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HDB launches roadmap for designing towns, with focus on healthy living, green spaces and smart technology – CNA

SINGAPORE: Residents of future public housing can look forward to more greenery, facilities to promote physical and social wellbeing, as well as smart infrastructure in their homes.This is part of the Housing and Development Boards (HDB) new roadmap for designing towns over the next decade.Speaking at the launch of the Designing for Life roadmap on Thursday (Oct 15), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat noted the importance of providing quality homes and living environments for Singaporeans.

As Singaporeans lifestyles and aspirations evolve, we must continue to provide a home and quality living environment for Singaporeans at every stage of their lives, he said.The roadmap addresses new challenges including an ageing population, climate change, evolving social aspirations and residents desire to be more involved in shaping their living environment, said HDB.Future plans will be guided by three pillars - live well, live smart and live connected that form the backbone of the refreshed roadmap.PHYSICAL, SOCIAL, MENTAL WELLBEINGA key aim of the live well pillar is to encourage active lifestyles.

For example, staircases, which are often seen as functional structures, will be designed attractively to nudge residents to use the stairs daily, or incorporate stair-climbing as part of their exercise routine, said HDB.

To build a more inclusive environment, directional signs will have pictorial symbols and larger font sizes.For older residents, there will be dementia-friendly features like looped paths in parks to help them navigate, as well as coloured grab bars in homes to improve indoor safety.HDB said it will continue to include community spaces for residents to mingle and bond.Bigger spaces like large covered town squares will be able to host mass events, while smaller spaces like linkways can serve as spaces for community interaction, it added.Neighbourhood centres will be conceptualised as social and wellness hubs. They will include play parks for children, community spaces, exercise facilities and eateries. Where feasible, there will be healthcare facilities as well, said HDB.

Roof gardens, ground-level precinct and pocket gardens will be the norm.These green spaces will enable residents to enjoy a quiet moment and experience the restorative benefits of nature, said HDB.

Some of these features have already been incorporated in plans for new housing estates such as Tengah.These urban design strategies will also apply to precincts undergoing the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.SMART LIVINGThere will be a greater use of technology at various levels to improve the living environment.In estate management, sensors can help to issue alerts when maintenance is required, while common areas could have smart lighting that adjusts lighting levels based on human traffic patterns, said HDB.In the home, some flats in Punggol Northshore have infrastructure like smart sockets and smart distribution boards which monitor energy consumption and support the adoption of compatible smart home solutions.

Punggol Northshore, which will be completed later this year, is the first district with smart and sustainable initiatives, noted Mr Heng.HDB said it is looking to implement these initiatives beyond Punggol.

To address climate change, HDB noted that the 10-year Green Towns Programme was introduced earlier this year. It seeks to improve residents quality of life by implementing green features in three areas - reducing energy consumption, recycling rainwater and cooling HDB towns.

RESIDENTS HELPING TO SHAPE PUBLIC SPACESHDB said it will continue to engage residents to better understand their needs and aspirations. This comes under the third pillar of the new roadmap.

Beyond building houses and towns, HDB aims to build homes and communities, where people bond with one another, live together and grow together, said Mr Heng.Residents in new developments will have common spaces they can collectively design and build, and those in four existing towns - Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Choa Chu Kang and Ang Mo Kio - can participate in focus group discussions to get involved in rejuvenating their towns.An initiative called the Lively Places Challenge will be rolled out to all HDB towns by 2024. Residents can form teams to develop and implement solutions, and get funding and training to support their effort.

Through careful planning backed by science and data, we will advance the sustainability of our towns, and leverage technology to help residents live more comfortably, with greater convenience, said HDB CEO Cheong Koon Hean.We will also find more ways for people to connect with each other and empower them to play a bigger role in designing and activating their shared spaces.

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Third of Dutch trying to improve their health since Covid – NL Times

One in three Netherlands residents are more consciously trying to improve their health since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, according to a survey by Motivaction among 1,532 Dutch for health insurer Zilveren Kruis, ANP reports.

82 percent of respondents said that they are working on having a healthy lifestyle. A better diet and more exercise are the first changes for most. Improving their living environment is a close third.

55 percent said that they are very satisfied with the results of having a more healthy died. 67 percent are very satisfied with the results of getting more exercise. And 78 percent are very pleased with the changes they made to improve their living environment.

21 percent said that making healthy changes was difficult for them. 15 percent said their efforts to improve their health were not worth the payoff.

Some 40 percent said that they decided to improve their health due to to negative emotions like fear, shame or sadness. About the same percentage said that they are now more aware of their health.

The researchers also found that 36 percent of Netherlands residents feel more tired and somber due to the crisis. This is most common among young people, 57 percent of 18 to 24 years olds said this.

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Healthcare Nanotechnology (Nanomedicine) Market: Analysis and In-depth Study on Healthcare Nanotechnology (Nanomedicine) Market Size Trends, Emerging…

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The vegan church | TheFencePost.com – Fence Post

I saw a classified ad in our local weekly newspaper inviting newcomers to a VIP potluck, VIP standing for Vegetarian Inclined People. At great personal sacrifice I attended in an undercover capacity. As a disguise I figured I could either go as an old hippie, or a millennial but since I really didnt fit the millennial demographic, aging hippie it was.

I used an old cap someone had given me as a gag gift eons ago that had a white ponytail sticking out the back. I wore a pair of beat up, old second-hand Birkenstocks I got at the Nifty Thrifty, crumpled cargo shorts exposing my white legs with varicose veins, and a faded Hawaiian shirt. Then I inserted myself into the combat zone wearing a wire.

I was greeted warmly by all seven of the VIPs and I think it was because I was the first new blood theyd seen in quite some time. We met in the basement of a church which was most appropriate. Id always been taught there were three primary religions in the world, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, well, I think its safe to say we can add a fourth: Vegetarianism. Granted, the veg-heads dont sing hymns, pray, or even play bingo but from what I could tell they do believe a very hot Hell is reserved for anyone who eats meat. They believe when good Vegetarians die they go to the big Vegetarian restaurant in the sky and if they dont backpedal and eat a Big Mac or a Whopper now and then, they could come back as an organic brussel sprout if theyre lucky.

The Vegetarians believe soy is the answer to all the worlds ills and that only through Vegetarianism will the human race become benign and lovely. They are ferocious in these beliefs and send out their missionaries hither and yon to convert everyone to their religion. They especially prey on teenage girls who seem to be especially vulnerable to their wily ways.

I was seated at a table with three other VIPs and began my investigation. Im sorta confused, about this Vegetarian thing, I admitted. You have your pescatarians, your flexitarians, your vegans, etc. What does it all mean?

Think of Vegetarianism as a religion, said the VIP whod brought the rice balls drizzled in soy sauce to the potluck. In Christianity you have Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, etc. Well, Vegetarianism is the same. There are five different levels. The lowest form of Vegetariansm are the Flexitarians who enjoy a piece of bacon or a Filet Mignon now and again.

Im a Pescatarian, piped up a young lady with purple hair, tattooed face, and a nose ring who had contributed Tofurkey Tetrazinni to the meal. A Pescatarian doesnt eat the flesh of a living organism but we do eat fish because fish feel no pain.

Another diner whod brought the tomatoes stuffed with zucchini and baked pears said, I dont eat anything that ever flew or swam.

Cows and pigs dont fly or swim, at least very well, I said, yet you dont eat them.

Im gonna make it real easy for you, said another VIP who was trying to give me a true taste of their religion. I dont eat anything with a face.

And yet I do see you eating things with heads, like lettuce and cabbage, I countered.

Im a LEVEL FIVE Vegetarian, a true believer, said the chef whod brought the carrot sticks and celery spears. I am A VEGAN, she said with a snobbishness that made the others uncomfortable. I dont even eat animal crackers or anything that ever cast a shadow.

Celery and carrots are capable of casting a shadow, I said. The only thing I can think of that doesnt cast a shadow is a ghost and youd starve to death eating apparitions. And what do you say to those who say that vegetarian is just another name for lousy hunter?

Very funny, said the born again VIP who never smiled.

I sensed the other VIPs were beginning to catch on to my true identity and that maybe I was a second hand Vegetarian: one who eats cows after they eat grass. Then absentmindedly I took off my cap to scratch my head, the pony tail went with it and my cover was blown completely.

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When everything went green: 30 years of Mesa Verde – Delano.lu

As Lucien Elsen gears up to mark 30 years of his Mesa Verde restaurant, we look back at how the city has changed and the lost innocence of those pioneering times.

Lucien Elsens career in the catering business started rather modestly as a street vendor selling organic whole-wheat pasta. Bitten by the bug, he decided to get the best training available and spent four years learning his craft in speciality restaurants, doing everything from prep cooking to dishwashing, before finding his true calling--macro-biotic vegetarian and fish-based Japanese cuisine. He opened a restaurant, Shanti, catering to what was initially a very niche crowd in Brussels. The makeshift restaurant, which Lucien bought for a song, was small but cosy and furnished with upcycled chairs and tables. Lucien focused on local produce and while the restaurant was humming along nicely, a glowing review in the media suddenly propelled Shanti and Lucien into the spotlight and the venue became a hit.

That success allowed Lucien to fulfil another of his dreams--to study food design in San Francisco. But while there he became aware that a space was available in his home town, and he seized the opportunity to open Mesa Verde in the rue du St. Espirt in the government quarter of the capital city in November 1990.

The first meat-free restaurant in Luxembourg, Mesa Verde was initially shunned by many at the time--they called us rabbits, he says of the derision piled on the place by people who, years later, would rave about vegetarianism when it became trendy.

But a small and enthusiastic crowd were attracted to the restaurants innovative menu, cool dcor and relaxed atmosphere. It was even named best new restaurant in a poll conducted by the now defunct Luxembourg Business magazine in 1991. Lucien hasnt looked back since, and, indeed, the menu hasnt changed in 30 years. Vegetarian dishes such as Greek style crpes with ricotta, feta and spinach or an escalope of seitan with a mushroom sauce remain popular. Luciens grilled salmon in teriyaki sauce is divine and the Kyoto Dream menu, featuring salad, miso soup, scampi tempura and grilled fish is a winner every time.

But Mesa Verde has always been so much more than a good restaurant. Lucien is renowned for hosting brilliant parties, and in the early 90s he was responsible for bringing pioneering DJ Maxwell George to Luxembourg. The success of the parties led Lucien to open Subterranea in a location just 50 metres along the rue du Saint Esprit (the venue is now de Gudde Wllen) and that proved to be another success that attracted international and local DJs and world music stars.

In 1995, when Luxembourg was the European capital of culture, Lucien also launched the Holy Ghost Street Party to celebrate the eve of National Day. That event soon spread to take over the entire St. Esprit plateau (before the Cit judiciaire courts complex was built there) and was the focal point for the biggest party of the year. And even though that party was scaled down and moved to the corniche, where Tim Probyn and Henrik Jensen--who he counts as fellow pioneers--still put on the Elevator stage, Lucien misses the innocence of those days. He has also worked with the city authorities to put on concerts as part of the fte de la musique and he has usd his connections to bring over some excellent musicians for the MeYouZik word music festival.

But Lucien looks around sometimes and laments the slow erosion of what he calls the soul of society. To counter this, he and his partner Vanessa Buffone created a space under the tree of Mesa Verdes terrace for creative writing workshops--a project in collaboration with the cultural service of the Ville de Luxembourg and the Within association. The tree is now adorned with notes from the writers who took part and a beautifully bound anthology of their writing has also been published.

What form the celebration for Mesa Verdes 30th anniversary, which falls in 13 November, actually takes remains to be seen--much is dependent on what Covid restrictions will be in place. But as Lucien says, 30 years is far from the end, its just the beginning!

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‘Shark Tank’: A look at pitches that were a dud on the show but became raging success outside of the tank – MEAWW

The entrepreneurs who walk into 'Shark Tank' come with high hopes of wowing the investors (sharks), and hopefully raising some money for their business. The sharks Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, and Rebert Herjavec, take their own sweet time to dissect the pitch presented by the hopeful entrepreneur, before deciding on whether they should invest their money in the business or not.

While the sharks have over the years have reportedly invested over $100 million into various businesses pitched on the show, there are quite a few entrepreneurs who unfortunately either failed to impress the sharks or secure the funds from sharks, but still managed to become a raging success. 'Shark Tank' has proved to be not only a perfect platform for pitching and capital for unique business ventures but also a great platform for getting the word out about your products or services. So, although the below-listed entrepreneurs failed to raise money from sharks, they however benefitted immensely from the exposure that the show provided to them, which turned them into millionaires!

Chef Big Shake

Mark Cuban has over the years invested in several businesses pitched on the show, and made a lot of money. However, the 'Dallas Mavericks' owner to date regrets not biting into one particular pitch. Back in 2011, Shawn Davis came on the show and pitched for his specialty seafood burger business. Davis asked for $200,000 for a 25% equity stake of the company. After his daughter turned to vegetarianism, Davis realized that there was immense potential in the vegetarian market for foods with a seafood base instead of traditional meat sources, and he wanted to tap into it. Unfortunately for Davis, although all the sharks (except for Barbara) loved his burgers, they thought that his business venture was very risky and decided to pass on it.

But things turned around for Davis after his appearance on 'Shark Tank'. Davis's product- Chef Big Shake caught angel investors' eyes, who offered him $500,000. Soon the company grew from $30,000 in sales to a projected $5 million in just a year. In an interview, Mark admitted that he regretted not investing in Chef Big Shake.

Copa Di Vino

James Martin, the CEO and founder of Copa Di Vino, an individually packaged wine by the glass, appeared on 'Shark Tank' not once but twice, unfortunately, he went back both the times empty-handed, but fortunately found success outside the show. Martin first appeared on Season 2, when he came in with a pitch for $600,000 and offering a 20% stake in his business. Aside from Kevin, all the other sharks passed on the opportunity. Kevin found the idea of packaging wine by glass interesting, so he offered the requested $600,000, but in exchange for a 51 percent stake in the company. Martin wasn't happy with the offer, so he turned down the deal and walked away.

But his appearance on the show worked in the company's favor, as they made a record $5 million in sales that year. Copa Di Vino began growing at a great pace, so the producers reached out to him and asked him to come back on the show again. So, in 2012, Martin once again came into the tank, but this time with the hopes of raising $300,000 for further expanding his business. Unfortunately for Martin, his return to the show wasn't well-received by the sharks, who felt that he was being arrogant. So, yet again, Martin left empty-handed. Despite not raising any capital from the show, his business managed to thrive, just based on his appearance. According to estimates, Cop Di Vino sold 48 million glasses of wine and hit $250 million in revenue!

Rocketbook

When Joe Lemay and Jake Epstein, the CEO and co-founders of the reusable notebook Roketbook came on the show during Season 8, the sharks were far from impressed with the duo's pitch. They all roasted the entrepreneurs for their idea of producing a reusable book that needed a microwave to wipe clean the contents of it, and reuse it again. Kevin openly wondered the point of making a product like that, as there would be no returning customers for it. After plenty of criticism and harsh judgment, the entrepreneurs went back without the $400,000 they were seeking as capital. But after the episode aired, over 500,000 Rocketbooks were sold by major retailers and the company hit $10 million in sales. It also became a top-selling notebook on Amazon.

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How to pay for long-term care like nursing homes, home health aides – CNBC

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Chances are, you aren't seriously thinking about how to pay for long-term care when you are older.

Most people only think about it at two points in their lives: when their parents need it or when they start to get much older and realize they need to have a plan, said Carolyn McClanahan, a physician and certified financial planner at Life Planning Partners in Jacksonville, Florida.

Yet someone turning 65 years old today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services in their remaining years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Women need 3.7 years of care, while men need 2.2 years.

The average lifetime cost of formal long-term care is $172,000, according to PWC.

"The big thing that you at least need to think about is your aging, periodically, and how you are going to plan for it," said McClanahan, a member of the CNBC Financial Advisor Council.

"Not just the cost, but the whole logistics for how you're doing to thrive as you get older."

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That means before you go down the road of how to pay for it, think about the optimal situation for your older years. Will you want to stay at home no matter what or are you willing to move into a facility that will care for you? Do you have family members willing to help out to keep costs down? Do you live in an area where it is cost-effective or do you need to move? What is your health like?

"If you have significant health issues you are not going to have longevity," McClanahan said. That means you have to have a conversation with your family about what your desires are about medical intervention or moving into hospice care.

You have to spend down to a very low level of assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.

Then, think about how to pay for your plan. You can save for it yourself, known as self-insuring, or buying some type of long-term care insurance policy. Government benefits, such as Medicaid and Medicare, have specific qualifications.

Medicare will only pay for long-term care if you need skilled services or rehabilitative care for up to 100 days in a nursing home or a short period of time with skilled home health or other skilled in-home services.

Medicaid is reserved for those who qualify under their state's program. Financial eligibility is based on your modified adjusted gross income and is tied to the federal poverty level.

"You, in effect, have to be impoverished," said Aaron Ball, head of insurance solutions, service and marketing at insurance company New York Life.

"You have to spend down to a very low level of assets in order to qualify for Medicaid."

The government looks back five years into your finances and would determine if any assets transferred during that time make you ineligible to receive benefits.

Check your state's Medicaid website to see if you qualify, which you can access through Medicaid.gov. You can also go to MedicalPlanningAssistance.org to check eligibility.

The big issue with putting aside money for the possibility of long-term care is that you need to have enough money to be able to do it.

Elder care isn't cheap. The annual national median cost for a private room in a nursing home was $102,200 in 2019, according to Genworth Financial.

For an assisted living facility, it costs a median yearly $48,612. The median national annual cost of a home health aide was $52,624, the insurance provider found. The cost varies by state, so research the state you plan live in during retirement

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You should have at least two years worth of care covered, McClanahan advised. If you are really healthy, though, it means you may live longer and have a higher risk of dementia, she said. In that case, plan on having enough money saved to cover five years of care.

"The problem is now you have segregated this money you are not using for your life, so you have to understand the risk and benefit of that," she said.

Also, if you are going to need care, make sure to actually use the money.

"Some people, when they actually get there, they are so afraid of spending the money, they don't get the care they need, or the family doesn't want you to spend the money because of their inheritance," McClanahan said.

When calculating how much to put aside, don't forget about other streams of income you'll be receiving, like Social Security, pension or an annuity.

About 7.5 million Americans have some form of long-term care insurance, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

The average annual premium for a 55-year old couple is $3,050, according to the association's 2020 price index. For a single man, age 55, the average cost is $1,700, while a 55-year-old single female is looking at an average annual premium of $2,650. The initial pool of benefits is $164,000 each and reaches $386,500 by age 85.

However, costs vary depending on your age, health and the policy, among other factors.

Typically, people start to think about buying insurance between the ages of 45 and 55, New York Life's Ball said.

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It's especially a good option if you haven't started putting money aside in your younger years, said Tom Henske, CFP and partner at New York-based Lenox Advisors. It will be hard to accumulate the money you need if you only start saving at age 60, he said.

"A long-term care event would devastate your financial plan," Henske warned.

There are different types of long-term care insurance products available.

Traditional long-term care insurance is strictly for paying for long-term care. Costs have risen over the years, in part as insurers realized they initially underpriced their products.

"The problem is it is expensive and you don't know whether you are going to end up needing it," McClanahan said.

Hybrid plans include both life insurance and long-term care insurance. If you die without using it, at least the family receives a death benefit. The downside is it doesn't pay as nice of a benefit as traditional insurance does, McClanahan said. She suggests buying the policy in a lump sum. The younger you are, the less you'll have to pay.

A new product is also making its way into the marketplace, aimed at those who don't have enough saved for long-term care but don't want to lay out large premiums, said New York Life's Ball.

It has coinsurance and deductibles more akin to health insurance, which helps reduce the premiums, he said. In the case of New York Life's product, the average premium is $1,600 a year.

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KETO Diet: Is It Just Hype Or A New Way Of Life? – Greek City Times

Chances are youve got a friend or family member who swears by KETO, or if you havent, then youve almost certainly heard of the myriad of celebrities who follow the diet religiously.

KETO has become more than a diet nowadays, its a way of life. Many restaurants offer extensive keto options on their menus, withSkinnys Bar and Grillin Bondi being Australias first KETO CAFE! Everything on their menu is low-carb, gluten-free and sugar-free. Sounds good, right?

Well before you hop in your car and make the mad dash to Bondi to grab a carb-free cheeseburger, let us see if the KETO hype stands up to science.

So, what is KETO? KETO stands for ketogenic. A ketogenic diet involves consuming as little carbs as possible, so the body is forced to enter a state of being called ketosis. Essentially, this means that it burns the bodysfat storesrather than thecarbohydratesa human consumes on a daily basis.

DoctorMarcelo Camposfrom Harvard Medical School explains it like this:Most cells prefer to use blood sugar, which comes from carbohydrates,as the bodys main source of energy. In the absence of circulating blood sugar from food, we start breaking down stored fat into molecules called ketone bodies (the process is called ketosis).

Once you reach ketosis, most cells will use ketone bodies to generate energy until we start eating carbohydrates again. The shift, from using circulating glucose to breaking down stored fat as a source of energy, usually happens over two to four days of eating fewer than20 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day.

Keep in mind that this is a highly individualized process, and some people need a more restricted diet to start producing enough ketones.

Because it lacks carbohydrates, aketogenic dietis rich in proteins and fats. It typically includes plenty of meats, eggs, processed meats, sausages, cheeses, fish, nuts, butter, oils, seeds, and fibrous vegetables.

Because it is so restrictive, it is really hard to follow over the long run. Carbohydrates normally account for at least 50% of the typical American diet.

One of the main criticisms of this diet is that many people tend to eat too much protein and poor-quality fats from processed foods, with very few fruits and vegetables. Patients with kidney disease need to be cautious because this diet could worsen their condition.

Additionally, some patients may feel a little tired in the beginning, while some may have bad breath, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and sleep problems.

Despite the recent hype, the ketogenic diet is not something new. In medicine, it has been used for almost 100 years to treatdrug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children.

In the 1970s, Dr. Atkins popularized his very-low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with averystricttwo-week ketogenic phase. This is where the KETO craze all began, and over the years, other fad diets incorporated a similar approach for weight loss.

Now that we know what the ketogenic diet involves, lets look at how safe it is for humans to follow.

According to Doctor Campos,We have solid evidence showing that a ketogenic diet reduces seizures in children, sometimes as effectively as medication. Because of these neuroprotective effects, questions have been raised about the possible benefits for other brain disorders such asParkinsons,Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, autism, and even brain cancer.

However, there are no human studies to support recommending ketosis to treat these conditions.

According to the worlds leading low-carb diet blogger and podcasterJimmy Moore, author ofKeto Clarity, the ketogenic diet seems to be quite beneficial for effectively treating a range of other health conditions, including metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), heartburn (GERD) nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

On the subject of Type 2 diabetes, Halle Berry began speaking out in support of the keto diet in 2017. She explained in an appearance onLive With Kelly and Ryanthat shes a good candidate for the diet because shes diabetic.

Halle also spoke toPeopleabout KETO. I eat healthy fats all day long, avocado, oil, coconut oil and I use butter, but dont have any sugar. So when your body gets trained to burn fats, its constantly on fat-burning mode thats the secret,she noted.

A ketogenic diet also has been shown to improve blood sugar control for patients with type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term. However, there is a lot of controversies when doctors have considered the effects of KETO on cholesterol levels.

A few studies show some patients have an increase in cholesterol levels, in the beginning, only to see cholesterol fall afew months later. However, there isno long-term researchanalyzing its effects over time on diabetes and high cholesterol, at least as of now.

Back to Ms. Bond for a minute. Berry is just one of many celebs who swear by theKETO dietto help them combat health conditions naturally, with others who seemingly swear by the diet for staying slim and trim.

It would seem weight loss is the primary reason many people use the ketogenic diet. Previous research shows good evidence offaster weight losswhen patients go on a ketogenic or very low carbohydrate diet compared to participants on a more traditional low-fat diet, or even aMediterranean diet.

However, that difference in weight loss seems to disappear over time, as the KETO way of living is hard to keep up long term. And this is where we hit a crossroads.

If you want to lose weight, the fastest route to drop the kilos is often taken, without much consideration on long term effects or any advice taken from a doctor or dietician on proper eating.

KETO is often promised to get you slim quicker, as low-carb diets are famous for quick fat loss. The person will often lose a considerable amount of weight on KETO, then afterwards, go back to their normal way of eating. The weight slowly comes back and, then we go diet again; usually even more restrictedly than the first time. It is often much harder to lose the second time on a diet, and each time we restrict our bodies heavily, our metabolisms are put under a lot of stress. This process is called yo-yo dieting and can be harmful long term.

Studies have shown that most people who participate in the KETO diet, end up gaining the weight back faster than those who follow other restrictive diets. Why is that? Firstly, metabolic needs are largely based on body composition. Muscle uses more energy than fat, thus higher muscle mass means higher caloric needs.

Leading Dietician and Nutritionist Emily Baum explains KETO yo-yo dieting like this:

Quick weight loss often means losing muscle mass, not just fat loss. Most, if not ALL Fad diets are typically unsustainable so that when the diet is over, your body composition is now completely different to before. You now have less muscle, which means you now have to consume fewer calories than before the diet to maintain your new weight. People then resume their normal eating patterns and gain weight very quickly. This causes people to blame carbs or whatever food group they eliminated. When in reality, you changed your body composition, thus your caloric needs have changed. This is where KETO can potentially become dangerous.

So, is it eliminating carbohydrates the key?

It would seem that the KETO Diet is unsustainable long term; therefore, there are no long-term studies supporting that a keto diet is healthy, in particular for losing weight or decreasing morbidity rates.

So what can we take away from all this?

If you dont have a pre-existing health condition, (mentioned above), or havent been advised to eat KETO by a Doctor, Specialist or Dietician, perhaps following a traditionalMediterranean dietis the answer to optimal health, longevity and weight loss that stays off.

This way of eating combines a good combination of healthy fats and healthy, complex carbs. By including a larger food group, this ensures cravings are kept at bay, all the while getting all the nutrients you need to feel satiable and happy.

So, what are you waiting for! Lets get to cooking thosegemista(stuffed capsicums) and roast lamb with Greek salad. Happy healthy carb consuming!

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WeissLaw LLP Reminds CPAA, TOTA, and LFAC Shareholders About Its Ongoing Investigations – PRNewswire

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Quilts for pancreatic cancer patients and research – University of Strathclyde

Chemistry researchers at the University of Strathclyde are aiming to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer with the use of specially-made quilts.

Fellow cancer researchers across the UK are being asked to send diagrams illustrating their work. These will then be used as the patterns for quilts made by skilled crafters.

After the project is concluded, the Strathclyde researchers hope to be able to display the quilts in an exhibition, which may be held online if a physical exhibition is not possible. The quilts will then be donated to local pancreatic cancer patients

The project, titled Quilts4Cancer, is being funded through a grant of 4700 from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Nearly 9,500 people each year are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK.

Dr Clare Hoskins, a Reader in Strathclydes Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, is leading Quilts4Cancer, along with Dr Kirsty Ross, the Departments Outreach Officer. The programme is being launched to coincide with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November.

Dr Hoskins said: Funds for cancer research have dropped significantly in the pandemic but we aim to raise awareness of chemistry research across the UK towards better therapies for pancreatic cancer, as well as raising awareness of its signs and symptoms.

We chose to have quilts made because its known that chemotherapy patients get cold during their treatment. The therapy has serious side effects but we want to raise awareness of the new technology and compounds coming through; a lot of work is being done on making treatment safer, with fewer side effects.

Were asking for researchers in the chemical sciences to send simple diagrams based on their research, with small summaries of what it is and who is carrying it out. It could show the chemical structures of treatments or technology such as ultrasound equipment.

My design illustrates my research in laser-activated nanomedicine. It shows nanoparticles which have been found to penetrate deep into pancreatic tumour tissue, allowing for drug treatments to reach the site where they are required and help reduce the unpleasant side effects. These nanoparticles act as chaperones for the drug molecules, carrying their cargo past the bodys defence systems and to their target site.

On arrival, a laser beam activates them to release their drugs, making them more effective than conventional chemotherapy. The nanocarriers themselves are relatively simple and cheap to make and they can be easily tailored for different uses and cancer types.

Dr Hoskins and Dr Ross have created a Quilts4Cancer Facebook page. Anyone wishing to participate in the project can contact Dr Hoskins.

The project will hold evening stitching sessions throughout November. Register for the sessions.

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