Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

What’s bad for the heart is also bad for the brain, reveals study

People who have risk factors for heart disease like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity may also be more likely to develop structural changes in the brain that can lead to dementia, a recent study suggests

What’s bad for the heart is also bad for the brain, reveals studyResearchers examined data on 9,772 adults, ages 44 to 79, who all had at least one MRI brain scan and provided general health information and medical records for the analysis. The researchers looked for associations between brain structure and so-called vascular risk factors. They found that except for high cholesterol, all of the other vascular […]

Rapid weight gain in childhood can affects heart health in teenagers, finds study

Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in childhood and adolescence are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood

Rapid weight gain in childhood can affects heart health in teenagers, finds studyExcessive weight gain in children under two years can lead to cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in teenage years including increased cholesterol, being overweight and having fat around the middle, finds new research from the University of Sydney. Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in childhood and adolescence are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease […]

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study reveals

A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia

Common heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness: Study revealsThe findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes Compared with periods when they were not on those […]

Eating one egg a day can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, suggest study

Eggs are controversial for diabetes because they are high in cholesterol. But they also offer plenty of nutritional benefit that help to lower risk and stabilise those who have the disease. A new study controversially suggests one egg a day is the ideal amount. Current guidelines suggest capping your intake at three a week

Eating one egg a day can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, suggest studyConsumption of one egg every day seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study conducted in the University of Eastern Finland shows. The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Eggs remain one of the most controversial food items. […]

Living in greener neighbourhoods linked to better heart health, state researchers

People who live in neighbourhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas, a small study suggests

Living in greener neighbourhoods linked to better heart health, state researchersAt the population level, residential green space has long been linked to a lower risk of death from heart disease and respiratory problems, as well as a lower risk of hospitalisation for events like heart attacks and strokes, researchers note in the Journal of the American Heart Association. But there isn’t as much evidence showing […]

Excess sugar is more harmful to your body than you think

Sugar is sweet, but too much of it can sour your health. Whole foods like fruits, veggies, dairy, and grains have natural sugars. Your body digests those carbs slowly so your cells get a steady supply of energy. Added sugars, on the other hand, come in packaged foods and drinks. Your body does not need any added sugars

Excess sugar is more harmful to your body than you thinkHow much is too much? The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar a day for women and 9 teaspoons (36 grams) for men. Weight Gain Sugar-sweetened beverages are a big source of added sugar. If you drink a can of soda every day and don’t trim calories […]

Childhood cancer survivors at a higher risk of developing heart disease

Researchers from Germany have investigated the long-term health of those who survived cancer during their childhood in comparison to the rest of the population. The study found the survivors, as adults, were at increased cardiovascular risk compared to the general population. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, used to treat cancer in children, are known to affect heart cells and blood vessels

Childhood cancer survivors at a higher risk of developing heart diseaseAdult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests. Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were less than 15 […]

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?

Researchers at Duke University discovered a gene in mice that directs some bodies to store fat more readily - and they believe a similar gene causes some humans to persistently gain weight without any fault of their own

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?New research on mice suggests that a single gene could be at the root of why some people are overweight. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that forms of a gene called ankyrin-B cause fat cells to absorb glucose at a much faster rate than they should, which […]