Saturday, 22 December 2012
Friday, 14 December 2012
The longevity Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, experts say.
Research published on the British Medical Journal (BMJ) website suggests athletes live 2.8 years longer on average than the average lifespan.
The research indicated those who took part in non-contact sports such as cycling, rowing and tennis enjoyed the longest life of all.
But the general population could have a similar "survival advantage" by doing a little more exercise, experts said.
The conclusion by two public health professors came after they reviewed two studies of Olympic athletes published by the BMJ website.
The studies looked at the lifespan and health of 25,000 athletes who competed in Games dating back to 1896.
Those taking part in contact sports such as boxing had the least advantage, while cyclists and rowers enjoyed the best health.
But the researchers also found those who played lower intensity sports such as golf enjoyed a boost.'Public health failure'
Possible explanations put forward for the finding included genetic and lifestyle factors and the wealth and status that comes with sporting success.
However, the findings prompted public health experts Prof Adrian Bauman, from Australia's Sydney University, and Prof Steven Blair, from South Carolina University in the US, to suggest others could live as long as Olympic athletes.
The recommended level of physical activity for adults is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week.
Studies suggest people who manage that amount or more live for up to several years longer than those that do not.
Writing for the BMJ website, the professors said: "Although the evidence points to a small survival effect of being an Olympian, careful reflection suggests that similar health benefits and longevity could be achieved by all of us through regular physical activity.
"We could and should all award ourselves that personal gold medal."
But they said governments were still not doing enough to promote the benefits of physical activity, calling it a "public health failure".
Sunday, 28 October 2012
KNOW YOUR BRAND..
Yellow Tail is without doubt the most popular Australian brand of wine known in the USA and UK.. But it was virtually unknown before 2000.
The top 10 popular brands in the Liquor industry are all spirits and they all have wonderful histories. Branding rather than country or region of origin.
( with my brother Eliyahu at Resto La Bodeguita in Buenos Aires, tasting a wonderful bottle of Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina)
The best-known brand is Smirnoff, which has nothing to do with Russia; it is owned and produced by a British Company.
Captain Morgan Rum Company has nothing to do with Jamaica except historically for being a pirate in that turbulent region. Bronfman, a Canadian Jew bought the recipe for spiced rum from two Jewish pharmacists in Jamaica, the Levy Brothers and began manufacturing and selling it. It is the most recognized brand of rum around the world.
Bacardi Rum is not made in Cuba but in Bahamas, Puerto Rico or elsewhere. But the association is always with Cuba. The original factory in Santiago de Cuba still stands and produces Havana Club, which is a far superior product than the weak Bacardi rum sold abroad.
Coming back to Yellow Tail, most of its wine and their grapes come not from their vineyard but is gathered from all around Australia, not from Riverina where the owner is located!
This is a trend which began in 1940s and now well entrenched. If you want a good sauvignon Blanc, buy a bottle of Kim Crawford at a reputable store. If you fall for Marlborough Valley label on the wine, you may be falling for origin of the grapes from various parts of the valley and is not even bottled in a winery in the region. I have seen this over and over again on wine bottles from South Africa with strange sounding African names or from Chile with imitated mapuche Indian names. So I have learned that if the name sounds a little strange, the wine origins are also a bit strange.
I am off to Cuba where the drinking culture is purely rum locally produced to satisfy the population. Havana Club White, which is sold for about 4 dollars a bottle, is excellent to make a Cuba Libre, and Anejo 7 year old is good to sip…
While I am there, drinking a good glass of wine is just a hope and a dream… but there is a difference. In Cuba, drinking Rum, you do it with friends and incessant conversations. So it is very social and very satisfying from a personal point of view.
So, with a sauvignon Blanc from 360 degrees from Santa Ana in hand, I salute you… LChaim. To life…
Drinking wine, a glass or two with your meals, is certainly good for your health; I recommend it as an Endocrinologist and specialist in Nutrition…