Diabetes

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.

That’s why those muggy nights drive you nanas.   Read more »

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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Duncan Garner joins in the media driven frenzy over sugar

The media are aiding the health troughers by campaigning against sugar  and products containing sugar.

Instead of blaming fat bastards, like pie wrecking Duncan Garner for the shape of their bodies they instead seek to blame supermarkets, food and beverage producers and sugar manufacturers.

On top of that they advocate for the same sorts of measures against the products that are used against tobacco.

People said it would never come to this but there is not other way to label articles like Duncan Garner’s “Killer Fizz” claims.

The fizz is killing us, and it’s time we put the spotlight on sugar and the supermarkets. So I’ve been out and about.

An Auckland Countdown store was selling these two products this morning for just $1 a bottle. It’s 1.5 litres of flavoured Fanta – it’s killer fizz and the flavours are grape and blueberry.

What’s worse is that it’s positioned in the aisle to target kids and their parents as they walk past – just so they don’t miss it. It’s just flavoured sugar and it’s making us all fat.

Yes, I know it’s called a “loss-leader” to get people in the store, but I’ve got a real problem with this marketing and this practice.

Sugar is evil. It’s killing us and there’s plenty of evidence around to prove it.

The fizz isn’t killing us, fat bastards with a lack of self control are killing themselves.    Read more »

Health troughers shop story to Sunday Star-Times

Plain packaging coming for McDonalds?

Plain packaging coming for McDonalds?

The health troughers are at it again…banging on about obesity and making up numbers to support even more coin pouring into their bloated wallets.

Apparently we are all being crushed by fatties.

Health experts say a lack of government vision and investment means the obesity epidemic is continuing to balloon out of control with no end in sight.

Middlemore Hospital intensive care specialist David Galler said much of his time was now spent dealing with preventable issues which stemmed from obesity. His job did not start out this way.

“There are lots of people walking around this nation and their size isn’t compatible with life. Some people are so big now that we can’t actually diagnose what’s wrong with them. We can only do so much, I can’t turn the world backwards and make a person who is 270kg, 100kg.”

According to the most recent New Zealand Health Survey, 1.2 million New Zealanders are now obese, more than was recorded in the 2012 report. This translates to three in 10 adults and one in nine children.

These rates are significantly higher in poorer areas. Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are classed as overweight. Galler blamed a lack of leadership and vision at a government level and said obesity was now a bigger health concern than smoking.

“We can keep on putting these things off but we need regulation from the government’s end. It’s an immensely expensive problem for us when we think about obesity being one of the major triggers of type 2 diabetes.”

Galler’s view is backed up by Auckland University professor Boyd Swinburn, who says there is no doubt New Zealand is getting increasingly fatter at an alarming rate.

“We spend $700m a year on obesity through diabetes and heart disease. It’s been going up since the 1980s. To be honest, not much has happened in the last few decades in the way of policy and in the last five or six years there has been very little done.”

Galler said the country was being sold short because of a lack of vision from politicians. “New Zealand kids are fatter than any European kids, we are way behind the United States and Australia.

“For politicians there is no promise of immediate gain. Health spending is going through the roof and there are all sorts of reasons for that … the management of chronic disease is a major factor. It’s our fear of preventing the preventable. We need a much more sophisticated system to prevent disease and keep people well.”

The Morgan Foundation states a 20 per cent tax on soft drinks could save 67 lives per year. The money raised could be used to promote healthy eating and awareness campaigns. The foundation said the government had rejected this plan even though costs to the health system from obesity were pushing $700m.

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Will she ban sugar products for her store next?

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An idiot dairy owner has decided to remove tobacco products from her store…because apparently tobacco and children don’t mix.

Of  course it is illegal to sell cigarettes to people under the age of 18, the tobacco products aren’t advertised or even displayed int he open in stores anymore…but she has taken it upon herself to lecture her customers that tobacco and children don’t mix.

Nevermind that the children she is saving from having a fleeting glimpse of cigarette packets are exposed to tobacco at home in any case…no she has to go all publicity seeking.

An Auckland dairy owner has taken cigarettes off her shelves to make the shop more family-friendly.

Tam Macken says she and husband Jimmy never intended to sell cigarettes at the Devonport store when they bought it late last year.

Mrs Macken stopped stocking cigarettes when she took over the Cheltenham Dairy in December and rebranded it as a retro milk bar, offering coffee, gelato, milkshakes and smoothies instead.

The mother of two said she did not want children to be negatively influenced by having cigarettes for sale next to lollies.

“I never even contemplated putting cigarettes in there. It’s all about young families around here and I just didn’t think for a minute that cigarettes had any place in a dairy where you were going to be attracting lots of kids.”

The move had prompted plenty of positive feedback from “all the local mums”.

“When people notice there aren’t any cigarettes they’re all really pleased.”

She believed other dairies should consider the same move.

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We need a fat bastard tax not fat tax

Travel blogger David Farrar congratulates Tony Ryall for not pursuing fat taxes.

He is commenting on The Herald report:

New Zealand is getting fatter – with three in every 10 adults now regarded as obese.

A leading diabetes researcher has called the new figures alarming and has accused the Government of failing to take the problem seriously.

However, Health Minister Tony Ryall has rejected “nanny state” measures, instead arguing that providing information and support to people is enough.   Read more »

Map of the Day

Map 2.1 Prevalence of diabetes 2011

Global prevalence of diabetes