PROFILE: Santa Anzo on fashion and heart matters

Santa Anzo is one of Uganda’s top fashion emblems. She has represented the country on multiple international fashion festivals including Fashion for Peace international initiative, Kenya fashion Week, Mozambique Fashion Week, Swahili Fashion Week in Dar-es-Salaam and Africa Fashion Month among others. She started out professionally as a model with fashion icon Sylvia Owori’s then Ziper Models. “It was not only the first professional modeling agency that I was attached to but it took me through a fabulous experience,” she says of Ziper. Back then she was a dark, tall…

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Sleep deprivation can affect your heart

Sleep deprivation can affect your heart (Thinkstock) The cliched, over-used adages about sleeping early might not be something that most people take seriously, but cardiologists and sleep experts swear by them. Doctors say that losing quality and quantity sleep is detrimental to our health. Senior interventional cardiologist, Dr Nilesh Gautam, says, “Sleep disorders cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and thyroid hormones, which is indicative of a stress response. This leads to increase heart attack and heart failures.” Experts reiterate that people who sleep less than seven hours…

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Heart disease risk: Genetics vs lifestyle choices – Which is higher?

New Delhi: Heart disease is the single largest cause of death in India, with heart attack claiming one life every 33 seconds, making it responsible for one-third of all deaths caused by heart conditions. Currently the country is seeing nearly two million heart attacks a year and majority of the victims are youngsters, as per cardiologists. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is also the number one killer in the Unites States. Most people have a family history for heart disease that increases an individual’s risk of developing the…

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TBI Blogs: Do You Think Diabetes or Heart Disease Is A “Genetic Problem”? You Need to Read This!

Everyone needs to understand that our genes are just one factor, one cog in the wheel that takes us hurtling towards the path of lifestyle disease-dom. Kavita Devgan explores the multiple factors that cause lifestyle diseases, and how to overcome them. Most of the time, we conveniently blame our genes for any health disorder that affects us. “Oh, both my aunts have diabetes, so I knew I would get it too,” a 35-year-old professional told me just last week. In fact, I hear this – or a variation of it – all the time….

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Hunter-gatherers in East Africa live active lifestyle that helps lower risk for heart disease

In a remote area of north-central Tanzania, men leave their huts on foot, armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, to hunt for their next meal. Dinner could come in the form of a small bird, a towering giraffe or something in between. Meanwhile, women gather tubers, berries and other fruits. This is everyday life for the Hadza, an indigenous ethnic group living around Lake Eyasi in East Africa and one of the last hunter-gatherer populations on Earth. The Hadza live a very different kind of lifestyle — and a very…

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Worrying about your health ‘increases the risk of heart disease’

Worrying about your health may actually increase the risk of heart disease, new research has found. A study of 7,000 people over 12 years showed that those who fret about their health are around 70% more likely to develop heart disease. The Norwegian research also showed that those fit and healthy people with the highest levels of ‘health anxiety’ were the most likely to suffer from a fatal heart attack. Scientists believe the extra stress put on the body by hypochondriacs is not healthy in the long term. Writing in…

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We’ve been cooking food the wrong way. Here’s how to reduce heart problems

Thinking of ditching the salad bar in favour of pakoras from your favourite snack vendor? Think again. Preventing coronary heart disease (CHD) is not just about what you eat but is also linked to the cooking style you adopt, according to a team of international researchers who say urbanised South Asian’s susceptibility to the disease is partly due to high-heat cooking methods such as roasting or frying. High-heat food preparation is responsible for the increased risk of CHD in urbanised South Asians (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan populations in…

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Eating dark chocolates may improve your heart health

Now you need not be guilty of indulging in dark chocolates, as compounds found in cocoa may be good for your heart, a study has found. The findings showed that consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health. “We found that cocoa flavanol intake may reduce dyslipidemia (elevated triglycerides), insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, which are all major subclinical risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases,” said Simin Liu, Professor at Brown University in Rhode Islands, US. There were small-to-modest but statistically significant improvements…

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Eating dark chocolates may boost heart health

Chocoholics, rejoice! Scientists have found that consuming flavanol-rich cocoa products such as dark chocolates may benefit cardiovascular health. Scientists conducted a systematic review and meta—analysis of 19 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of cocoa consumption. The meta-analysis focused on whether consumption of flavanol—rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health as compared to consuming placebos with negligible cocoa flavanol content. In all, 1,139 volunteers were involved in these trials. “Our meta-analysis of RCTs characterises how cocoa flavanols affect cardiometabolic biomarkers, providing guidance in designing large,…

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Every Night Is Karaoke Night In Delhi! Here Are The Best Places Where You Can Sing Your Heart Out

Accept it. You’ve sung a song out loud in your room, in front of an imaginary audience, and secretly admired your singing prowess. Whether it is all-time favourites like ‘Summer of 69′, or the more recent ones like ‘Cheap Thrills,’ you always find yourself singing along. But why do it all alone when you can head to some uber cool places in Delhi with your friends and be a Karaoke star!  Here are 14 restaurants in Delhi (and Gurgaon) that host Karaoke Nights which are super fun: 1. Turquoise Cottage, Saket…

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