“Keep your waist to less than half your height”: why the waist to height ratio deserves more credit

29th November 2018

The impact of being overweight or obese on health is well known, but some of the most widely used ways of measuring this are often criticised. Finding a simple to use and easy to understand marker of obesity can be an important step in helping an individual understand their own health risk, and one possible solution is the waist to height ratio (WHtR).

29 November 2018/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (221)
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Sweet e-vape? Are e-cigarettes the solution for smoking cessation?

4th October 2018

The use of e-cigarettes as a tool for helping people quit smoking is still considered controversial by some people, despite many important institutions supporting their use. So are the fears founded, or should we be promoting vaping as a suitable solution?

04 October 2018/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (293)
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X-PERT Blog 46: Diabetes Remission Revisited: Why One Size Might Fit All After All… (Sometimes)

9th August 2018

At X-PERT we normally say "one size doesn't fit all". But when it comes to putting type 2 diabetes into remission, this might not always be the case. This week's blog takes a quick look at the latest research in this area and what this might mean for people with type 2 diabetes.

09 August 2018/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (687)
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X-PERT Blog 43: World Congress on the Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications- Take Home Messages

19th July 2018

A summary of some of the take home messages from presentations at the 10th World Congress on the Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications.

19 July 2018/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (481)
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X-PERT Blog 39: “Food for Thought” conference: a catalyst for change or a waste of time?

21st June 2018

The BMJ and Swiss Re hosted conference, "Food for thought", was hailed by some as a big opportunity to make a difference in the world of nutrition. But was the hype justified? This week's blog takes a look at the ups and downs of this event.

21 June 2018/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (531)
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X-PERT Blog 33: Can Type 2 Diabetes really be reversed?

20th February 2018

Until relatively recently the very concept of reversing Type 2 diabetes would have been dismissed by many people, healthcare professionals included. But emerging evidence has completely changed this view. This blog takes a quick look at some of this evidence, and whether reversing Type 2 diabetes is really possible.

20 February 2018/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (1085)
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X-PERT Insulin Programme re-launch! "Reduce or omit"

29th September 2017

We are pleased to announce that we are re-launching our X-PERT Insulin programme! This programme is designed for anybody who takes insulin to manage their diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2). The theme of the new and improved programme is “reduce or omit”, with a focus on helping people to make lifestyle changes that can help them reduce the amount of insulin they need to take.

29 September 2017/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (1126)
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Fat but fit?

15th August 2017

According to the media new research has debunked the idea that you can be "fat but fit", but are these reports really true? We take a look at the study behind the stories.

15 August 2017/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (915)
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X-PERT Blog 25: Anecdotes or analysis? Why stories can (sometimes) beat studies

25th July 2017

Research is important and is quite rightly used to guide public health policy and advice. However, sometimes this research doesn't tell the whole story. This blog takes a look at why those anecdotes which are so often dismissed just might give some clues as to what could work for you.

25 July 2017/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (985)
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X-PERT Blog 20: Ketones- healthful or harmful?

15th May 2017

When ketones are mentioned many people gasp in horror (whilst other people have no idea what you're talking about). But is the association of ketones with "danger" fair? 

15 May 2017/Author: Sean Wheatley/Number of views (1346)
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