SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR

SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR

What is “Sedentary Behaviour”? It sounds like an oxymoron – surely behaviour implies activity? Sedentary behaviour, however, is recognised and is defined as any time spent primarily sitting or lying down and which involves very low levels of energy expenditure....
HEALTHSPAN VERSUS LIFESPAN

HEALTHSPAN VERSUS LIFESPAN

The Government has recently published its Green Paper: “Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020s – consultation document.” The Green Paper has already been fairly extensively criticised for failing to tackle such problems as the root causes of ill health,...
DIABETES AND WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

DIABETES AND WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

Leading on from my previous blog, the NHS has now announced a plan to issue people at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) with what they call “wearable technology”. Most of us call these pedometers. Their more sophisticated cousins are called accelerometers. They are...
EXERCISE AND DIABETES

EXERCISE AND DIABETES

  Type 2 versus Type 1 diabetes mellitus Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is what we are talking about. Type 1 DM is something else although it is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. T1DM is a condition whose onset is usually in young people whose...
EXERCISE AND DEMENTIA

EXERCISE AND DEMENTIA

Dementia is an increasing modern scourge. It has recently been reported to have overtaken coronary disease as the most frequent cause of death for women in the UK. The two most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VD). There are...