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Fact check: Can low carb, high fat cure your diabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • October 21st, 2015
Fact check: Can low carb, high fat cure your diabetes

The promoters of the film “Cereal Killers” have been posting a quote indicating that a high fat, low carbohydrate diet would cure (apparently instantly) diabetes. We have not seen the movie so we will be looking at this claim without any surrounding context since that is how the promoters released it. Pharmaceutical Companies The first thing about this claim that pharmaceutical companies profit heavily from antidiabetic medications is certainly true. Diabetes management is the second most profitable therapy area for pharmaceuticals after oncology 1. Several diabetes medications are also top sellers worldwide 2.  In fact, we frequently run clinical trials for new diabetes […]

Diet and diabetes

By Jocelyn Tan • August 19th, 2015

  For many of our patients with diabetes, including patients on clinical studies, the hardest thing about managing diabetes is not managing the medication but rather working out the complicated relationship between their diet, physical activity and blood glucose readings.  When discussing less than optimal blood glucose readings, we have heard about skipped breakfasts, soup diets and fruit only diets. We have also seen the constant perplexment of patients who are trying everything with their diet and yet not seeing any improvement. That’s why we believe in the value of ongoing diet education. One of the best resources for this is […]

Well Men’s Health Checks

By Jocelyn Tan • June 11th, 2014
Well Men’s Health Checks

    A well men’s health check should be an annual event for any man, particularly anyone over the age of 50. Although you may see your GP when you are sick or to get a new script, in a busy modern practice a through check up can often be forgotten. Unfortunately this means that your risk factors for many medical conditions are growing unchecked as well. In our study on men with pre-diabetes, we found 10% of men who previously considered themselves healthy had either pre-diabetes or diabetes. Pre-diabetes, like many other conditions can be reversed before it turns […]

Unrecognised health problems in people with Down’s Syndrome

By Jocelyn Tan • March 19th, 2014
Unrecognised health problems in people with Down’s Syndrome

As the ability to treat problems associated with Down’s syndrome has improved, the life of people with Down’s syndrome has improved remarkably. Yet many people with Down’s syndrome have health problems that are either unidentified or not being treated correctly. Being vigilant in managing the healthcare of a person with Down’s syndrome can optimise not only their physical health but also their mental and social wellbeing. Some common problems that are overlooked in the health of people with Down’s syndrome are: Thyroid problems Thyroid issues occur in around 10% of people with Down’s syndrome. Most people with Down’s syndrome have […]