Teaching children about diet
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by Heather Wood
1M ago
A balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and veg beats processed food every time. Essential for good health and nutrition, it protects against such chronic diseases as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Educating children about why salmon and broccoli is a better choice than fried chicken and French fries can help lay the foundation for a lifetime of wellness. Below, a few strategies for helping make diet and healthy eating a habit: Lead by example Children are always watching; it’s essential to model a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Show enthusiasm fo ..read more
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How obese are we?
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by Heather Wood
1M ago
Island Nutrition dietitians Sarah Mattinson, Rosanna Strickland, Keelin Hankin and Hannah Jones discuss the dangers of obesity. Q: What qualifies someone as obese? A: Overweight and obesity are conditions where a person carries excess body weight in the form of body fat deposits. Obesity can be detected by making a simple calculation with your weight and height, this is known as your body mass index or BMI. A BMI greater than 25kg/m2 would indicate that you are overweight and a BMI higher than 30kg/m2 is classed as obesity. Many of us are aware that the BMI calculation has its flaws, as the me ..read more
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Get your hand out of my pocket!
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by Vejay Steede
1M ago
Contrary to popular belief, chronic diseases do NOT run in families. If your grandmother had diabetes, and your father and cousin all have diabetes, you may think you could be at risk of contracting the disease just by virtue of coming from the same gene pool. This is not necessarily the case.  While there is a thing called genetic predisposition, which puts certain individuals at risk of contracting a particular condition due to a specific genetic variation they may have inherited from a parent, there is not a lot of evidence that this “predisposition” causes chronic diseases to develop ..read more
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There is no quick fix for a chronic illness
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by Heather Wood
1M ago
For anyone suffering from a chronic illness, Melanie Dupres has an effective, albeit complex, solution: find your balance. Although likely to disappoint anyone looking for a quick fix, she believes that it’s the best approach as it is only when the mind, body and spirit are off-kilter that we experience “disease”. “It is important to understand what caused the imbalance in the first place to actually cure the disease,” said Ms Dupres, a homeopath who works under the title Healing Essentials MD to help people to restore their health. “The causes can be genetics, long-term stress, generational t ..read more
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Managing the approaching menace
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by Vejay Steede
1M ago
As we move through life, the spectre of chronic disease grows bigger and bigger on the horizon. There are certain factors that put some of us at risk of contracting chronic disease as we age; but there are also ways to prevent the onset of chronic disease. I did what we should all do when we have concerns about medical matters – I talked to my doctor. Adil Ladak is the newest general practitioner at Island Health Services. He has taken over Andrew West’s St George’s office, as the doctor has retired after more than half a century of service to the people of the Olde Towne. Dr Ladak comes to Be ..read more
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Rewinding diabetes
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by Annabel Cooper
1M ago
If not managed properly, diabetes can have a devastating effect on your body. The Diabetes Rewind Programme proves that successful intervention can prevent this from happening.    It is estimated that around 10 or 15 per cent of Bermuda’s population has diabetes, however Andrew Jamieson, endocrinologist at the Family Practice Group, thinks it could be higher.     To put this figure into perspective, around six per cent of the UK population has diabetes; worldwide, it’s around nine per cent. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. The majority of people ..read more
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Asthmatics can reach their full potential
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by Annabel Cooper
1M ago
Asthma is a common occurrence in Bermuda that can be life-threatening. Triggers such as humidity, dust mites, cockroaches, mould, mildew and pollution are seemingly everywhere, and could bring on an attack if an asthmatic does not have their asthma under control. The good news however, is that asthma is treatable, and with the right knowledge, equipment and medication, it will not hold you back. Lindsay Bishop is director of education at Open Airways, and a registered nurse. She sat down with RG Best Health to explain who is most at risk of getting asthma, what symptoms you should look out for ..read more
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Blood pressure and heart disease – a Bermudian killer
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by Tim Smith
1M ago
Bermudians love to drink, so the popular song observes about our paradise island lifestyle. We also enjoy things like cheeseburgers and fried chicken at summer barbecues, taking cigarette breaks at work and recuperating after a long day by sitting on the couch watching TV. The stark statistics, sadly, underline how these enduring habits put us in the line of fire for major health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease. At least one-third of the adult population in Bermuda, including more than 70 per cent of seniors, suffers from blood pressure, also known as hypertension; and m ..read more
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Empower yourself with chronic health management
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by Tim Smith
1M ago
In many ways, we’ve got more to look forward to than any generation in the past. The average 65-year-old woman in Bermuda can expect to live until she’s 87, and the average 65-year-old man until he’s 83 – roughly a decade older than the life expectation just 30 years ago. Yet if you’re incapacitated by serious health issues such as diabetes, heart problems or respiratory diseases, living longer certainly doesn’t equate to better quality of life. For many people, however, chronic disease management can make a big difference. Instead of enduring relentless pain and discomfort as they grow older ..read more
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The Detox Dilemma
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by Heather Wood
3M ago
In a world where wellness trends come and go, detoxes and cleanses have emerged as popular buzzwords, promising a quick and effective way to reset the body and revitalise health.  From juice cleanses to restrictive diets, these programmes claim to eliminate toxins, boost energy levels and kick-start weight loss. However, as the popularity of detoxes has increased, so has scepticism among health experts.  The concept of detoxification  Detoxes date back to around 2000 BCE when ancient Greek and Egyptian civilisations believed that the food they consumed contained toxins harmful t ..read more
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