Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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Here’s the lunch bag we got at the diabetes meeting. And here are the contents: Continue Reading →

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What’s Inside the Bags?

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What kind of lunch is offered at the world’s biggest scientific meeting about diabetes research? This one.

These are the lunch bags all participants at the meeting are offered. The question is what’s inside the bags. What do you think?

Continued: Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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A Secret Conference

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Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any pictures from the gigantic exhibition hall in Vienna, where all the pharmaceutical companies are. It is “strictly forbidden” to take pictures…

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At the Diabetes Meeting in Vienna

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Here’s one of the 6 lecture halls, in session simultaneously, at the diabetes conference in Vienna…it’s big! Perhaps a little bigger than when I attended the same EASD meeting in Stockholm four years ago.

I spent the first day listening to selected lectures, walking through the exhibitions of vendors (photography prohibited) and a long and nice lunch conversation with Dr Anders Tengblad. This at a lunch restaurant where they served fine food at a nice price. About 0.5 percent of the participants were there. Tomorrow, I’ll have a closer look at the lunch bags that are handed out to all participants.

More reports coming up when I get time to sort impressions a bit more.

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Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?

This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).

The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.

The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.

Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness: Continue Reading →

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LCHF Deadly in the Long Run… or Not?

Will cholesterol levels, and thereby heart health, suffer when you eat a high-fat low-carbohydrate diet? That’s what people used to believe – even I thought so once – but science proves that this is wrong.

Studies on diets similar to LCHF usually show that the participants on average not only lose weight but also improve their health markers, including cholesterol. This is also what a Swedish expert investigation concluded last year. And this study from the other week was no exception.

Even the harshest critics have had to concede. Now, they’re sometimes claiming that LCHF will probably cause very poor health markers some time in the future, some time long after the studies have been completed. After, for example, five years – or after you’re weight is stable – LCHF will turn around magically and have the opposite effect.

However, once again reality shows something different. Here are some excellent newly published numbers after five years, from Sweden’s perhaps most rigorous LCHF person, Tommy Runesson. He cut his weight in half in the first couple of years and has since then been practically weight stable for three years:

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Cholesterol Numbers After Five Years on LCHF

Perhaps LCHF will magically instead have the opposite effect after six, seven years? Although this doesn’t appear to be the case:

My Health Markers After Eight Years on LCHF

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Time for a Gigantic Diabetes Meeting

Next week it’s time for the world’s largest scientific meeting about diabetes, EASD, in Vienna. Nearly 20,000 physicians, scientists, vendors and other participants will be there.

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The major problem with diabetes treatment today is that diabetics are advised to eat the very thing that they can’t handle – large amounts of carbohydrates. This makes it necessary for diabetics to use a lot of potentially dangerous drugs, they gain weight and suffer long-term complications from uncontrolled blood sugar. The question is if this will even be mentioned on stage at the conference.

On short notice I decided to attend the conference myself on Monday. It could be exciting, or what do you think? Reports are coming up.

Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar Continue Reading →

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Fancy a Bug Bar?

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Bug flour

Yum! An Icelandic company is developing nutritious energy bars based on bug flour (ground crickets). The bars are supposedly protein and energy dense, as well as environmentally friendly.

The creators say there’s no reason to be concerned about the main ingredient. Insect flour is said to have a mild and nutty taste. In addition, the energy bars contain things like almonds, coconut and cocoa. And then you can’t really taste the crickets very much.

Want one?

BBC: Icelandic business plans energy bar made of insects

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All Diets are Equally Good … Or Are They?

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How should you eat for weight loss?

In the past, many people used to believe that all fat was bad for you. Today, almost everyone knows that this was a mistake.

The question is what is to come instead? The conventional wisdom today is fraught with confusion and a belief that it doesn’t matter at all what you eat weight-wise – “all diets are equally good”. A new scientific review of selected previous weight studies claims to confirm this… but it turns out not to be that simple.

BBC News: Any diet will do, say researchers, if you stick to it

It really wasn’t “all” diets that were equally good in the review, but low-carb or low-fat. But wait a minute, and let’s look at how they grouped different diets:

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So, what most would call a low-fat diet, as in the old official or Weight Watcher’s dietary guidelines, turned out to be the worst in this review. It’s what they call “moderate macronutrients in the table above. Continue Reading →

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Losing 70 Pounds in Ten Months with LCHF

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Fatima lost nearly 50 lbs in just a few months with LCHF and shared her story here. Now she sent me an update: Continue Reading →

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