Exercise and Industry
1. Skinny gene ‘raises risk of heart disease’ – Daily MailThey may be the envy of their fuller-figured friends, but slim people shouldn’t feel too self-satisfied. Being trim doesn’t guarantee they are healthy. Researchers have found a so-called ‘lean gene’ that helps them keep weight off but also raises their odds of developing diabetes and heart disease. The link is particularly strong in men, meaning those with washboard stomachs may not be quite as healthy as they think.
2. 50s can be a new start in life – The MirrorThe report found around one in five over-50s feel more energetic and enjoy more of a zest for life than they did in their 20s. And more than 70% of the “fit at 50s” do more exercise than when they were young.
3. Dr Dukan: The diet deity – The TelegraphPippa Middleton doesn’t do the Dukan diet, but her mother does, along with Jennifer Lopez, Penélope Cruz, and three million French women, who kept his weight loss plan to themselves for almost eight years, les vaches. In an interview last year, Pippa expressed disbelief at Carole’s new diet. “It’s so odd, she ate prawns and cottage cheese for lunch yesterday. Just prawns and cottage cheese.”
Health and Lifestyle
1. Shockwaves that can heal broken bones: New treatment avoids need for surgery on fractures that won’t join up – Daily MailMore than 650,000 such injuries are suffered in the UK each year, the majority in either younger men – who often lead more physically intensive lives – or older women, because a large proportion suffer from the bone-thinning disease, osteoporosis. In most cases fractures heal naturally, usually with the help of a splint or cast to keep the bone in place, over a period of weeks or months.
2. How gravity can knock you sideways – The TelegraphThe name may be tricky but the explanation is simple. Normally, when someone stands up, the blood, which gravity dictates should sink below the abdomen and pool around the ankles, miraculously remains waist high. If you have PoTs, this doesn’t happen. Gravity wins and blood drains down into the abdomen and legs. The heart races to try to get blood back to the brain, and the result is fainting and dizziness.