Diet rich in fruits and veggies can help reduce lung disease risk

Compared with individuals who had never smoked and who ate five or more portions of fruits and vegetables, current and former smokers who ate fewer than two daily portions were 13.5 times and six times more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD), respectively

Diet rich in fruits and veggies can help reduce lung disease riskThe health benefits of eating a range of fruits and vegetables are well documented; reams of research have already made this clear. For instance, increasing their consumption helps reduce cardiovascular risk, maintain a healthy blood pressure, and stave off cancer, to name but a few. Recently, there have been a number of studies demonstrating that […]

2018: Simple health tips for a safe road trip

Road trips can be fun and rewarding if you take the time to prepare for the road ahead. Being willing to go with the flow if traffic hits, weather changes, or you feel as if you need a break can make a big difference, too. So pack, prepare, and don’t forget to wear your seat belt!

2018: Simple health tips for a safe road tripThere is a real pleasure in driving long distances. Even on today’s congested roads; the freedom, the sense of adventure, the sheer joy of the road unfolding before you. But without proper planning, your adventure could turn into a nightmare. Taking care of your health on the road is a key aspect of travel. Here […]

Salads are healthy, but only if you choose wisely

Salads are seen as a health food, but overloading your salads with unhealthy toppings which carry far too many calories and renders the nutritive qualities redundant

Salads are healthy, but only if you choose wiselySalads often have a “health halo effect”, making it possible to consume way more calories and fat than you realize. A genuinely nutritious salad requires the right toppings to earn the title. Find out if your salad add-ins are accidentally sabotaging your weight loss efforts and health goals. Creamy Dressings As tasty as ranch, Caesar, […]

Low levels of calcium in the body can lead to a twofold risk of cardiac arrest

Calcium is an essential mineral present in an abundance of foods, primarily dairy products such as milk and cheese. The study revealed that people with low levels of calcium in their blood may be at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Low levels of calcium in the body can lead to a twofold risk of cardiac arrestLead investigator Dr Sumeet S. Chugh, of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and colleagues believe that their findings may pave the way for much-needed new diagnostic and treatment strategies for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The researchers recently reported their findings in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. SCA is when the heart suddenly […]

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours grow

We know that almost all the cells in the human body require energy, and they derive this energy from the sugars in the food we eat. Cancer cells also require sugars to grow. But their glucose intake is a lot higher than that of healthy cells, as is the rate at which they ferment that glucose into lactic acid. This is known as the Warburg effect, and it may, scientists have hypothesised, have something to do with cancer's rapid growth rate

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours growCancer cells could be benefiting from sugary foods. Eating sugar stimulates cancers to grow and continue to develop, the scientists claimed. The more sugar consumed, the more aggressive the cancer can become, they added. The findings could have “sweeping consequences” for diet recommendations in cancer patients. “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of […]

Fibre intake is crucial so that you aren’t eaten by your own microbes

Studying the interaction of fibre, gut microbes and the intestinal barrier system is that if you don't feed them, they can eat you, say researchers

Fibre intake is crucial so that you aren’t eaten by your own microbesThe gut micro biota plays a crucial role in maintaining our body’s overall health. New research shows what happens if we do not feed our gut microbes with the fibre they need to survive. Our gut micro biota contains at least 1,000 different species of known bacteria, summing up 3 million genes. We share one […]

Eating leafy greens is good for your brain health, says research

Among many other foods, the researchers recorded the number of servings of lettuce, spinach, kale and collard greens. At least twice over the course of the study they administered cognitive tests covering memory, spatial ability and perceptual speed

Eating leafy greens is good for your brain health, says researchResearchers studied 960 men and women ages 58 to 99 who completed food frequency questionnaires and had two or more cognitive assessments over an average of almost five years of follow-up. Those who ate the most leafy vegetables — one to two servings a day — scored the equivalent of 11 years younger on tests […]

Party season: Know how to strike a balance between junk and healthy food

At the end of the year, everybody gets busy planning the parties and their health and routine goes haywire. Here, experts list out tips to eat healthy, this party season.

Party season: Know how to strike a balance between junk and healthy foodIt’s that time of the year where everyone indulges in parties; get togethers, vacations, and more to celebrate the year end. With lip-smacking food around, it’s hard to resist, which ultimately leads to overindulging in food and drinks. Moreover, the after party detox and the strict diet routine can be difficult. Experts offer tips on  […]

All you need to know about amputation for diabetes

Amputation is preventable or it can be delayed. People with neuropathy, peripheral artery disease, or both can take steps to preserve their health

All you need to know about amputation for diabetesPeople with diabetes have high blood sugar, which can lead to serious complications if untreated. Two serious complications are nerve damage and peripheral artery disease. These can lead to the need for amputation below the knee. Diabetes overview Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, refers to a group of metabolic diseases where the body cannot […]

Explained: Why more heart-related deaths happen during holidays

It’s possible, though, that heart-related deaths during the holiday season might spike due to seasonal stress, changes in diet and alcohol consumption or lower staffing at hospitals

Explained: Why more heart-related deaths happen during holidaysDeaths from heart-related causes tend to spike around the holidays, and the cold weather may not really be to blame, a recent study suggests. To rule out the potential influence of freezing temperatures, researchers examined data on more than 738,000 deaths from 1988 to 2013 in New Zealand, where Christmas comes during the summer. Overall, […]