height and weight.

Both total calorie intake and BMI are believed to play a role in the link between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diabetes risk. The fact that diabetes risk fell only slightly when these two factors were taken into account could indicate that the effect of sugar-sweetened soft drinks on diabetes goes beyond their impact on body weight.

The findings are published in the April 24 issue of the journal Diabetologia.

The study found an association between consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and heightened risk of type 2 diabetes. It did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Consumption of pure or diluted fruit juice was not significantly associated with diabetes risk, according to the report.

The 22 percent increased risk of diabetes among Europeans who drink sugar-sweetened soft drinks is similar to previous research showing that North Americans who consume these types of beverages have a 25 percent increased risk of diabetes, the researchers said in a journal news release.

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