• Long life depends on lifespan of parents: study

    17/Aug/2016 // 125 Viewers

     

    The largest ever study of its kind ever conducted shows the longer parents live, the longer offspring are also likely to live.

    The research, released Tuesday in London by the Medical Research Council (MRC), also shows it means children of long-lived parents are more likely to stay healthy in their sixties and seventies.

    Those with longer-lived parents have with much lower rates of heart conditions and some cancers.

    The major study, funded by the MRC and involving almost 190,000 participants in the UK Biobank, is the largest of its kind. It found that chances of survival increased by 17 percent for each decade that at least one parent lives beyond the age of 70.

    The study was led by the University of Exeter and involved an international team of academics from the University of Cambridge (UK), UConn Center on Aging at UConn Health in Connecticut, USA, the French National Institute of Health, and the Indian Institute of Public Health.

    It found evidence showing for the first time that knowing the age at which parents died could help predict risk not only of heart disease, but many aspects of heart and circulatory health.

    The researchers used data on the health of 186,000 middle-aged offspring, aged 55 to 73 years, followed over a period of up to eight years.

    The team found that those with longer lived parents had lower incidence of multiple circulatory conditions including heart disease, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and atrial fibrillation.

    It found the risk of death from heart disease was 20 percent lower for each decade that at least one parent lived beyond the age of 70 years. In addition, those with longer lived parents also had reduced risk of cancer; a 7 percent reduced likelihood of cancer in the follow-up per longer-lived parent.

    Although factors such as smoking, high alcohol consumption, low physical activity and obesity were important, the lifespan of parents was still predictive of disease onset after accounting for these risks.

    Dr Janice Atkins, a Research Fellow in the Epidemiology and Public Health group at the University of Exeter Medical School and lead author on the paper, said: "To our knowledge, this is the largest study to show that the longer your parents live, the more likely you are to remain healthy in your sixties and seventies."

    The study built on previous findings published by the University of Exeter Medical School researchers earlier this year, which established a genetic link between parents' longevity and heart disease risk.

    Professor David Melzer, who leads the research program, said: "It's been unclear why some older people develop heart conditions in their sixties while others only develop these conditions much later in life or even avoid them completely. Our research tells us that, while avoiding the well-known risk factors such as smoking is very important, there are also other factors inherited from parents. As we understand these parental factors better, we should be able to help more people to age well." - china.org.cn


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  • Beware of these deadliest Insects On Earth - Report

    18/Jun/2016 // 538 Viewers

     

    1 – Termites

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    Termites are not exactly dangerous in the typical sense. However, they have a large potential to cause damage to crops and infrastructure if they were ever able to breed freely to increase the population.

    2 – Lice

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    Lice may not seem dangerous. However, they are wingless scavengers that feed on our skin and blood. They do not transmit diseases, but if let untreated they can begin to do some serious damage to the skin.

    3 – Deer Tick

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    There is a reason why there are so many PSA about ticks each summer. Every year, the humble Deer Tick infects thousands of people with incurable lyme disease. The early symptoms include fever, aches and pains. However over time joints begin to stiffen and sufferers can develop heart failure.

    4 – Army Ants

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    Army Ants are highly aggressive and although one or two would not do you much damage, as a colony they can devour up to half a million small vertebrates per day! If they decided to attack a human we are pretty sure that they could manage to do some hefty damage.

    5 – Yellow Jackets

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    Yellow Jackets are aggressive wasps and will sting repeatedly and painfully – especially when they have been provoked. They have also been known to mark their target and pursue them relentlessly!

    6 – Black Widow

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    Okay, so technically Black Widow is an arachnid and not an insect, but whatever – she is going on the list! The sting of the black widow releases a harmful neurotoxin that is very painful for humans. It is important to seek immediate medical attention in order to limit the bite to just pain! If left unchecked it can get much worse!


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  • Period pain is officially as bad as a heart attack - so why have doctors ignored it? The answer is simple

    19/Feb/2016 // 414 Viewers

    Men wait an average of 49 minutes before being treated for abdominal pain. For women, the wait is 65 minutes for the same symptoms. It’s thought that this is because women are seen as exaggerating pain and being ‘dramatic’ due to sexist stereotypes



    John Guillebaud, professor of reproductive health at University College London, revealed this week that research shows period pain can be as “bad as having a heart attack”. He said: “Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have. I do believe it’s something that should be taken care of, like anything else in medicine.”
     
    Dr Imogen Shaw, a GP specialising in women’s healthcare, welcomed his comments, saying: “I wouldn’t say [period pain] has been hugely investigated,” and when asked if the issue would be taken more seriously if men experienced it, said: “I suspect there would be, being very cynical.”
     
    It is extraordinary how little the medical profession engages with menstruation. Although recent years have seen period taboos broken through social media campaigns, this has yet to permeate medical discourse - and periods are seldom given serious medical consideration in research. Scant research has been conducted on specific pain prevention or pain relief and devices such as tampons, moon-cups and sanitary towels remain rudimentary.
     
    It’s not only women’s period pain which is taken less seriously, either – ignoring women’s pain is a concerning practise across medicine. Recent research has shown that women’s pain is taken much less seriously by doctors generally.
     
    Men wait an average of 49 minutes before being treated for abdominal pain. For women, the wait is 65 minutes for the same symptoms. It’s thought that this is because women are seen as exaggerating pain and being ‘dramatic’ due to sexist stereotypes, while men are listened to and believed when they express the same pain and symptoms.
     
    Indeed, the word ‘hysterical’, itself stems from hystericus, meaning ‘of the womb’, indelibly linking how society has linked wombs with overreaction, incredibility and instability.
     
    The great historians of the world have been mostly silent on the issue of menstruation. Period pain has long been restricted to whispered exchanges between mothers, daughters, sisters and female friends, rather than worthy of polite conversation, never mind the annals of history or intellectual debate.
     
    However, menstrual blood occasionally seeps through history's pages, and its rare appearances reveal something telling.
     
    For Aristotle, period blood was the elixir of life which mingled with sperm to produce babies, making it at once an unnatural horror and the natural proof of woman's innate inferiority, leading him to conclude, "we should look upon the female state as being as it were a deformity, though one which occurs in the ordinary course of nature."
     
    The Old Testament offers a similar mixture of sanctimonious horror and boyish fascination at the gore of menstruation in a flamboyant Leviticus passage which advocates that menstruating women be excluded from society for seven days, until "on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles or young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the Lord for the issue of her uncleanness."
     
    In the eighteenth century, fads for astronomy brought a new element to medical discussions on menstruation. As one of King George II's physicians, Richard Mead, pronounced: "Everyone knows how great a share the moon has in forwarding those evacuations of the female sex."
     
    Since these men’s pronouncements, basic research has established the link between monthly blood and the shedding of the lining of the womb. But beyond this, precious little engagement with menstruation has entered medical discourse.
     
    Despite affecting women and trans men around the world for days every month, the pain involved in menstruation is seldom questioned nor are serious attempts to alleviate it mentioned. This is largely because menstruation is presented as ‘Woman's Troubles’, and framed as a natural pain innate to women; almost a holy, mystical suffering like childbirth.
     
    It’s as if to ask for relief is to be less of a woman, or to give up the pretence of women being silent, stoic receptacles of reproduction. To demand medical discourse, aid or intervention in the form of pain relief would be giving up the deeply gendered game of keeping quiet, pursing your lips and simply hugging the hot water bottle tighter against your abdomen.
     
    While it’s a relief that Aristotle and the Old Testament’s pronouncements on periods are no longer considered the height of knowledge on the issue, the medical profession’s engagement with menstruation still leaves a lot to be desired.
     
    Menstruation may no longer be the taboo that it once was, but it’s still not considered a respectable enough issue to warrant serious scientific consideration. Women will suffer because of this, every month, until it is. -  INDEPENDENT


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  • This is what will happen when you eat avocados every day

    20/Jul/2016 // 2529 Viewers

     

    You’ve probably seen avocados being touted as a heart-healthy superfood in recent years. Realistically, the truth isn’t too far off from the hype. The next time you’re grabbing that burrito or turkey sandwich, you might want to consider adding a healthy dollop of guacamole. Here are four reasons that you should consider eating a little bit of avocado each day.

    1. You may reduce your risk of heart disease.
    Heart disease is the number 1 killer in the United States, affecting nearly 27 million adults, so it only makes sense that we would want to protect ourselves by being more health-conscious in our dietary choices. Avocados have been shown to positively benefit our cardiovascular system in a number of ways due to its low saturated fat and high unsaturated fat content (predominantly the monounsaturated fat (MUFA) variety). Consuming excess saturated fat (>10% of total calories) may raise your LDL and HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. On the contrary, consuming adequate unsaturated fat in your diet may help lower LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol), maintain HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol) and potentially improve your insulin sensitivity.

    In addition its nutritious fat content, avocados also contain a potent mix of nutrients (e.g., potassium and lutein), including plenty of antioxidants such as carotenoids, callexanthophylls and phenols. These compounds can help prevent inflammation and oxidative stress in the blood vessels while facilitating improved blood flow.

    2. You may have an easier time maintaining your weight
    Eating fat to lose fat; who would have thought? Avocados can help with weight-loss and maintaining a healthy BMI by promoting a feeling of satiety. A recent study showed that including avocado in meals helped extend feelings of fullness and reduced the desire to overindulge. The belly-filling properties of avocados is aided by their high fiber content, about 14g per fruit on average. In addition, higher avocado consumption has been associated with smaller waistlines and lower BMIs in observational studies.  Lastly, some research has even shown that weight-loss diets higher in MUFA, like the kind avocados are packed with, may prove healthier for your heart than low-fat weight-loss diets.

    3. You might reduce your risk of cancer
    Avocados provide us with numerous phytochemicals that may help prevent cancer, including the previously discussed xanthophylls and phenols. A protein compound called glutathione, along with the xanthophyll lutein (both found in avocados), have been associated with decreased rates of oral cancer. Preliminary data also show promising results for avocados’ potential role in reducing risk of both breast and prostate cancers. Additionally, preliminary studies demonstrate that a specific type of fav derived from avocados is able to exert anti-cancer effects on acute myeloid leukemia cells. Together, these studies show that further research needs to be conducted to draw more conclusive results.

    4. You will protect your skin and eyes well into old age
    As it turns out, avocado carotenoids do quite a number of things for our body. Both lutein and another compound found in avocados called zeaxanthin can slow age-related ocular decline and prevent vision dysfunction. In addition, these same two nutrients also act as buffers against oxidative UV damage, keeping our skin smooth and healthy. The bioavailability (ease of absorption by our body) of carotenoids from avocados compared to many other fruits and vegetables makes eating avocados every day a sensible choice.

    Recipes to try:

    Avocado Smoothie

    ½ ripe avocado
    1 ripe banana
    ½ cup low-fat yogurt
    ½ cup orange juice
    OPTIONAL: handful of ice
    Combine ingredients into blender and mix.

    Bacon Peach Guacamole

    1 ripe peach
    2 ripe avocados
    ¼ red onion, minced
    2 strips bacon, crisped
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Cut peaches into small dice and place in bowl. Mash avocados and combine with peaches. Crisp bacon in skillet, dice and add to bowl. Mince onion and add to guacamole. Enjoy with whole-grain tortilla chips.

    Aside from the multitude of health benefits, avocados have the extra bonus of being a tasty, creamy food that can be incorporated into shakes, desserts, dips, and toppings. So don’t be afraid to add avocado! - lifehack.com


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  • When not to have sex while pregnant - Experts

    20/Jul/2016 // 305 Viewers

     


    Some couples worry about sexual intercourse during pregnancy, fearing that the thrusting of the penis can damage the baby. In most cases, sexual intercourse can’t do any damage, but certain conditions may prevent a couple from having intercourse.

    The most common signs that sex could cause problems for the mother or baby is spotting or pain after intercourse. If a woman notices either of these things, she should avoid sex until she’s consulted her doctor.

    The obstetrician will also warn a woman if she should avoid intercourse after seeing the results of her sonogram — a picture of the baby made by sound waves, which is now a routine part of pregnancy care.

    Only about 3 out of 100 women have a problem that prevents sexual intercourse. If you think you might be one of the 3 percent of women who has such a problem, consult your doctor. Even in these cases, that limitation should not stop her from enjoying sex and from seeking satisfaction but only cause her to limit the ways in which she does this.

    If the man uses his finger to masturbate his partner, or if she masturbates herself, more care must be taken than when doing this during normal times. Because her vaginal area has more blood flowing to it than normal, it will be more sensitive and so more prone to scratches and irritations caused by fingernails or calluses. If a woman does find that she experiences these types of irritations, be sure to use plenty of lubricant the next time you have sex.

     


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  • BREAKING: Sex with HIV positive person on ARVs is safe!

    20/May/2016 // 2388 Viewers

     


    The early treatment of people with HIV massively reduces their infectiousness and gives the world our first real opportunity to halt the HIV epidemic.

    This follows results of a trial released in May which found that sex with an HIV positive person on ARV treatment with an undetectable viral load is as safe as using condoms.

    ‘€œThis is the biggest news of the year,’€ according to Dr Francois Venter, head of the Southern African HIV Clinicians’€™ Society.

    ‘€œNo other intervention beyond abstinence shows such a level of protection. It’€™s probably even safer than condoms because things often go wrong with condoms.’€

    The trial has revolutionised HIV policy-making as, for the first time, ARVs are being counted as a weapon to prevent the spread of HIV as well as to treat the virus ‘€“ what the experts are now calling treatment-as-prevention.

    The trial involved over 1 700 ‘€œdiscordant’€ couples, made up of an HIV positive and negative partner, and it was conducted in South Africa and eight other countries.

    All the HIV positive partners had CD4 counts of between 350 and 500, which means that they did not yet need antiretroviral medication.

    The couples were randomly divided into two groups. In the first group, the HIV positive partners were put onto ARVs immediately. In the second group, ARVs were delayed until the partners with HIV reached a CD4 count of 250 or developed an AIDS-related illness.

    The difference between the two groups, with over 800 couples in each, was striking.

    In Group One, only one person became HIV-infected but in Group Two, 27 people got HIV from their partners.

    Venter was on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) of the trial, which actually stopped the trial early because the results were so ‘€œunequivocal’€.

    ‘€œThe one HIV transmission in the first group meant there was a 96 percent reduction in transmission. But even that one transmission was a weird one,’€ says Venter.

    It happened right at the beginning of the trial, he said, indicating that the man was either already infected or that his partner had not yet reached an undetectable viral load.

    ‘€œI would say that people who are on successful ARV treatment are 100 percent safe and will not transmit the virus,’€ said Venter.

    Venter added that a CD4 count of 350, recently introduced in South Africa, was also the optimal time to start ARVs.

    ‘€œIf all HIV positive people started ARVs at CD4 350, this would have a massive effect on transmission,’€ said Venter.

    ‘€œBut there is very little health benefit for people with CD4 greater than 350 going on ARVs simply to protect their partners.’€

    The one drawback of the study is that only three percent of participants were men who have sex with men, which is a group at high risk of HIV.

    Infectious diseases specialist Dr Kevin Rebe says the risk of HIV infection from anal sex is 18 times higher for the receptive partner than vaginal sex.

    ‘€œI would recommend early ARV treatment in men who have sex with men, but without a solid research base,’€ says Rebe, who runs the Ivan Toms Men’€™s Clinic in Cape Town.

    ‘€œWe need the highest risk groups to be represented adequately in studies like this.’€

    Meanwhile, the health department’€™s Thobile Mbengashe described the treatment-as-prevention as a ‘€œgame-changer’€.

    Speaking at a recent meeting, Mbengashe said that South Africa could carry on doing things as usual ‘€“ or we could hit the epidemic hard with a few proven interventions such as treatment-as-prevention that actually have a chance to halt the spread of HIV.

    With the business-as-usual approach, ‘€œwe will double the expenditure from R16 million to R32 billion by 2030. There will be an increase infections, death and costs and this is not sustainable,’€ said Mbengashe.

    But the approach being advocated by the new National Strategic Plan on HIV, due for release on World AIDS Day, advocates a rapid expansion of services aimed ensuring that 80 percent of people have access to annual HIV tests and the treatment of three million people with CD4 count of 350 by 2015.

     ‘€œWe will probably end up spending the same amount of money as the business-as-usual approach, but we will have a far greater effect and we will have a chance to halt the spread of HIV, whereas the old approach is unsustainable,’€ said Mbengashe.

    The biggest obstacle to mass treatment, however, remains the fact that the majority of HIV positive South Africans still don’€™t know that they are living with the virus.

    ‘€œAlthough testing has increased significantly in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, only about 20 percent of men and 28 percent of women in South Africa received an HIV test and result within the past year,’€ according to Professor Salim Abdool Karim, head of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA (CAPRISA).

    ‘€œThe most recent national HIV survey revealed that 74 percent of those most at risk of acquiring the virus were unaware of their HIV status.’€

    A number of new approaches, including HIV self-testing kits, are being explored to ensure that all South Africans are able to know their HIV status, and if they test positive take advantage of treatment services and keep their sexual partners safe from HIV. - www.health-e.org.za


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  • 5 Little-Known Things That Help Men Last Longer In Bed

    21/Apr/2016 // 722 Viewers

     

    Most men are insecure about two things: sex and penis size. Men from all walks of life pride themselves on the size of their penis and their duration in bed, believing an above-average size and performance can feed the sexual appetite of their partner. Although men can’t do much about the size of their genitalia (except plastic surgery), they can control premature ejaculation to make sex last longer.

    The ability to finish early and quickly can be advantageous in many areas in life, but not when it comes to sex. Premature ejaculation is a common and often distressing problem for couples who simply want to find ways to make sex last longer. Harry Fisch, author of the book, The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups, found although an astonishing 45 percent of men finish sex too quickly, specifically within two minutes, the average duration is 7.3 minutes — only four minutes less than women’s ideal time.

    These statistics may be discouraging for men and women alike, but like any athletic activity, sexual performance and stamina is improved in the most unexpected ways. Remember, not all men are doomed to be the infamous guy in Missy Elliot’s 2001 rap song, “One Minute Man.” Here are little-known things that actually help you last longer in bed that you probably didn’t know.

    1. A Bigger Belly

    Men, size does matter when it comes to sex. The bigger the belly, the better the lover, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Overweight men with obvious bellies lasted an average of 7.3 minutes compared to their thinner counterparts who could barely make it to two minutes. Although this seems counterintuitive, the researchers found more belly fat means the man has more estradiol, the female sex hormone, which helps inhibit orgasm. 

    2. Adult Circumcision

    The phrase “better late than never” applies to several areas of life, including adult circumcision. A 2004 study published journal Adult Urology unveiled circumcised men took “significantly longer” to ejaculate after they got a circumcision in adulthood. Ironically, this may actually be considered advantageous, rather than a complication, when it comes to lasting longer in bed. Temucin Senkul, lead researcher of the study and an urologist with GATA Haydarpasa Training Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, speculates the delay to reach ejaculation may result in circumcision lessening the penis’ sensitivity. Ejaculation time may be different, since losing skin is something different that these men have to get used to.

    3. Pelvic Floor Exercises

    Pelvic floor exercises aren’t just for women or those with bladder problems — they can help treat men with lifelong premature ejaculation. In a study presented at the European Congress of Urology in Stockholm, a small cohort of men aged 19 to 46 with an average ejaculation time of 31.7 seconds, tried pelvic floor exercises over the course of 12 weeks. The 33 out of 40 men who were able to improve their ejaculation time within 12 weeks with these exercises and their own efforts also helped their self-confidence. At the end of the course, the average ejaculation time had increased to 146.2 seconds — nearly four times the average at the start of the study.

    4. Vegetarian Diet

    Vegetarians are known for their strong stance on dairy and meat intake, including their stamina and energy in bed. A vegan diet that is high in fruit content can provide more sustainable energy that will not lead to the often seen “sugar crash” from processed sugar. For example, a banana is high in potassium, a nutrient that helps in sex-hormone production and boosts energy.

    Tests have shown that vegetarians have twice the stamina of meat eaters. A study published in the Yale Medical Journal compared meat-eating athletes to vegetarians and near-vegetarians, half of whom were sedentary. Researchers measured how long they could hold arms outstretched and the number of deep-knee bends the participants did. The findings revealed only 13 percent of meat-eating athletes could hold their arms out for 15 minutes compared to 69 percent of vegetarians. Moreover, no meat-eating athletes could hold their arms out for 30 minutes compared to 47 percent of vegetarians only. When it came to knee bends, only 33 percent of the meat eaters exceeded 352 knee bends, compared to 81 percent of their vegetarian counterparts.

    5. Viagra

    The little blue pill can do a lot more than just treat erectile dysfunction or impotence in men; it can also boost men’s sexual performance. The “magic pill” that contains phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors — used to treat erectile dysfunction — helped extend the length of time men could last in bed before reaching an orgasm, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Although 11 out of the 14 studies demonstrated erectile dysfunction medication was associated with longer duration in bed, the studies were unable to determine whether the medication was actually responsible since some did not test it against a placebo.

    Overcoming premature ejaculation, or simply the desire to boost sexual stamina, can be resolved simply with the concept of mind over matter. Like any athletic activity, stamina and endurance in sex, is practiced and cultivated. After all, lasting longer in bed shouldn't be seen as an impossible feat for men. - Medical Daily


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  • 11 factors that destroy male fertility!

    21/Aug/2016 // 1100 Viewers

     

    PARIS, AUGUST 21, 2016: (DGW) Medical research conducted by MAYO CLINIC shows that infertility men could be caused by certain factors which fall into three categories ranging from medical causes, lifestyle to medical causes. 

    MAYO CLINIC , one of the leading medical research groups says infertility may be caused by an infection which attacks the male semen or sperm or  undescended testicles and hormone imbalance.

    The following are the other factors that are capable of causing  fertility:

    *Exposure to lead or other heavy metals

    *Exposure to radiation or X-rays

    *Overheating the testicles through frequent use of saunas or hot tubs

    *Sitting for long periods, wearing tight clothing or working on a laptop computer for long stretches of time

    *Use of anabolic steroids taken to stimulate muscle strength and growth can cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production to decrease
    *Use of cocaine or marijuana may temporarily reduce the number and quality of your sperm as well

    *Drinking alcohol can lower testosterone levels, cause erectile dysfunction and decrease sperm production.

    *Liver disease caused by excessive drinking also may lead to fertility problems.

    *Tobacco smoking

    *Emotional stress

    *Obesity can impair fertility


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  • HOW NOT TO DIE: The natural diabetes solutions that works

    21/Aug/2016 // 461 Viewers

     

    THE NATION - Many has said that there is currently no cure for diabetes, There are many natural treatments that has been established. From Research so far conducted, it has shown that preventing or even reversing type II diabetes is possible. The steps that can help prevent the condition are also beneficial for those who have the disorder, regardless of how long they have had it. He’s a look at some of the steps.

    Regular Exercise

    Exercising regularly is beneficial for prevention and continues to be beneficial, even if the exercise does not lead to weight loss. Exercise improves glucose tolerance and glucose metabolism. It also raises good HDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, which can help to reduce the risk of the complications that is associated with type II diabetes. Click this link healthinesscall.com.ng

    Lose Body Fat
     
    A high waist-to-hip ratio and High body fat (where the waist measurement is larger than the hip measurement) are normally associated with an increased risk. Losing body fat and reducing the waist-to-hip ration may reduce your risk of developing the disorder and could also improve your cellular insulin sensitivity.

    Fat is believed to clog cellular insulin receptors. These receptors are located on the outside of the cells. When the receptor is not clogged, insulin enters the receptor and causes the cell to absorb glucose for energy, getting it out of the bloodstream where it causes problems.Because of the insulin resistance that accompanies type II diabetes, the cells usually do not absorb glucose or they absorb very little. Thus insulin and glucose levels in the bloodstream rise. healthinesscall.com.ng

    You can lose 40% of your body fat by exercising more and by reducing the amount of fat in your diet. For those people with pre-diabetes or type II diabetes, the recommended fat consumption is less than 30% of calories. Some Diabetes organizations recommend 20%. Less than 20% can cause problems with satiety and weight control.

    Choose and get used to Healthy Fats consumption

    Ensure that the fats you take in should be the healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated ones. Saturated fats should be limited. Trans-fat should be completely eliminated. You have to become something of a detective if you eat a lot of packaged, processed or prepared foods to make sure you are getting the right kind of fat. If you eat mostly natural foods that you prepare at home, it is easier. olive oil,Fish, brown rice,oatmeal, fruits and vegetables should be the staples of your diet. Click this link to learn more healthinesscall.com.ng

    Diabetes 
    Take Some Good Dietary Supplements

    Type II diabetes has been associated with a variety of nutritional deficiencies. Nutrition may also be involved in Type I. Optimizing your nutrient intake can help regardless of whether you are currently in the Pre-diabetes stage or you have had type I all of your life. healthinesscall.com.ng

    There are some Natural Diabetes Solutions that were designed to help people with diabetes, although they are not always advertised as such. Basically, they support normal glucose metabolism, protect pancreatic cells that produce insulin and improve insulin sensitivity.

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  • What Muslim women really want in the bedroom

    21/Feb/2016 // 745 Viewers

     

    Sex is taboo subject for most Muslims. However, a growing number of young Muslim women are talking about what they really want when in the bedroom. Shelina Janmohamed, author of Love in a Headscarf, explains how women are leading the way in her faith when it comes to understanding sexuality.

    Abdelaziz Aouragh runs an online sex shop for Muslims. “We don’t sell products that simply enhance the love life between man and woman,” he explains. “All of our products provide a deeper meaning to sexuality, sensuality and even spirituality.”
    His company El Asira, based in the Netherlands, offers products like “sensual silicone” and “glamour lotion.” All of his products are Halal.
    “The majority of our customers are women,” he tells me. “With men there is too much bravado.”
    I see this pattern often repeated of Muslim women leading their male counterparts in the discussion about sexuality and intimacy.
    According to Islamic law, sex is limited to between those who are married. But when it comes to exactly what you can do, and how sex is generally discussed, Islam itself is quite open. Sex is of course for procreation, but it’s also for pleasure.
     
    There are stories about how Prophet Muhammad would be approached in the mosque by women and men asking open questions about sexuality. In one famous tale, a woman came to see him on her wedding night, to complain her husband was too busy praying and hadn't come near her. The Prophet went to see the husband, admonished him for being too engrossed in religious prayer and instructed him to, erm, pay more attention to his bride.
    This openness has been lost over time, and discussions about sex have become taboo. However, things are slowly changing.
    Wedad Lootah is a UAE marriage counsellor who published an Arabic sex guide, Top Secret: Sexual Guidance for Married Couples, on how to achieve sexual intimacy with your partner, stating couples needed the advice. Her book was blessed by the mufti of the UAE. But she received intense criticism.
     
    Whilst engaged, my now husband and I attended a ‘pre-marriage’ seminar, one of the first of its kind in the UK. The one day training included an hour about sex. It wasn’t very good, but nonetheless, I was pleased that the subject was raised and the taboo broken.
    Jenny is an Irish Muslim organising a similar two part seminar for young women only, the first on marriage, the second on intimacy. “The girls don’t know what should be happening in their intimate lives,” she explains. “The men tell them to do X or Y, and they don’t know any better.” Jenny understands that her seminar is unusual, but her primary concern is that the young women receive this education, and criticism is kept at bay. For this reason, she asks I don’t quote her real name: “I’m sticking my neck out here.”
    It’s not a sex instruction class that she’ll be hosting. “We’re not telling them what goes where!” laughs Jenny. “But these girls need to know their rights in the bedroom.”
    In the USA, controversial Muslim activist Asra Nomani has written an “Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in the Bedroom.” to ‘uphold women’s right to pleasure”. Nomani says she received negative feedback about the bill. But when I read about it I remember thinking, this is not in the least controversial or new for Islam. If anything it shows how little Muslims - even vocal ones - have knowledge about Islam's un-guilty approach to sex, or understand that Islam has always been extremely open about sexual pleasure, and in particular women’s pleasure.
    Yet, it’s undeniable that to talk about sexuality, especially as a woman, is difficult, and as a consequence I’m genuinely apprehensive about publishing this piece. But push on I will.
    It’s a subject that needs to be openly addressed, precisely so that these contradictions can be unravelled.
    There is a lack of research about the existing levels of sexual knowledge among Muslims. How much do they know? Where do they gain their knowledge? And perhaps the most difficult to ask: what is the reality of how they conduct their sexual lives?
    A new chick-lit novel about to be published in the UK is called No Sex and The City and features a Muslim heroine. And last year in the US, an anthology of true courtship stories written by Muslim women was published delightfully entitled Love, Inshallah (God willing). Amongst the narratives there were those that were sexually explicit and spoke about sex both inside and outside marriage. Whilst the book itself was extremely popular, its comparatively graphic nature drew positive feedback as well as criticism. But the more important point of both books is that Muslim women themselves are trying to open a discussion about sexuality, its role in their identity, and their fears and aspirations.
     

    For those Muslims who want to live a chaste life, the pressures are immense. Our surroundings are notoriously sexualised. Virginity is seen as freakish. And rejection of ‘sexual liberation’ is seen as backward. For teen Muslims, these challenges must be particularly difficult.

    If contextually appropriate teachings are not available – whether at home, in the mosque or in other social settings – then the taboos about sexuality become entrenched, lead to diminished knowledge, and pleasure or even negativity about sex.

    So where should a young (or even old!) Muslim turn to for sexual teachings that they feel are in line with an Islamic perspective. Courses like the one being run by Jenny are few and far between. And those willing to discuss matters openly are equally rare.

    And to even begin such discussions, what is needed is a healthy dose of facing up to the fact that how Muslims live their lives is not necessarily the same as the Islamic ideals they aspire to.

    A famous Islamic traditional teaching about sexual pleasure says that when God created desire, He made it into ten parts. He gave nine parts to women, and just one to men. So it’s no wonder women are leaving men behind when it comes to trying to better understand their sexuality, as well as the relationship between their sexuality and their faith.

    Shelina Janmohamed is the author of Love in a Headscarf - Muslim 

     


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