Dhaka, June 26 (UNB) - Let's admit it. We have all been guilty of skipping breakfast once or twice in life. Whether it was an early morning flight or because you were too pressed for time to make one for yourself before office, we have all considered skipping our early morning meal at some point.
But if you have been regularly skipping breakfast and eating dinner late at night, you may be at an increased risk of death and other heart-related problems, researchers have warned.
The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, reports NDTV.
The study went on to reveal that people with such unhealthy lifestyle had a four to five times higher likelihood of early death and also have an increased chances of a second heart attack.
"Our research shows that the two eating behaviours are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse," said co-author Marcos Minicucci, from Sao Paolo State University in Brazil.
"We also think that the inflammatory response, oxidative stress, and endothelial function could be involved in the association between unhealthy eating behaviours and cardiovascular outcomes," he added.
The team assessed 113 patients with a mean age of 60, of which 73 per cent were men. The study enrolled patients with a particularly serious form of heart attack called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
This was the first study to evaluate these unhealthy behaviours in patients with acute coronary syndromes, scientists revealed. Not having breakfast was observed in 58 per cent patients, having late night dinner in 51 per cent, and both behaviours in 41 per cent.
The researchers said that people must make necessary interventions in their dietary habits. Researchers also recommended a minimum two hour interval between dinner and bedtime.
"A good breakfast is usually composed of dairy products (fat-free or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese), a carbohydrate (whole wheat bread, bagels, cereals), and whole fruits," the team said.
Dhaka., June 26 (UNB) - Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common causes of concern in the world of health and nutrition today. Vitamin D deficiency prevails in epidemic amounts all over the Indian subcontinent, with a prevalence of 70% in Indian population, as per a study published in journal Nutrients. Ironically, India is blessed with abundant sunlight; it is shocking to have such whooping number of people suffering from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, also known as 'sunshine vitamin,' is one of the most important nutrients, which our body needs to perform various functions. The nutrient plays an important role in regulation and absorption of various other essential minerals, including magnesium, phosphate and calcium in our body, reports NDTV.
Vitamin D is known to boost immune system and facilitate growth and development of teeth and bones. Deficiency of vitamin D in body may lead to weaker bones, joint or back pain, or even muscle pain. The potent nutrient is also known to improve resistance against a plethora of lifestyle diseases. While we can get vitamin D from sunlight and some natural vitamin-rich foods like soya, mushrooms, salmon, eggs, etc., there are some amazing vitamin D-rich drinks that you may include in your daily diet to avoid vitamin D deficiency.
Here's A List Of Healthy Vitamin D-Rich Drinks That You Can Add To Your Diet:
There are not many natural sources of vitamin D, especially if you are a vegan or vegetarian or simply don't like salmon. Fret not! There are certain drinks that are fortified with vitamin D. One such drink is orange juice. Yes, orange juice has many health promoting nutrients and vitamin D is one of them. Always opt for homemade fresh orange juice to avoid any adulteration or artificial additives. Here's a recipe of delicious orange and basil juice that you can try at home.
Cow milk is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Cow milk is naturally a good source of various nutrients, including vitamin D. According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, "Use full fat milk, as it contains only 4 percent of fat; take out its fat, and its fat-soluble vitamin A, D, E and K are also reduced." Health experts and nutritionists recommend having full fat milk as it is brimming with maximum amount of vitamin D. But if you don't like to drink directly, you can make smoothies or add chocolate syrup to your glass of milk.
Yogurt is fortified with vitamin D and has around 5 IU per 8-ounce serving, as per the USDA nutrition data. If you buy yogurt from a store, make sure you read the label carefully, but prefer making yogurt at home to avoid preservatives. If you don't wish to eat yogurt on a daily basis, break the monotony by making some interesting yogurt-based drinks. One such delicious yogurt-based drink is mint lassi. This lassi is similar to the classic lassi that we drink, but comes with a twist of mint in it.
Since vitamin D is mostly found in animal-based foods, vegans and vegetarians are left with very limited options. Therefore, plant-based milk substitutes like soy milk are often fortified with vitamin D and other essential nutrients that are usually found in cow's milk. Avoid buying packaged soya milk from the market as they come with preservatives and additives. Here's how you can make soya milk at home.
If you are vitamin D deficient, it is always better to consult your doctor before adding any food or drink to your diet. The best way to get your dose of vitamin D is by spending time under the morning sun.
Washington, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as "a health emergency."
The new climate change agenda released by the groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association, comes amid early jostling among Democratic candidates over whose environmental platform is more progressive. The health organizations' policy recommendations, while a stark departure from President Donald Trump's approach, represent a back-to-basics approach for an internal Democratic climate debate that has so far revolved around the liberal precepts of the Green New Deal .
"The health, safety and well-being of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change," the medical and public health groups wrote in their climate agenda, shared with The Associated Press in advance of its release.
Among other things, the groups are pressing elected officials and presidential candidates to "meet and strengthen U.S. commitments" under the 2015 United Nations climate agreement from which Trump has vowed to withdraw. They're also pushing for some form of carbon pricing, although without any reference to potential taxation of emissions, and "a plan and timeline for reduction of fossil fuel extraction in the U.S."
Former Vice President Joe Biden's climate change plan, released earlier this month, tracks broadly with several of the medical and public health groups' priorities. While the groups call for a reduction in petroleum and natural gas use in transportation, they do not go as far as several of Biden's rivals in supporting an outright ban on the oil and gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock.
Other groups signing onto the list of climate policy priorities include the American Lung Association, the American College of Physicians and multiple state-level and academic public health organizations. That the agenda's endorsing groups do not operate with "a political axe to grind" could help them draw more attention to climate change, said Ed Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
For voters who view climate change "primarily as a threat to things in the environment, like polar bears," talking about the issue as a health problem could reframe their thinking, Maibach said.
"It's incredibly helpful when health professionals point out the actual reality of the situation, point out that this is also a threat to our health and well-being now ... and it's likely to get worse, much worse, if we don't take action to address it," he said.
Dhaka, Jun 24 (UNB) - It’s essential to take time out for travelling as vacations not only help release stress but also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, reveals a new study, reports the Indian Express.
The study, published in Psychology and Health journal, found that a vacation can help people reduce their metabolic symptoms and therefore their risk of cardiovascular disease.
“What we found is that people who vacation more frequently in the past 12 months have a lowered risk for metabolic syndrome and metabolic symptoms,” said Bryce Hruska, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, US.
“Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If you have more of them you are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This is important because we are actually seeing a reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease the more vacationing a person does. Because metabolic symptoms are modifiable, it means they can change or be eliminated,” Hruska added.
For the study, the researchers included 63 employees eligible for paid vacation. The participants underwent blood tests and completed an interview assessing vacationing behaviour in the past 12 months.
The study’s findings showed that the risk for metabolic syndrome decreased by nearly a quarter with each additional vacation taken by participants.
Researchers suggest it is important for people to use the vacation time available to them.
“One of the important takeaways is that vacation time is available to nearly 80 per cent of full-time employees, but fewer than half utilize all the time available to them. Our research suggests that if people use more of this benefit, one that’s already available to them, it would translate into a tangible health benefit,” Hruska concluded.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - The holiday season is here. Time for more outings, more playtime and precious moments with loved ones. Unfortunately, it can also be a period of mindless binging. It is advisable that you include something healthy in your diet. Something that is easy on the palate and could help us sail through the scorching summers, reports The Indian Express.
Here is one of the most loved summery mocktail from my workshop. I love picking up the most unused and the most boycotted ingredients of all times. This time I opted for beetroot. People either like it or dislike it. But despite its taste, the plethora of health benefits that this red beauty offers, makes it one of the coolest superfoods of today’s time.
Here’s a step-by-step guide of the Beetroot Float recipe.
8 medium beetroots, peeled and grated
Salt to taste
2 tsp – Sugar
2 cups – Yoghurt
3 tsp – Roasted cumin powder
Black salt to taste
Brown sugar to decorate
A piece of muslin cloth
Note: I used a wine glass for the mocktail.
Please note that the leftover grated beetroot can be an interesting ingredient for some spicy Beetroot Cutlets or Parathas.
Health benefits of beetroot:
It is often advised to consume beetroot in its raw form, which naturally retains all the essential nutrients. Beetroot is packed with Vitamins A, C, K, beta-carotene, polyphenols, antioxidants and folate, all of which helps to boost blood count and immunity. Consumption of beetroot helps lower blood pressure. Beetroot has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties that help flush out toxins from the body, which reflects as a healthy and glowing skin.