The Diet Doctors: Inside & Out

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Tonight sees the conclusion of the third series of the health and lifestyle show. Dr Samina Showghi, nutritionist Pam Stepney and chiropractor Dr Ben King take on some truly shocking habits as they battle bad diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Tonight’s subject is 27-year-old Mark Skorupa, who is underweight and suffers from arthritis.

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of nine, Mark Skorupa has been on painkillers to ease the discomfort of his swollen joints ever since. His condition has recently worsened, so Mark is looking for all the help he can get and is aware that a change of diet can go some way towards easing his symptoms. He has also suffered with diarrhoea for the past year, which he attributes to his poor diet; and suffers from colitis, a digestive problem characterised by an inflamed colon. Mark also exhibits visible signs of poor health, including dark circles under his eyes, a white film on the tongue and thinning hair.

Mark thinks he eats a normal amount, but his diet is actually far from nutritious. Regularly skipping breakfast, Mark usually has a sandwich, crisps and a chocolate bar for lunch and a ready meal for dinner. He admits that he does not have a big appetite, which may mean that he is not consuming enough calories for weight gain.

At only eight stone, the 5-foot-11 Mark is nearly two stone underweight. His chest measures 30.5 inches, while his waist is 27 inches and arms 7.5. Outgoing and sociable, Mark nevertheless admits to feeling awkward and self-conscious about his weight, upon which people frequently comment, and desperately wants to gain the pounds that he feels will make him look more masculine.

The Diet Doctors set to work overhauling Mark’s diet, outlawing curries and missed meals in favour of vitamin-rich snacks and foods rich in essential fatty acids, including salmon and tuna. To ease his arthritis, the Diet Doctors advise against high levels of saturated fat, as well as excess alcohol, caffeine and spicy food, and encourage Mark to eat foods rich in vitamin E, sulphur and antioxidants. They also recommend pineapple, which contains a natural anti-inflammatory called bromelain. After three months, how will Mark have fared?

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The health and lifestyle show continues its third series with a new team of expert presenters. Dr Samina Showghi, nutritionist Pam Stepney and chiropractor Dr Ben King take on some truly shocking habits as they battle bad diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Tonight’s subject is 43-yearold Sue Appleton, a mayoress suffering from chronic gastric reflux, hot flushes, high cholesterol and pre-diabetes.

Sue Appleton used to lead an active life as a cross-country runner and a keen rambler with a passion for the great outdoors. But marriage has not been kind to her figure, as she has grown accustomed to frequent trips to the pub and the local curry house. Furthermore, Sue’s role as the Mayoress of Clitheroe means that she has a hectic social calendar with plenty of calorific food and drink on offer at civic events. Over time, Sue’s heavy diet and a painful knee has put paid to her old hobbies, and her weight has risen to 17 stone.

Sue’s other health complaints include chronic gastric reflux, which gives her a persistent sore throat and hot flushes, especially at night – meaning that she often sleeps separately from her husband in the spare room. High blood pressure is a constant source of worry to Sue, who has a family history of heart disease.

The Diet Doctors ride to the rescue by giving Sue a full check-up. Samina’s blood test results reveal that in addition to her other problems, Sue also has high cholesterol and is pre-diabetic. This means her glucose levels are above normal, putting her at serious risk of developing full-blown diabetes. Moreover, Ben diagnoses Sue with stage 2 osteoarthritis in her neck – an irreversible condition which needs proper care to prevent it from developing further.

The team sets to work drawing up a plan of action to help Sue make drastic changes to her lifestyle. Pam wants the mayoress to ditch her chocolates, pic ‘n’ mix, sodium-rich foods and stodgy buffet fare. In their place, she would like to see healthy home-cooked meals and potassiumrich foods for her blood pressure, such as apples, bananas, carrots, potatoes, peaches, avocados and tomatoes. Low-glycaemic index foods such as oats and beans are also important for combating Sue’s high insulin levels, providing a steady release of energy. Snacking on almonds, pecan nuts and walnuts will help absorb some of her cholesterol.

Sue embraces these changes to her lifestyle and is soon juggling her strict new health regime with her work commitments, which include studying for a degree, working part time, campaigning for local elections and attending mayoral functions. After just a few weeks on the plan, her gastric reflux has completely disappeared. Over the next few months, her hot flushes and knee pain abate as her weight drops. At the end of the 12-week course, Sue returns to the Diet Doctors for the final analysis. Has she achieved the desired turnaround?

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The health and lifestyle show continues its third series with a new team of expert presenters. Dr Samina Showghi, nutritionist Pam Stepney and chiropractor Dr Ben King take on some truly shocking habits as they battle bad diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Tonight’s subject is Dominique Williams, whose poor diet, lack of exercise and low self-esteem have led her to develop some classic symptoms of bad health.

Dominique Williams has become a victim of her stay-at-home lifestyle. The 36-year-old mum and housewife says that sugary snacks are her greatest downfall – especially biscuits and chocolates – and she freely admits that she is not one of life’s cooks. She and her family live off ready meals and pasta with tinned sauces. Despite having a comfortable lifestyle and a lovely home paid for by her husband’s job in the City, Dominique has become trapped by inertia, with little energy to throw herself into new pursuits.

Dominique’s poor diet and lack of exercise have led to a number of symptoms of ill health, including guttate psoriasis, which causes bright red patches of dry skin all over her body. She has also been diagnosed with gallstones – although these have not yet caused her discomfort – and she complains of cracked heels, varicose veins, irregular periods and mouth ulcers.

Along with her health problems, Dominique has struggled with her self-esteem. Her confidence and self-image have been dented, resulting in a dip in her libido. Her social life has suffered ever since she got depressed trying on outfits for a party. Now Dominique has decided that she wants to get back to being the woman with whom her husband fell in love and finally tackle her flabby figure. She also hopes to build her confidence and find part-time work, now that her children are of school age. Can the Diet Doctors make Dominique’s dreams a reality?

Samina, Pam and Ben agree that Dominique’s road back to health has to start with her junking the sugary snacks and replacing her beloved ready meals with nutritious home-made meals from fresh ingredients.

To combat the symptoms of her psoriasis, Pam recommends that Dominique embark on an antiinflammatory diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, tuna and seeds. In addition to this, she wants Dominique to increase her calcium intake from sources such as sardines, kale and natural bio-live yoghurt.

One month into the plan, Dominique is showing promising signs of weight loss, but faces the challenge of going on a family holiday to America. She is afraid that American food, with its famously large portions, will pose a serious problem to her progress. In spite of this, however, she manages not to gain any weight at all.

At the first clinic check, the Diet Doctors find Dominique has lost a respectable seven pounds. However, her psoriasis shows no signs of abating, so Pam places her on an exclusion diet, avoiding dairy, wheat, sugar and citrus. Samina suggests that Dominique try a course of thalassotherapy – a type of treatment that uses seawater and seaweed to revitalise the skin. Dominique follows their recommendations and reports back at the end of the 12-week course for the final check. How has she fared in the meantime?

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The health and lifestyle show continues its third series with a new team of expert presenters. Dr Samina Showghi, nutritionist Pam Stepney and chiropractor Dr Ben King take on some truly shocking habits as they battle bad diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Tonight’s subject is former Strongwoman champion Marie Gough, whose overeating and heavy smoking has left her overweight with some potentially life-threatening problems, including a clot in her leg.

Housewife Marie Gough used to be a regional Strongwoman champion. She loved pumping iron and maintained a weight of 13 stone. At night she was a bouncer in Nottingham, and was strong enough to chuck out burly men brawling in her club. But after Marie had children, she stopped working and training, and put on over five stone. Various diets that she has tried have failed to shift the weight.

Unfortunately, weight is not Marie’s only problem. She suffers from a dangerous condition called venous insufficiency, where veins in her right leg are shutting down and rising to the surface, causing her right foot to swell three sizes bigger than her left. This is exacerbated by her size and her 20-a-day cigarette habit. Marie is too heavy to have the operation which could remedy the problem; ultimately, if left untreated, she could lose a leg.

The Diet Doctors waste no time in telling Marie that she has to do something about her weight sooner rather than later –for the sake of her health and her children. Of particular concern to Samina is Marie’s venous insufficiency. A venous ulcer – which might not heal – is a likely outcome if she does not turn her health around. A further cause for worry is Marie’s high risk of deep vein thrombosis, since she has suffered one in the past.

Marie is also bothered by hard pus-filled lumps that appear around her abdomen and thighs when she has been eating particularly poorly. Her hair is thin and lank, and her heels cracked. Pam’s nutritional recommendations are to cut out the cola, salt-rich ready meals, white bread and sugary foods; and to reduce her portion sizes.

Marie’s usual breakfast is a cup of tea and a cigarette. In the new regime, Pam prescribes something more nutritious, such as porridge and fruit. The rest of her diet must be rich in vegetables, fruit, cereals and whole grain bread for fibre; oily fish, nuts and seeds for essential fats; and dark red berries to strengthen veins and capillaries.

For his part, Ben recommends that Marie avoid lifting weights, concentrate on doing some cardiovascular exercise every day, and work on her core strength.

Two weeks into the plan, Marie is struggling with the tough change in her lifestyle. She is resisting Pam’s advice, especially where breakfast is concerned. Things go from bad to worse when, during the first month, a vein pops in her leg – leaving her unable to walk for days. Can Marie get to grips with the Diet Doctors’s plan before the 12 weeks of her programme are up?

the diet doctors: inside & out
susan french (2/8)

The Diet Doctors: Inside & Out is back for a third series with a brand new team of expert presenters. Dr Samina Showghi, nutritionist Pam Stepney and chiropractor Dr Ben King will take on some truly shocking eating and lifestyle habits. In 12 short weeks, the team will perform some amazing medical makeovers as they show what can be achieved by ditching the bad diet and taking on a healthy lifestyle. Tonight’s edition sees the experts come to the aid of Susan whose unhealthy diet has caused a range of medical problems.

Using cutting-edge medical tests, demonstrations and experiments, Dr Samina and Pam will illustrate the devastating effects bad diets can have on our internal organs and outside appearance. Together they will devise an easy-to-swallow plan of action. Dr Ben will work alongside them correcting the posture and bad habits that, unknown to the patients, are storing up serious problems for the future. He will also ensure that the patients are adopting an exercise plan that is right for them and guarantees maximum results for minimum efforts. The team will be on hand to diagnose viewers’ medical problems and advise on the easiest and quickest ways to cure them.

The show will also be uncovering new food trends – what are they and how they can affect you? Plus horrifying true stories –and a stomachchurning look at what is really lurking in your food.

In this second programme of the series, the team meet 42-year-old Susan French. Weighing over 18 and a half stone and standing at only 5 foot 3 tall, she suffers from acute angioedema and urticaria, both of which are allergic reactions to foods like nuts, eggs and wheat, as well as some medicines and latex. Urticaria is an outbreak of swollen weals on the skin that appear suddenly. Angioedema is similar, but the swelling occurs beneath the skin. It causes deep swelling around the eyes and lips, and sometimes of the genitals, hands and feet. With the ever-present risk that her airway could be blocked, should her throat, tongue or lungs become swollen, Susan has to carry an EpiPen containing adrenaline with her at all times.

Susan also suffers from lymphoedema in her legs – a swelling that develops as a result of an impaired lymphatic system. She has bad varicose veins on her legs, which had been stripped away in the past, but have come back worse.

Susan has tried a variety of diets, slimming clubs and pills. She has also had her jaw wired in the past and her stomach stapled. The stomach stapling saw her lose over ten and a half stone, but most of this weight has crept back on. Susan’s diet is full of high-sugar, nutritionally deficient foods. On a bad day, Susan performs a ‘ritual’ that involves stocking up on chocolate, biscuits and cakes before an all-day binge.

Susan is ready and willing to change her life. She acknowledges that she has an emotional dependence on high-fat comfort foods and is determined to break it. She has had a traumatic past, including the unexpected death of her third husband, Paul, two years ago. Paul made her realise that she can feel good about herself and she wants to get back to that.

The Diet Doctors team soon comes up with a plan to help Susan get her diet and her health back on track. Out goes constant grazing, replaced by regular meals and snacktimes. Her diet is adjusted to alleviate her medical problems and will include foods that are high in protein, iron and vitamins C and B12 –as well as certain foods that assist the body in absorbing iron. How will Susan’s body respond to this new regime?

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