Here’s how to get rid of belly fat and lead an active life

Visceral fat – sometimes called "active" fat because of its active role in producing various hormones – is the harmful type of belly fat. It is less visible than subcutaneous fat because it lies within the abdominal wall. It surrounds organs, and releases hormones that can lead to diabetes, chronic inflammation, and other serious health problems

Here’s how to get rid of belly fat and lead an active lifeBelly fat is more than just a superficial concern. It is also a significant risk factor for serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not all fat is the same. Subcutaneous belly fat is the most visible type of fat, located just under the skin. Everyone has some belly fat, but large quantities […]

Prolonged sitting harms brain health, even if you exercise

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that long stretches of sedentary behaviour- like spending all day in your desk chair - were linked to changes in a part of the adult brain that's critical for memory

Prolonged sitting harms brain health, even if you exerciseResearchers discovered that among 35 adults aged 45 to 75 without dementia, those who spent more time sitting in the day had greater thinning of the medial temporal lobe. This is an area of the brain that is important for making new memories. Even high levels of physical activity did not make a difference, the […]

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%

A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found that women who are very physically fit in middle age have an almost 90% decreased risk of being diagnosed with dementia later in life, unlike their moderately fit peers, who are more exposed to this condition

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%Dementia, an umbrella term for a range of neurodegenerative diseases characterised by progressive memory loss and other cognitive impairments, affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This condition is most common among older adults, and a recent report suggests that more women live with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of […]

Being inactive interlinked with bladder problems in middle-aged men

Middle-aged men who spent at least 10 hours a day sedentary had a 15% increased risk of developing bladder problems, compared with those who spent less than five hours sitting daily, according to a study in BJU International

Being inactive interlinked with bladder problems in middle-aged menMiddle-aged men who are sedentary much of the day and don’t get a lot of exercise are more likely to develop bladder and urinary tract symptoms than their peers who sit less, a Korean study suggests. Researchers examined data on 69,795 men who were 40 years old on average and didn’t have a history of […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

Stopping exercise can take a toll on your mental health, reveals study

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide, ceasing all forms of vigorous physical activity can cause an individual to develop depressive symptoms. Previous research suggests being active increases the release of feel-good endorphins, which boosts an individual’s mood and promotes calmness

Stopping exercise can take a toll on your mental health, reveals studyIt’s long been understood that exercise is extremely beneficial for both one’s physical and mental health. However, the question of how a person’s mental state is affected when they give up exercise altogether is a topic that hasn’t been adequately explored. Julie Morgan, a PhD student from the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of […]

Exercise can play a role in improving asthma for obese adults

Patients who exercised had improvements in physical activity, asthma-symptom-free days, depression symptoms and sleep apnoea, researchers found

Exercise can play a role in improving asthma for obese adultsExercise training helps improve daily life for obese adults with asthma, a new study found. The three-month program targeted both weight loss and exercise through aerobic and resistance training, the study authors wrote in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. “In the past, exercise was seen as harmful to asthmatic patients because […]

Control these factors to prevent cancer risk

The study authors remind the public of the four key factors that everyone can keep in check: body weight, alcohol consumption, diet, and physical activity. The combined influence of these four factors made up nearly 14 per cent of cancer risk in women and over 22 per cent in men

Control these factors to prevent cancer riskThe new research examined a total of 1,570,975 cancer cases, 587,521 of which resulted in death. During the analysis, 26 cancer types and 17 risk factors were analysed. These 17 risk factors are called “modifiable” because people can take active measures to change them. In the new study, such factors included: alcohol intake smoking (both […]

Surprisingly, only 33% of women pay attention to their health reveals survey

One of the leading general insurance companies in India led a survey on women’s awareness on health and critical illness. Among other findings in the survey, it was revealed that critical illnesses are on the rise by 88%, the main reasons behind this is lack of physical activity, also only 6% of women have a critical illness cover against 22% who have a health insurance

Surprisingly, only 33% of women pay attention to their health reveals surveyThe survey was conducted with an aim to accelerate dialogue around various aspects of women being aware of their own health and wellness. The survey involved online quantitative interviews with 1,000 working women, aged between 22 to 45 years, across eight locations including metro and non-metro cities. According to the study conducted by the company, […]

Exercise can help increase longevity in people with heart disease

Compared to people who were inactive, participants who consistently got the minimum recommended amount of exercise for adults were 36% less likely to die during the study. If these very active people scaled back their workouts over time, they were still 26% less likely to die than sedentary individuals

Exercise can help increase longevity in people with heart diseaseOlder adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity, a Norwegian study suggests. Researchers examined three decades of data on 3,307 adults who had been diagnosed with coronary heart disease after a heart attack or an episode of severe chest pain, known […]
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