Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

Best and worst foods for your thyroid health

The attention to food and nutrients to encourage proper functioning of the gland is often ignored. The nutrients that the thyroid gland needs are easily available in many food items. Ankita Ghag, clinical nutritionist, Co-founder and director, Vacchan Arogya lists out some food stuffs to consume and avoid, in order to boost the thyroid health

Best and worst foods for your thyroid healthYour thyroid is your body’s silent workhorse-most of the time; it functions so smoothly that we forget it’s there. But this little, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck helps regulate your metabolism, temperature, heartbeat, and more, and if it starts to go haywire, you’ll notice. Though the thyroid is small, it’s a major […]

#WorldKidneyDay: Avoid kidney stones in 11 easy ways

Researchers still are not exactly sure how and why kidney stones occur, although they are one of the oldest medical conditions known to affect humans

#WorldKidneyDay: Avoid kidney stones in 11 easy waysKidney stones are solid deposits of minerals and salts that have crystallized together in the kidneys. Usually, the fluid in urine prevents waste products from coming into contact with each other. Kidney stones begin to form when there is not enough fluid or too much solid waste content in the urine. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in […]

Consuming a high-fibre diet proven to be beneficial for cancer patients, finds study

Eating more foods high in fibre has been recommended to prevent cancer. Now researchers say high-fibre diets may also help a type of immune therapy work better against tumours

Consuming a high-fibre diet proven to be beneficial for cancer patients, finds studyPatients who had a high-fibre diet were found five times likely to reduce the growth or shrink tumours while taking an immune therapy. The researchers unveiled the findings at the recent news conference held by the American Association for Cancer Research, Science News reported late last week. Researchers have found a new potential way to […]

Meat-free diet linked to benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, finds study

Avoiding animal products and eating a plant-based diet is a great way to keep type 2 diabetes under control, according to a study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care

Meat-free diet linked to benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, finds studyResearchers reviewed 11 studies (most of them randomised controlled trials, the gold standard in research) that included more than 400 mostly middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes. The average length of each study was about six months. People who followed a plant-based diet experienced significant improvements in blood sugar control, emotional health, quality of life, […]

Do you have braces? Know what to eat and avoid

The irony of braces is that they help and hurt your pearly whites at the same time. They help correct serious alignment issues and hurt because they make it a little harder to practice your oral hygiene. According to city doctors, certain foods can damage braces components like the rubber bands, wires, or even the bracket itself. To help you do what’s best for your teeth, doctors list out foods to eat and avoid with braces on

Do you have braces? Know what to eat and avoidIf you have just gotten braces or got them tightened, it can be tough on your teeth and very painful for the first few days. So it’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene and make conscious food choices during as it’s important to be careful and not to damage them. Mumbai based dental surgeon […]

Eating more vegetables interlinked with better artery health for older women

A new study of older women living in Australia finds that eating more vegetables - especially cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower - might help to prevent clogged arteries, a main cause of heart attack and stroke

Eating more vegetables interlinked with better artery health for older womenElderly women who eat more vegetables may be less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, an Australian study suggests. Researchers surveyed 954 women aged 70 and older. They also used ultrasound to assess the thickness of the walls of the carotid artery in the neck, and the extent of plaque accumulation. Thinner artery walls […]

A vegetarian diet can help reduce the risk of depression, finds study

It is known that poor mental health can affect appetite in a harmful manner. But how much of an influence do poor eating habits have on our susceptibility to mental health problems?

A vegetarian diet can help reduce the risk of depression, finds studyResearchers at the University College London, England reviewed several studies published in recent years to find out. Their review titled ‘Healthy dietary indices and risk of depressive outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies’ was published in Molecular Psychiatry on September 26. Dr Camille Lasalle and her colleagues conducted the review by aggregating […]

Mediterranean diet offers protective effect against prostate cancer

Prostate cancer occurs because of the uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate, which is a gland in the male reproductive organs that produces a fluid that forms part of semen. It sits just below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that urine passes through on its way out of the body

Mediterranean diet offers protective effect against prostate cancerIn a report on their findings that is published in The Journal of Urology, the researchers write that guidelines for preventing prostate cancer should aim to “consider whole dietary patterns instead of individual foods.” Lead investigator Dr Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III at the University of Alcalá near Madrid, Spain, explains […]

#StressFreeExam: Know what to eat and avoid

SCC and HSC exams are round the corner. A long exam is like a mental marathon in which endurance is important. Students are gearing up for the same. Along with the studies following a healthy diet is equally important. Shilpa Joshi, Consultant Dietetian and Diabetes Educator, Mumbai Diet and Health Centre, Bandra, Mumbai, tells what to eat and what to avoid

#StressFreeExam: Know what to eat and avoidDuring examination, students shouldn’t follow irregular eating habits, as this can invite acidity. Maintain appropriate food timings which includes, breakfast, lunch and dinner). Follow these vital tips during examination: Along with tea, coffee or milk have dry fruits Before going for exams eat roti and subzi or dosa. Include proteins Maintain the same eating timings […]