Here’s how diabetics can lower their risk of health problems

The results aren’t a guarantee that following doctor’s orders — bringing blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels to normal ranges, not smoking and keeping kidneys healthy — will protect people with type 2 diabetes from heart attacks, stroke or early death. But they are an encouraging sign that controlling the disease can improve health

Here’s how diabetics can lower their risk of health problemsA growing number of studies suggest that getting a handle on a few key risk factors can bring type 2 diabetes under control. Lowering blood sugar, for instance, reduces the risk of additional health problems, such as heart disease and stroke related to the disease. But most of these studies have focused on studying one […]

Smoking increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Current smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop the most common heart rhythm disorder - atrial fibrillation, suggests an analysis of existing research. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk, but quitting smoking appears to lower it significantly, the authors report in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Smoking increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation“The prevalence of atrial fibrillation has been projected to increase over the next decades and it is an important risk factor for a number of other cardiovascular diseases and premature mortality,” said lead author Dagfinn Aune. “Tobacco smoking has been proposed as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, but previous studies have not been summarised […]

Adding anti-clot drug to aspirin may help reduce stroke risk, reveals study

A new study of almost 5,000 adults in 10 countries, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provided strong evidence that people who had a TIA, transient ischemic attack, or minor stroke could reduce their risk of heart attack, major stroke or death within three months by 25 per cent - by adding the clopidogrel to aspirin

Adding anti-clot drug to aspirin may help reduce stroke risk, reveals studyWith a minor stroke that has mild, non-debilitating symptoms or a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) with a temporary blockage of a brain blood vessel, a patient has up to a 15 per cent chance of enduring a more severe stroke within the next three months. A stroke can be a life-changing event that can have […]

10 health problems your eyes could be showing signs of

Eye doctors say that by looking in someone’s eyes, they can see things like arteries, veins, and nerves, which are a reflection of what’s going on in the rest of the body. The benefit, of course, is easily catching potential problems early on. Here are 10 important health conditions your eyes can signal

10 health problems your eyes could be showing signs ofThe American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends everyone get a baseline eye exam by age 40, if not before (if everything looks good, your doctor can decide how often you should follow-up) High blood pressure Early signs of damage from high blood pressure can be detected in routine eye exam so potentially life-saving  treatment can be […]

Even one drink a day can lower your life expectancy

Even light drinkers who enjoy a single beer or glass of wine every night may still be more likely to die prematurely than people who drink less, according to a recent study

Even one drink a day can lower your life expectancyCompared to people who drink less than 100 grams of pure alcohol a week – roughly the equivalent of five to six glasses of wine or beer – those who consume 100 grams to 200 grams of alcohol weekly have an estimated life expectancy at age 40 that’s about six months shorter, the study found. […]

Having just one egg a day can significantly lower your risk of heart disease

People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests. Eggs are a primary source of dietary cholesterol, but they also contain high-quality lean protein and many vitamins, the study team notes in the journal Heart

Having just one egg a day can significantly lower your risk of heart diseaseResearchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about 9 per cent of them avoided eggs altogether while 13 per cent ate roughly one […]

Being married can lower your risk of heart attacks and stroke

Unmarried people were also 43 per cent more likely to die from heart disease and 55 per cent more likely to die from strokes, researchers report in the journal Heart

Being married can lower your risk of heart attacks and strokePeople who are married may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren’t, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 34 previous studies involving more than two million people. Overall, they found that compared to married people, adults who were divorced, widowed or […]

Kolhapur: Woman who had stroke while pregnant, safely delivers baby

Thirty-seven-year-old Sukanya Jadhav (name changed) delivered a baby boy, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Her case was a rare one, as Sukanya was suffering from the after effects of a brain stroke while she was pregnant. In these cases, the delivery becomes a challenging task. But, she never gave up

Kolhapur: Woman who had stroke while pregnant, safely delivers babyNine years later, the long and never-ending wait of a 37-year-old Sukanya Jadhav (name changed) finally got over, and she received the biggest gift of her life as she got pregnant. Everyone, in her life, was very happy. The celebrations were about to begin, but on the very next day, she suffered a massive brain […]

Yoga can help stroke patients re-build balance and motor skills

A small pilot study that investigated yoga’s potential benefits in chronic stroke survivors in those who suffered a stroke longer than 6 months earlier has revealed that group yoga can improve balance in stroke survivors who no longer receive rehabilitative care

Yoga can help stroke patients re-build balance and motor skillsLeading researcher Arlene Schmid, Ph.D., O.T.R., a rehabilitation research scientist at Roudebush Veterans Administration-Medical Center and Indiana University’s Department of Occupational Therapy in Indianapolis, said: “For people with chronic stroke, something like yoga in a group environment is cost effective and appears to improve motor function and balance.” The study involved 47 participants, of which […]

Job strain linked to higher risk of premature death in men, finds study

Doctors found that men with diabetes, heart disease, or who had previously suffered a stroke, were 68% more likely to die over the course of the study if they had demanding jobs with little control over their workload

Job strain linked to higher risk of premature death in men, finds studyRecently published research in The Lancet, has found that, having a demanding job and little control over it is associated with an increased risk of premature death in men with coronary heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. This is one of the first large scale study; done with sample size of 1lakh people and recommends stress […]