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 Self-help for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome

Self-help for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome

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Why do Indians get belly fat, diabetes and heart disease?

Dr Rajan Bowri BSc MBBS MRCGP

A simple, practical guide to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes in people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

From the introduction:

In the last three decades, there has been a huge rise in the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) amongst South Asians, not only in the Indian Sub-Continent of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but also those who have migrated to Western countries such as Britain, Canada and the USA. Until recently, the reasons behind this increase were poorly known.

In this book I outline some of the causes and risks for coronary heart disease in South Asians and give you some practical advice on measures you can take to try to reduce your chances of developing heart problems in the future. The good news is that the same measures can also help to reduce the incidence of diabetes and stroke, bring down blood pressure and weight, and (perhaps surprisingly) slow the age-related decline in memory and potency, all contributing towards a longer, healthier life. I hope it will be of use and interest not only to readers of South Asian origin in the Indian Sub-continent and abroad, but also to their doctors. It is also relevant to non-Asian people who are at an increased risk of heart disease as a result of belly fat.

About the author:

Dr Bowri is a General Practitioner working in the UK. He graduated from the University of London with degrees in Immunology and Medicine. Within his practice, he has interests in diabetes, heart disease prevention and occupational medicine.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Important information (disclaimer)
What is coronary heart disease?
Prevalence, or how big is the problem?
Explanations for differences
Conventional unmodifiable risks
High blood pressure (or hypertension)
Action points – top tips about blood pressure
How to reduce your salt intake
Smoking
Weight
Weight distribution and Insulin Resistance – Apples and Pears
Waist circumference
The metabolic syndrome
Top tips on preventing and treating metabolic syndrome
Diabetes
Raised cholesterol
Inactivity
Alcohol
Food and diet
Problems with South Asian diets
New risk factors and areas of research
Inflammation and endothelial dysfunction
Vitamin D
Stress and sleep disturbance
Summary and advice tips
Notes, further reading and browsing
More technical reference