The Sunday Leader

Selecting diets when you are a diabetic

Good advice by Dr. Harold Non- diabetics can eat a multitude variety of foods without selection, but when you are a diabetic there are known restrictions you need to follow to keep your blood sugar within the normal range. In brief, the aim of diabetic treatment is to bring blood sugar (glucose) as close to normal ranges as possible through [...]

Do cooking oils produce trans-fat on repeated usage?

By Harold Gunatillake   Dr Chris Pulle of BWFF forum states, “My guess is that Virgin or not, coconut oil must not be re-used, since it might contain “transfats” that are the real killer and give coconut oil (being the most saturated of oils) a bad name”. Dr Pulle’s comment inspired me to write this article. We know that [...]

Is this Virgin Coconut oil?

Good advice by Dr Harold During the second pre-war days, we used to buy a sweet-smelling gold colored viscous coconut oil from the grocery and spice boutiques in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), measured and poured into a bottle with a long handle, stored and from some rectangular shape aluminum containers holding gallons of oil. The smell [...]

Let’s discuss about foods high in saturated fat

Good advice from Dr Harold   “Do not be afraid of eating fatty foods, because- your body needs fat. It gives you shape, controls your temperature, helps absorption of fat soluble vitamins, among other benefits and your excess fat is stored in fat cells as triglycerides. The question is how much to eat. If you [...]

Are you dehydrated?

Good advice by Dr. Harold… Do you know that most Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka are dehydrated without being aware? Being in a tropical country with frequent exposure to the hot sun with no head protection inevitably leads to dehydration. People stand in a bus queue for hours in the hot sun, but you don’t [...]

Recurrent nonspecific backaches

This applies to situations, quit commonly found among active people, getting neck aches and lower backaches with no specific condition affecting the spine, confirmed by CT scans and other tests. These aches are due to muscle sprains and ligament strains found on either side of the spine, and most days you experience a sudden crooked [...]

Good advice from Dr. Harold

Difference between vitamin D2 and D3 I was asked, “What is the difference between vitamin D2 and D3?” Vitamin D3 is produced in your skin from cholesterol (7-dehydrocholesterol) triggered due to exposure to the UVB radiation from the sun. But unfortunately, Sri Lankans even in Sri Lanka may not get sufficient vitamin D3, being a [...]

High fibre foods

Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake – Health writer Fibre is essential for your gut movements. It is recommended that you aim for 38 grams of fibre per day, and women 25 grams per day. Dietary fibres are carbohydrates in the food you eat the humans haven’t got the enzymes to digest. They are found in all plant foods, [...]

Do doctors talk to their patients long enough?

Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake-Health writer  How long should a doctor listen and converse with his patients to understand the malady, and clinch a momentary diagnosis, before body examination? Most lay people would agree that a doctor should listen to the complaint and converse by giving more time, so that the patient will feel more comfortable [...]

Almonds and cashew nuts – similarity on health benefits

Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake-Health Writer   Almonds are heart shaped nuts while cashew which grows at the end of a fruit, is kidney shaped, and they both have similar health benefits to the heart, kidneys and rest of the body. Both almonds and cashew nuts are highly nutritious and concentrated forms of foods providing a substantial amount [...]

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