1 EAGLETON NOTES: Carbohydrates, Nuclear Weapons and the Menopause.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Carbohydrates, Nuclear Weapons and the Menopause.

How to delay the menopause. 
Various news media came up with all sorts of headlines from The Sun's 'Cutting carbs from your diet could delay the menopause for FIVE YEARS' to The Telegraph's 'Eating oily fish could delay the menopause by three years' whilst  The Scotsman backed both horses with the headline 'Oily fish could delay menopause while carbs may hasten it.' The BBC article came up with the neutral headline 'How your diet could influence the age of your menopause'. The BBC article is quite informative.

Two things occurred to me: how early does one have to start this diet alteration to delay the menopause or hasten it; and why would one want to delay it? In any case in my experience no one quite knows when the menopause is going to strike anyway. It's going to happen (with varying degrees of hellishness) so one is only putting off the inevitable at best.

I was going to mention the rather odd statement by Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would only be developing nuclear weapons if it intended to use them. But that could be controversial so I decided not to do so.

On a more positive note I've progressed from 2 to 3 and now up to 6 mile walks in the morning (pushing wee Brodie in his off-road buggy round the Castle Grounds) and then 5 hours hard labour in the garden in the afternoon. The body is well on the road to it's pre-last-September condition.

36 comments:

  1. I was wondering how you wee going to tie all this together. You ask some good questions and point out what the wise guys are missing.
    Good to hear that you're regaining fitness rapidly.

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    1. Yes, Red, the wise guys are really missing at the moment.

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  2. When I reached my early forties I dreaded menopause but it doesn't seem to bother me any more. I'm 47 and have no symptoms yet so I'm hoping that means I'll breeze through!
    A six mile walk plus five hours in the garden is serious fitness, you must be feeling good and I'm glad to hear it :)

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    1. Thanks, Kylie. I really hope for you that that's that (so to speak). I know friends who have had terrible experiences.

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    2. I'm 51, and I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO GET HERE!!!! People are always pointing out the cost of what smokers spend in a year on cigarettes as another reason to quit smoking.... but have you ever tallied up the lifetime cost of buying feminine hygiene products? You could buy a HOUSE with that money! I cannot wait until the Redcoats have ridden up that hill for the last time, away over the horizon and out of my view.

      I'm also dismayed that apparently eating a healthier diet makes menopause stay away.... I may have to go directly and order a large pizza with all the toppings!!

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  3. I don't think diet has anything to do with onset of menopause - we ladies are born with a finite number of eggs and when they're gone, they're gone. You've a strange assemblage of topics today.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Pipistrello. The whole set of research on the subject of diet and menopause seemed very strange to me but then it's not really my field. I was fascinated by you blog when I popped over just now. I shall return. Books is always a good bait.

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    2. Oh, I beg your pardon for not saying hello first and introducing myself! I thought I had commented before here ... and thank you too for popping over to my place!

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  4. You certainly win a prize for the best blog title of 2018 (so far).

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    1. Actually, Cro, I thought of the title and then had to write a post to fit it. Perhaps that's not really the best way to blog.

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  5. Any article that is qualified by could or may is possibly not worth reading.
    Good to see you are romping along with the buggy for support. Buggies look so much better than Zimmer frames.

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    1. Yes, Adrian, I have to say that they can be very useful at times (carrying waterproofs for a start) but there were a few short hills where I'd rather have just had to haul one body up/

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  6. I like to believe what real people tell me but these days I am often questioning media reports and thinking that a slant or even downright lie is on offer. Cures and preventatives are usually 5yrs into the future or at least half a lifetime too late for the prevention to 'work' so we just have to soldier on as best we can. Wine, soft cheese, raw eggs, meat, chocolate and a bit of sunshine are still on my list; smoking and jogging never were.
    It sounds as if your return to fitness is well on the way.

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    1. Potty I agree with you but then I had dealings with the media for most of my career and have always had a healthy scepticism of what the media says.

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  7. Who is wee Brodie, please? As for the menopause, I never noticed it at all 😀

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    1. Brodie is Gaz's son. Gaz is Grahams son. He married Carole with or without an 'E'. Wee is just an appellation to Brodie. It means he's a bit dimensionally challenged.
      For further details ask Graham.
      I know nothing about the menopause but so far, it has not affected me.

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    2. Frances, Adrian has answered the question. Carol (without an 'e') is wee Brodie's Mum. Brodie is my first grandchild. I was sure I'd mentioned him before. He was born at the start of Christmas.

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    3. Ah. I knew you had a new grandson, Graham, but I didn't know his name. Well done for pushing a buggy six miles - that's a marathon!

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    4. How wonderful that there is a place in the world that has a "start of Christmas". Here in the states, we just have the one day. In the UK, you have the lot!

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  8. Weren't you going to give up your news addiction?!

    Anyway, sounds nice (and healthy!) that you're able to combine walking with looking after Brodie :)

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    1. Monica, I actually missed the 6 0'clock news the other day and I survived. Perhaps there is hope after all.

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  9. Thank you once again for a smile
    The majority of news to me is about click on for websites eager to have beefy stats for advertisers.

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    1. Yes, Maywyn, that's the problem with on-line news media. One reason I watch the television news: no adverts on the BBC and few even on ITV.

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  10. ahhh yes menopause, something I started 2 years ago. The one thing I've noticed about it is that I tend to get very tired so vitamin b capsules and multi vitamins seem to help alot. Good to hear you're out in your garden though.

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    1. Thanks Amy. I do hope that you have a 'good' menopause. They seem to vary so much. When I had a pottery where all the rest of the staff were female (at that particular time) I was on cancer hormone therapy (and still am nearly 20 years later) and the girls used to joke that it was the only workplace in Scotland where all the women and the one man all had hot flushes.

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  11. What an intriguing title for this post! Speaking personally, I found the menopause very liberating and I'm not sure I would have wanted to delay it. :)

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    1. Jennyta I can't quite recall why I thought up the title (other than the fact that I'd just seen the article on the menopause research) but having done so I then had to write a post to go with it.

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  12. Five hours of hard labour in the garden? I think that Stornoway Sheriff Court let you off lightly.

    Any chance of a photo or two of Brodie with his doting grandfather?

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    1. It was so enjoyable in the garden, YP, that it would have been a very lenient sentence. Brodie and his Mum are coming round later. I'll ask.

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    2. YP, a post will follow when a decent up to date photo emerges.

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  13. Every day there's a new "diet" trying to be shoved down our throats...or not shoved down our throats. I take little notice of all the new brainwaves...I think half of them are made up just to fill up spaces in papers, magazines and on the media!

    Your positive side of life re your walking is of more interest to me. I'm glad you're doing so well, Graham. :)

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    1. Thanks Lee. I'm really feeling good now.

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  14. Yesterday was my first real active day since the eye OP 3 weeks ago: I helped O.K. sanding down the wooden balcony railing and we are going to paint it tomorrow. I have been out for walks but not yet for a run - I hope getting back to my former state of feeling strong and healthy will go as well as yours!
    Menopause and diets? I do not read the typical women's mags, not even at the hairdresser's, but it sounds like a lot of it is just written to fill the blank spaces between adverts.

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    1. I've just noticed Meike that the comment I wrote yesterday didn't publish. I wasn't ignoring you - honestly! I do hope that your return to full health is as successful as mine. I cannot believe my good fortune.

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  15. You are starting to sound dauntingly fit -I am envious. I could manage the six mile walk but not five hours hard labour after. That is pretty energetic. I find myself wondering what kind of diet you are currently following (I don't mean a slimming diet obviously, nor one that delays your menopause (!))

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    1. Jenny, I'm fortunate in that I am reasonably energetic. My diet is quite simple except when I'm entertaining. I don't eat a many meat and two veg type meals. I eat a lot of thick, home made vegetable soups for lunch with home made bread. I consume relatively little in the way of sugary foods and have never drunk soft drinks. I do eat a lot of pulses and nuts. I prefer pasta and rice to potatoes.

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