Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

Ketovangelist podcast: Insulin from a new angle

I recently chatted with Brian Williamson from the Ketovangelist team. Here is a link to the podcast.  Advertisements

September 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

Leptin, insulin, triglycerides, and obesity

While insulin is becoming more recognised as a major player in metabolic health, there are a number of other hormones that deserve attention.  One of these is leptin.  Leptin is … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 1 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

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

Why do fasting levels not predict hyperinsulinaemia?

Many people seem to think that they can predict whether someone is hyperinsulinaemic or not from fasting insulin. “My fasting insulin values is less than 5 µU/mL, this means I’m … Continue reading

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Is diet more important than exercise?

Is diet more important than exercise? It has been said that “you cannot out-run a poor diet”. Some personal trainers say that 80-90% of results are based on diet – … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 1 Comment