New diet to halt diabetes: Eating less meat and dairy can slash risk by half

They discovered that animal products such as meat, cheese and egg yolks trigger stomach acids linked to the killer disease.

But most fruits, including lemons and oranges which are widely perceived as acidic, effectively knock out these acids before they can have a harmful effect on the body’s metabolism.

Study leader Dr Francoise Clavel-Chapelon said: “A diet rich in animal protein may favour net acid intake, while most fruits and ­vegetables form alkaline precursors that ­neutralise the acidity.

“Contrary to what is generally believed, most fruits such as peaches, apples, pears, bananas and even lemons and oranges actually reduce dietary acid load once the body has processed them.”

Acid load, or excess acid, can spark serious complications with the metabolic system. This in turn reduces the body’s ability to regulate its insulin levels, leading to diabetes.

Dr Clavel-Chapelon’s team at the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health in Paris studied tens of thousands of women volunteers over 14 years.

They found those with the most acidic diets were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

And, alarmingly, women whose potential renal acid load (Pral) scores were in the top 25 per cent had a 56 per cent greater risk of getting diabetes than those in the bottom 25 per cent.

Pral refers to the potential impact of certain foods on kidney and urine acid levels. Meats can have a Pral value as high as 13.2, cheeses 26.8 and fish 10.8.

This is the end: Jim Morrison

In June 2011 fans gathered around the grave of The Doors’ legendary frontman, Jim Morrison at the Père Lachaise cemetery, Paris, to pay tribute to him thirty years after his passing.

There was a strong security presence in and around the cemetery on the day, French police anticipating the same trouble that has marred previous anniversaries. It was the evening of the 20th anniversary that drunken ‘fans’ stormed the cemetery gates while officials closed the cemetery – at closing time, the whole thing ending in fiasco.

The shrine has been visited by thousands of tourists who come to lay flowers and other tributes on the grave. As one of the most famous graveyards in the world people turn up in droves to visit the graves of Oscar Wilde, Balzac, Bizet, Chopin Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein and her Alice B Toklas, and Morrison’s other famous neighbours.

The saddening sight of beer bottles, rolled spliffs, cigarettes and clumsily written tributes, obviously hastily scribed in a moment of drunken melancholia that crudely decorated Morrison’s grave, as if having a drink problem makes the bearers a kindred spirit with the deceased artist, was a common vista. It was almost as if they were celebrating the lifestyle that killed him, rather than the musician himself and akin putting toy cars on a road accident victim’s grave (or as Bill Hicks put it, “wearing a crucifix to celebrate Jesus”). However, alcohol has since been banned and the celebrations have become more modest and peaceful than in previous years.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison: Smoke gets in his eyes

Jim Morrison and The Doors were the seminal psychedelic 60s group whose sound still continues to conjure up an era of musical, spiritual and sexual decadence that is sadly long gone (just the sex remains), and probably more so than any other band of that era. The singer’s unique vocals and electrifying sex appeal combined with tousled hair and animalistic stage presence did nothing to hamper the band’s success. His rugged good looks combined with sophisticated lyrics often of social importance and love of classical poetry and literature made him almost irresistible to young women of the era who were just enjoying the freedom of their spirituality and sexuality as if for the first time. Few songs encapsulate an era quite as well as ‘Light My Fire’; conjuring the swinging, drug dazed, sexually ambiguous sixties upon every listen.

In 1971 the singer defected to Paris to avoid the increasingly tiresome groupies, press and escape his decadent lifestyle so that he could focus on writing. He was found dead in his bathtub three months later, aged just 27, the coroner pronouncing a verdict of death by natural courses despite rumours of lethal cocktails of drugs, alcohol and asthma.

The Doors are another example of a seminal rock band of the calibre and longevity that we no longer see. There is no modern equivalent and given the state of the music industry it’s likely there never will be. Morrison is the end of an era.