Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Tom Watson reveals he has Type 2 diabetes but has 'reversed' the disease

UK Labour’s deputy leader has revealed that he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes but has “reversed” the disease by adopting a radically different diet that has meant he has come off medication.

Tom Watson, 51, said he developed diabetes through being “overweight, deeply unfit, [and] addicted to sugar and fast foods”. However, he has lost 44.5kg since being diagnosed in the summer of 2017 and improved his health so much that his diabetes is now in remission, he claims.

Watson has eliminated all junk food, processed food, starchy carbohydrates and refined sugar from his diet. He does not even eat bananas because they contain some sugar.

He believes that official dietary advice over recent years, to minimise fat intake, is misguided and that a drastic reduction in sugar intake is the single most effective way to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic.


Forum: Cashless drive doesn't appear to be 'smart' move

Ironically, the drive to go cashless does not appear to be as "smart" as expected (Paying more to go cash free; Sept 2).

On the one hand, leaders have been touting the benefits of going cashless and how this would save on the costs of handling real money during transactions. On the other hand, consumers are left wondering why they should be paying more to go cashless.

It begs the question: Isn't something that leads to savings supposed to cost less?

If going cashless is going to cost more, it is logical for most people to want to pay in cash as it appears to be the smarter way to save money.

If the Smart Nation drive is going to make everything cost more in order to go cashless, then it is not the "smart" way to go after all.

Seah Yam Meng


Sleep may impact college grades more than drinking or drugs

College students who want good grades may want to skip the all-nighters and avoid picking early-morning classes because a new study suggests lack of sleep is at least as bad for academic success as binge drinking or doing drugs.

Each night of the week that college students have sleep problems was associated with a 0.02-point drop in their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and 10 percent higher odds that they would drop a course.

This could be the difference between getting Latin honors, or maintaining eligibility to play sports, or getting into medical school.