Type 2 Diabetes – Reducing and Managing Your risk

Image result for diabetesA diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes can be tough. There is much to learn, and management can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Type 2 diabetes is a leading health issue for many New Zealanders, with the latest statistics indicating that over 200, 000 kiwis suffer from the disease; a disease that is preventable (Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented but it can be managed through a combination of medication, healthy food choices and exercise). Continue reading

Exploring the health benefits of seaweed

In case you don’t already know much about seaweed, there are four groups of seaweed algae:

  1. Green algae (Chlorophyceae)
  2. Red algae (Rhodophycae)
  3. Blue-green algae (Cyanophyceae)
  4. Brown algae (Phaeophyceae)

The red, brown and green seaweed types have been studied and suggested to have the health promoting factors for your health. Here are seven reasons you should consider including seaweed in your diet. Continue reading

Diet tricks for a healthier weekend

fast-food-drive-thru_hiohzrDuring the workweek you’re pretty good about sticking with healthy habits. You order oatmeal for breakfast, hit the gym during your lunch break and whip up simple, light dinners after work. But Friday night through Sunday, something changes: Weekends mean time to let lose and that translates into eating and drinking too much paired with moving too little. Even when you can anticipate the challenge ahead and mentally prepare, the sabotage keeps happening. Continue reading

Exercise training v calorie deficit diets: which is best to improve body weight & VAT fat?

adipose-tissue-typesVisceral adipose tissue (VAT) is the ‘bad fat’ around the internal organs and an identified culprit in cardio-metabolic diseases, hence an important target of exercise programmes and nutrition. Can exercise target VAT reduction?

This article is based on a research review (See the link in references at the bottom). In simple terms, their aim was to analyse the effects of aerobic exercise versus reducing calorie intake on body weight and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) reduction. in short, which works best to reduce VAT, exercise or diet? Continue reading