Life & How You Take It!…

“Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it.” Irving Berlin (1888-1989) Irving Berlin, original name Israel Baline, was an American composer who played a leading role in the evolution of the popular song from the early ragtime and jazz eras through the golden age of musicals. His easy mastery of… Read More

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What are the Effects of an Intensive Lifestyle Intervention on Cardiovascular Disease?

Research Paper Title History of Cardiovascular Disease, Intensive Lifestyle Intervention, and Cardiovascular Outcomes in the Look AHEAD Trial. Background To examine the effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) on cardiovascular disease (CVD), the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) trial randomised 5,145 participants with type 2 diabetes and overweight/obesity to a ILI or… Read More

Does Physical Fitness Predict Survival in Men with Type 2 Diabetes?

Research Paper Title Physical Fitness Predicts Survival in Men with Type 2 Diabetes. Introduction Progression is rarely linear. Once highly mobile hunters and gatherers, we have evolved into a technologically advanced but kinetically stagnant species. Sedentary societies define today’s cultural norms. The adverse health outcomes associated with sedentary behaviour have led many to conclude that sedentary behaviour… Read More

The Motivation to Benefit from Exercise

There is no doubt about the benefits of exercise. Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases and conditions. Despite the wealth of information about the benefits of exercise, sedentary adults often find it hard to  change their behaviour in a sustainable manner. The… Read More

What’s Wrong with Non-regulated Interventions & Trials?

The following article (written by Rafeal Dal-Re, Michael Bracken & John Ioannidis in the BMJ) is a timely reminder to authors, journalists and consumers about the pros and cons of non-regulated interventions and trials. Efforts to promote the availability of data from clinical trials have been led predominantly by regulators (EMA, 2014) or drug companies… Read More

Article: You, Your Partner & Your Health

Would your cholesterol improve if your partner was more involved with your effort to adopt a healthier lifestyle? In a randomised controlled trial, CouPLES (Couples Partnering for Lipid Enhancing Strategies, a lifestyle intervention) was tested over 11 months in 255 patients with high cholesterol. Patients received usual care, or a monthly telephone call for goal… Read More