Monday, 20 October 2014

The new series of.....

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor began this week and some very interesting things were examined and discussed.

First of all though, a hearty congratulations to Andy Murray on winning in Vienna.

For any of you who have redheads in your family, take note. They fall into the category of 'high risk' for skin cancer caused by sunburn etc. If you have red hair you really need to slap sun screen on when you are out - in all weathers, face and neck but especially on the tops of your ears if you tend to wear a baseball cap in summer.

They also looked into people who work indoors all the time and did a trial after testing some office workers. Just under half of them were Vitamin D sufficient, more than half were deficient and 2 were dangerously low.

For 3 weeks, one group ate 100g of oily fish 3x a week, another group went outside in the sun during their lunch break for 10 minutes, the final group were given Vitamin D supplements.

Each group improved their levels but the best seemed to be the supplements (if I remember correctly) and more so if they also took a 10 minute break outside. They did suggest though that getting everything you need from diet is preferable to always relying on pills.

The final thing they looked at was levels of insulin after eating carbohydrates, especially pasta, rice and potatoes. They chose to look at pasta. If it is eaten as soon as it is cooked and ready, the levels of insulin rise very quickly. If any leftovers are eaten cold, they rise but not so quickly. The most interesting group was the re-warmed pasta meals.

They showed the slowest rise (and considerably less overall, than the other two ways of eating). Their conclusion was that eating rewarmed pasta was better for your overall health and digestion than the other versions!

Who would have thought it?

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  1. I will have to remember the rewarmed pasta.

    On the sun thing. I live in Queensland and we have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. I have never liked the sun and avoid it like crazy but just being here has taken a toll. I have had non cancerous lesions and a melanoma. I also am extremely vitamin d deficient. At present I take tonnes of vitamin d daily. Crazy isn't it. I have had enough sun to potentially kill me and not enough for my poor sick bones!

  2. Just goes to show doesn't it, maybe the information is aimed more at us in this country?


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