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For older Indians, walking 9,000 steps every day is the best way to cut risk of heart attack by 50 per centPremium Story

January 12, 2023 12:30 IST

‘This is the best way since over 50 per cent Indians do not meet the WHO’s minimum physical activity recommendation of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity,’ says Shivangi Bajpai, co-author of the University of Massachusetts study on counting steps for cardiovascular health

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Intense exercise may damage heart, stick to moderate limits, says study

January 11, 2023 17:02 IST

‘Certain exercises or workouts are known to put excessive burden on the heart which leads to the body producing higher catecholamine levels that increase an individual's heart rate and blood pressure. An accelerated heart rate can speed up atherosclerosis,’ says Dr Bimal Chhajer, cardiologist, former consultant at AIIMS and founder of SAAOL Heart Institute

Alcohol, cancer risk

Love your wine and beer? Is there a safe limit for drinking alcohol?Premium Story

January 12, 2023 10:48 IST

New WHO data says there is no safe limit. “Besides cancers at different sites, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, pancreatitis and neurologic and mental health disorders, road traffic accidents are linked to alcohol. Even small amounts of alcohol can disturb brain function by affecting neuronal transmission. Some effects are temporary but many cause long lasting damage,’ says Dr K Srinath Reddy, distinguished professor, PHFI

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Fatty liver can trigger diabetes: Why you should lose 5-10% body weight to reverse itPremium Story

January 11, 2023 10:39 IST

Fat in the liver increases insulin resistance. As insulin resistance increases, the pancreas tries to overcome it by working harder and gradually gets fatigued, accelerating the development of Type 2 diabetes. Once people have diabetes, they have an even greater risk of developing fatty liver. In fact, 80 per cent of those with Type 2 diabetes have fatty liver, says Dr Ambrish Mithal, Chairman and Head, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Max Healthcare

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Study proves how Vitamin D deficiency causes dementia in older adultsPremium Story

January 10, 2023 17:30 IST

'It’s interesting that improvement in cognition was noted with correction of moderate deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in neural development, neuroplasticity and brain functioning,' says Dr Sucheta Mudgerikar, senior consultant neurologist at Apollo Hospitals, Gandhinagar

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Two cups of coffee vs green tea: Which is good for your heart if you have high BP?

January 11, 2023 08:36 IST

Excessive consumption of caffeine raises BP, heart rate and constricts the blood vessels, which could trigger adverse events, say experts

How skipping can help you in weight loss and become your whole body workoutPremium Story

January 12, 2023 11:06 IST

‘It maximises calorie-burn, causing you to lose weight. As it strengthens core muscles and tightens the abdominal area, it automatically reduces belly fat,’ says holistic health expert Dr Mickey Mehta

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How to prevent heart attacks & sudden cardiac arrests on winter morningsPremium Story

January 10, 2023 10:38 IST

You need to monitor your BP at least once a week, be regular about follow-ups and check-ups and take up static cycling, says Dr T S Kler, Chairman, Fortis Heart and Vascular Institute, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram


What happens when parents make decisions about a child’s finances without informing them?Premium Story

January 9, 2023 17:54 IST

Generalising controlling behaviour as something that takes place due to the nature of family relationships would be misleading. This is about a dialectic between two individuals – and it could be any two people, each with their own personalities, experiences, beliefs and priorities. No matter what the relationship, trust requires effort, respect and transparency, says Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis Mental Health Programme

Can the new Alzheimer’s drug, Lecanemab, be effective enough?Premium Story

January 9, 2023 21:48 IST

‘There are various scales for measuring cognitive decline. A good example would be a patient, who is soiling, starting to tell the caregivers that they need to go to the bathroom. And in this context, the medicine approved now has an edge over the previous one,’ says Dr MV Padma Shrivastava, head of the neurosciences centre at AIIMS

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Incorrect posture, long hours at desk, heavy weights can cause sciatica

January 9, 2023 14:34 IST

Nine out of 10 patients get pain relief with conservative management and various epidural injections. But a good physical regime will prevent it in the first place, says Dr Vivek Loomba,Consultant Pain Physician at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi


Know why beetroot is great for heart, diabetes and gut healthPremium Story

January 9, 2023 11:47 IST

It is a good source of manganese, which is involved in the production of insulin and helps in stabilising blood sugar levels. Nitrate, found in high concentrations, may help reduce insulin resistance, says Dr Eileen Canday, Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai

Can a simple blood test hold the key to detecting Alzheimer’s?Premium Story

January 8, 2023 07:00 IST

Dr Pravat Mandal, a researcher from the National Brain Research Centre, believes that the levels of the antioxidant glutathione and iron in critical parts of the brain are predictors of Alzheimer’s. With a specialised MRI machine that can detect chemical compounds in the brain, he is awaiting a trial to be conducted with AIIMS

Living with diabetes since 25, as a hidden cost of her PCOS, this young painter believes disease has disciplined herPremium Story

January 8, 2023 08:00 IST

Shaiqa Shaukat has pulled back from the brink after making the costly error of skipping diabetes screening when she was diagnosed with PCOS, which leads to insulin resistance and obesity. Considering that most Indians are risk-prone, given their genetic history and aggravating triggers like dyslipidemia and hypertension, anybody with PCOS should immediately go for a simple oral glucose tolerance test

How simple yoga practices can help in getting rid of addictionsPremium Story

January 7, 2023 14:45 IST

Pranayama helps in invigorating the life force or prana of the person and most importantly, brings about self-awareness, starting with the simple act of watching your own breath. Most acts of addiction are compulsive. As you progress in the practice of breath observation, you automatically imbibe self-awareness, says yoga guru Kamini Bobde

winter health care for elders

What are dos and don’ts for older adults this winterPremium Story

January 7, 2023 09:38 IST

Older people lose body heat faster and do not know when the big chill catches up with them or when they can quickly descend into hypothermia, says Dr Bimal Chhajer, cardiologist, former consultant at AIIMS, and founder of SAAOL Heart Institute.

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Covishield immune responses against COVID-19 variants higher than Covaxin, says studyPremium Story

January 6, 2023 18:25 IST

‘Our study findings indicate that a higher frequency of Covishield recipients show the presence of antibodies post-vaccination as compared to Covaxin,’ says Dr Vineeta Bal, an immunologist from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune and one of the study authors


How breastfeeding mothers can help their babies sleep betterPremium Story

January 6, 2023 14:00 IST

Breastfeeding is one of the most convenient and powerful tools when it comes to managing newborn sleep as breastmilk contains sleep hormones, says Infant and Child Sleep Specialist Himani Dalmia

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Can intermittent fasting reverse diabetes? How does it work ?Premium Story

January 6, 2023 12:48 IST

Intermittent Fasting of any variety is not recommended for all diabetics. Before starting any diet or weight loss plan, it is important to consult your physician, says Dr Anil Bhoraskar, Secretary, Diabetic Association of India (Scientific Section) and Senior Diabetologist at SL Raheja Hospital

Does higher consumption of dietary cholesterol increase your chances of diabetes?Premium Story

January 5, 2023 20:09 IST

A higher consumption of dietary cholesterol may increase your chances of Type 2 diabetes, says study. 'This means eliminating butter, oil and red meat. Blended ones are the best, say a 30:70 blend of safflower with rice bran,' says endocrinologist Dr Shashank Joshi at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai

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Can 6,000 to 9,000 steps a day keep heart attacks at bay among older adults? Study says soPremium Story

January 15, 2023 05:25 IST

The scientific reason behind this is any physical activity will increase the heart rate. A heart rate more than 100 during activity will increase the cardiac output and blood circulation. This will cause consumption of blood sugar and fat forming agents like triglycerides and cholesterol, say experts

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Is your BP not going down despite medicines and causing headaches? Stay away from painkillersPremium Story

January 5, 2023 07:16 IST

Sustained high pressure can sometimes lead to sharp headaches and most patients go for ibuprofen to relieve themselves of pain. In fact, taking a headache pill during an episode of high BP may push it up further and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, says Dr Rommel Tickoo, Director, Internal Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket

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Dairy products do not cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

January 4, 2023 21:13 IST

Dr Vibhor Pareek, Consultant, Gastroenterology, Max Hospital, Gurgaon, clears some misconceptions around IBS

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Here’s how you can get your six-pack abs like Hrithik Roshan in your 40sPremium Story

January 5, 2023 11:55 IST

Fitness expert Dr Mickey Mehta and Dr Mihira Khopkar, Lead Sports Nutritionist, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai suggest a scientific diet and fitness module that can be customised for your body type and prevailing health status

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Can your shower habit lead to a heart attack in winter? Should you shower hot or cold?Premium Story

January 5, 2023 14:18 IST

Winter can pose a significant risk of cardiac illness and other heart-related conditions. Here’s a quick guide by Dr Karun Behal, Senior Consultant, Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on ways to keep you heart healthy despite the extreme cold