#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Control rampant spread of diabesity’

The world is reeling under the threat of an epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with obesity and hypertension well on the way to becoming the worst killers of this century

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Control rampant spread of diabesity’Of all the major health threats, none have challenged the foundation of public health system as the rise of NCDs that are costing human life and depleting the exchequer Let’s just quickly analyse the threat of NCDs from India’s perspective. We are the third most obese nation after the United States of America and China, […]

7 salt related myths you need to know

Too much sodium in our diet may not be good for our health, but eliminating our entire sodium intake can also have an undesirable effect on our physical well-being

7 salt related myths you need to knowFor people dealing with high blood pressure, controlling their sodium intake has turned into a matter of life and death. Contributing to lakhs of death globally each year, high blood pressure has been named the leading risk factor for death in women. On top of high blood pressure, too much sodium in our diet can […]

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 […]

Here’s why you need to avoid eating instant noodles

Most of the time, people would often consume instant noodles because they are on a budget or they don’t have the time to prepare for an actual meal. While instant noodles have its perks, it also can be harmful to our health. Read on to know more

Here’s why you need to avoid eating instant noodlesA majority of the population of the world considers instant noodles a staple food, like the well-loved rice in Asian countries. For many people out there, preparing these takes less than a minute or two, thus, making it easy for students, full-time parents and workers to make something that does not require too much effort. […]

Public health experts urge Bollywood celebs and cricketers to not endorse junk food

The Indian television and newspapers bombard people with the advertising of such unhealthy foods. Children are easily influenced and are lured in by such advertisements, plus the added ‘star’ factor lets children believe that the product they are consuming is good for them as it ‘normalises’ the usage of that product

Public health experts urge Bollywood celebs and cricketers to not endorse junk foodPublic health experts in India have urged celebrities to stop endorsing food products that contain high sugar, fat, and salt. Nutrition Advocacy in Public Interest (NAPI), a body formed by eminent doctors has written a letter to Bollywood personalities. Doctors have also sent the letter to the Union Health Ministry and NITI Aayog. Childhood obesity […]

World Hypertension Day: This may be why slashing salt lowers blood pressure

Restricting sodium intake has been key to reducing blood pressure. Now researchers may have found an underlying mechanism to explain why

World Hypertension Day: This may be why slashing salt lowers blood pressureSlash sodium from your diet. That’s the advice inevitably given to everyone. Scientists examined hundreds of metabolites substances produced during digestion from blood samples drawn in a study among 64 black British residents with high blood pressure, or hypertension. All participants were instructed to follow a reduced-sodium diet, but otherwise none were taking medication or […]

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says study

The researchers found that each extra gram of sodium (or 2.5 grams of salt) per day was linked to a 43 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. It was noted that the people who fell within the high consumption category were at a 58 per cent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the individuals in the low consumption group

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says studyDiabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- […]

Some people inherit urge to consume extra salt

Too much sodium, found mostly in dietary salt from processed, pre-packed, and restaurant foods, is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes

Some people inherit urge to consume extra saltPeople with enhanced bitter taste perception are almost twice as likely to consume too much sodium as people with less acute tasting ability. Those with gene variations that allow them to taste bitter more intensely may also taste salt more intensely and enjoy it more, leading to increased sodium intake, researchers said. Inherited differences in […]

What’s the secret of a healthy life? Bass Ek Chammach Kum!

Dr Mayuri Trivedi, a Nephrologist and Renal Transplant Physician at PD Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre shares the harmful effects of excess salt in our daily life, and how to stay healthy

What’s the secret of a healthy life? Bass Ek Chammach Kum!Anything salty and with a crunch is a world of perfection to me. Anyone, who loves food, will agree to these lines without any doubt. But, think twice about it, anything that is salty, and with a crunch may not be the perfect thing to keep you healthy. As far as 6050 BC, salt has […]

Consuming too much salt can cause inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis, finds study

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys the protective coating around neurons called myelin

Consuming too much salt can cause inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis, finds studyNew research, published in the journal Nature Immunology, now shows how a high intake of salt may cause inflammation in multiple sclerosis. Generally, women are at a higher risk of developing the condition than men. While researchers do not yet know what causes MS, an interplay between genetic predisposition and environmental factors is likely to […]