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Snacking on almonds in the morning can help lower cholesterol, glucose

A morning snack of almonds may reduce total cholesterol, and improve the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar in breakfast-skipping college students, a study claims. Many college students tend to skip meals, mostly breakfast, while they transition to a more hectic independent lifestyle, said researchers from the University of California Merced in the US. According to the American Heart Association, daily breakfast consumption may decrease cardiometabolic risk factors including blood sugar and insulin metabolism, they said. “This study, the first among a college student population, shows that for those who…

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How to control cholesterol by home remedies, here’s what you must include in your diet

If you’ve been having a lot of chicken tikka, mutton seekh kabab and other tandoori dishes from restaurants on a regular basis, it might be a good idea to get a cholesterol check done. Cholesterol produced in your liver has many important functions like keeping our cell walls flexible and producing various kinds of hormones. However, just like anything else, too much of it is a bad thing. Your cholesterol levels largely hinge on your diet, and there are some foods that help bring them down naturally. Here is a lowdown on…

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Eating almonds could boost ‘healthy’ cholesterol levels, suggests new study

They make a great go-to snack and are packed with nutritious goodness, so it may come as little surprise that eating almonds on a regular basis could boost levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, dubbed the ‘good’ cholesterol, while improving the way it removes low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (or ‘bad’ cholesterol), according to a new study. The researchers looked at HDL cholesterol levels and function in 48 people who ate 48g almonds (around a handful) on a daily basis over six-weeks, and the HDL levels of the participants when they swapped their almonds…

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Depression May be as Risky as Obesity and Cholesterol for Your Heart

350 million people are affected by depression worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. A new study found recently that depression may be as risky as obesity and cholesterol for your heart. “Our study shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol levels or obesity,” said Karl-Heinz Ladwig, professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. Depression accounted for nearly 15 per cent of the cardiovascular deaths. “That is comparable to the other risk factors,…

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Stopping Exercises in Winter Increases Cholesterol Storage: Doctors

Stopping physical exercise during the winter season increases the storage of cholesterol in the body, medical experts here said on Thursday. According to them, another reason that contributes to the cholesterol storage during winters is the lack of vitamin D synthesis from sunlight. “A decrease in sunlight pushes the body to store more cholesterol than usual as a protective measure. The seasonal variation in cholesterol levels could lead to more progression of fatty liver disease in the winter. Physical activities decrease during winters, and skipping exercise routine may be a…

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High ‘Good Cholesterol’ May Not Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Raising ‘good cholesterol’ levels may not be as effective as lowering ‘bad cholesterol’ for reducing the risk of developing heart disease, a new study has found. Low and very high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as ‘good cholesterol’ are associated with higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other causes, said researchers from University of Toronto in Canada. Low level of good cholesterol may not be a heart disease risk factor on its own and also raising HDL does not likely reduce a person’s risk of heart…

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