How fasting may prevent obesity-related insulin resistance

New research adds to the mounting evidence that fasting may be helpful in the fight against obesity and its related conditions. By increasing certain proteins, the practice may protect against metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and liver disease, but the 'timing of and duration between meals' is key

How fasting may prevent obesity-related insulin resistanceThe health benefits of fasting have been the subject of much hype in recent years. More and more people now fast, not just for religious purposes but also to lose weight and boost metabolism. Restricting food intake may increase metabolic activity more than researchers used to believe, studies suggest, and the practice may even help […]

Following a Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of depression later in life

Maintaining a Mediterranean-type diet may protect against symptoms of depression in later life, according to new research presented here at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting

Following a Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of depression later in lifeAdherence to a Mediterranean-type diet has long been recognised as being good for physical health and has been associated with longer life and reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It may also have protective effects against cognitive decline in older individuals. A Mediterranean-style diet generally emphasises eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and […]

Could a broccoli sprout extract help treat schizophrenia?

Many people with schizophrenia experience hallucinations and delusions that can significantly impact their everyday life. However, those with the condition may find it hard to seek treatment

Could a broccoli sprout extract help treat schizophrenia?The current schizophrenia treatments rely on antipsychotic drugs that come with unwanted side effects. However, new research has found that a chemical called sulforaphane could reduce and even prevent symptoms of the condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), schizophrenia affects more than 21 million people worldwide, but more than half of these people […]

How much coffee is too much for the heart?

For many people, coffee is the magical brew that kickstarts the day, a much-needed pick-me-up in the afternoon, and sometimes even a well-appreciated digestive after dinner. However, how much coffee is too much? A large new study claims to hold the answer

How much coffee is too much for the heart?Whatever it is that draws people to coffee, be it its taste and aroma or effects as a stimulant, it is undeniable that this is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Many recent studies have suggested that drinking coffee can bring a number of benefits in addition to enhancing focus and productivity. In fact, […]

7 salt related myths you need to know

Too much sodium in our diet may not be good for our health, but eliminating our entire sodium intake can also have an undesirable effect on our physical well-being

7 salt related myths you need to knowFor people dealing with high blood pressure, controlling their sodium intake has turned into a matter of life and death. Contributing to lakhs of death globally each year, high blood pressure has been named the leading risk factor for death in women. On top of high blood pressure, too much sodium in our diet can […]

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 […]

Consuming a healthy diet slashes breast cancer death risk in older women

A balanced, low-fat diet significantly lowers the risk of dying from breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new long-term data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Dietary Modification trial

Consuming a healthy diet slashes breast cancer death risk  in older women“Ours is the first randomised, controlled trial to prove that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of death from breast cancer. The balanced diet we designed is one of moderation, and after nearly 20 years of follow-up, the health benefits are still accruing,” lead investigator Dr Rowan Chlebowski from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, […]

Processed foods lead to weight gain, but it’s about more than calories

Processed foods lead to weight gain, but it’s about more than caloriesIn humans, researchers have reported associations between processed foods and health outcomes, such as an increased risk of developing obesity, cancer, autoimmune conditions, and even death. According to the NOVA food classification system, ultra-processed foods include soft drinks, packaged snacks, meat nuggets, frozen meals, and foods high in additives and low in unprocessed ingredients. “Previous […]

World Hypertension Day: Eat walnuts to lower blood pressure, new study suggests

A new study suggests that eating walnuts might help people at risk of cardiovascular disease to lower their blood pressure, that is, if they consume them as part of a diet low in saturated fats

World Hypertension Day: Eat walnuts to lower blood pressure, new study suggestsThe scientists, at Pennsylvania State University in State College, explain that their study is one of the first to investigate how the properties of walnuts may affect heart health. The results of the research, which the California Walnut Commission part funded, now appear in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Walnuts contain a plant-based […]

Worst foods to eat when trying to lose weight

Losing weight is a socio-physiological dilemma since foods high in calories and fats are ubiquitous, so much so that it is hard to imagine our diet without sweetened beverages and red meat

Worst foods to eat when trying to lose weightSaturated fats are high in calories with little nutritional value and are of no use to the body’s proper functioning. Self-control is the only way to stick to the mission of weight loss because even small indulgences could lead to weight gain and increase blood sugar levels. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans explain that […]
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