Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by bigmac, Dec 11, 2020.
Why do you feel you need to adopt a low carbohydrate diet, Jim?
Health reasons, I'm getting a bit worried about being over weight and at 66 years old I don't want to be diabetes, specially over here. And losing some weight also i should feel better in this humid country.
Ah. Okay. I was going to ask your age.
I am a year behind you. I am the same as you as I started eating low fat meals about 30 years ago, cutting out eggs and cheese etc, chose lean mince, lean bacon etc. Along with millions of others across the globe. I thought I was eating healthily. And again so did half the planet. And like half the planet I started to put weight on and slid into poor metabolic health. It hits some more heavily than others depending on various factors. A lot can depend on how insulin resistant we become. However unless we go privately we don’t generally get to find out how insulin resistant we are until it’s too late and hypertension, obesity and T2 diabetes creeps in.
Insulin resistance is caused by our metabolic system becoming less responsive to insulin which is the means by which our bodies deal with sugar in all its forms including carbohydrates.
It depends on what stage the individual is at, as to how radical that individual needs to go with their food choices. You might not need to cut all or even most carbs out. Keto is the lowest level of carbohydrate diet.You may not need to drop that far. However the lower the carb level, the more the positive impact.
What do you typically eat in a day?
You really have become a dietary influencer here, JohnAsh , and long may it continue.
I'v not really started the keto diet! But For breakfast I have 2 eggs and a small amount of cheddar cheese and bacon fried with Olive oil. lunch, tinned sardines and an orange or banana. Dinner, potatoes or pasta with fresh tuna or other type of fish or chicken. I know potato's and pasta or loaded with carbs but....
Depends.. My wife may need to go private.. Not registered with a doctor and dont think she will be able to either yet.. No face to face yet etc
she needs to be registered with a gp for other reasons too.
That’s not bad at all. Just the potatos and pasta to deal with. Oh and the banana is high in carbs.
Do you snack in between? How about beer?
Thanks. Here is Dr Aseem Malhotra again, being interviewed on
On The Importance Of Lifestyle Medicine In The Fight Against Disease
I wouldn't go private. But the main reason for that is that I tested positive 2 months ago when I was tested before an operation. So I had it. I didn't know I had it or notice actually. I felt fine had a minor cough for a day around 4 days after being tested. I've been to work feeling way worse. However a friend of ours a few years older than me aged 50 died from covid. So I guess it's down to age, genetics and perhaps luck how covid affects you.
I drink beer every night about 3 small bottles of San Mig and drink Tanduay and coke (small amount of diet coke) I don't snack and don't have any sugar at all.
This site is very good on this sort of thing. Here they cover alcohol and carbs..
Spirits have none in, potentially only the mixers. Beers do have some in depending on the beer.
How about this...
“How the American Diet Turbocharges COVID-19”
Before the coronavirus hit in early 2020, a quieter epidemic was already taking its toll across the United States: the near-universal prevalence of diet-related maladies. More than half of the calories Americans consume come from “ultraprocessed” foods that are shot through with added sugars and fats and are associated with weight gain. Pile those on top of our sedentary lifestyle, and the result is that almost 90 percent of adults have a sign of metabolic dysfunction—including high blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar—and more than 40 percent are obese.
We follow closely behind.
Get your Vaccination Abroad and Jump the Queue
That was one of the first things that i got my wife to do, I take it by believing she wont be able to register yet you mean because of the Covid situation, you really need to get her registered because you never know whats around the corner..
My wife received her Covid innocuation on friday (Astra Zeneca) courtesy of her employers, no after effects on the day, but yesterday she had a bad headache all day, then when she went to work she was comparing notes with her colleagues all of whom had received the vaccination, most of them had had headaches and one had been sick, but otherwise it was all good..
Just had my Pfizer Covid vaccination courtesy of the NHS, have to admit it was all very well organised got a phone call at 14.50 today asking if i wanted the jab, booked me in for 16.55 arrived at the Vaccination centre with a few minutes to spare, took my Temp in reception asked me a couple of ID questions and told me where to go, waited in the queue of 1 told to go to the assigned No5 station, asked a few more personal ID then health questions, got the jab just a small pin prick, and told to wait in the assigned waiting area for the 15 minute observation time, no problems so thanked everyone left and back to the car, all good thanks to the NHS..
It’s good to see members getting vaccinated. I reckon it will be my turn in just a few weeks, providing the vaccine supply keeps coming.
There is a lot of concern about the South African and possibly other variants that might be on their way. Let’s hope these variants can’t evade the vaccines currently being administered.
We're actually lucky just now that the Kent variant is significantly more transmissible than the original as that means it is competing with the South African version on a level playing field at least for now which should reduce the opportunities for the South African variant but as vaccination increases the chances are that the South African version will gain dominance as it's mutation helps it evade the current main UK vaccine in that it will probably still be transmissible even if the vaccine means it is not as deadly for now.
If someone is asymptomatically infected with the Kent variant it is unlikely that innate immune response to that version would allow simultaneous infection with the South African variant so if we get really lucky the lockdown might suppress it or eliminate it while overall infection rates are high.
However eventually it is likely that the South African version will take over but we might get lucky in the northern hemisphere if summer has a suppressing effect, who knows, the South African Summer (Oct-Now) has seen the worst of their epidemic so far.
It may well be that the main selection pressure on this virus for the foreseeable future will be selection for infectiousness rather than any selection pressure to make it less deadly.