After consuming copious amounts of alcohol during the festive season, it might do the majority of the population good, if South Africans resolve to follow the recent trend in the UK, where an increasing number of Brits have swapped booze for healthier beverage options, such as tea, for an entire month. This is known as ‘Dry January’.
According to the International Diabetes Federations’ Diabetes Atlas (2013), more than three-quarters of deaths in Africa due to diabetes were in people under 60” and “in developing countries, including South Africa, less than half of people with diabetes are diagnosed” with the “black and Asian communities being at greatest risk”.
Factors such as being overweight and a lack of exercise are contributors to this disease.
The debate over carbohydrates, sparked locally by exercise science professor Tim Noakes, continues to rage over dinner tables and in the medical community. In a recent debate at the Vitality Summit in Sandton on Friday Johannesburg cardiologist Anthony Dalby called Noakes’ high fat, low carbohydrate diet ‘criminal’. But an article in the medical blog Healio…