3 diet changes to help lower cholesterol levels

Lifestyle changes can help reduce cholesterol, keep you off cholesterol-lowering medications or enhance the effect of your medications. Here are three lifestyle changes to get you started

3 diet changes to help lower cholesterol levelsBy lowering your blood LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol level, even if it is normal, you help reduce your chances of having a heart attack. It’s especially important if the LDL level is above 130 milligrams per decilitre. For every 10% drop in your cholesterol level, your heart attack risk potentially falls by 20% to 30%. There […]

High fibre diet helps control diabetes by changing gut bacteria

New research finds that a shift in diet to incorporate more fibre could encourage specific types of gut bacteria, reducing the symptoms of diabetes and aiding weight loss

High fibre diet helps control diabetes by changing gut bacteriaA diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help treat type 2 diabetes, and it seems to do this by changing the bacteria that live in a person’s gut. Liping Zhao at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and his colleagues compared the effects of two different diets in people with type 2 diabetes. Over […]

Type 2 diabetes: Scientists develop pill to mimic bariatric surgery

Researchers have engineered a material that temporarily coats the small intestine and reduces the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream during digestion

Type 2 diabetes: Scientists develop pill to mimic bariatric surgeryA tablet has been developed which researchers believe replicates the weight loss benefits of having a gastric band fitted. A gastric band is a type of bariatric surgery for people who are very overweight. The procedure involves putting an adjustable ring around the top of a person’s stomach so it holds less food so the […]

8 Promising breakthroughs in diabetes research

Scientists have been working hard to find cures, new treatments, and better management techniques for the millions of people worldwide dealing with diabetes. Here are some of the latest developments you need to know about

8 Promising breakthroughs in diabetes researchAccording to recent research, we’re not entirely sure how many diseases the label ‘diabetes’ covers. But no matter what causes our bodies to struggle with their blood sugar levels, it’s a serious condition that requires daily care. Insulin producing implants made from stem cells Clinical trials began last year for testing for ViaCyte’s PEC-Direct device; […]

Breaking the myths associated with diabetes

Dr Tejal Lathia, a Consultant Endocrinologist at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, breaks the common myths of the people that diabetes can only happen if we consume sugar or sweetened food

Breaking the myths associated with diabetes“I do not consume sugar, why do I have diabetes?” This is a very common question that specialists hear while treating a diabetic patient. However, this is one of the biggest misconceptions about diabetes mellitus. The consumption of excessive sugar does not directly cause diabetes. It is a metabolism disorder caused due to lack of […]

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kids

Children whose mothers  drank the equivalent of two cans of a sugary drink or two glasses of fruit juice a day during pregnancy were roughly 63 per cent more likely to be asthmatic than a child whose mum avoided sugary drinks

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kidsWith the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma since the 1980s, there has been a concerted effort to identify factors that could be the cause of the observed rise in the number of children developing asthma. Since caloric intake from added sugars, most notably in sugary drinks, has also increased over this time frame, researchers have […]

Here’s how you can boost your brain power

Adding just a few of these activities to your weekly schedule will enhance your mind and give your brain a boost. If you only have time to fit one brain-enriching task into your week, we recommend getting out for a brisk walk. Physical activity has no end of benefits for your body and mind

Here’s how you can boost your brain powerHumans have brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change for better or worse at any age. This flexibility of the brain plays a significant role in the development or decline of our brains, and how our distinct personalities are shaped. Neural connections can be forged or severed, and grey […]

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancy

Researchers have discovered how high glucose levels, whether caused by diabetes or other factors, keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancyA new study conducted at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA discovered how increased glucose levels caused either by diabetes or other factors keep heart cells from maturing normally. The findings of the study help to explain the reason for babies born to women with diabetes […]

Elevated blood sugar levels tied to heart and kidney problems, says study

According to a study published in the Lancet Diabetes, people who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar

Elevated blood sugar levels tied to heart and kidney problems, says studyDiabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research has been mixed; however, on whether slightly elevated blood sugar that is sometimes called ‘pre-diabetes’ might also increase the risk of heart and kidney issues. Even the name […]

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says study

The researchers found that each extra gram of sodium (or 2.5 grams of salt) per day was linked to a 43 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. It was noted that the people who fell within the high consumption category were at a 58 per cent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the individuals in the low consumption group

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says studyDiabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- […]
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