Salt, sugar and stress: Important facts you should know about these 3 sins

Salt, sugar and stress: Important facts you should know about these 3 sins

Do you often give in to the temptations of your taste buds? Indulging in that extra slice of cake, another piece of sweet, sprinkling extra salt over your food can seem completely harmless at that time but can eventually lead to various health issues. “Lack of self control and poor lifestyle choices make us more susceptible to various life-threatening diseases. Consumed in the hustle-bustle of everyday life we hardly pay attention to our health. The pressure of maintaining balance between work, family and friends can take a huge toll on…

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Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Suffering from increased blood pressure and high blood sugar? One year of yoga training may help, a new study suggests. According to the researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one year of yoga training decreased pro-inflammatory adipokines – signalling proteins released by fat tissue – and increased an anti-inflammatory adipokine in adults with metabolic syndrome and high-normal blood pressure. The findings support the beneficial role of yoga in managing metabolic syndrome by favourably modulating adipokines, the researchers mentioned. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure,…

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Do you feel sleepy after lunch? Here’s what happens to your brain in a sugar coma

Do you feel sleepy after lunch? Here’s what happens to your brain in a sugar coma

Do you feel a little sluggish after eating sugar or a big meal? You are probably feeling the effects of a sugar crash, which may slow down your brain function, a study suggests. In the study, participants demonstrated reduced attention and response times after consuming glucose or table sugar, compared to those who consumed fructose (fruit sugar) or artificial sweetener sucralose (the placebo). “Our study suggests that the ‘sugar coma’ – with regards to glucose – is indeed a real phenomenon, where levels of attention seem to decline after consumption…

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Keep your sugar levels under control with regular exercise

Keep your sugar levels under control with regular exercise

Among all the ways you can keep your diabetes in check, working out is one of the best. There is a strong link between exercise and sugar levels in diabetes. Basic lifestyle changes and regular exercise can help you manage diabetes. Ranging from sugar control to weight management, staying active offers great benefits. Many studies aimed at finding an answer to this have concluded the positive impact of exercise on your sugar levels. Exercise in diabetes type 1 is as important as in type 2, says Dr Walia Murshida Huda (Senior Medical…

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Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

It is a known fact that drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets is unhealthy, but it may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet. “Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase…

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Less sugar, more wellness

Less sugar, more wellness

Falling prey to diabetes not only means being compelled to end your love affair with some of your favourite grubs; the effects are, in fact, graver! Being diabetic also means being vulnerable to a host of other ailments that could be fatal in the long run. Fret not, because the good news is, with lifestyle management being instrumental in keeping blood glucose levels in check, staying healthy could be your discretion now. Eat at Ease Right choice of food, food composition per serving and serving size are factors that constitute…

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Study finds UK sugar tax could save thousands from obesity, diabetes

Study finds UK sugar tax could save thousands from obesity, diabetes

File photograph of soft drinks bottles displayed on a shelf in a shop in London  (Copyright Reuters 2016) LONDON –  A planned levy on sugary drinks due to be introduced in Britain in April 2018 could significantly reduce the number of people who become obese and develop diabetes and tooth decay, scientists said on Thursday. In a study on the levy’s health impacts, researchers found the positive effect would be greatest if the drinks industry responds by reformulating products to cut sugar content, rather than keep the same formulations but…

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Are You Drinking Too Much Sugar?

Are You Drinking Too Much Sugar?

It would be a sad state if the only solution to optimal health were to cut out all sugar. To avoid the birthday cake, milkshake, ice cream and the oh-so-perfect chocolate chip cookie would be a true shame. Yet we hear so much about the need to decrease added sugars. Research strongly indicates that sugar consumption is associated with excess body weight and Type 2 diabetes. The 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended that Americans consume no more than 10 percent of total calories in the form of added…

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How does sugar in our diet affect our health?

How does sugar in our diet affect our health?

Most adults and children in the UK eat too much sugar. Cut down by eating fewer sugary foods, such as sweets, cakes and biscuits, and drinking fewer sugary drinks. The kind of sugar we eat too much of is known as “free sugars”. Free sugars are any sugars added to food or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices. Many foods and drinks that contain added sugars can be high in energy (measured in either kilojoules/kJ or calories/kcal) and often have few other nutrients. Eating these foods too…

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Can Added Sugar in Diet Cause Heart Attack?

Can Added Sugar in Diet Cause Heart Attack?

Increased intake of food and drink with added sugar may possibly raise the risk of heart attack or myocardial infarction by about a third, in some people, a study has warned. Although sucrose occurs naturally in fruit and vegetables, most of which is consumed through added inclusion. Besides sweetened beverages, cakes and sweets, sucrose is added to many other foods — dairy products, bread and jam, the study said. “For the vast majority (of people), the consumption of added sugar does not appear to be a problem — the risk…

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