WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementia

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia and, with one new case every three seconds, the number of people with dementia is set to triple by 2050. The increasing numbers of people with dementia, its significant social and economic impact and lack of curative treatment, make it imperative for countries to focus on reducing modifiable risk factors for dementia

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementiaPeople can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. “In the next 30 years, the number of […]

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 […]

Having just one egg a day can significantly lower your risk of heart disease

People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests. Eggs are a primary source of dietary cholesterol, but they also contain high-quality lean protein and many vitamins, the study team notes in the journal Heart

Having just one egg a day can significantly lower your risk of heart diseaseResearchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about 9 per cent of them avoided eggs altogether while 13 per cent ate roughly one […]

Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol,’ may actually increase stroke risk in women

A recent study warns that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, sometimes called ‘bad cholesterol,’ may face an increased risk of bleeding stroke

Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol,’ may actually increase stroke risk in womenNew research from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that women with LDL levels below 100 mg/dl may actually be more at risk of haemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. This type of stroke, though less common than an ischemic stroke, is harder to treat and thus more dangerous to […]

Having just one egg a day reduces stroke risk

One egg boasts 6 grams of high-quality protein and an array of vitamins, and they reduces the risk of stroke by 12 per cent

Having just one egg a day reduces stroke riskA study, led by US scientists, also shows that eating an egg each day had no association with coronary heart disease – the leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers reached the conclusion by reviewing a host of studies published over a period of 33 years – between 1982 and 2015 – which involved more than […]

What is cholesterol ratio and why is it important?

A good cholesterol ratio shows that the body is working properly and is healthy. It signals that someone is in good health and is probably taking care of themselves

What is cholesterol ratio and why is it important?Doctors calculate an individual’s cholesterol ratio by dividing their total cholesterol by their high-density lipoprotein level. The optimal ratio is between 3.5 and 1. A higher ratio increases the risk of heart disease. Good cholesterol ratio vs. bad cholesterol ratio Total cholesterol levels are made up of three different types of cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or […]

Exclusive breastfeeding interlinked to healthier cholesterol in teens, reveals study

Babies who consume nothing but breast milk for their first three months of life may have healthier cholesterol levels by adolescence than infants who drink formula, a new study suggests

Exclusive breastfeeding interlinked to healthier cholesterol in teens, reveals studyPaediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune systems and reduce their risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, obesity and diabetes. Breast milk does contain more cholesterol than formula, however, and little is known about how this might […]

Sleep deprivation ups heart attack risk, suggests new study

Researchers found that the people with who slept at least 6 hours at the start of the study were 1.5 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease or stroke than the people who did not have a history of heart disease

Sleep deprivation ups heart attack risk, suggests new studyFor people who are at risk for heart disease and diabetes, getting enough sleep may be especially important: Snoozing for less than 6 hours per night may increase their risk of premature death as sleep deprivation cause heart attack risk, a new study finds. People in the study who had a high body mass index […]

Here’s why peanut butter is good for you

Two tablespoons of peanut butter is estimated to contain 7 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat and 2 grams of fibre

Here’s why peanut butter is good for youIf there is one thing peanut butter gets praised for, it is for the versatility. While the popular spread can be used to enhance a variety of meals and snacks, it also deserves some due credit for its health benefits. One standard serving of unsalted peanut butter, which is around two tablespoons, contains 191 calories. […]

Weight-loss surgery can help have this added health bonus

Tracking the impact of weight-loss surgery on the sex life of patients, investigators found that roughly half reported notable improvements in their overall sexual experience

Weight-loss surgery can help have this added health bonusApart from the health benefits that weight-loss surgery can bring, a new study shows it could boost a patient’s sex life. Even better, that boost may often be a lasting one. Weight-loss surgery has more benefits than simply slimming a patient down, it may also result in lasting improvements to sexual functioning, a new study […]