Diabetes

Radio New Zealand avoids the obvious: Fat Bastards and diabetes go together

People living in the lower socio-economic South Auckland area are twice as likely to suffer from diabetes as those who live in the more affluent areas of Epsom, North Shore and central Auckland, a study has found.

The study conducted by the University of Auckland, and published today in the NZ Medical Journal, found that geography played a part in the distribution of diabetes.

The study leader Daniel Exeter from Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the university said there was an inequity in health outcomes across electorates and contributing factors include levels of deprivation and access to different types of food.

“Research has shown that areas of high deprivation have much more ready availability to convenience food.”

The study analysed data from 63,000 people diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes across the region in 2011 who were aged 30 years or over.

The highest rate of diabetes was 17.3 percent in Mangere and the lowest was 3.2 percent on the North Shore even after adjusting for age, gender and ethnicity. The prevalence of the condition in the Auckland region was close to the national average at 8.5 percent.

I’d like to coin a phrase for this.  Let’s call it the KFC Factor.   Read more »

Cry Baby of the Week

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Some people really lack self awareness of their situation.

Take Blenheim man Kevin Williams who at 51 years of age weighs 230kgs and is blaming the government for his predicament and his lack of suitable housing.

He has run off to the Media Party for a bit of shaming.

Blenheim man Kevin Williams is 51 years old and living in a rest home.

He was forced into a home four years ago after his weight shot up to 300 kilograms and he developed type two diabetes.

He was no longer able to care for himself and had to start using a mobility scooter.

Shot up? Like overnight? That is some impressive eating to get yourself to 300kgs. But it wasn’t his fault you know…it was the takeaways…leaping out of the shop and into his gaping maw.    Read more »

Rodney Hide on the troughers need to control

Rodney Hide at the NBR wades into the attack on the health troughers seeking to control and manipulate the population through increased taxes.

He will be accused of Dirty Politics next.

We have among us power-hungry elitists always urging governments to regulate, control and boss us about. They never pass an opportunity to call on government to spend more, tax more or tell us more what to do.

Their crowning glory is global warming: control CO2 emissions and you control industrial life.

But they never rest on their laurels. Nothing is too big, or too small, to escape their attention.

Fizzy drinks. Bad. Tax them.

It isn’t just fizzy drinks it is salt, fat and sugar, meaning they will want taxes on everyday items across the board, including staples like meat.

Their push for a tax on fizzy drinks highlights the modus operandi.

First, it’s always a grand cause. If it’s not saving the planet, it’s fighting childhood obesity.

Second, there will be experts in white coats chiming in on song. And so there are: plenty of professors of nutrition are ready to pipe up for a tax on fizzy drinks. And another grant.

Third, there must be little understanding of the problem but always no time to waste. We must push on with policy regardless. We can’t wait. The problem is too pressing. And so it is with obesity. We don’t know what causes it.

There’s the obvious cause that we eat too much. But such a statement explains nothing and only raises the question: why do we eat too much?

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Diabetes and a ‘miracle cure’?

Guest Post

Hi Pete & Cam, et al.

While I am not part of the ‘Star’ BG2 efforts, I would like to share something which has changed my life recently, in hope you, Cam & the BG2 Crew might find some value in it.

I expect Cam might wish to do his own ‘homework’ on this before he or you do anything with it.

I’d genuinely be interested in what he may be able to pick-apart, as to date apart from the odd ‘nay-sayer’ found on-line, I haven’t been able to find anything but positive stories and reports about how and what it has helped so many others with.

This product has been accepted for use by the International Olympic Committee, The European & USA  Golf Tours, the International Power-Lifting Governing Bodies, and the NFL.

The Doctor who discovered the links between it’s active ingredients, won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for Medicine.

All the best, Paul.


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This is why we need a FBT

This is why we need  Fat Bastards Tax, that taxes the fat bastard not the fat or the sugar.

I’ll just bet fat bastards will soon start demanding the NZ government funds this new drug.

A treatment of injections that can help people lost a stone more than they normally would by dieting or exercising more has been approved by health watchdogs.

Liraglutide, which has been described by doctors as life-changing, could be available on prescription in months.

Slimmers typically lose almost a stone more than they would by simply watching how many calories they consume and doing more exercise.

Trials showed that some severely obese patients lost so much weight they were able to abandon their wheelchairs and walk normally for the first time in years.

Liraglutide also lowers blood pressure, raises good cholesterol and prevents diabetes.According to its makers, Novo Nordisk of Denmark, the drug even produces a ‘feel-good factor’, making dieting a pleasure.But some experts have already warned it does not provide a long-term solution to the growing problem of obesity in Britain.

Novo Nordisk will apply for it to be prescribed on the NHS after Friday’s ruling by the European drugs regulator that it is safe and effective.

There are fears however that Nice – Britain’s drugs rationing body – will judge it too expensive for routine use on the NHS.

Liraglutide costs from £2.25 a day, which is roughly double the price of Orlistat, the only other prescription diet drug.

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Want to live longer? Sleep naked (secrets within)

Sometimes the truth must out.

Turns out those people that sleep in the nud are getting all sorts of health benefits, apart from leaving marks everywhere.

One in three adults sleeps in the nude, according to an international study by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation, and it’s been shown to have all sorts of benefits.

Here, experts reveal how ditching pyjamas could improve your sleep quality, boost your relationship and may even help burn calories.

But wait, there’s more!  (Sorry, no Ginsu knives)

Sleep experts agree it’s important to keep cool at night as your body (or ‘core’) temperature needs to drop by about half a degree for you to fall asleep.

The brain, driven by your internal body clock, sends messages to the blood vessels to open up and release heat.

‘Your core temperature is at its highest at 11pm and its lowest at 4am,’ says Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and author of Sound Asleep: The Expert Guide To Sleeping Well.

‘If anything prevents that decline in temperature, the brain will wake itself up to see what’s going on, meaning you’ll struggle to get to sleep or you’ll have disturbed sleep.

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They are coming for your booze now with plain packaging

Christopher Snowden tweets:

This is the news that Indonesia is moving to implement plain packaging for alcohol, using the same arguments to support their laws as those used against tobacco products.

This weekend it was reported that Indonesia is stepping up plans to introduce plain packaging for alcoholic products. Should the country press ahead with its plans, the prediction by IP associations that plain packaging will creep into other industry segments may be realised sooner than expected.

The Jakarta Post and Food Navigator Asia both report that the Indonesian government is considering regulation that would require beverages with an alcohol content in excess of 20% to either carry graphic health warnings or to use plain packaging.   Read more »

Charge the parents, don’t tax the drinks

I have long held the position that it is fat bastards who should pay for their health concerns as a result of their poor self control. Introduce a Fat bastard Tax not what the health busybodies want which is a tax on all products containing sugar or fat…or whatever ingredient they will hate on next.

In the case of children then tax the parents who let their kids become fat bastards.

Christina Odone blogs at The Telegraph:

“What do we hate? The Nanny state!” might be a suitable marching song for conservatives — until, that is, children’s well-being is compromised. When parents abuse their role as their child’s protectors the state is right to intervene. Which is why the couple in Norfolk, arrested for allowing their son’s weight to reach 15 stone, should face court.

Imagine parents who regularly gave their son heroin; or a bottle of vodka. Anyone observing such behaviour would instinctively call the police to save the child. The same now has to be true of a child whose parents are feeding him too many of the wrong things. We now know that food — junk food, fatty food, sugar, additives – can prove as damaging to a child’s health as heroin or alcohol. Indeed, sugar is so toxic that experts claim it is as bad as tobacco: it leads not only to obesity, but to diabetes too.

Parents who ignore these facts and ply their children with excess food (or just really bad food) are abusing their children as clearly as those who let them take drugs. In the case of the couple in Norfolk, their son suffers from autism: he is all the more at the mercy of his parents’ care. They defend his weight by claiming that it is down to bad genes. Wrong: it’s down to the parents.

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Weed, alcohol and tobacco – One of these things is not like the others

Here in New Zealand we have the health jihadists attempting get a plain packaging law on tobacco through parliament. Contemporaneously other health jihadists are trying to apply the same logic to products that contain sugar.

California is moving already to force warning labels on soft drinks…and has one of the most restrictive anti-smoking regimes in the world.

Australia has forced plain packaging of tobacco and is now being sued for the pleasure.

The UK is attempting to ram through plain packaging legislation at the same time.

We also have a ban on advertising, and have removed all displays from stores.

Which is all very incongruent when you look at two other products.

Alcohol and Cannabis.

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Warning labels coming for soft drinks in California

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Tobacco tactics are alive and well in California, where they have passed a state law requiring warning labels on sugary drinks.

They are coming for your products, wait until some health jihadist decides the ingredients of your product are bad.

First they came for tobacco now they are coming for sugar. Wait until they require plain packaging of soft drinks as well…don’t laugh it has already been proposed.

I wonder if the Coca-Cola Company now realises its  error in not supporting tobacco companies as their intellectual property rights were awarded by the health jihadists?

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