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Sleep can put you at Risk of Diabetes

posted by Harneedi on Apr 11, 2017
tags: Type 2 diabetes risk of diabetes lack of sleep

Sleep can put you at risk of diabetes

A Harvard University study claims too little or too much sleep puts older women at a risk for diabetes.

Older women who get too little or even too much sleep are at greater risk of diabetes, new research suggests. The study suggests that chronic short sleep duration of six hours or less, or increasing average sleeping time by two hours or more over a period of several years, increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and older women.

Researchers concluded that increasing sleep duration by two hours or more increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 15 per cent -even factoring in variations in diet, physical activity, snoring, sleep apnoea, depression and bodymass index (BMI).​Previous research has shown that too much or too little sleep increases the risk of diabetes, with the lowest risk shown for those who sleep between seven and eight hours per day.

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Beware! Social Media addiction can cause FOMO

Beware! Social Media addiction can cause FOMO

If you cannot live without the social media for even a minute, check out if you're suffering from FOMO - Fear of Missing Out. Health experts say the constant urge to be in touch with friends and happenings via smartphones has left many youths suffering from this new breed of disorder.

"Absence of social media can lead to FOMO. One tends to develop uneasiness if staying away from social media is for too long," city-based clinical psychologist Ripen Sippy told IANS.

According to Ashima Srivastava, consultant, clinical psychologist at Max Superspeciality Hospital, FOMO is a form of social anxiety. "It is more of a form of social anxiety than a phobia. FOMO is a phenomenon where one feels pressurised to share everything on social media to show how much fun one is having," Srivastava told IANS.

According to psychologists, FOMO creates a strange fear of remaining isolated from the crowd.

"In FOMO, one develops the fear of missing out updates and important events; hence constantly remai

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World Health Day 2017: Depression, Let's Talk

World Health Day - April 2017

The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme.

World Health Day 2017 Theme: Depression, Let's Talk

World Health Day 2017, celebrated on 7 April, aims to mobilize action on depression. This condition affects people of all ages, from all walks of life on Global. It impacts on people's ability to carry out everyday tasks, with consequences for families, friends, and even communities, workplaces, and health care systems. At worst, depression can lead to self-inflicted injury and suicide.

According to WHO, depression is "persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for two weeks or more."

​What causes depression?

The World Health Organization (WHO

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Save your Bones with these Tips

One woman in every four who fractures a hip never comes out of hospital -she dies there. This is a statistic provided by the UK-based National Osteoporosis Society. Worse still, the organisation's report reveals that one in five women has to suffer three fractures before the diagnosis of their brittle bones -not surprising, given that, after hitting menopause, a woman can lose a whopping one-third of her bone in three years. The latest report from the National Osteoporosis Society emphasises the unnecessary suffering that women are experiencing. It makes painful reading. In a poll of 1,551 people across Britain, including 972 women aged 50-70 who had broken bones, the charity found GPs and hospital staff often fail to follow up those at risk.

In total, one in eight of those who had more than three broken bones said that they had never discussed osteoporosis with the doctors treating their fractures. About 2.3 million women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, which the poll found i

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Smoking is the Biggest Killer

Smoking is the Biggest Killer

​Every day as I leave from work, I see men, old and young alike, making a beeline for the local paan (betel leaf) vendor. Some are busy chewing paan while others indulge in a quick "stress-free" smoking session.  

The other day I noticed a group of young lads next to the same paan shop. They all must have been in their early teens. One of them bought a packet of cigarettes and started blowing smoke rings as the others watched in amazement. He then offered it to a friend who at first declined but finally accepted it after much persuasion by the group. He looked like a first timer. This boy took the first puff, coughed, gave it back, took it back and puffed again. 

And there it was. Another youth falling for the bloody stick. 

Why is it hard to say NO to another puff? 

The answer is nicotine, an addictive substance in tobacco, which is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. 

What's in a smoke you wonder, especially if you are a young reader or a new smoker. Well, there are over 4,000

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Health Food Drinks Killing us?

Health Food Drinks Killing us?

Sugar-sweetened beverages like Coke and Pepsi are a source of excess calories leading to weight gain linked to obesity , diabetes and heart disease. A can of Coke, for example, has 33 grams of sugar – the equivalent of about eight teaspoons. For the average adult, the daily allowance of sugar as part of a healthy diet is only six to nine teaspoons and so, after consuming one can of Coke, you have already exhausted your daily allowance. In the case of children, a single can of Coke is already way above the recommended daily sugar allowance. The linkage between these beverages and obesity is strong enough for several states in the US to impose a special tax similar to what is imposed on tobacco.

Indian diabetologists have raised concerns about the penetration of beverage brands like Pepsi and Coke into India and have called for a tax on these products to limit consumption.Thankfully despite high decibel advertising, the per capita consumption of these beverages in India is still rathe

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People more Stressed during Holidays

People more Stressed during Holidays

As the economic crisis continues, many people may feel more stress and anxiety during holidays.

“The holidays can be a wonderful time for many people, but they can also bring about pressure, stress and anxiety,” said Dena Cabrera, staff psychologist at Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders.

“Many news outlets have reported the recession is over, but people across the country (the US) may not be feeling the reprieve. They hear one thing, but their bank account says something different,” added Cabrera.

Because many people are struggling with lay offs and financial loss, they may have trouble enjoying pleasurable activities, particularly during the holidays.

People with stress can experience sleep disturbances, headaches, muscle tension, stomach problems and fatigue.

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Eat Almonds for better overall Health

Eating a handful of almonds everyday can improve a person’s diet quality which may have numerous lifelong health benefits, a new study suggests. Researchers from University of Florida in U.S. conducted a study on 28 parent-child pairs.

The parents were instructed to eat 42 grammes of whole almonds each day during the three-week intervention portion of the research period, and the children were encouraged to eat 14 grammes of whole almonds or an equivalent amount of almond butter each day.

At the beginning of the 14-week research period the participants’ average Healthy Eating Index scores were 53.7 for the parents as well as children.The Healthy Eating Index is a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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India has the Highest Burden of TB in the World

"India has the highest burden of Tuberculosis (TB) in the world, accounting for approximately one fifth of the global incidence. Out of 9.4 million new TB cases, 2 million are estimated to have occurred in India, with an approximate 280,000 people succumbing to TB in 2009, according to TB Control India. As India prepares to become a global superpower, TB care and control remains a critical challenge," said Dr Madhukar Pai, Associate professor of epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of conference on TB Diagnostics in India here, Dr Madhukar Pai, who also co-chairs the Stop TB Partnership's Working Group on New Diagnostics opined that undiagnosed and poorly managed TB continues to fuel the epidemic. Recognizing these challenges, the Government of India has set an ambitious goal of providing universal access to quality diagnosis and treatment for all TB patients in the cou

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21 countries could be malaria-free by 2020

21 countries could be malaria-free by 2020

Six countries in Africa, the continent where malaria is most widespread, could be free of the disease by 2020, according to a WHO report published on 25 April to mark World Malaria Day.

One of the goals of the World Health Organisation’s 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to wipe out the disease in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade.

“WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including six countries in the African Region, where the burden of the disease is heaviest,” the Geneva-based organisation said in a statement.

These countries are Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa and Swaziland.

In South Africa, the elimination of malaria is a public health objective. The country registered 11,700 cases of the disease in 2014 – down from 64,000 in 2000 – with most diagnoses coming from areas bordering Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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