This time last year I started the Dukan diet, which has recently been touted as the eating plan behind Pippa Middleton's behind. Tragically, I have yet to morph into the kind of creature who could upstage the bride at the Wedding of the Century, but I still stand by it.
A controlled diet high in fat and low in carbohydrate can repair kidney damage in diabetic mice, according to US scientists.
The study, published in journal PLoS ONE, showed a "ketogenic diet" could reverse damage caused to tubes in the kidneys by too much sugar in the blood.
In the UK around a third of the 2.8m people with either type 1 or 2 diabetes go on to develop kidney damage.
"1. Add oat bran to your diet. This fibre-packed cereal is Dukan's secret weapon.
2. Always eat breakfast (bonus points if it’s protein). Countless studies show that nibbling on something first thing in the morning results in lower calorie consumption throughout the day. Plus breakfast eaters have less trouble maintaining a healthy weight.
3. Drink lots of water — before, during and after all of your meals.
4. Get enough sleep. You’re less likely to give in to cravings after a good night’s rest.
5. Never take an escalator again. This is why the French have an easier time staying trim: They’re active at least 20 minutes a day"
People who have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels that aren't quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes have pre-diabetes. In the past, individuals with pre-diabetes would have been considered "borderline diabetic."
Who's at Risk?
Over 50 million Americans over the age of 20 have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. If you have any of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including uncontrollable factors like age and race, and/or controllable risk factors like obesity and physical inactivity, then you are also at risk for pre-diabetes.
Forget the "all or nothing" mentality when it comes to exercise. Fitness does not live or die by 60-minute workouts; there is middle ground. Short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, have been shown to share similar benefits of longer workouts.
Some people will assume that all carbs are bad because of the bad rap they’ve gotten over the years, but that couldn’t be farther form truth. There are some carbs out there that are actually beneficial to your health and I’m going to point them out in this article.
Recent studies indicate that we tend to take in more calories on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The exact number varies from an average of 85 calories per weekend day to 115, and while that may not seem like much, it adds up. A pound is 3,500 calories, so 345 extra calories a week will lead to nearly a pound after 10 weeks — or an extra five pounds over a year.