Archive for December 27th, 2012

Weight training can overcome Osteoporosis

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Endzone, a fitness and wellness consultancy firm recently conducted a survey revealing the susceptibility of osteoporosis among Indian women.

It has been observed that women in India are prone to osteoporosis especially between the age of 40-60 years. 20 percent of Indian women over 40 suffer from osteoporosis or brittle bones, while another 65-70 percent suffer from osteopenia or weak bones.

Therefore, the remedy to this problem is that women should undertake some type of weight training sessions which result in stronger bones and increased metabolism rate. Also, it has been seen that especially during menopause the risk of osteoporosis increases. Woman could lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in five to seven years after menopause, making them more susceptible to osteoporosis.

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Men benefit most from eating dark chocolate

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Eating dark chocolate can protect men against heart disease and stroke, scientists have claimed.

The benefits include anti-clotting effects which are activated within two hours in both sexes, and with greater impact in men, the Daily Mail reported.

Having a piece of chocolate a day – not just at Christmas – could be the secret to staying heart healthy, according to scientists at the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

Lead researcher Dr Baukje de Roos, from the Rowett Institute, said, “It’s an acute effect in the body that men and women both benefit from, but it’s more diluted in women.”

“These findings are not a carte blanche to eat chocolates as they are extremely rich in fat and sugar.

“But probably eating a little bit of dark chocolate containing at least 70 per cent cocoa every day is going to do more good than harm,” she added.

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Hot temper can add 2 years to your life

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Being fiery and expressing negative emotions can lead to long-lasting good health, according to researchers.

In contrast, the British characteristic of self-restraint can have serious repercussions for physical and mental well-being, they said.

Researchers at the University of Jena in Germany assessed more than 6,000 patients and found that those who internalised their anxiety suffered from a raised pulse, the Daily Mail reported.

In the long run this results in high blood pressure and an increased chance of developing a wide range of illnesses, from coronary heart disease to cancer and kidney damage.

The research by Marcus Mund and Kristin Mitte identified a group of so-called ‘repressors’ who were particularly at risk.

According to Mund, these people are distinguished by the way that they attempt to conceal outward signs of fear, and also by their defensive behaviour.

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