LONDON: Since dieting loses fat allowing pancreas work properly again, losing weight enormously helps contain diabetes.
The concentration of body fat around pancreas causes stress to beta cells (that controls blood sugar levels) in the organ.
When they stop producing enough of the hormone insulin, blood sugar levels augments out of control.
Glasgow University Professor Mike Lean speaking about a new study said: “We now have clear evidence that weight loss of 10-15kgs is enough to turn this disease around. One in 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, and most of them have type 2.
“Uncontrolled sugar levels cause damage throughout the body, leading to organ failure, blindness and limb amputations”.
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DNA could potentially predict people’s lifespan: study
LONDON: By looking at people’s DNA, researchers can potentially predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, according to a study released on Tuesday by the University of Edinburgh.
A team led by the university’s Usher Institute looked at genetic data from more than half a million people alongside records of their parents’ lifespan.
Some 12 areas of the human genome were pinpointed as having a significant impact on lifespan, including five sites that have not been reported before.
The team analyzed the combined effect of genetic variations that influence lifespan to produce a scoring system.
They found that people who score in the top ten percent of the population might expect to live up to five years longer than those who score in the lowest ten percent, according to the team.
“If we take 100 people at birth, or later, and use our lifespan score to divide them into ten groups, the top group will live five years longer than the bottom on average,” said Dr Peter Joshi, who is an AXA Fellow at the Usher Institute.
The study has been published in the journal eLife.
Sr. artists to get Health Cards
KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Tuesday said health cards would be issued to senior artists to avail better medical treatment facilities in hospitals.
In the phase, the health cards would be given to the artists of 45-plus years old, he said while responding to a suggestion with regard to the provision of relief to the legendary and senior artists of the country.
The minister was talking to film producers and film-makers in a meeting here at the Sindh Governor’s House.
He said active efforts were being made to encourage the films production and increase the number of cinema houses and screens to entertain the people.
Cooperation from the Pakistani embassies could also be sought to help the film-makers sell their films abroad, he added.
He suggested that the mode of sale of the film should be taken into account ahead of completion. He said the film policy would be announced after a few amendments. “We are trying to make a film board of the country.”
He said if anybody wanted to establish a film city or state-of-the-art studio, the government would provide possible cooperation for the purpose.
Fawad said 16 famous festivals (Melas) of Pakistan like Shindur Mela, Basnat, Nauroz, PSL and Polo festival would be highlighted through Lok Virsa to attract the foreign tourists and to promote tourism in the country.
He said, “We are also considering to ease the visa rules for 66 countries to promote tourism.”
Earlier, a presentation was made by United Producers Association (UPA) General Secretary Ismail Jilani about the problems and issues being confronted by the film producers.
He discussed various suggestions for promotion of the film industry in the country. He also called for legislation to air only local contents on television channels during the prime time that is from 7 pm to 11 pm.
He urged to impose a ban on illegal contents by the cable operators and its patronage by the advertisers.
The Information Minister called upon the filmmakers to present their suggestions with regard to the further promotion of film-making in the country.
Chest Pain Unit opened in Landhi
KARACHI: Adviser to Sindh CM for Information, Law & Anti Corruption, Barrister Murtaza Wahab today said that NICVD had saved 5,000 human lives by providing improved healthcare facilities at doorsteps.
Addressing an inaugural ceremony of Chest Pain Unit in Landhi, he said that over 150,000 patients had benefited from the initiative. He said that improved health facilities had been provided to the people since the provincial government has taken over the control of NICVD back in 2010. Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that establishment of 8th Chest Pain unit in Landhi was a gift to the people of the area by the Government of Sindh.
“Pakistan Peoples Party pledges to expand healthcare program to far-flung areas of the province,” he said and added that because of NICVD satellite facility, people were getting free of charge quality treatment near their towns and they were no more visiting Karachi for heart-related treatment. He said that Sindh government was also planning to expand National Institute of Child Health (NICH) throughout province on the model of NICVD.
Addressing on the occasion Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar said that performance of NICVD was commendable adding that chest pain units remained successful in providing timely medical aid to citizens. He appreciated the Sindh government and role of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah for providing people with this health service facility.
He assured full support of Karachi Municipal Corporation and said that if they work together, better results could be achieved. On the occasion, executive director NICVD also spoke on the occasion and presented future plans of NICVD. Later talking to newsmen, Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that operation against encroachments was being launched on the orders of the apex court, we endorse it, but PPP also strongly believed in the resettlement of affected people of encroachment drive.