The Scene

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A crowded restaurant on a warm evening. The problem: my menopausal friends getting hot and bothered. The solution: FanU, a phone-sized, lightweight portable cool air fan, which Gill Sinclair, joint founder of Victoria Health, pulled triumphantly from her handbag. It’s a must for anyone with hot flushes, due to hormones or chemotherapy, or simply because it’s hot outside (here’s hoping). With a USB and rechargeable battery, £9.99, in white or pink. Read More…

Let’s Talk About Joe

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Let’s talk about Joe. Its been a while. I take down my cuttings folder and find a piece I wrote for The Standard soon after he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2009.  There he is all blond and curly-haired and four, smiling through the yellowed newsprint in a striped t-shirt under the headline “A Cure For Joe”. I’m behind him, sitting on the sofa wearing a terrible pair of jeans and a forced smile.

I read through it for the first time in nine years and surprise myself with tears. The type that spill from your eyes and drip silently from your chin. I’m an infrequent crier – we’re talking years  between bouts – but this bit got me: “‘When I’m five…’ He put his hand up and spread his fingers out.  ‘I’m going to take the blood tests and zappers (injections) back to the doctors. When I’m five.’”

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Supplements at 50


Supplements at 50

  • I’ve never been big on supplements, but I hit 50 this year and worry that I’m not helping myself at all. What should I be taking?Well… if your family history reveals you could be in line for something or your doc has suggested you “keep an eye on” a future problem, expert pharmacist Shabir Daya says it might be worth thinking about…
    Super Strength Olive Leaf Extract

    BLOOD PRESSURE “If you have a history of blood pressure in your family or are simply worried about it I would recommend taking olive leaf extract,” says Shabir. “Studies indicate that taking olive leaf can reduce blood pressure reading by an average of 5%.” + His Pick? Super Strength Olive Leaf Extract by Swanson, £25 for 60 capsules.

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    Power of Krill

    HEART HEALTH Studies indicate that omega 3 essential fatty acids protect the heart in a number of ways. “Firstly, they prevent blood from coagulation and hence may prevent stokes. Secondly, they reduce triglycerides and hence cholesterol which plays a big part in heart disease. They’re also anti-inflammatory and inflammation in the body leads to heart disease.” + His Pick? Power of Krill by Life-Flo, £24.95 for 60 soft gels.

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    Bone Restore With Vitamin K2

    OSTEOPOROSIS Calcium is the first supplement that comes to mind but… “Most calcium supplements are ill-absorbed and can result in gastrointestinal problems,” says Shabir. He suggests we take a supplement that is highly absorbable. + His Pick? Bone Restore by Life Extension, £22.50 for 120 caps.

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    CHOLESTEROL If your level is rising, try red yeast rice which has been found to reduce cholesterol by an average of 30%. “Red yeast rice helps balance the good and bad cholesterol,” says Shabir. + His Pick? CholestSafe by Food Science of Vermont, £23 for 90 caps.

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    GlucoActive Cinnamon Extract

    DIABETES Bet your doc is monitoring your blood glucose and good thing too as high levels are linked to failing eyesight, ageing and cholesterol. “Cinnamon is a great spice for the prevention of blood sugar problems,” suggests Shabir. + His Pick? GlucoActive Cinnamon Extract by Futurebiotics, £24 for 60 caps.

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Diabetes And Your Feet


Have you often wondered what all the fuss is about with Diabetes and feet?

Diabetes is a chronic incurable medical condition, in which too much glucose (sugar) is present in the blood. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy.

The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.

This causes sugars to build up in the tissues and can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Read More…