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Eat spinach, avocados in 30’s to counter cognitive aging

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ISLAMABAD: Eating spinach, kale, and avocados in middle age will not only keep you physically but cognitively fit as well a study said. Lutein is a nutrient that the body cannot make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet.

Lutein accumulates in brain tissues, but also accumulates in the eye, which allows researchers to measure levels without relying on invasive techniques health news reported.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne analyzed 60 adults aged 25 to 45, found that middle-aged participants with higher levels of lutein a nutrient found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as avocados and eggs had neural responses that were more on par with younger individuals than with their peers.

researcher Naiman Khan said that now there’s an additional reason to eat nutrient-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, eggs, and avocados as other than health benefits, the data indicate that they may have cognitive benefits as well. “As people get older, they experience a typical decline.

However, the research has shown that this process can start earlier than expected. You can even start to see some differences in the 30s,” said the first author of the study Anne Walk.

“We want to understand how diet impacts cognition throughout the lifespan. If lutein can protect against decline, we should encourage people to consume lutein-rich foods at a point in their lives when it has maximum benefit,” Walk added. They measured lutein in the study participants’ eyes by having participants look into a scope and respond to a flickering light.

A relevant piece published earlier: Dark green leafy vegetable spinach is considered a healthy food. But do you know that it is enriched with antioxidants and anti-cancer composition? People can get a number of health benefits by consuming fresh Spinach. REDUCE WEIGHT: Spinach leaves are stuffed by means of vitamins and minerals. Besides, they are considered low in calories. Therefore, they might be helpful in shedding kilos. AVERTS TUMOR: It has been discovered that spinach is loaded with flavonoids, a phytonutrient that is rich in anti-cancer properties that aids in thwarting this lethal ailment. FOOD FOR VISION: It contains a plenty of antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that are considered good for the eyes. Consuming spinach also chips in towards preventing cataracts and age related macular degeneration (ARMD). DIMINISH BLOOD PRESSURE: Spinach is enriched with peptides that assist in reducing blood pressure as they slow down the angiotensin I-converting enzyme. GOOD FOR BONE: It has been recommended that people should ingest this leafy vegetable as it is loaded with vitamin K that is considered good for upholding strong bones. (Ainam Inam)  (Published on 25th August 2016) 

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People with type 2 diabetes may be testing blood sugar too much

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MICHIGAN: People with type 2 diabetes might be testing their blood sugar levels too much, a study says.
Researchers at the University of Michigan say that roughly 14 percent of people with diabetes, but who don’t require insulin, are spending hundreds of dollars per year and using thousands of test strips to check something that is not necessary. New research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, based on insurance information for more than 370,000 people with Type 2 diabetes but who did not take insulin, suggests that these tests are unnecessary.
One of my patients who didn’t need to be testing daily told me that her previous doctor had told her to test her sugars two or three times a day, Kevin Platt, the internal medicine resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan and study lead investigator, said in a press release. These data show that over-testing is quite common – and with the appropriate guidance can be reduced significantly.
About 23 percent of people in the study refilled prescriptions for test strips at least three times a year, getting 90 strips at a time. Another 43 percent of participants filled prescriptions exclusively for metformin or other medicines that don’t have a risk of hypoglycemia. Once patients established the proper dosage of medication that didn’t cause a blood sugar spike, they no longer needed daily testing.
But those two groups kept testing their blood sugar, even though they didn’t need to. The researchers say many patients needlessly test daily to see how well exercise, dieting, and their medication regimens are actually working.

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Over 400 dengue cases reported in 2018!

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RAWALPINDI: District Health Officer Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed today said around 421 dengue positive patients were reported in Allied hospitals of the city in 2018, while last year 334 patients results were positive, in 2016 the number was  1106 and in 2015 the number was 3303.
He said to date, the allied hospitals have registered 421 confirm patients while at present only 5 dengue patients were under treatment in hospitals. The DHO said that Municipal Corporation area and Potahar Town witnessed a sharp decrease this year in dengue patients as 63 cases were reported in MCR area and 82 in Potohar area while last year the number was 74 in MCR and 189 in Potohar Town.
While Rawalpindi Cantonment Board area has witnessed an increase this year as 197 cases were reported and the number was only 40 last year, he added. He said that in the RCB area the number of cases were increased as there were some hurdles to reach sensitive areas. “Dengue fever situation is under control and no death has occurred due to it,” he added.

 

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E-cigarette makers using aggressive marketing tactics

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SEOUL: Makers of e-cigarettes are employing an active marketing strategy, reaching out directly to consumers, industry officials said today.
KT&G, Philip Morris Korea and British American Tobacco (BAT) Korea have all set up departments to exclusively promote sales of their e-cigarettes and are increasing the number of their street stores.
Philip Morris was the first of the pack, opening a shop in June last year with the launch of its IQOS. It has since launched four more independent stores nationwide and has a sales booth at 20 Electro Mart outlets, an electronics store chain run by Shinsegae Group.
The company now runs two call centers, one each in Seoul and in the southeastern city of Busan, and has increased staff from 35 to 170 for around-the-clock operation.
KT&G has three stores, including a standalone in southern Seoul and two shop-in-shop flagships. It offers a visiting service to customers to handle their requests and has 200 staff members standing by.
The company has 10 after-sales service centers throughout the country and 31 smaller consultation stations to solve simple product problems. It has added incentives by giving leather cases to purchasers of its product line.
BAT Korea allows online purchases of its e-cigarette product Glo after confirming the age and identity of the buyer. In addition to its recently opened flagship store, it set up Glo care zones at a number of Seven-Eleven convenience stores that can handle after-sales service care and free product experience.
Industry officials say another change in their marketing tactic is the use of media events when new products are launched.
Such aggressive marketing has displeased social commentators who see it as contradicting efforts to bring down the country’s smoking rates. These watchers also want the government to amend laws on the tobacco industry that are outdated and unable to regulate the new e-cigarette market.
“With the launch of e-cigarettes, the industry can no longer survive in the old way,” an industry official said. “We need to communicate more actively with different segments of society to adapt better to the changing market conditions and to improve the regulations on tobacco.”

 

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