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On World Diabetes Day 2020, it’s no secret that diabetes is a big problem within the UAE, with around 20 percent of population already diabetic and another 20 percent classified as pre-diabetic. Less well known is the fact that diabetes is a bigger problem for the women of the country and to complicate matters further, it affects women differently to men. Diabetes is more deadly for women, as females with type 1 or type 2...

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If you are not diabetic, you may have heard of insulin but perhaps are a little unclear on what it is or what it does.  Simply put, insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. Within the digestion process, insulin allows the body to use glucose – the type of sugar found in many carbs – for energy. Insulin can be thought of as a lever, as it also helps your body balance blood glucose...

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A major factor in the number of deaths from Covid-19 is diabesity: the modern-day combination of diabetes and obesity. The condition is associated with a higher risk of contracting severe forms of bacterial and virus respiratory infections, including H1N1, influenza, SARS MERS and now Covid-19. Obese patients are three times more prone to severe infections than those of a normal weight. Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and along with it has come a...

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Are you an Emirati aged between 18 and 40? Would you like to be part of a pioneering study, the first and biggest of its kind in the UAE? Then researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi want to hear from you.  The UAE Healthy Future Study is being conducted by the university’s Public Health Research Center to examine Emirati health and the community’s well-documented problems with prevalent diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  And as...

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Until this year, there was nothing that appealed to me about fasting or a diet that mimicked fasting. I’ve always been a three square meals, two snacks a day kind of person who gets hangry – fast. I once had to fast before an operation and dissolved into sobs by the end of the day. Even as the research about the benefits of intermittent fasting has been mounting – particularly the way it helps your...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. It is potentially more addictive than tobacco, harder to metabolize than fat and wreaks havoc...

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The UAE has seen exponential growth in the health and fitness industry over the last few years and it shows no sign of slowing down. We asked a woman who is always ahead of the curve – personal trainer, nutrition coach and fitness journalist, Devinder Bains – to talk us through the big health and fitness trends for 2020: all the new classes, gadgets and foods that we’ll be loving as we enter the new...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. Sugar has been vilified by doctors and nutritionists who warn the sweet stuff is the...

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FoodHealth‘Sugar is a toxin’

December 15, 201926 min

HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. Whatever you think of Coca-Cola’s contribution to the global obesity problem — and the company...