An update from Michael
Happy New Year! Hope you had a lovely Christmas. I certainly did, and I am now struggling to get my brain and my body back in shape in time for a busy 2015.
I am beginning a new film for the BBC Science’s Horizon strand, looking at a wide range of health tests and trying to find out which ones are worth doing. Which tests give you useful information on which to act? Some will be quite basic, others the latest genetic tests. I’m going to be looking at tests which cover the biggest killers in the UK, which include heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia. Not very cheerful but should be interesting.
I hope to discover a lot of new things about myself in the course of making the programme, some of which may turn out to be scary. We shall see.
Over the course of last year I have had lots of lovely emails and messages from people, including one yesterday that I thought I would share:
“I was over 130KG and after watching the program about 3 months ago I'm now down to 90KG. I also took up walking and more recently started running too and I'm so much lighter than I was at 18 (40 now) I now look and feel completely different and I'm still losing weight… My Wife and children would also like to thank you for showing me the way to get more healthy and active and hopefully live longer”
There is a lot of research going on into the benefits of intermittent fasting, some of which I’ve included in the updated version of the Fast Diet book, which has just been published.
In the book I look at the research into potential benefits of intermittent fasting for allergic diseases, such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as the impact of intermittent fasting on cancer. Mimi has produced more delicious recipes and a really interesting section on motivation.
At the moment I am spending quite a bit of time talking to experts about the impact of intermittent fasting on type 2 diabetes. There is, for example, a big trial underway in Sweden at the moment where they are following a large group of people on the 5:2 – 40% of whom are type 2 diabetics – for a year. So far, I’m told, the results have been excellent.
I will try to be a bit more regular with my updates in 2015.