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Series 3: Programme 6

Colum McGrath

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This programme features radio DJ Colum McGrath from Clarina, Co. Limerick. 27 year old Colum is overweight and asthmatic and wants to improve his health, especially now that he has a young son. He undergoes medical and fitness tests and gets advice from a top nutritionist. Dr Mark Hamilton encourages him to change his daily routine by taking up fencing classes, tackling rock climbing, and even by dabbling in organic gardening. But will his new lifestyle improve his life expectancy?

 

Results after first medical and fitness tests:

Blood Pressure
163/92
Healthy Level < 140/80
A blood pressure this high could result in future strokes and heart disease.

BMI 39
Obese (Class ll)
Healthy BMI 19 - 25

Cholesterol
5.31 mmol/l
Healthy Level below 5

Colum has fatty deposits around his liver. It's a clear indication that his body is suffering from his lifestyle.

LIFE EXPECTANCY 70
Colum is predicted to die 7 years before the national average for an Irishman.

As a breakfast time DJ Colum McGrath's day starts at 5 am. He grabs a lot of his food on the run and many of his meals are bought from garages. Nutritionist Margot Brennan is worried about how much salt Colum eats in his normal diet of garage snacks. The safe daily intake of salt is 6g - if the only change Colum made was to stick to a safe daily limit of salt he could reduce his high blood pressure by around 10 points.

 

8 Week Plan

  • Cut out processed and pre-packaged foods
  • Eat 3 meals a day
  • Increase fruit and veg
  • 30 minutes moderate exercise 5 days a week
  • He needs to tackle his cholesterol and blood pressure by making a complete overhaul of his diet. Increasing his activity will bring down his weight and the risk of diabetes.

Results

BMI 37 (previously 39)

Weight Loss 6 kg

Cholesterol 4.8 (previously 5.3)

Blood pressure 140/78 (previously 163/92)

LIFE EXPECTANCY 80

 

Useful Information

MEDICAL TESTING
Colum had a full medical screening at Barringtons' hospital in Limerick. The hospital provides a thorough health check, which varies depending on the individual. Tests available include blood tests, lung function test, diabetes test, and abdominal ultrasound.

Barringtons' Hospital
Georges Quay
Limerick
061 490 500

FITNESS TESTING
Department of Physical Education and Sports Science
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Professor Philip Jakeman
Professor of Sport and Exercise Science
061 202841

DIETITIAN
MARGOT BRENNAN
The Auburn Medical Centre
Castleknock, Dublin 15
dietitian@margotbrennan.com

Margot is a consultant dietitian and nutritionist. She works privately and also with the IRISH NUTRITION AND DIETETIC INSTITUTE.
INDI, Ashgrove House, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
01 280 4839
www.indi.ie

The INDI is the national organisation for nutrition and dietetic professionals. The INDI's mission is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in the science and practice of human nutrition and dietetics, to positively influence the nutrition status and health of the individual and the population.

ROCK CLIMBING
KILFINANE OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRE
Kilfinane, County Limerick.
00 353 63 91161/91059
www.kilfinaneoec.com
Water Based Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking, River walks, River Trips.
Land Based Activities: Rock climbing, Abseiling, Hill walking, Orienteering, Team Challenges, Horse Riding. Centre Based Activities: Indoor Climbing Wall, Sports Hall, Basketball, Squash, Uni-hoc, Badminton, and Team Games.

FENCING
Limerick School of Arms
Project National School
O'Connell Avenue
Limerick
www.skynet.ie/~nvl/lsa/

ORGANIC GARDENING
Colum had lessons in organic gardening from the Irish Seed Savers Organisation, which is dedicated to the location and preservation of traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables in Ireland.

FRANK BOUCHIER
Landscape Gardener
Irish Seed Savers Organisation
061 921 856
www.irishseedsavers.ie

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