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Marcus Santer’s Stay Young News: Issue #4

By Marcus Santer

brighter nights are bad for quality sleep

It’s an hour earlier than usual here.

Ollie’s off to Totnes to see a production of A Christmas Carol.

So in order to catch the bus in time, everything had to be shifted forward an hour.

He’s gone now, so it’s just you and me.

Let’s take a trip through the multitude of windows I have open on my computer right now and see what Stay Young news I have to share with you today…

First up, let’s start with this:

Could Type 2 diabetes be cured without the use of medication?


Nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a “watershed” trial, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow.

People spent up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss.

Isobel Murray, 65, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) and no longer needs diabetes pills. She says: “I’ve got my life back.”

The charity Diabetes UK says the trial is a landmark and has the potential to help millions of patients.

Isobel, from Largs in North Ayrshire, was one of 298 people on the trial.

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It’s funny cuz I didn’t think this was news at all.

I wrote about the Newcastle Diet back in 2015 and it wasn’t new then.

I found this from 2011:


“An extreme eight-week diet of 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease, says a Diabetologia study.”

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But consuming such a low amount of calories every day long term is far from being an easy fix. I think this quote from Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, sums it up:

“Such a drastic diet should only be undertaken under medical supervision.”

Now then, unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ll know how important sleep is to Staying young and Ageing Well.

So I found this interesting:


The world’s nights are getting alarmingly brighter – bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included – as light pollution encroaches on darkness almost everywhere.

Satellite observations made by researchers during five consecutive Octobers show Earth’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2% a year from 2012 to 2016. So did nighttime brightness.

The biological impact from surging artificial light is also significant, according to the researchers.

People’s sleep can be marred, which in turn can affect their health. The migration and reproduction of birds, fish, amphibians, insects and bats can be disrupted. Plants can have abnormally extended growing periods. And forget about seeing stars or the Milky Way if the trend continues.

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If you haven’t got them yet… make sure you’ve got black out curtains fitted in your bedroom if you want to stack the odds of great sleep in your favour.

Now it might surprise you to know that I get a bit pugnacious when it comes to ‘superfoods’.

Doing the research for the Healthy Ageing Pyramid book convinced me there’s no such thing.

Sure, some foods are better than others. But the real issue I have is that it encourages people to view foods as good, bad or super.

And that kind of thinking can cause all kinds of issues that I don’t have the space to discuss with you right now.

As a result I really enjoyed reading this article questioning if apple cider vinegar really is a ‘wonder’ food?

Quick answer: No


The evidence that apple cider vinegar helps fight fat is weak.

Pectin is again credited for cider vinegar’s supposed benefits for heart disease, with claims it “attracts bad LDL cholesterol”.

However, the Japanese study referred to for weight loss found no difference in LDL cholesterol with either a low or higher amount of cider vinegar over a 12-week period.

Others claim that cider vinegar works like a broom to clean toxic wastes out of the arteries. Sadly, there’s no evidence for that one either.

As for allergies, acne, arthritis, hiccups and leg cramps, there is no evidence that apple cider vinegar prevents or cures any of these conditions.

Nor is there evidence from any studies that cider vinegar has benefits for preventing or curing cancer. Unproven cancer cures can waste valuable time in seeking reliable treatments.

Some sites promoting unrefined cider vinegar claim it is a good source of potassium. We certainly need potassium to help regulate the balance of water and acidity in the blood.

But with apple cider manufacturers declaring their products have just 11 milligrams per 15 ml serve (and a recommendation for two serves a day) it is a negligible source. The recommended dietary intake of potassium is 2,800 mg/day for women and 3,800 mg/day for men.

Bananas have around 400 mg.

Finally, a word of warning: don’t drink apple cider vinegar “neat”. It can damage the throat and oesophagus. Even diluted, its acidity can damage tooth enamel.

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Though to be fair, cider vinegar mixed with olive oil does make a delicious salad dressing.

Okay, that’s enough for now.

Let me leave you with this useful rule of thumb when it comes to food, heck when it comes to anything for that matter…

The more money spent on advertising it the less you need it.

Right, time for Louis morning walk.

Have a great day.

Bye for now


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