Two Birthdays – 14 November

Today is the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, in 1922, discovered insulin along with Charles Best. Prior to this, there was no treatment for Diabetes, so people did not survive for long as they were unable to utilise the energy from food they ate. Research is always a bit of serendipity, luck, observation, and lots... Continue Reading →

Being the guiding light

A favourite childhood story was of Birbal's "khichdi" (dal-rice). Birbal was the trusted and wise advisor of king Akbar. Akbar often had puzzling issues for Birbal to solve. Once, Akbar asked a man to stand outside in the cold all night without any aid. However, in the morning he found out there was a lamp... Continue Reading →

Motivating oneself

Keeping fit and healthy requires an open mind and some refreshing changes now and then. Sometimes we need to try something new to appreciate our regular routine. Sometimes we need to set a routine if life is generally irregular. Sometimes we need to listen to a friend to realise that we are not trying hard... Continue Reading →

Healthful boost

Mornings can start with a simple yet amazing mix of vitamins, fibre, antioxidants and nutrition. We started our morning today with a blend of Beetroot, Apple, Carrots, Mint and Lemon. For someone who usually sticks to the comfort zone of Orange Juice, my friend’s more adventurous selection was a brave new beginning for me.... What... Continue Reading →

Happiness within

Finding health and happiness.... finding oneself... using the connectedness of holidays for evolving beyond the busyness that holds us back from being our happiest selves...

Is change possible?

Change is possible, even when it seems impossible. We have seen change occur slowly around us as people reduce their use of plastic bags, learn to recycle, keep their surroundings clean, plant more trees, smoke less.... etc. Yes, change is possible and needs mind control, mindset change, community support, and incentives. In case of our... Continue Reading →

Prediabetes- who is at risk?

Individuals at risk of prediabetes include those that are: Overweight Over age 45 Have first degree relative with Type 2 diabetes mellitus  (T2DM) Are physically active fewer than 3 times a week Have history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) History of giving birth to a baby over 9 pounds History of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)... Continue Reading →

Can fasting lead to longer life?

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Don’t clean your plate – and live longer!

Caloric restriction means taking around 70% of your normal energy requirement, daily for a prolonged period of time. Eat less, live longer… Is it really that simple? When is it too late to start? Can one eat any kind of diet? How long does one continue? How much longer can one possibly live? So many questions pop into the mind… but remain largely unanswered. Much research has been done on yeast, flies, worms, rodents and even on primates to see the effects of energy restriction on lifespan. The results of decades of experiments have generally agreed on one point: fewer calories = longer life.

Fasting rituals are part of many religions and have long professed (anecdotally) many positive effects on health and wellbeing. The very first recorded scientific study on caloric restriction’s direct effect on lifespan was in 1935, by Dr Clive…

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