At a glance Strokes are one of the world's biggest killers today, and a leading cause of disability — so it's important to understand what causes them. In a stroke, a blockage or burst blood vessel deprives an area of your brain of its blood supply, causing vital brain tissue to die. To reduce your risk, stop smoking, lower your stress, keep fit, eat a healthy diet, manage diabetes and control your blood pressure. Understanding the cause of strokes Strokes are one of the world's biggest killers today, and a leading cause of severe disability. Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. And nearly one in four men and one in five women aged 45 can expect to have a stroke if they live to 85. However, knowledge is power. When we understand what causes strokes, and how
Women have an ingrained tendency of self-neglect and it is nowhere more profound than in the case of health and diet. Women in general tend to ignore regular health checkup due to myriad reasons ranging from ignorance, lethargy or just not taking self-health seriously enough. But, it is high time to accept the fact that health and happiness of family is integrally entwined with our health and happiness. We have listed below 8 most essential preventive health tests which women must undertake regularly to stay fit, healthy and happy and ensure the same for the family as well. High Resolution Mammography Ultrasound-to detect breast cancer: It is highly recommended that women in the reproductive age should get breast mammography done at least once a year to detect early signs of breas
Hypertension is a very common lifestyle disease and according to WHO statistics, one in every 3 person suffers from Hypertension or High Blood Sugar. The measurement of the force by which heart throws blood in arteries is called Blood pressure. The higher the pressure, the more the force with which blood runs through arteries Lifestyle is one of the most important factor that can both cause and cure high Blood Pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and it is very important to keep the BP under control. Some minor lifestyle changes and home remedies can control the blood pressure level. Some simple steps to lower your blood pressure are: Regular exercise: Regular exercise is the best thing to do in order to reduce high Blood Pressure. Regular exe...
At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at forty the judgment - Benjamin Franklin 40 is that wonderful junction of your life when most of the madness of 20s and 30s seems to settle and you are at peace with life. Your family and career finally seems to be on track and crying kids seems to be story of past. But, ironically 40 is also a time when your body demands more of your care and attention, and if you ignore the tell-tale signs now, you are sure to bring yourself major health issues. The careless days of youth slightly ebbing, one really needs to do away with unhealthy diet and lifestyle habits of the previous decade to stay and feel young and healthy. So of the habits that really needs to be taken care of now are: Taking food cravings lightly It is very...
Heart is the most vital organ of the body and of paramount importance in efficient functioning of all other organs and the body’s proper functioning. And the truth is heart health or heart disease can’t be cured by medicines (though they may help you control it), it is your daily lifestyle and habits that play an important role in keeping your heart healthy. Some risk factors for heart disease like age, heart problem in family, etc. are not in your control, but others like weight management (being overweight), smoking, and unhealthy diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices is something in your control and things which you must change. What Benefits of a heart-friendly lifestyle Lowers Blood Pressure Lowers risk of diabetes Lowers the levels of bad cholesterol and blood fat (
There are over 65 million people with diabetes in India and far more peoples with pre-diabetes (the stage before diabetes with higher than normal blood sugar levels and pre-diabetic HbA1C readings). Diabetes has become a lot more common in the younger generation, esp between 20-40 years, and the diabetic population in India is said to cross 100 million by 2035, but why? The answer is our genetic framework and our lifestyle. As most of us move towards urbanization, our bodies take a toll with our demanding and busy lifestyles. Our bodies are designed for movement, our ancestors used to be gatherers & huntsmen and, unlike what we are now, they used to be constantly on the move in search of food and basic necessities. They used to live on simple foods and lead a healthier ...
When you have become aware the reasons why you want to stop smoking and have decided the quit date, next you start making the list of all the things that will help you stay away from cigarettes. Exercise, social support and food/ diet play are the 3 most important things to consider now. Here is how physical activity and workouts help give you a better shot at fighting nicotine addiction: Suppresses cravings, making the urge to smoke less. Distracts you from cravings. Creates a habit of doing some healthy and good for yourself (so why ruin that with cigarettes?) Eases withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Improves your overall mood, re-energizes you, and helps you cope with stress. Keeps potential post-quit weight off by decreasing your appetite and jump starting your
Developing healthier habits is one of the keys to quit smoking. What else are the other keys? - ‘Social Support’. Humans are creatures of habit, but we are also social animals and having supportive people around you can make a world of difference in your success of being smoke free. That’s because caring and supportive relationships allow you to share your successes and challenges, reduce stress, get encouragement and assistance, and avoid smoking triggers and cravings through distractions. With social support, you will feel more motivated through your quit period and optimistic about reaching your goal of a life without smoke. So don’t go at it alone ask people to help you quit! Here are some of the ways you can get social support on your quit journey: Family & Fri
If you are a smoker who is gradually cutting down your smoking, the kind of food you eat can play a role in whether or not you’re successful. This is because certain foods can affect the taste of cigarettes, making them taste bad and discouraging you from smoking. Food also gives you something to do with your hands, thereby replacing the habit of smoking with the act of eating (healthy ofcourse!). So which foods can help? Here is a list of foods to help you during your quit journey: Milk & dairy products – Many ex-smokers have accounted that consuming dairy beverages and foods can make cigarettes taste bad. However, dairy can be high in saturated fat, so watch your intake. Fruits & Veggies– Many vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber, and eggplant are known to negativ
We all know that smoking is bad for us. However, if you've smoked for a long time you may have found it hard to give up in the past. To help give you an incentive to quit smoking, we've put together 10 good reasons to stop — reminding you of all the benefits you can enjoy when you stub out cigarettes for good. Why quitting now can help you to live longer ? Smoking harms nearly every organ of your body and affects your overall health. It's not just cigarette smoking that's dangerous, pipes and rolling tobacco are also extremely harmful. However, research shows that if you give up smoking at any age, you'll increase your chances of living longer: 1- If you quit at around 30 years old, you can reduce your chances of dying prematurely from smoking-related diseases by more than 90%.