TV programme last night talked briefly about AF

Did anyone see 'Trust Me I'm A Doctor' on BBC2 last night? Amongst many other topics was one about the importance of how to check your pulse, recognising irregular heart rythms if they occur and also the need to take anti-coagulation because of the risk of stroke. It wasn't gone into in any great length but was at least the right information to get across to people.

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  • Missed it but good info obviously.

  • Yes I saw it very interesting but unfortunateky not really an in-depth look.

  • Oh must check on BBC IPlayer, many thanks

  • Why don't they mention that fructose glycosylates haemoglobin seven times as much as glucose? Prevention is better than cure, and people need to be aware what thickens blood in the first place.

  • My impression was that they did, at least over the series. The previous prog went into detail about how to lower cholesterol through diet using the portfolio diet and the fat verus sugar. They have talked about drinking fruit juices versus whole fruit etc, etc. in the previous series, all in language that most can understand.

    Personally for general public consumption I think it is one of the best on TV - very clever at keeping the attention for most who will usually turn off - it is the ONE medical programme my husband will pay attention to and not walk out of the room. Not as detailed as some of our cognigenti may like, but certainly gets the message over!

  • fructose glycosylates this is in natural fruit please? I eat loads of it...banana,apple, pear and sultanas., every day....INR stayed at 2.8 for 3 months, then dropped to 2 only a week after I had a toe infection and had to take pencillin.

    Advice please!

  • Medicines do effect your inr also colds and infections, at least they do with me. You sound as though you're doing all the right things with a steady inr like you have, good to hear. Terry

  • It is in natural fruit Wightbaby. 2 to 4 portions is a sensible amount of whole-fruit (including advice from BHF and Diabetes UK for instance); the fibre helps limit our appetite, whereas fructose itself would bypass satiety hormones.

  • The advice from the programme was to avoid juicing or drinking fruit juice as it basically pure fructose. Fructose is the natural sugar in fruit and veg. Eating whole fruit is fine and recommended, especially berries, as the fibre content means you would unlikely to consume huge amounts eg- 1 small glass of OJ contains juice of 6 oranges - would you be able to eat 6 oranges back to back?

    There is also an effect of the fibre which is thought to prevent the fructose from being absorbed by the gut.

    I eat a LOT of fruit (& veg) because I take very little carbs.

    The theory is that fructose increases cholesterol levels and is more dangerous than fat. The programme also covered fats and which ones to use and not, for cooking - butter came out very well whereas sunflower oil and veg oil were ones to avoid - ok as long as not heated to high temperatures.

    A little of everything does you good, too much of one thing may not be - unless it's chocolate - because that makes me better!

  • No I didn't see that,but did anyone see emmerdale the other night it really annoyed me a character in the program was diagnosed with afib,and the hospital doctor gave a (what I thought was a really grim outlook) ITV need to be careful, there's a lot of newly diagnosed people out there that I'm sure would have been scared by what they heard.

  • Hi Pennytupence, I didn't see it, but if you look a bit further down the forum, there are a couple of threads re Emmerdale that echo your thoughts!


  • I did see it, and I know a fair amount about af as I have it. I had to keep replaying it. I thought why would they say that. (I'm gob smacked )

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