UBCO: Keto Diet Research

“My concern is that many of the people going on a keto diet—whether it’s to lose weight, to treat Type 2 diabetes, or some other health reason—may be undoing some of the positive impacts on their blood vessels if they suddenly blast them with glucose. Especially if these people are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the first place. Our data suggests a ketogenic diet is not something you do for six days a week and take Saturday off.”
Dr. Jonathan Little, UBCO Associate Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences

Learn more on “On the Keto Diet? Ditch the Cheat Day” by Nathan Skolski via UBCO.

Reference: Cody Durrer, Nia Lewis, Zhongxiao Wan, Philip Ainslie, Nathan Jenkins, Jonathan Little. Short-Term Low-Carbohydrate High-Fat Diet in Healthy Young Males Renders the Endothelium Susceptible to Hyperglycemia-Induced Damage, An Exploratory Analysis. Nutrients, 2019; 11 (3): 489 DOI: 10.3390/nu11030489

Unilateral Dermatoheliosis

Unilateral Dermatoheliosis. Image via The New England Journal of Medicine

With summer right around the bend here’s an image of 69-year-old man with unilateral dermatoheliosis caused by ultraviolet rays that had penetrated the window glass of his delivery truck that he drove for 28 years. “Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening of the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as destruction of elastic fibers. This photoaging effect of UVA is contrasted with photocarcinogenesis.”

Read more on Unilateral Dermatoheliosis by Jennifer R.S. Gordon, M.D. & Joaquin C. Brieva, M.D. via The New England Journal of Medicine

Learn more on Sun Hazards in Your Car by Susan T. Butler, M.D. via Skin Cancer Foundation.

Trust in Digital Health

“In order for the promise of digital health to be realized, companies will need to ensure their patients’ data is safe, secure and error-free. Beyond security, healthcare companies operating as providers must also maintain the confidentiality and privacy of that data. Doing so isn’t simply good practice; it’s an existential requirement for companies operating in this space. There is a baseline expectation — from users, and from employers and health plans working with digital health companies — of privacy being maintained.”

More on Demanding Privacy, and Establishing Trust, in Digital Health by Sean Duffy via TechCrunch

Feedback Fallacy


“We humans do not do well when someone whose intentions are unclear tells us where we stand, how good we ‘really’ are, and what we must do to fix ourselves. We excel only when people who know us and care about us tell us what they experience and what they feel, and in particular when they see something within us that really works.”

More on The Feedback Fallacy (March-April 2019) by Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall via Harvard Business Review.

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