Losing steam? Avoid these energy zappers

What may seem like harmless lifestyle habits may really be robbing you of your get-up-and-go

Losing steam? Avoid these energy zappersLet’s face it: we all get more fatigued as we get older. It’s part of the ageing process: we lose mitochondria (energy-producing engines in the cells) and we produce less adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — the molecule that delivers energy to cells throughout our body. Other causes of fatigue, such as medication side effects or chronic […]

World Autism Day: One in five young adults with autism suffers from depression

People with autism are far more likely to develop depression in adulthood, according to a study.  Those with the condition were more than three times as likely as the general population to receive a diagnosis of depression by the age of 27

World Autism Day: One in five young adults with autism suffers from depressionDepression affects almost 20 per cent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that’s more than triple that seen in the general population. And young adults with autism who were relatively high-functioning – meaning they did not have intellectual disabilities – were actually at higher risk of depression than people with more […]

Doing these six things can unknowingly raise your risk of having diabetes

If you consider yourself even a little health-savvy, you probably know the basic rules for keeping your type 2 diabetes risk as low as possible: Eat right, be active, and maintain a healthy weight. But guess what? Those aren’t the only things you can do

Doing these six things can unknowingly raise your risk of having diabetesBelieve it or not, there could be other factors at play that can up your odds for type 2 diabetes. And some of them are pretty surprising. Here, six things to watch for. Going gluten-free when you don’t have to Here’s more proof that you shouldn’t ditch the wheat, barley, and rye unless it’s truly […]

Living alone has an impact on your overall health, suggest Danish study

Men who lived alone had a 23 per cent increased risk for dying prematurely from any cause and a 36 per cent increased risk for cardiovascular death

Living alone has an impact on your overall health, suggest Danish studyDanish researchers began studying 3,346 men, average age 63, in 1985, tracking their health for 32 years. Over the period, 89 percent of the men died, 39 percent from cardiovascular diseases. The analysis, in European Heart Journal Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes, controlled for a variety of health and behavioural characteristics, including body mass […]

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s health

Dr Parul Tank, a consultant psychiatrist from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares how excessive gaming can impact your child’s health both positively and negatively and what should a parent do

Decoding the effect of gaming addiction on children’s healthHave we ever considered gaming addition as a mental health issue? Maybe not, with a hope that this phase will pass, we usually brush it under the carpet. Excessive gaming, like any other activity, has its impact. Video games started off as a way for kids to pass the time, back in the 50’s, but […]

Being social isolated can make you prone to develop type 2 diabetes

A recent study discovered an intriguing relationship between social isolation and the development of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that having a smaller network of friends could possibly make us prone to the illness

Being social isolated can make you prone to develop type 2 diabetesPeople who are socially isolated are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared with people who have a larger social circle, according to a new study from the Netherlands. The authors of the paper suggest that promoting social integration may represent a new approach to preventing the development of diabetes. Corresponding author of the […]

Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchers

The research states that the risk of early death associated with loneliness, social isolation, and living alone was equal to or greater than the premature death risk associated with obesity and other major health conditions

Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchersTwo new meta-analyses from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, reveal that loneliness and social isolation may increase the risk of premature death by up to 50 per cent. Study co-author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, a professor of psychology at BYU, and colleagues recently presented their findings at the 125th Annual Convention of the American […]

Loneliness: A public health risk that no one talks about

While social isolation has to do with objectively lacking relationships, loneliness is about how you perceive your level of social support, psychologists say. The mortality risk of a lack of social connection exceeds that of common public health priorities. The mortality risk of a lack of social connection exceeds that of common public health priorities

Loneliness: A public health risk that no one talks aboutMarci O’Connor, a mother of two teenagers, struggles with her confident, independent self and recurring loneliness — feelings that psychologists say are increasingly posing public health challenges. O’Connor, 46, of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, 30 kilometres east of Montreal, Canada said loneliness snuck up on her after she moved away from her family to a predominantly French-speaking area. […]