Mediterranean diet without breakfast best for diabetics

For patients with diabetes, it is better to eat a single large meal than several smaller meals throughout the day, a new study has found.

Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden studied the effect on blood glucose, blood lipids and different hormones after meals were compared using three different macronutrient compositions in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The three diets were a low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate diet and a Mediterranean diet. The scientists included 21 patients that tested all three diets in a randomised order. During each test day blood samples were collected at six time points.

The low-fat diet had a nutrient composition that has traditionally been recommended in the Nordic countries, with about 55 per cent of the total energy from carbohydrates.

The low-carbohydrate diet had a relatively low content of carbohydrate; approximately 20 per cent of the energy was from carbohydrates and about 50 per cent of the total energy came from fat.

The Mediterranean diet was composed of only a cup of black coffee for breakfast, and with all the caloric content corresponding to breakfast and lunch during the other two test days accumulated to one large lunch.

Furthermore, the total caloric content included energy from 150 ml (women) to 200 ml (men) of French red wine to ingest with the lunch.

The food in the Mediterranean diet had an energy content from carbohydrates that was intermediate between the low-fat and the low-carbohydrate meals, and sources of fat were mainly olives and fatty fish.

“We found that the low-carbohydrate diet increased blood glucose levels much less than the low-fat diet but that levels of triglycerides tended to be high compared to the low-fat diet,” said Doctor Hans Guldbrand, who together with Professor Fredrik Nystrom was the principal investigator of the study.

“It is very interesting that the Mediterranean diet, without breakfast and with a massive lunch with wine, did not induce higher blood glucose levels than the low-fat diet lunch, despite such a large single meal,” said Nystrom.

Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli suffers heart attack

Kambli, who played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs for India, made as many as nine comebacks into the ODI team, but played his last Test way back in 1995. (TOI Photo)

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli has been admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, following a heart attack on Friday.

Kambli was taken ill while he was driving from Chembur to Bandra and suddenly stopped the vehicle.

A policewoman on duty, Sujata Patil noticed he could not drive and arranged to rush him to Lilavati Hospital.

Hospital sources say he is under observation and undergoing various tests to determine his health condition.

Kambli had undergone angioplasty on two of his blocked arteries in July 2012.

Kambli featured in the famous 664-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar for their schoolShardashram Vidya Mandir in February 1988.

The flamboyant left-hander hit two double-centuries and two hundreds in his first eight Test innings after earning a debut in 1993, but another three-figure knock in Tests eluded him.

Kambli played the last of his 17 Tests in 1995 before he had turned 24, finishing with 1,084 runs at an average of 54.20.

He also scored 2,477 runs in 104 one-day internationals with two centuries. Kambli announced his retirement from international cricket in 2009 while he retired from first-class cricket in 2011.

iPhone 5s availability improves as Foxconn ramps up production: Report

iphone-5s-635.jpgApple iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s, Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, has been in great demand since the time it went on sale, with a two to three week waiting period for orders placed on the company’s US and Chinese online stores. A major reason responsible for this delay was the phone’s limited supplies.

However, it looks like Foxconn (the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry), the company that assembles the iPhone in China, has ramped up production by running its factories around the clock, and employing more workers on its production lines in a bid to reduce the iPhone 5s waiting time, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The report mentions that Apple is now shipping all variants of the iPhone 5s within three to five business days. Citing people familiar with the development, the report elaborates that Apple requested Foxconn to focus on iPhone 5s production at the cost of iPhone 5c, a new less expensive iPhone which has reportedly failed to get as good a response as the iPhone 5s.

It states that Foxconn has operated 100 production lines 24 by 7 in Zhengzhou, north central China, at full capacity, citing executives at the Taiwanese contract manufacturer. It employs about 300,000 workers at the site , focusing on just making the iPhone 5s and its components including metal casings.

It mentions Foxconn executives as saying that there are the about 600 workers on each of the iPhone 5s production line for assembling the phone. The facility produces 500,000 iPhone 5s units every day, and it takes more time to produce the latest flagship compared to the previous iterations of the iPhone, notes the report.

The iPhone 5s is referred to as the ‘most forward-thinking iPhone yet’ by Apple and features a new A7 chipset which boasts of a 64-bit architecture and also includes a M7 motion co-processor for measuring motion data through various sensor like accelerometer, compass and gyroscope. The iPhone 5s runs iOS 7, the new iteration of Apple OS. It comes in three inbuilt storage variants 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and is available in three colour variants such as Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

The Apple iPhone 5s comes with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 640×1136 pixels and boasts of a 326ppi pixel density. The iPhone 5s sports an all-new 8-megapixel iSight camera with dual-LED flash, which the company called True Tone flash. The rear camera features an f/2.2 aperture and a 15 percent larger image sensor compared to the iPhone 5. It also houses a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Apple iPhone 5s is the first device in Apple’s portfolio that features a fingerprint scanner, which the company calls Touch ID. The Touch ID scanner can be used to unlock the iPhone 5s or even authorise payments on iTunes.

Apple iPhone 5s detailed specifications

Release date September 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 123.80 x 58.60 x 7.60
Weight (g) 112.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 1570
Removable battery No
Colours Space Gray, Gold, Silver
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 4.00
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 640×1136 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor make Apple A7 (64-bit ARMv8)
Internal storage 16GB
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.2-megapixel
Operating System iOS 7
Java support No
Browser supports Flash No
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
Headphones 3.5mm
Charging via Micro-USB No
Proprietary charging connector Yes
Proprietary data connector Yes
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
2G frequencies supported GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
3G Yes
3G frequencies supported 1900, 2100
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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Sensex rallies over 250 points ahead of Q2 GDP data

The S&P BSE Sensex held on to intraday gains as institutional investors continued with dollar inflows on hopes of pick-up in economic growth.

MUMBAI: The S&P BSE Sensex held on to intraday gains as institutional investors continued with dollar inflows on hopes of pick-up in economic growth.

According to ET NOW Poll, India’s GDP for 2QFY14 is seen at 4.8 per cent vs 4.4 per cent, a quarter ago on the back of rise in exports and improved agricultural output.

“From a financial market perspective, fixed income, FX, equities or whichever other asset class that you talk about, the increasing sense is whether we gro ..

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The domestic pharma industry, which is generally recession-proof and has traditionally registered a strong double-digit clip over the years, is now witnessing a big slowdown. With October becoming the third consecutive month to record sluggish growth, the Rs 72,000-crore pharma retail market is expected to grow by a low single digit for the year.
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India to have third-largest GDP by 2030, says Montek Singh Ahluwalia

China will be No. 1, the US will be No. 2 and India will be the third-biggest economy in the world by 2030, said Montek Singh Ahluwalia


India will become the third-biggest economy in the world by 2030, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said today.

“By the year 2030, India will have the third-largest GDP in the world. China will be No. 1, the US will be No. 2 and India will be third,” he said in a speech delivered at the convocation of the 125th course of the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla near here.

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Jubilant receives FDA approval for antipsychotic drug

Jubilant Life Sciences LtdBSE -0.63 % today said it has received approval from the US health regulator to market generic version AstraZeneca’s Seroquel used for the treatment of schizophrenia and acute manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder.

The abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) approval from the US Food and Drug Administration is for Quetiapine Fumarate tablet, generic version AstraZeneca’s Seroquel is in strength of 25 mg (base).

“We expect to l ..