Rethinking type 2 diabetes

It’s time to stop blaming individuals for poor eating choices, and move toward community action

Rethinking type 2 diabetesJournalist H.L. Mencken wrote that “for every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong.” That observation aptly describes a prevailing attitude toward type 2 diabetes, which characterizes diabetes as a problem that could clearly be fixed if people would simply move more and eat less. Such a suggestion ignores much…

Diabetes may double risk of developing depression

Two of the primary risk factors for the disease are obesity and lack of exercise

Diabetes may double risk of developing depressionDiabetes is one of the leading health problems affecting North America today and is rapidly on the rise. It is also well known that this disease can cause serious health complications such as vision loss and amputation as well as life-threatening problems like stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Indeed, diabetes, which affects the body’s…

Exercise, professional support key to managing type 2 diabetes

Some studies have shown exercise can reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 50 per cent

Exercise, professional support key to managing type 2 diabetesThe studies are clear. Supervised physical activity, counselling and exercise are essential to both managing type 2 diabetes and reducing the incidence of this life-threatening disease. Among the most important benefits of controlled movement and exercise are increased metabolic rate; increased insulin sensitivity; improved glycemic control and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some studies have…

We need to get children off the couch

It’s sad when adults choose to be inactive. It’s even sadder when we don’t provide our children the opportunity to establish physically-active lifestyles

We need to get children off the couchOur children have never been more sedentary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, only 21.6 per cent of children and adolescents in the United States aged six to 19 met the recommended 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five times a week. It’s a safe bet that…

Should food consumers get on the keto bandwagon?

A recent poll tells us that 26% of Canadians have either adopted the ketogenic diet, tried it or considered it in. But there are meany health questions

Should food consumers get on the keto bandwagon?Are you on the ketogenic diet? Apparently, many people are or have tried it in the last year or so. It may be the most popular dietary trend in North America right now. Over the last 12 months, the word ‘keto’ was the most googled food-related topic in the world, not just in Canada. The…

Canada must protect its drug supply

Canada’s drug supply is meant to provide for 37 million Canadians, not 370 million Americans. U.S. cross-border shopping could endanger Canadians

Canada must protect its drug supplyWhen U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a caravan of diabetics for a cross-border shopping trip to buy Canadian insulin, it was a deliberate attempt to publicize his proposed policies to reform health care. He likely had no idea that the media coverage of his actions would set off alarm bells among Canadians and even…

Deeply flawed soda tax rife with unintended consequences

Evidence in other countries shows that consumption taxes don't address the root targets in meaningful ways

Deeply flawed soda tax rife with unintended consequencesBy Ashley Stedman and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute Policy-makers and pundits have mused recently about a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to fight obesity and other-health related issues in Canada. It’s a bad idea that should be abandoned. According to Mark Holland, Liberal MP for Ajax, Ont., a ‘soda tax’ will “push consumers away from…

We’re letting Canadian kids eat themselves sick

A bill that would protect children is languishing in the Senate. We need it to tackle childhood obesity and chronic diseases

We’re letting Canadian kids eat themselves sickIf you’ve ever watched the hit TV series Mad Men, you’ll remember that everybody smoked. Everyone. Everywhere. It was a great show, in part, because it was like a trip back in time, showing us what life was like in the American advertising industry in the early 1960s. Smoking was just a part of normal…

The diet shell game

Stick to the evidence when reporting on – and endorsing – food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not sales jobs

The diet shell gameTwo of the best-known American food journalists have been telling readers that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren’t best for our health. But the evidence tells a different story. The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent Los…

Rising rates of kidney failure signal need for public health strategy

A national program is needed to address the root causes of kidney failure in adults and children

Rising rates of kidney failure signal need for public health strategyBy Allison Dart and Mariette Chartier University of Manitoba As many as 40,000 people in Canada are affected by kidney failure – and the problem is increasing across the country, with significant consequences for our health system. A report we released this month from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy projects an increase of 68…