Women with diabetes are at greater risk of death: Experts

More than 250 children and experts from city took part in the workshop and discussed the ways to curb diabetes.

Talking about diabetes, Dr Archana Sharda, diabetes expert from Aurangabad informed that diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in blood. Absence or insufficient production of insulin can also cause diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased urine output, thirst, hunger and fatigue. Diabetes is diagnosed by blood sugar (glucose) testing.

Talking about the complications, Dr Brij Kishore said that acute complications of this disease are dangerously elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia), abnormally low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia). The disease affects blood vessels, which can damage feet, eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart.

People suffering from diabetes are almost 50% more likely to have a heart attack.

Women with diabetes are at a greater risk of death than men. The experts said that the increase in prevalence of diabetes in the country is mainly due to factors such as unhealthy food habits, obesity due to lack of exercise and physical fitness, sedentary lifestyles, environmental degradation and its impact on endocrine system.

Dr Bhaskar Ganguli elaborated the importance of exercise for diabetics. He said that all type of exercise are good for diabetics but the aerobics is most affective.

The experts advised tips to the participants to control diabetes by not dieting but making healthier food choices. Regular exercises, quitting smoking and having healthy diet can keep diabetes at bay.

Long-term study finds Australian adults increasingly at risk of diabetes and …

One of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of Australians has released findings that paint a disturbing picture of the nation’s battle with diabetes and obesity.

The AusDiab study was funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and followed 11,000 Australians for 12 years.

Researchers found the incidence of diabetes remained very high, with almost 270 adult Australians diagnosed each day, and people aged 25-34 were gaining more weight than other age groups.

Patients with diabetes were also found more likely to suffer other conditions as well.

Prevalence of depression in patients with diabetes was 65 per cent, which was much higher than those without diabetes.

Study leader Professor Jonathan Shaw says the link between diabetes and depression is complex.

One of the biggest contradictions is that we are seeing people living longer but with higher rates of chronic diseases.

“It appears there’s a bit of a two-way street here. People with depression are more likely to develop conditions like diabetes, partly because they feel less able to pursue healthy lifestyles,” Professor Shaw said.

“But partly because there are also some – not fully understood – metabolic pathways that link the two.”

Professor Shaw says people with diabetes also had twice the rate of cognitive impairment compared to those without diabetes.

“One of the biggest contradictions is that we are seeing people living longer but with higher rates of chronic diseases. So their quality of life is compromised by disease,” he said.

Professor Shaw says a person who is aged 80 in 2013 may have been living with diabetes or high blood pressure for 20 years, which has a damaging effect over time.

“As we get better at managing chronic disease, we’re seeing people living longer and with higher rates of frailty and cognitive impairment,” he said.

Women and young people at greater risk of obesity

In line with previous trends, obesity levels continued to rise.

The report found that the average gain in waist circumference over the 12 years of the study was 5.3 centimetres and it was greater in women than men.

“Younger people don’t seem to think about diseases in relation to their weight or their waist circumference, but that’s where most of the weight gain is occurring,” Professor Shaw said.

“They’ve stopped doing exercise they did as a young single person – they’ve taken on a lot of family responsibilities – but they don’t yet feel any great connection or risk of developing diseases such as diabetes.

“That’s where we need to focus our efforts on preventing weight gain, because it’s much easier to prevent weight gain than it is to achieve weight loss.”

Despite public education campaigns, more than a third of people in the study were not meeting the physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Obesity remains one of the biggest risk factors for type two diabetes.

That’s where we need to focus our efforts on preventing weight gain, because it’s much easier to prevent weight gain than it is to achieve weight loss.

Researchers measured how much exercise people do, and how much time they were sitting down every day.

Professor Shaw says from this, they found many people’s perceptions were inaccurate.

“People significantly overestimate the amount of exercise they’re doing by about 50 per cent, and they underestimate by about half the amount of time they’re spending sitting down.”

Professor Shaw says tools exist to help people live healthier lives.

“We need to be prepared to take some tough decisions but it’s not impossible. Look what we have achieved with gun control, smoking cessation and water restrictions,” he said.

Professor Shaw says a Preventative Health Task Force came up with a raft of recommendations designed to make Australia healthier.

“Many of those ideas are now sitting on shelves gathering dust. Everything should be on the table: taxation levers, town planning, office space layout needs to be reconsidered to tackle the growing personal and community impact of chronic disease,” he said.

Revealed: Why older women face infertility issues and give birth to abnormal babies

A new advanced study has given hope to women who want to start a family later in life and are not able to conceive, says a report published in www.independent.co.uk. The research was done by scientists at Newcastle University to know the functioning of the reproductive mechanism that leads to decline in the female fertility after a woman turns 35.

This has brought forth the explanation for why older women are at a greater risk of giving birth to abnormal babies and will now aid in finding solution for the problem. Findings of the research have been published in the journal Current Biology.

The researchers say that as the biological clock starts ticking, the women should settle down and plan a family, claims the report published in www.bbc.co.uk. The doctors are of the belief that the best time to give birth to a child is in the age 20-34 years.

As a woman ages, the level of cohesin protein declines in the body and causes the chromosomes to split unevenly while the formation of eggs and sperm takes place. Reduction of cohesin is the main reason behind the decline in reproductive fitness of women in mid 30s. The experiments to see the results were done on mice.

Celebrities whose pregnancies we have reported on include Miranda KerrCeline Dion and Kelly Preston.

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Average couple has sex 104 times before falling pregnant

A new health study published in www.dailyrecord.co.uk says that an average couple has intercourse 104 times before the female partner falls pregnant. The report has revealed that when a woman tries to conceive her first baby, it takes an average of six months for her to become pregnant.

During this time, the women have sex around four times in a particular week. Some of the women were too eager to conceive that they called back their spouse home from work during the time of their ovulation, the report found out. The study to find out these facts was done on 3,000 mothers. Out of the whole lot of women 70% of them wanted their first child to be a result of a spontaneous love making session and not of an on-demand sex session.

People who are not trying to conceive should keep in mind that some couples may get pregnant even on their first sex encounter, says the report in www.dailymail.co.uk. Thus, they have been advised to use the required precautions to be on the safer side. According to the study, two thirds of the women conceive before they could expect.

Most of the women prefer to wait to get pregnant while some try having sex at every possible opportunity. The women tried to appear sexy in front of their man in order to woo him when they were trying to have a baby.

Some couples found sex to be boring when they were trying too hard to start a family. According to Dr. Smith, who was the part of the research team, ‘It’s an extremely anxious time and many women want to find out whether they are expecting a child as soon as possible.’

Celebrities whose pregnancies we have reported on include Celine DionKelly PrestonCourteney Cox Arquette and Marcia Cross.

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Women suffer more than men from chronic pain

Evidence is mounting that women experience pain on a completely different level to men. Recent findings even go so far as to say that women have more recurring pain and disabilities related to this pain. Chronic pain in women last longer and is more intense than in men, researchers say.

Also, illnesses associated with pain, like irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and osteoarthritis are more common in women than in men.

“Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world. We need to encourage women to take a more active role in their treatment and reduce the stigma and embarrassment of this problem,” Business Week quotes Jennifer Kelly of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine as saying.

According to Kelly, one reason women experience pain differently than men could be hormones. Migraines, for example, are known to have something to do with estrogen. Also, when a woman gets her period, she might be more sensitive as there could be changes in discomfort.

“Genetic and hormonal differences may be the main reason for any differences, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that social and psychological factors are also important,” Kelly said.

“Women tend to focus on the emotional aspects of pain. Men tend to focus on the physical sensations they experience. Women who concentrate on the emotional aspects of their pain may actually experience more pain as a result, possibly because the emotions associated with pain are negative.”

Celebrities who suffer from migraines include Marcia Cross and Janet Jackson.

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Middle aged women ‘have better sex lives’

The 40s are mostly referred to as the age when women start getting laughter lines, wrinkles and hot flushes but, according to www.dailymail.co.uk, there is more to it.  Reaching this age can mean the beginning of a new chapter in the life of a woman.

At this age women reportedly starts scaling new heights in their love lives and and reach their sexual peak. It has now been proved by scientists that women in their 40s and 50s have better and healthier sex lives, helping them have better relationships with their partners and improving their outlook on life and on themselves.

According to www.topnews.us, women in their 40s and 50s have sex more often than their younger counterparts and find it more pleasurable as well. It has been noticed that most women between the age of 18 and 30 face difficulties in achieving an orgasm but the percentage reduces to only 43% when they are older.

Women in the age group of 46-54 have more pleasurable sex also and only 48% report difficulty in having an orgasm. 87% of the middle aged women had sex regularly and thus had a more active sexual life.

The research was carried out on 600 women belonging to different age groups. Dr Debra Fromer, who led the research, said that “Researchers have found significant-associations between major categories of sexual dysfunction, reduced physical and emotional satisfaction and general well-being.”

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Women stick to diet for an average of 19 days, say researchers

According to the new health report published in www.mirror.co.uk, most of the women on a diet stick to it for less than three weeks before they again take to binging on fatty foods. The researchers have also found out the fact that a typical woman tries to cut down on her regular calorie intake at least three times in a particular year.

The average period of a diet for a woman is around 19 days and the most common temptations to make them go off track are chocolates, wine and crisps. Every time women attempt losing weight, it costs them £161.75 on gym, exercise clothes, magazines and slimming clubs.

“Women tend to go all out in a bid to shed pounds. But sticking to a restricted diet for any length of time is difficult, which is why it is better to introduce a more realistic routine involving regular exercise and healthy eating,” Tina Clare, of engagemutual.com said.

According to www.dailyrecord.co.uk, she is of the view that women should introduce changes in their lifestyle that they can stick to for a lifetime so that they can enjoy the benefits in the long run.

Most of the women face temptation for chocolate and other food items at 3pm and 8pm. It is thus important for women to keep a check on what they eat and incorporate realistic and achievable changes in their lives.

If you want to lose weight, have a look at the diets we’ve covered, including the South Beach dietSugar Busters, the Raw Food dietand the Mediterranean diet.

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Physically inactive teenage girls prone to cognitive impairment

Physically active teenage girls faces lower risks of suffering from cognitive impairment in their later life, says a report published by www.sciencedaily.com.  The study was conducted on over 9000 young women and was originally published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics. Proof has been found to suggest this is true, but still most of the people do not understand the importance of physical activity.

The research also found that physically inactive female teenagers became active as they reached the age of 30 to 50. However, women who did not undertake any activities even at this age were more at risk of cognitive impairment.

According to www.physorg.com, the team of researchers was led by Laura Middleton who stated: “As a result, to minimize the risk of dementia, physical activity should be encouraged from early life. Not to be without hope, people who were inactive at teenage can reduce their risk of cognitive impairment by becoming active in later life.”

It has been proven that physical activity lessens the risks related to the vascular system such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. All these factors also increase the risk of getting cognitive impairment in later years.

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