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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Sunday, 4 November 2018

All fingers and thumbs...


No photos of any recent projects for the simple reason that there haven't been any.

I've been taking part in a nutrition study that is, apparently, the biggest in the world. That's quite a claim; but experience tells me it could be true. Have you ever heard someone say they can't lose weight, or say they can eat anything and not put on weight? Well, nutritionists are starting to realise there could be some truth in this. 

The messages about fat, sugar and carbs are too simple. Different people react to them in different ways and this study is trying to find out why. It is thought that the bacteria in our gut influence how we react to food. The ultimate aim is to be able to predict how everyone can live more healthily by following a personalised nutrition programme tailored to their unique bodily composition.

The study is being run from St Thomas' Hospital which is just across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament. There are thousands of participants, mostly twins, and I can't begin to imagine what it is costing. Luckily, a private company is paying for it, as the great NHS has other things to pay for. But if we all become more healthy, society and the NHS will eventually benefit. The private company will obviously also benefit as it is in the business of nutritional drinks.

So what has all this got to do with a knitting blog? I won't go into detail about everything. But part of the study requires regular blood tests. After a one-day training course at the hospital, participants are sent home with twelve kits for taking blood from the fingertips. These have to be used over 4 days. For complicated reasons, you can only use certain parts of certain fingers. My fourth day was yesterday, woo hoo! Did you hear the sigh of relief as I posted my tests back to the hospital? 

But I am now like a bruised pincushion and knitting or crocheting is out of the question until I heal. Even typing is painful unless I do it very slowly, and my fingerprints are no longer recognised by the security settings on my phone! Oh, dear.

I came home from the hospital with 2 bags of freebies: food for breakfasts and lunches for a fortnight, a food weighing scales, drinking flask, and cool bag. There is no financial reward. But I had a very thorough medical at the hospital and will receive a personalised list of which foods do and don't agree with me. If I choose to take any notice, which I intend to, I will become more fit and healthy and happy in the knowledge that I contributed to something important.

Now, I just have to wait for normal feeling to return to my fingers so that I can pick up the knitting needles again.

Meanwhile, I am still busy reading all my favourite blogs. Keep writing!


13 comments:

busybusybeejay said...

Wow.That sounds really interesting.How did you find out about it?As it included a medical as well it is a win win situation.

linda said...

That sounds so interesting Una I would have loved to have participated in a study like that although the finger pricking doesn't sound very nice. I hope you poor fingers heal quickly. :) xx

Mereknits said...

It sounds fascinating Una, just think of all the information they will gather and learn from. Hope your fingers heal quickly.

Una said...

I'm a twin and a member of TwinsUK. We were invited to take part as even identical twins have some genetic differences and are often used in research projects. Singletons can also refer themselves to the study, which is called Predict.

Una said...

Thanks, Linda. Doing your own blood tests with fingers that are already sore isn't easy.

Una said...

Yes, it was worth the pain. I'll polish my halo when my fingers recover!

Julie said...

A very interesting study, I hope they publish their findings.

Retired Knitter said...

That sounds like a worthwhile thing to prick your fingers for!! :-). They will heal quickly I am sure and you will be back to knitting in no time.

Una said...

We are talking years rather than months as it is a huge study. Worth waiting for though.

Una said...

Thanks, I hope so!

Becki said...

Sounds interesting, if a bit painful for the moment. Will you be able to comment on the study while it's on-going?

Una said...

I expect I will be asked for feedback. There is an option to take part in another two weeks later. But my sore fingers are saying "no way".

Jo said...

That sounds fascinating. Hope your fingertips heal soon. Ouch! Jo x