#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Tackle the problem of childhood obesity on priority’

The world is currently fighting a war against obesity, and India is no exception. One of the biggest health hurdles our country is facing is childhood obesity. If we want to win this battle, we need to act now! As responsible citizens, we need to join in the crusade against junk food to safeguard our next generation. On the occasion of World Obesity Day, My Medical Mantra shares an excerpt from the coffee table book Healthy Maharashtra - A vision document by eminent doctors. He speaks about the threat of childhood obesity and his opinions on it

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Tackle the problem of childhood obesity on priority’Obesity is spreading like an epidemic even in Maharashtra, which also faces an acute problem of malnutrition. There are three aspects to obesity. Adult obesity, which is mainly due to faulty eating patterns and erratic lifestyle. Genetic obesity, which affects around 20-25%. And, lastly, hormonal or metabolism-related obesity. The youth of India is our main […]

Do salt packets need a tobacco-style health warning?

Doctors and health experts said urgent action was needed to cut salt consumption. Warning labels could read salt ‘increases the risk of stroke, heart disease’ and more. The WHO aims to cut sodium intake by 30% by 2025. But is it really necessary to have such warnings on salt packets, My Medical Mantra spoke with a few health experts to know whether such a move. And also what impacts this could have on health

Do salt packets need a tobacco-style health warning?To reduce dietary salt intake, a position statement published earlier this week in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension suggests that salt sold in supermarkets for consumption and salt dispensers in restaurants should carry a front-of-pack, tobacco-style health warning. This position statement requests that governments require health warnings on packages of sodium chloride (salt) sold for […]

Diabetics who delay treating hypertension have more strokes, heart attacks – warns study

Among people with diabetes who develop high blood pressure, those who delay getting it under control may be more likely to have heart attacks and strokes than their counterparts who manage it promptly, a recent study suggests

Diabetics who delay treating hypertension have more strokes, heart attacks – warns studyResearchers examined data on 43,986 patients with diabetes who started treatment for high blood pressure between 2002 and 2007. People who waited until blood pressure was more elevated to start treatment were 10% more likely to have events like fatal heart attacks and strokes, the study found. “Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor […]

#WorldHeartDay: 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

#WorldHeartDay: 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 […]

People living near green spaces are at lower risk of metabolic syndrome, finds study

Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighbourhoods are at lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those living in areas with less green space

People living near green spaces are at lower risk of metabolic syndrome, finds studyThis is the main conclusion of a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa,” which provides further evidence on the health benefits of green spaces. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together and include obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar levels, and abnormal fat […]

Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension, reveals study

People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a study published today in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension, reveals studyHigh blood pressure affects 30-45% of adults and is the leading global cause of premature death, 2 while periodontitis affects more than 50% of the world’s population. Senior author Professor Francesco D’Aiuto of UCL Eastman Dental Institute, UK, said, “We observed a linear association—the more severe periodontitis is, the higher the probability of hypertension. The findings […]

Hypertension during pregnancy can increase later risk of heart disease, finds study

Research published today in the journal Circulation has found that women with high blood pressure in pregnancy, including conditions such as preeclampsia, have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disorders later in life, including stroke and heart failure

Hypertension during pregnancy can increase later risk of heart disease, finds studyLed by King’s College London, the team of researchers studied electronic health records from 1997 to 2016 to recreate a UK population-based cohort of 1.3 million women covering nearly 1.9 million completed pregnancies. They used statistical analysis to determine the associations between hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia with 12 cardiovascular disorders. They found […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progression

Researchers have found that nilvadipine, a drug that doctors regularly use to treat hypertension, may help people with Alzheimer’s disease by increasing blood flow to the brain

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progressionAlzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. This progressive disorder causes the degeneration and, ultimately, the death of brain cells. People with dementia experience cognitive decline, and have issues making judgments and performing everyday tasks. Dementia affects millions of people worldwide. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people with dementia was […]

Here’s all you need to know about this diabetic-friendly vegetable

What is your favourite vegetable? Pumpkin, spinach, broccoli, green beans or else? Well, perhaps it is time for you to a bit broadening your knowledge about types of vegetables. Have you given a bite to tindora? Tindora is one of the vegetable commonly found as part of Indian cuisine but unfortunately, the health benefits of ivy gourd also known as tindora or tendli vegetable is not a piece of common knowledge yet

Here’s all you need to know about this diabetic-friendly vegetableIvy gourd is a plant grown in tropical climates that are used for food and medicinal purposes. There are different species of ivy gourd, including Coccinia indica, Coccinia cordifolia, and Coccinia grandis, which are often compared to bitter melon. In addition to being a staple of Indian, Indonesian, and Thai cuisines, the fruit is believed […]

Suicide and self-harm risk nearly triple in people with restless leg syndrome

Restless legs syndrome was associated with a nearly tripled risk of suicide and self-harm in a new study led by Penn State researchers

Suicide and self-harm risk nearly triple in people with restless leg syndromeUsing Big Data, the researchers found that people with restless legs syndrome (RLS) had a 2.7- fold higher risk of suicide or self-harm, even when the researchers controlled for such conditions as depression, insomnia, diabetes and others. The study was published on August 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open. […]
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