Is eating too quickly bad for your health?

Is eating too quickly bad for your health?

Fast food: wolfing it down can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto Do you savour mealtimes or do you wolf your food down? Eating at your desk or on the run can mean you can gulp down your breakfast or lunch in less than five minutes. And this means you are more likely to get obese or develop metabolic syndrome, both of which increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, says research presented at last week’s American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017. The researchers from Hiroshima…

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The state that is leading the way on health care

The state that is leading the way on health care

Could a state in one of the farthest corners of our country finally help us turn a corner on health care? It looked like that on Tuesday when the people of Maine voted decisively to expand Medicaid over the wishes of their governor, Paul LePage, bringing health care coverage to 70,000 people in the state, many for the first time. This extraordinary ballot box accomplishment by state voters — and by grass-roots organizers — could potentially spark a movement across the country to expand and lock in Medicaid access, bringing health care to millions…

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Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil is good for your heart, study suggests

Dark chocolate enriched with olive oil is good for your heart, study suggests

Chocolate is so often demonised as being bad for your teeth and waistline but the fact is that, in moderation, it can have some pretty surprising health benefits– especially when it comes to your heart. A new Italian study has found that a daily serving of dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil boosted participants’ cardiovascular health and lowered the risk of potentially fatal problems later in life. Couple this with previous studies suggesting that the sweet treat can also reduce stress and even prevent diabetes, and chocolate is well on its way…

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Is Eating Water Better Than Drinking It? Here’s How To Include Edible H20 In Your Diet

Is Eating Water Better Than Drinking It? Here’s How To Include Edible H20 In Your Diet

Reams have been written about the significance of drinking water. Regular water intake is essential to our health as our body does not really have a fixed reservoir of water and keeps losing it in the form of urine and sweat. Adequate water supply also helps maintain smooth functioning of some of the most essential bodily processes like maintaining the electrolyte balance, preventing constipation, supplying oxygen and essential nutrients to the body as well as to the brain, facilitating digestionand flushing waste and toxins out of the body. Dehydration or lack of water will…

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Fewer GST slabs, once revenue neutral-plus level is reached: Jaitley

Fewer GST slabs, once revenue neutral-plus level is reached: Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that Goods and Services Tax (GST) slabs may be reduced in the future, if a “revenue neutral plus” tax level is reached. Jaitley made the remark at the foundation day event of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN). He said reduction in tax slabs under the current GST regime can happen, but only after the GST regime reaches a “revenue neutral plus” level. Since July 1, GST has replaced around a dozen central and state taxes into a single…

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Is your teen girl acting out? One in four teenagers are at increased risk of depression

Is your teen girl acting out? One in four teenagers are at increased risk of depression

A team of Briton researchers has recently found that one in four adolescent girls, especially poor, are at an increased risk of depression. The researchers from the University of Liverpool and University College London found that a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. Lead author Dr Praveetha Patalay said that in the recent years there has been a growing policy focus on children’s mental health. However, there has been a lack of nationally representative estimates of mental health problems for this…

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‘Ease of doing biz’ is not ‘ease of making money’: Steel minister

‘Ease of doing biz’ is not ‘ease of making money’: Steel minister

Steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Tuesday said India needs to raise per capita consumption of the commodity, while asking the industry to play ethical by differentiating between ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘ease of making money’. It is not just the duty of the government or the steel ministry in specific, each one has a role to play, he said at KATM conference on raw materials for steel and power here. He was speaking on the key role society has to play with regard to various issues be it…

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Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

A brief training in mindfulness strategies may help heavy drinkers cut back on alcohol consumption, claim researchers (including one of Indian origin). After an 11-minute training session and encouragement to continue practising mindfulness — which involves focusing on what is happening in the present moment — heavy drinkers drank less over the next week than people who were taught relaxation techniques, researchers said. “We found that a simple exercise in mindfulness can help drinkers cut back, and the benefits can be seen quite quickly,” said Sunjeev Kamboj from University College London (UCL) in the…

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Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

A brief training in mindfulness strategies may help heavy drinkers cut back on alcohol consumption, claim researchers (including one of Indian origin). After an 11-minute training session and encouragement to continue practising mindfulness — which involves focusing on what is happening in the present moment — heavy drinkers drank less over the next week than people who were taught relaxation techniques, researchers said. “We found that a simple exercise in mindfulness can help drinkers cut back, and the benefits can be seen quite quickly,” said Sunjeev Kamboj from University College London (UCL) in the…

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Age is just a number. Elderly people can exercise and socialise to stay fit and prevent weakness

Age is just a number. Elderly people can exercise and socialise to stay fit and prevent weakness

Age-related frailty may be a treatable and preventable health problem, just like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study. “Societies are not aware of frailty as an avoidable health problem and most people usually resign themselves to this condition,” said Jerzy Sacha from the University Hospital in Opole, Poland. “Fortunately, by opting for a proper lifestyle and adequate physical, mental, and social activities, one may prevent or delay the frailty state.” The research team reviewed over one hundred publications on recognising, treating, and preventing frailty, with the aim of…

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