Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

Food for Thought (part 1 of 2)

I recently had the utter privilege of attending the Swiss Re/BMJ Food for Thought conference held in Zürich in June 2018. It was great to catch up with friends who … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

How many lives will be lost if we wait decades for action?

Apart from being best-selling authors, clinicians and public health researchers, what else do Aseem Malholtra, Grant Schofield and Robert Lustig have in common?  They have teamed up to take on … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sleep and insulin resistance

Sleeping badly for any reason is well-known to cause or aggravate poor health.   This is one reason why shift workers can often be at higher risk of metabolic disease. In … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reducing the risk of sunburn through diet

Cherries and Apricots in the supermarket, and the pohutukawa trees are looking marvelous with their red blossom.  All signs that we are near to Christmas*.  But when you live in … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Dual Oscillation Model: Why insulin is secreted in a pulsatile fashion.

Along with many other experts, I see little value in measuring fasting insulin.  However, my reasons may differ to others.   One reason is that fasting insulin does not generally reflect … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 6 Comments

In response to Mac Mckenna: Taxing sugar does not discourage its use.

On Monday, the 2017 FIZZ (fighting sugar in soft-drinks) symposium was held in Auckland.  There was an overwhelming support for New Zealand to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.   Today, this opinion … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Have you ever thought about how you are going to die?…….”

Over the weekend, I presented on early detection of Metabolic disease at the NZ Hospital Pharmacists conference.   I hadn’t been to this conference before and my accepted abstract on … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hyperinsulinaemia: Best management practice

A major aspect of my thesis was reviewing the literature to find out just how much of an impact hyperinsulinaemia had on metabolic disease.   I posted that review back in … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · 8 Comments

Are carbohydrates the new cigarettes? (Part 1)

A new study has shown that consuming foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) increases your risk of developing lung cancer.  But it is what you eat, not how many … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment