Indians consume more salt than recommended, reveals PHFI study

Indians have been taking much more salt as against the 5 gms per day limit recommended by WHO, said a new study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Indians consume more salt than recommended, reveals PHFI studySalt intake among adult Indians has been found to be high and exceeding the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a recent study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). The study, was conducted in Delhi, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, and covered around 1,395 adults. The study found that salt […]

High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage risk

Higher blood pressure prior to conception may increase the risk of miscarriage, even in women not diagnosed with hypertension. The study involved women who had already experienced at least one pregnancy loss and were trying to conceive again. If confirmed, the findings imply that lowering heart disease risk factors in young adulthood may also improve reproductive health

High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage riskWomen with slightly elevated blood pressure before they get pregnant may have an increased risk of miscarriage even when they’re not diagnosed with hypertension, an American study suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,228 women with at least one previous pregnancy loss who were trying to conceive. Out of the 797 participants who became pregnant during […]

7 mistakes that can affect your blood pressure reading

Learn what to avoid doing in order to not influence your blood pressure while it is being checked by your doctor

7 mistakes that can affect your blood pressure readingMum’s the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked. Talking while the cuff is on can boost your blood pressure reading. So can a full bladder or crossing your legs, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. “These simple things can make a difference in whether or not a person is classified as […]

7 effective ways to lower blood pressure and stress

When it comes to preventing and treating high blood pressure, one often-overlooked strategy is managing stress. If you often find yourself tense and on-edge, try these seven ways to reduce stress

7 effective ways to lower blood pressure and stressGet enough sleep: Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health. Learn relaxation techniques: Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are powerful relaxation techniques and stress-busters. Strengthen your social network: Connect with others by taking a class, joining an organisation, or participating […]

Natural ways to lower your blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure (readings persistently over 140/90 mmHg), the most important thing you can do is eliminate the factors in your lifestyle which are increasing your blood pressure

Natural ways to lower your blood pressureEliminate those and you might avoid the need for medications, or at least reduce the amounts required to control your readings. Here’s how lifestyle changes can impact your blood pressure: Losing weight – 5-20 mmHg decrease per 9 kgs weight lost Eating a healthy diet – 8-14 mmHg decrease Reducing sodium – 2-8 mmHg decrease […]

Shocking figures reveal 1 in 10 women suffering from hypertension

As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS); 2015-16, 11% of women (1 in 10) and 15% of men (1 in 7) of age 15-49 are hypertensive. The survey has also found that about 60.4% of persons under screened have ever had their blood pressure measured

Shocking figures reveal 1 in 10 women suffering from hypertensionThe National Family Health Survey 2015-16 was conducted in India from 20 January, 2015 to 04 December, 2016 and information was gathered from 601,509 households, 699,686 women and 103,525 men. In response to a question raised by Dr K Gopal about people with high blood pressure and its complications in India, Anupriya Patel, Minister of […]

16:8 diet helps aid weight loss and lower blood pressure

In daily fasting, or the 16:8 diet, people can eat whatever they like for 8 hours and fast for the remaining 16. A new study evaluates the benefits of this 16:8 pattern for obese individuals and finds that not only does the diet work, but also that it helps to lower blood pressure

16:8 diet helps aid weight loss and lower blood pressureMore and more people now turn to intermittent fasting as a fast and effective way to lose weight.  There are different form of this diet, depending on the time intervals of ‘fasting’ and ‘feasting.’ The so-called 5:2 diet, for instance, consists of eating normally for 5 days every week and fasting for 2 days. In […]

One hour of yoga a day, can help reduce hypertension

Although the study couldn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, doing yoga two to three times a week was associated with an average drop in blood pressure readings from 133/80 to 130/77, the researchers said

One hour of yoga a day, can help reduce hypertensionPeople who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure – also known as hypertension. “This study confirms many people’s feelings that exercise may be useful in the control of hypertension,” said Dr Howard Weintraub, a cardiologist and associate […]

Beneficial yoga asanas for treating hypertension

According to a report published in Nature journal, Hypertension is directly responsible for 57% of all stroke deaths and 24% of all coronary heart disease deaths in India.

Beneficial yoga asanas for treating hypertensionHypertension – also known as high blood pressure. Blood vessels act as carriers of blood from the heart to other parts of the body. High blood pressure caused due to the force of blood pushing against the walls of vessels. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and death. High blood pressure is […]

Silent, bloody killer: Hypertension is yet another reason to exercise

Whether you go for a daily run or brisk walk, every time you finish exercising your blood pressure goes down and stays down for many hours, which is good for your overall health

Silent, bloody killer: Hypertension is yet another reason to exerciseYes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. We may even tire of hearing about exercise and weight from family, friends and the media. But an equally […]
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