Prediabetes symptoms, don’t ignore warning signs of frequent urination, thirst, fatigue

Prediabetes symptoms, don’t ignore warning signs of frequent urination, thirst, fatigue

If you’ve been visiting the loo too often to urinate or are feeling thirsty like never before or experience blurry vision, you might have progressed from prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes. But the million dollar question is what is prediabetes and its symptoms? “Prediabetes is a condition in which the fasting blood glucose level falls between 100 and 125mg/dL. In people with this condition, blood sugar levels increase but not enough to be categorised as Type 2 diabetes,” explains Bangalore-based Dr M Udaya Kumar Maiya, medical director of home healthcare app, Portea Medical….

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Getting tonsils removed puts you at risk of flu, asthma and pneumonia

Getting tonsils removed puts you at risk of flu, asthma and pneumonia

If you have had your tonsils removed in childhood, you may want to read this. A new study by the University of Melbourne in Australia and University of Copenhagen in Denmark found that removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the risk of diseases like asthma, influenza and pneumonia. The scientists examined the long-term effects of these common paediatric surgeries for the first time. The adenoids and tonsils are strategically positioned in the nose and throat respectively to act as the first line of defence, helping to recognise airborne pathogens like bacteria…

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Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Sarah Marshall takes an expert-led tour of Florence and finds its artistic spirit still aflame CREDIT:TIMARBAEV/TIMARBAEV Exploding in shades of magenta, mauve and violet, unfurling iris blooms dance on the breezy slopes of Viale dei Colli, one of the few green areas in this stone-built Tuscan city. Each spring, locals meander along stone paths shaded by olive trees, admiring entrants to the Concorso Internazionale dell’Iris, a competition celebrating the city’s emblematic giaggiolo flower. “This is one of my favourite places,” enthuses author Kamin Mohammadi. “It’s only open for two weeks of…

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Junk food or salad, ambient music influences your choice of food at restaurants

Junk food or salad, ambient music influences your choice of food at restaurants

Ambient music in restaurants can influence what food people choose, say scientists including one of Indian origin. They found that louder environments inspire diners to crave greasy cheeseburgers and fries instead of making healthier choices like salads. Volume is proven to directly impact heart rate and arousal. Softer music has a calming effect, making us more mindful of what we order, researchers said. This typically results in healthier choices, such as a salad. Louder environments increase stimulation and stress, making diners choose junk food like cheeseburgers and fries, according to…

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McQueen review – meticulous portrait of fashion’s master of audacity

McQueen review – meticulous portrait of fashion’s master of audacity

Since the fashion designer Alexander McQueen took his own life at the age of 40 in 2010, his life and work has been mythologised in a colossally successful exhibition in London and New York entitled Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, and there has been a projected movie – now reportedly on hold – to which Jack O’Connell and Andrew Haigh were once attached as star and director. Now there is this sombre, thorough, intelligent and informative documentary by Ian Bonhôte giving us the moving story of a working-class boy with fierce and original talent…

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Blood Type O Ups Risk Of Death From Serious Injury

Blood Type O Ups Risk Of Death From Serious Injury

New research has found that people with blood type O may be at increased risk of dying from severe trauma – an injury that has the potential to cause long-term disability or death. The study involving more than 900 Japanese emergency care patients showed that severe trauma patients with blood type O had a death rate of 28 per cent, compared to a rate of 11 per cent in patients with other blood types. To understand the impacts of blood types on trauma patients, the study, published in the journal…

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Gut Bacteria Strongly Linked To Cause Of Heart Attack, Says Study

Gut Bacteria Strongly Linked To Cause Of Heart Attack, Says Study

The gut microbiome plays an important role in an individual’s risk for atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke, says a study. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. The researchers believe that the new finding could open the door for new treatment options for those patients with unexplained plaque build-up in the arteries. In order to understand the role that bacteria in the gut may play in atherosclerosis, the researchers examined blood levels of metabolic products of the intestinal microbiome….

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Yoga tour for foreign professionals under shadow of Nipah in Kerala

Yoga tour for foreign professionals under shadow of Nipah in Kerala

Fourteen deaths due to the Nipah virus (NiV) in Kerala seem to have dampened a nine-day Yoga Ambassadors Tour in the state for 140 professional practitioners from across the globe. Only 60 of the 140 participants have confirmed participation for the tour beginning June 13, that was designed by the union ministry of Ayush and Kerala government as part of the countdown to the International Yoga Day on June 21. American and German nationals have written to the organisers raising concerns about visiting the state which is grappling with a deadly…

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House of the Week: 64 Parkway Avenue, Cooks Hill

House of the Week: 64 Parkway Avenue, Cooks Hill

House of the Week: 64 Parkway Avenue, Cooks Hill Pictures by Abbie Melle Agent Scott Walkom described it as “unique” and “arguably the best home in Cooks Hill”. The residence stands out from the street, mostly for its size and art deco architecture. But the space and sophistication of the home on the corner of Parkway Avenue and Dawson Street cannot be truly appreciated until you step through the front gate and behind the manicured hedges which surround the property and provide ultimate privacy. The home, at 64 Parkway Avenue,…

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18 best places to travel for the summer of 2018

18 best places to travel for the summer of 2018

(CNN) — Deciding where to take that long-anticipated summer vacation can be a daunting challenge. Consider one of the following destinations where off-season deals, fewer crowds or special events make this the right time to go. Here are 18 great places to travel in the summer of 2018: 1. St. Barts While some of the island’s more famous hotels are still closed due to damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria (Hotel Le Toiny, Le Guanahani), about 60% of St. Barts’ villas have reopened, with some new additions. The five-star Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa just introduced two…

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