About Roderick Mulgan

Dr Mulgan, co-founder and CEO of LifeGuard, witnesses the impacts of the western lifestyle on the ageing process through his practice as a GP. A significant part of Dr Mulgan’s practice sees him providing care to residents in retirement homes. It was his desire to place a fence at the top of the cliff, instead of an ambulance at the bottom, that lead to our flagship product, LifeGuard Essentials.

Statins; cholesterol busters or anti-inflammatories?

The most widely consumed class of prescription drugs in the world are "statins". Statins block the enzyme that makes cholesterol, the well-known fat molecule at the centre of heart disease. Undoubtedly, statins work. Since the first clinical trials in the 1980s, they have been found to dramatically reduce the incidence of heart disease wherever they [...]

By | 2018-12-31T23:40:26+00:00 December 31st, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

All body fat is not created equal

So body fat is important because it causes inflammation, but not all your deposits are equally guilty. Fat under your skin – by far the most abundant type - is fairly benign, particularly on the lower body.  Big thighs are not a worry  (which means, incidentally, liposuction doesn’t make you healthier, even if it makes [...]

By | 2018-11-26T23:19:54+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

What is so bad about body fat?

You know too much body fat is bad for you, because the media keeps harping on about it, but have you ever wondered why? We evolved the ability to store food energy during the eras when food was scarce and seasonal, but now it comes from supermarkets, many people eat too much. Even so, the [...]

By | 2018-11-11T23:26:00+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Sugar’s evolutionary sting

Pure, white and deadly....sugar is a secret ingredient to most processed food items, including ones you might not suspect, like yoghurt and tomato sauce. We all know it is energy dense, and promotes weight gain, but there is a subtle twist. Half a sucrose molecule is fructose and half is glucose. Your body knows and [...]

By | 2018-10-23T01:32:43+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Depression – deficient feel-good chemicals, or brain inflammation?

Depression, which is very common, happens because we don't have enough feel-good chemicals in our brains. It is all about neurotransmitters, the chemicals neurons use to talk to each other. Not enough of the right ones, then you are depressed. At least, that is what most doctors think, and what they tell their patients. [...]

By | 2018-09-25T09:17:22+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Uncategorised|2 Comments

Curcumin, boswellia, and sore joints.

Inflammation doesn't get more obvious than sore joints. Conventional arthritis drugs cause significant problems, like kidney damage, and bleeding in the stomach, so it would be nice to know if there was anything else. Researchers at the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Boston recently thought they would have a look at curcumin, the major [...]

By | 2018-09-09T10:00:59+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Depression, immunity and the media

This month's North and South is essential reading: Cambridge University Professor of Psychiatry Edward Bullmore has recently published The Inflammed Mind, about the connection between inflammation and depression, and an extended article lays out the evidence. It points to the possibility of anti-inflammatory treatment for depression for the future, and the importance of anti-inflammatory lifestyle [...]

By | 2018-08-13T04:30:06+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Brush your teeth and avoid dementia

Your mother taught you to brush your teeth so you would not get fillings. Turns out, her advice will also keep your brain healthy as you get older. People with inflammed gums (periodontitis is the technical word) are more likely to get Alzheimer's disease. People with poor oral hygeine have the wrong bugs in their [...]

By | 2018-07-15T05:48:17+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

So who will be frail when they are old?

Some people will get frail when they are old, and some people won't. Researchers at University Colledge London followed 6233  people from middle age (45 to 55) until they became elderly, to see who turned out to be robust in old age, and who turned out not to be. Their results have just been published in [...]

By | 2018-07-01T04:24:22+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments