Heart-disease

Science Says You Can Skip Your Workout And Take A Hot Bath Instead

In case you were looking for a reason not to work out today…

March 29, 2017

Here’s Why Whiskey Is The New Vodka

Whiskey. Is. In.  

November 17, 2016

6 Weird Things That Happen To Your Body When You Stop Having Sex

Definitive proof human bodies are freaking weird.

July 11, 2016

How Stress Is Making You Fat And Sick

It wreaks more havoc than you think.

June 9, 2016

Is Quitting Sugar Really Good For You?

We all know that excess sugar is bad for us, but is it really necessary to give up completely and is quitting sugar actually good for us?

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The first thing to note is that sugar is a carbohydrate made up of glucose and fructose, the worst part being fructose. Glucose is an important part of our diet however fructose is not and each is metabolised very differently. While every cell in our bodies can use glucose, fructose is not essential for our bodies in any way and our liver will turn it into fat if we consume too much of it.

Products that contain added sugar (and fructose) normally contain very few nutrients and are classed as empty calories. Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, lollies, chocolate bars and pastries all belong in this category and should be avoided.

Contrary to belief, naturally occurring fructose in fruit is not bad for you and in fact fruit provides your body with vital fibre needed to keep your digestive system running smoothly and has been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. A couple of servings of fruit each day isn’t going to do you any harm but if you’re particularly worried about fructose in fruit then stick to fruits that contain less of it, such as kiwifruit, berries and grapefruit. Other natural sources of sugar that are ok to eat are honey and sweet root vegetables.

Some of the side effects of consuming too much fructose in the form of added sugar are:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Obesity
  • Type II diabetes
  •  Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Addiction to sugar

So is quitting unnecessary added sugar (and fructose) good for you?  Yes, absolutely it is. Fructose has been around in our diets for a long time however it only becomes problematic when it is consumed in excess. As a general rule 50g of fructose per day should be the maximum amount you consume. Don’t be too stressed if you consume more than this from natural sources occasionally but when added sugar becomes a regular in your diet you should take a step back and take a look at some of the side effects listed above.

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October 4, 2014

Bully bosses bad for your health

Bully bosses could be sending the blood pressure of staff members soaring,

increasing their risk of heart attack or stroke, according to new British

research.The release of the UK study coincides with new local research carried out by

Health Works that shows workplace bullying in Australia is resulting in sick days, severe stress and even panic attacks. Go to the end of this story for a link to a guide to standing up to the bully boss.

The UK research was carried out by doctors from the Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and involved a group of 28 female nursing assistants.

The test group, who all worked in British hospitals, volunteered to have their blood pressure monitored every 30 minutes to see what happened when they were in the presence of a supervisor they deemed “unfair or unreasonable”.

Thirteen nurses worked with two supervisors – one they liked, the other they disliked.

The other 15 nurses formed a comparison group where they worked with either a supervisor or supervisors they liked or disliked – not a mixture of the two. The comparision group registered only a tiny difference of three millimetres of mercury (Hg) in their systolic pressure, and no difference in diastolic pressure when working with a boss.

In contrast, the other group showed huge differences. While working with “Ms Nasty” nurses experienced a 15mm Hg difference in their systolic blood pressure and a 7mm Hg difference in diastolic pressure from normal. Previous research shows that a rise of 10mm Hg in systolic and 5mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure can lead to a 16 per cent increased risk of coronary heart disease and a 38 per cent increased risk of stroke.

In contrast, when the same group worked with “Ms Nice” their blood pressure dropped slightly.

June 24, 2003