Can You Be Fat but Fit?

You can’t be “fat but fit”. An analysis of more than half a million people in Europe found that even when overweight people have healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, they are still 26 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease. References New Scientist (2017) Cardiac Weight Risk. New Scientist. 19 August 2017. Lassale,… Read More


My Score on the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK)

AUSDRISK Sitting in the wife’s GP practice waiting for her to finish work and then take the kids to see Paw Patrol Live, I noticed a pamphlet ‘The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool’ (or AUSDRISK), and decided to ‘give it a go’. AUSDRISK was developed by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute… Read More

At What Point is the Label ‘Type 2 Diabetes’ Valid?

Individual’s diagnosed as having diabetes either: Have symptoms that need treating; or They have a risk state that might need treating. However, an individual’s overall risk does not begin with any particular level of fasting blood sugar or glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), or an abnormal glucose tolerance test. A new pooled analysis of 96 population based studies… Read More

What’s the Link between Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure & Blood Cholesterol?

Raised blood sugar, blood pressure (BP) and blood cholesterol are risk factors often clustered together. However, two new studies from Asia try to disentangle their interactions. In the Chinese population, blood glucose level within prediabetic range is significantly associated with elevated risks for diabetes mellitus after multi-variable adjustment, but only when it is concurrent with… Read More

Endurance: Shuttles & Carbohydrates

Research Paper Title Carbohydrate-gel Supplementation and Endurance Performance during Intermittent High-intensity Shuttle Running. Background The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a carbohydrate (CHO) gel on performance after prolonged intermittent high-intensity shuttle running. Methods Seven male soccer players performed 2 exercise trials, 7 days apart. On each occasion, participants completed five… Read More