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03 Jan 2005

Belly increase and breathlessness
I have two issues to query:
I am male, 49 years old 1,77 metres tall weigh 70kg.
I have recently developed a lot of fat around belly area.
I have also recently found that when running in the morning, I get a burning (asthmatic type feeling ) and pain in the jaw. However later in the day I can exersize and no such symptoms occur.
I live on a diet which excludes all meat, chicken and daity products. I eat only vegetables, fruit and fish.
I wish to reduce the fat or get rid of it totally and wonder if diet has anything to do with the chest pain
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01 Jan 0001

Dear G
Firstly let me wish you a happy New Year. Seeing that your BMI is 22 (a perfect BMI for you height) and that you do strenuous exercise, I find it strange that you are developing fat deposits in the abdominal area. This may be an indication of insulin resistance. I would strongly urge you to have a medical checkup as the pains you describe may be angina. Ask the dr to also test your insulin when you go for the checkup. If you should be insulin resistant, you will need to consult a clinical dietitian as diet is the most important facet of treatment. Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will work out a diet that is based on foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), and is energy-reduced to promote weight loss. You can read more about such diets if you click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI.
But go for that checkup ASAP.
Best regards
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