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World TB Day: Safeguard yourself with preventive tips – Outlook India

Posted: March 24, 2020 at 6:43 am

World TB Day: Safeguard yourself with preventive tips

New Delhi, March 24 (IANSlife) Tuberculosis, commonly abbreviated to TB, is a highly infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. As per World Health Organization (WHO), TB is one of the top 10 causes of deaths across the globe. Based on its latest report announced in 2019 , 10 million people across the world were infected by TB, out of which 26.90 lakh people had TB in India.

The report further stated that India had maximum number of Drug Resistant TB which is 27 percent of the total 1.30 lakh Drug-Resistant cases!

As per Dr Prashant Chhajed, HOD-Respiratory Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi and Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Tuberculosis can affect several organs of the body, such as lungs, gastrointestinal system, brain, bones, pericardium (covering the heart), pleura (covering the lung) and lymph nodes - neck, chest and abdomen.

Pulmonary Tuberculosis is infectious and spreads via airborne transmission. The standard tests to diagnose Tuberculosis are on smear and culture. Smear tests are available quickly and the culture reports can take up to six weeks to detect tuberculosis.

In recent years, newer molecular tests, such as the CBNAAT/ TB GeneXpert have become available which enable rapid diagnosis even when the smears are negative and one is waiting for the culture reports to come. Furthermore, these molecular tests also enable the rapid diagnosis of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, the expert said.

Keeping in mind the growing burden of TB in the country and across the globe, the theme of this year''s World Tuberculosis Day which is observed on March 24 is - ''It''s Time''. It focuses on building awareness about TB through prevention and cure with an extended aim to make the world TB Free.

"TB is an airborne infection and when someone infected with TB coughs or sneezes, the bacteria is released into the air, thus infecting the environment. When people get sick with Pulmonary Tuberculosis, then the disease can be transmitted to others. Symptoms may occur within the first few weeks or months or years later, some of which include: A persistent cough that lasts three or more weeks, coughing up blood, chest pain, or difficulty while breathing or coughing, rapid weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and loss of appetite," Dr Prashant said.

If you witness the above symptoms, you should visit your doctor to get tested and seek requisite treatment.

Here are the top preventive measures one should observe:

1. Restrict the transmission of the disease from an infected person to a non-infected person - Identify TB patients, avoid close contact with the person; if you do not know if a person has TB but is coughing rapidly, cover your nose and mouth and step away. If similar symptoms arise in yourself, visit your doctor for primary treatment.

2. Once Pulmonary Tuberculosis is diagnosed it is recommended to have a good ventilation system at your home, as TB can remain suspended in the air for several hours by doing so, one can limit the transmission of the airborne disease.

3. Follow good hygiene practices: Cover your mouth with your elbow while coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

TB can be contracted by anybody, however, those who are at a higher risk include,

People with a weaker immune system

People diagnosed with chronic diseases like Diabetes

Those with HIV/ AIDS

Persons from lower socio-economic groups driven by factors such as poverty, malnutrition, poor sanitation, etc.

Healthcare personnel coming in contact with infected persons

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Senior Wrestlers Grapple With Season Lost to COVID-19 – Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

Posted: March 24, 2020 at 6:43 am

Three of Cornells senior wrestlers, Chas Tucker, Noah Baughman and Brandon Womack were deprived of their final opportunity to compete for national titles, when NCAA officials canceled all remaining winter and spring championships due to the continued rise of COVID-19.

The early cancellation of the season came on March 12, just one week before the tournament was set to begin. While Baughman said that he braced himself for the worst after a flurry of nationwide disruptions, the NCAAs official announcement still came as shock.

There were a lot of emotions at the beginning, and I am still feeling different emotions about it everyday, but at first it really was just utter shock, he said. Maybe I was underestimating the seriousness of it at the time, but I never thought that canceling nationals would even really be an option.

His teammate Womack offered a similar reaction of surprise, saying that the premature end to the season left him unable to end his illustrious Cornell career on a high-note.

I am still kind of taking it all in, Womack said. [The cancellation] was really unfortunate and I think it made everything a little harder to swallow because I had already missed a lot of the year I didnt finish the way I wanted.

Due to an injury, Womack missed a majority of the regular season, but devoted himself to healing, and eventually found himself back on the mat. Even despite losing several weeks of practice and competition, the seasoned wrestler quickly rebounded, and his dominant EIWA performance earned him a bid to the now called-off nationals.

However, the news perhaps affected Tucker most severely. The 133-pound senior, with his flawless 31-0 season record, would have entered nationals as the third-seeded wrestler and when his opportunity for a national title slipped away, for reasons out of his control, the news was difficult for him to process.

I was kind of in shock, but at the same time, with the progression of everything getting canceled, it was just a matter of time, Tucker said. It was definitely sad, and when it actually happened it was kind of surreal. I was upset It just hurts, especially because I thought this year I could have gotten on the podium. I thought that I could become a national champion.

The younger members of Cornells wrestling squad recognized the utter disappointment that these seniors face, particularly for Tucker, who was slated to finally stand on the podium.

Hes made it to nationals before, and hes been on track to All-American, but he never quite got there, said freshman Nathan Thacker. And this was his year he was seeded third at nationals, and he was really in the running for a national title. So I really feel bad for guys like him on our team.

Head coach Rob Koll shared similar sentiments about both Tucker and Baughman, and their seasons unexpectedly cut short.

Its guys like Chas [Tucker] that you feel the worst for. Hes 31-0, finally getting a shot, Koll told The Sun. For guys like Noah [Baughman], he had been disappointed two years prior and the year before that he was the last guy not to make it in the weight class both times. So he finally busted through, and then to have this happen was such a bummer.

The trio of seniors nevertheless celebrated the seasons accomplishments. For instance, the teams loss of its star wrestlers Yianni Diakomihalis, Vitali Arujau and Max Dean to Olympic redshirt meant the Red faced low expectations heading into this year.

But under the tutelage of Koll and the leadership of the seniors, however, the Red defied these prospects placing second overall in the EIWA championships and qualifying eight wrestlers for nationals.

What we did as a team this year was pretty cool, especially because it was going to be considered an off-year for Cornell, Womack said. Everyone was wrestling for each other, for our team and not just for ourselves, and that really showed.

The success of these three seniors is not limited to the 2019-2020 season. Tucker, Baughman, and Womack have been integral members of the program, not only contributing their athletic talent, but also their work ethic.

The senior leadership this year was probably the best we have had since I arrived at Cornell, said junior Hunter Richard, who praised the trios leadership skills.

Noah was that guy who you always knew was giving his all no matter what we were doing, Richard continued. Chas led by example. He wasnt crazy outspoken but he was always doing the right things the right way and showed the underclassmen what it takes to be successful. And Brandon was a vocal leader trying to push everyone to be the best they could.

While the virus may have taken away the seniors chance at a satisfying send-off from collegiate athletics, they recognize that their time as Cornell wrestlers has been a journey defined by far more than the sudden effects of COVID-19.

According to Baughman, the cancelation of the tournament did not detract from the lessons they learned and growth they experienced over their four-year wrestling experience from the countless hours spent on the mat to the time constantly surrounded by teammates and coaches.

I just try to keep reminding myself that everything that I came to Cornell for has been achieved, and it turned out even better than I could have imagined, Baughman said. So while I didnt get to live out the dream of wrestling in the national championships, I got to achieve even more than that.

By appreciating his entire journey as a member of the Red wrestling program, Tucker, too, has found solace in this less-than-ideal ending to his Cornell athletic career.

Ive become such a better person because of my team and because of the experiences and hardships Ive gone through at Cornell, Tucker said. I cant be anything but grateful even though it had to end abruptly like this.

Like many of the Universitys seniors, Tucker, Baughman and Womack all saw their final Cornell glories slip through their fingers, falling victim to the impacts of a fast-ravaging coronavirus. But, according to Womack, COVID-19 cannot take away their achievements, character development and memories made as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

My teammates, my family, and every part of this journey that I was on teaches me more than I would be able to learn from one tournament, he said. Obviously I love wrestling, but more than anything, I think its the people that are a part of the program the coaches, my teammates, and everyone else they made the four years so amazing.

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Scarlett Moffatt: Ive Had To Ring The Samaritans Because Of Years Of Trolling – Grazia

Posted: March 24, 2020 at 6:43 am

Before I went on Gogglebox, I could never have imagined how hard it is for women in the public eye. I thought celebrities lived in a different world, I took everything the tabloids printed as gospel, and I barely even used social media. But in 2017, three years after Id been catapulted into the public eye, I was in the darkest place of my life, feeling completely alone and often ringing Samaritans when things got really bad.

I never planned to be on TV. I was 23 and working in Asda when my friend Tommy asked me about Gogglebox. He worked on the show and couldnt find anyone to audition in the north east so asked if Id do it, to help him out. I went down to the auditions and my mum came during her lunch hour, too. The next day they said they wanted us on the show and we had two days to decide. Its 50 and a free takeaway, whats the worst that can happen? I remember thinking.

When the show aired in 2014, we got Twitter so we could chat to people while it was on. Immediately, I started getting really horrible messages about how ugly, fat and stupid I was. All of a sudden, all of these people that didnt even know me were forming opinions about me from five minutes on a half-hour show. It hit me hard. I thought about quitting, but back then Gogglebox wasnt as big as it eventually became and I didnt want other peoples comments holding me back.

As I started to get more TV opportunities, I chose to look for the positives and go for it. I was being offered things that people from my little town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham could only dream of.

Two years after that, after I came out of the jungle after winning Im A Celebrity, everything was good. I felt very lucky. Looking back, at that point I realise I had been put on a pedestal. In the press it was just nice story after nice story, and then with Ant And Decs Saturday Night Takeaway I was a co-presenter for a time it was the same thing. But I quickly noticed, the more popular I was getting on TV and in the press, the more unpopular I was getting on social media. I was getting trolled way more with people attacking the way I look, speak, dress you name it.

Scarlett went through her social media and picked out comments that she receives daily by trolls Suki Dhanda

I remember after the second episode of Saturday Night Takeaway aired, there were thousands of comments about how bad my teeth were. That got to me most because I was so insecure about my teeth as a child. Id smashed them in an accident and had ill fitting caps put on as I was too young for veneers at the time and had to wait until I was 21 to have them properly fixed. Seeing people pick apart something youre already so aware of made me not want to go in for the next show.

Around the same time early 2017 I was under immense scrutiny for my fitness DVD. My DVD is my one biggest regret, not just because of the terrible reaction, but because I put my name to something I dont even believe in. My sister is 13 now, and when I think about her obsessively trying to lose weight or looking at before-and-after pictures, it really upsets me. But back then, I was so nave, I had no idea how damaging it would be for my mental health as well as other peoples.

I was approached to do the DVD in 2016. I had no representation, I didnt even know what an agent was back then, in fact the offer came through to my Hotmail account. It was sold to me as a dream with no warning of backlash or detriment to my health. At the time, I thought it was a win-win: Id lose weight, get healthier and with the money they were offering, I could put a deposit down on my own house.

The company wanted me to lose around four stone, but about halfway through following the exercise and nutrition plan my body just stopped losing weight. It was as if it was just like, No, this is what youre meant to look like. I remember trying to soldier on but thinking the whole time, I actually really dont want to do this at all. But Id signed a contract, and when I tried to get out of it they told me that I would owe them loads of money if I dropped out. I didnt have anything close to the figure they wanted, so I had to go through with it. In the end, I was never actually paid a penny.

When it was really bad, I would ring the Samaritans, give a fake name and rant for 15 minutes. Talking to someone who didnt know me or judge me, helped.

Things only got worse when it came out. I got trolled really badly for being too thin, people telling me Id gone too far and was a bad role model. I understand now why people wouldnt want me to promote weight loss, but at the time it just felt like a wave of cruelty from every angle. Looking at the before and after pictures, I wasnt any happier in either and I quickly realised how awful this whole thing had been for me mentally. I ended up rebelling, putting all the weight back on in the hope that the comments would stop.

Thats when everything spiralled out of control. All of the trolling overwhelmed me. I stopped leaving the house, spending hours on Instagram reading nasty messages, searching hashtags of my name and reading the comments under online articles. I believed everything said about me. I felt I wasnt good enough for anyone. If I went on a date and posted date night on Instagram, Id get messages about how they were only with me for fame. So then Id sit on the date thinking, Well yeah, Im this big fat mess so why would anyone be with me for me?

One of the worst times was when I went on Aftersun on Love Island. I wore a low-cut dress and felt amazing at the time, but when the show aired I mustve had over 3,000 messages telling me I was fat and to put my boobs away. I remember Iain Stirling ringing me to see if I was OK, telling him I was fine then going home and crying for a week.

My family and friends never knew any of this. I wouldnt leave the house for days on end, but as soon as my mum texted me to say she was stopping by, Id clean up and act like everything was fine. I never wanted to see her upset or burden anyone with my problems. After all, my job was amazing, I just wanted them to see the positives.

I was at the point where I wanted to stop everything, quit TV, delete social media and move to a country where no one could have an opinion on me. But I couldnt do that. So I just wanted to disappear, I didnt know where I wanted to disappear to, but I needed it to stop everything felt out of my control.

When it was really bad, I would ring the Samaritans, give a fake name and rant for 15 minutes. Talking to someone who didnt know me or judge me, helped. Eventually, I broke down in front of my mum and told her how I was feeling. I ended up seeing a therapist for a year. Now, I have coping mechanisms to take me out of that dark place.

Ive grown a lot as a person since then, too. Not just with handling trolling, but how I feel about my body as well. A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of myself in a swimming costume something I wouldnt have done without a photographer even when I was thin and it felt amazing. I want my platform to stand for something different, to show people youre not just the sum of your parts or what you look like. Whenever anyone is on Love Island, I message them and say, If ever you need to talk to anyone, you can message me thats what I needed at the start.

And despite everything thats happened since Caroline Flacks passing, its clear that sadly nothing is going to change anytime soon. But that just tells me that we need to keep shouting. Sometimes, you feel like youre screaming at the top of your lungs and no one hears you. Thats why I wanted to speak to Grazia, because the more we open up, the more we can hopefully put an end to trolling once and for all. I feel lucky it didnt have tragic consequences for me because it truly could have.


Anyone can contact Samaritans free at any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number wont show up on your phone bill. Or you can email or visit to find the nearest branch, where you can talk to a trained volunteer face to face.

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Nonprofit helps with weight loss – Dover Post

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

Delaware News Desk


Wyoming woman recognized statewide

The nonprofit weight-loss support organization Take Off Pounds Sensibly crowned a woman from Wyoming as Delaware Queen for losing more weight than any other female TOPS member in the state.

Joan Duphily lost 45.25 pounds and attributes her weight loss success to the support she receives from her fellow TOPS members, portion control and regular exercise. She started the program as a way to lose weight before a total knee replacement surgery and continued through recovery.

"I cannot thank my TOPS support group enough for all the encouragement they've given me," she said. "Because of this, I will continue to go every week and will be able to keep the weight off the rest of my life.

Delaware tips the scales as the 23rd heaviest state in the U.S., where 31.8% of adults are affected by obesity. TOPS offers an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness. Consistent group support, health education and recognition are all key components to successful weight management, a representative said.

We are so gratified by our TOPS members amazing weight-loss accomplishments, President Rick Danforth said. Commemorating their life-changing achievements is an essential component of TOPS winning formula, whether by losing weight or maintaining goals.

There are eight TOPS chapters in Delaware. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is $32 per year in the U.S., plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view or call 800-932-8677.

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10 habits of people who lose weight and keep it off – The Australian Financial Review

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

Imagine each time a person goes home in the evening, they eat a snack. When they first eat the snack, a mental link is formed between the context (getting home) and their response to that context (eating a snack). Every time they subsequently snack in response to getting home, this link strengthens, to the point that getting home prompts them to eat a snack automatically. This is how a habit forms.

New research has found weight-loss interventions that are founded on habit-change, (forming new habits or breaking old habits) may be effective at helping people lose weight and keep it off.

We recruited 75 volunteers from the community (aged 18-75) with excess weight or obesity and randomised them into three groups. One program promoted breaking old habits, one promoted forming new habits, and one group was a control (no intervention).

The habit-breaking group was sent a text message with a different task to perform every day. These tasks were focused on breaking usual routines and included things such as drive a different way to work today, listen to a new genre of music or write a short story.

The habit-forming group was asked to follow a program that focused on forming habits centred on healthy lifestyle changes. The group was encouraged to incorporate 10 healthy tips into their daily routine, so they became second-nature.

Unlike usual weight-loss programs, these interventions did not prescribe specific diet plans or exercise regimes, they simply aimed to change small daily habits.

After 12 weeks, the habit-forming and habit-breaking participants had lost an average of 3.1kg. More importantly, after 12 months of no intervention and no contact, they had lost a further 2.1kg on average.

Some 67 per cent of participants reduced their total body weight by more than 5 per cent, decreasing their overall risk for developing type two diabetes and heart disease. As well as losing weight, most participants also increased their fruit and vegetable intake and improved their mental health.

Habit-based interventions have the potential to change how we think about weight management and, importantly, how we behave.

The habits in the habit-forming group, developed by Weight Concern (a UK charity) were:

Gina Cleo, Research Fellow, Bond University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

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Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers on TV moment that sparked staggering weight loss – Checkersaga

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

He continued: It was over the oil utilized in mayonnaise as we walked up and down the aisles. Within the early days, we needed to do our personal meals searching for our shoot. And I feel we thought the programme was falling aside actually.

Thankfully, the pair have been capable of shortly settle their variations and have since gone onto to have long-standing cooking careers and friendship.

Talking about their relationship, Dave defined: We cook dinner collectively rather well. Its nice. Its humorous, the final e book that we did, One Pot Wonders, we form of began writing the recipes whereas we have been on tour.

We set ourselves 10 concepts as a result of we had 200 recipes. However it form of snowballed as a result of I dip into one thing after which he dips into one thing.

He added: However we get on rather well. Were in enterprise collectively and its like being in enterprise along with your brother. It simply works actually. Weve spent lots of time collectively. Si has acquired his fianc in Australia and Ive acquired my household, so we do should go residence generally.

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‘By Combining Keto And A Low-Carb Diet, I Was Able To Lower My Blood PressureAnd Lose 155 Lbs.’ – Women’s Health

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

My name is Nance Mendoza (@prettydarnketo). I am 49 years old. I live in Glenpool, Oklahoma, and Im a stay-at-home mom. When my near 400-pound weight started giving me serious health problems, I committed to my weight-loss journey, went low-carb and keto, and lost over 150 pounds.

I struggled with food for as long as I can remember. I remember sneaking food to soothe myself during stressful situations when I was young, although I was an average-size kid.

Weight didn't become an issue for me until my first pregnancy. I was 135 pounds at my first prenatal appointment and I gained 100 pounds over the course of the pregnancy. In the following years, I continued to gain weight, and I got pregnant again.

My marriage failed soon after that, and I coped with becoming a single parent by bingeing and eating secretively to cope. Food was the balm that soothed like no other, no matter how desperately I wanted to lose weight.

I eventually remarried, and my husband was also overweight. We both liked to eat, so it seemed to be a match made in heaven.

I had high blood pressure and was on two medications. In 2004, I was also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. You would think that diagnosis alone would be enough for me to make a change to lessen the load on my joints, but I had such a hard time fighting the mental battle of weight loss. I desperately wanted to lose the weight, but knowing I needed to lose over 100 pounds seemed like such an impossible task. At my heaviest, I weighed 378 pounds.

On February 17, 2017, I got a text from my husband that said, "I have diabetes." He had his yearly work physical and the results had come that day. Hearing that from him was the catalyst to my weight-loss journey.

As I started doing more research, I started to learn more and more about the keto diet and eventually shifted to more of a keto approach. Now I've basically combined the two. I keep net carbs under 25 grams per day, and I focus on protein and use fat to satiate.

I also started tracking my food. Having the visual data and seeing what I'm actually consuming helps me make the right choices. I don't love doing it, but it helps me so much. I do full menu planning, too. Menu planning helps keep me on track so I know exactly what I'm going to be eating and gives me something to be excited about. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to look for new recipes and try new things so meals don't become mundane.

I drink lots of water. I didn't realize before how important it was to get adequate water to both stay hydrated and help control my appetite. Sometimes I confuse thirst for hunger, and now when I'm feeling snacky, I try drinking water first. A lot of the time, I'm just thirsty.

Breakfast: I normally fast and just have coffee with cream, collagen, and zero-calorie sweetener. But on the days I do want breakfast, I have low-carb waffles with peanut butter and sugar-free syrup.

Lunch: Bunless burger with mayo and veggies, tuna salad, or deli meat and cheese in a lettuce wrap or low-carb tortilla.

Snacks: Cheese, nuts, iced coffee, or a protein bar.

Dinner: I try to recreate meals the we would have eaten pre-keto. It's important to make meals my daughter will eat so we can eat as a family. I make things like meatloaf, chicken parmesan (no breading), chili (no beans), spaghetti (with shirataki noodles), buffalo wings, and crustless pizza. I like to make sure we have a meat and a veggie if possible.

Dessert: My favorite dessert currently is Greek yogurt sweetened with lemon sugar-free syrup. I like to add pecans or strawberries. Low-carb ice cream is also a favorite.

Walking is the easiest thing for me to do, and I really enjoy it. I also have dogs, so we get out and walk almost two miles several times a week. I went from being hardly able to because of the fact that I weighed almost 400 pounds to being able to walk all over England and Scotland a few months ago on a trip overseas. It was such an amazing feeling!

I'm still not at my "goal" weight, but I'd say I'm pretty close. It might sound clich, but if I can do this, anyone can. At 378 pounds, I was happily married with beautiful children, but I was so miserable with my physical appearance. I started this journey because of my husband's health (he's lost 140 pounds right along with me and improved his health situation, including his diabetes)but of course I knew I desperately needed it for myself.

Slowly, it became more about me. I started to see I could actually do this. I could take this one day, one week, one month at a time and be successful. Each victory was proof to myself that I was worth taking control of my health.

In turn, this journey has made me a better wife, mother, and daughter. I'm happier, and my health and disease are in much better control. I've gone from two blood pressure medications to taking half of one. I'm wearing clothes I've never been able to wear, traveling to places I never thought I'd be able to go to. I've decided to make this a way of life, not just a diet. Living is so much more important to meand Im actually living and enjoying life in this new body I've worked so hard to have.

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Weight-loss surgery linked to fewer heart attacks, strokes – OrissaPOST

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

London: Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have found that weight-loss surgery is linked to significantly fewer heart attacks and strokes.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found there were 60 percent fewer fatal and non-fatal heart attacks and stroke among 3,701 men and women who received bariatric surgery compared to the same number of patients who did not, during an average of 11 years following the surgery.

The results, taken together with the wealth of emerging evidence on the benefits of bariatric surgery, focuses not only on weight loss but also on the management and prevention of obesity-related health problems, said study senior author Sanjay Purkayastha.

In addition, the study found, that patients who had bariatric surgery lost significantly more weight (an average of over 10 kg more), and type 2 diabetes was more likely to improve to the point where the patients no longer required medication to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

The results indicated that the rates of heart attacks and strokes were significantly lower in those who underwent bariatric surgery, said study first author Maddalena Ardissino from Imperial College London in the UK.

For the findings, the research team analysed data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) database, which holds information on over 11 million patients from 674 general practice surgeries in the UK, dating from 1987 to the present.

They extracted data on 3,701 patients who had a body mass index (BMI) of 35 kg/m2 or more, who had not suffered a heart attack or stroke when the study started and who had undergone bariatric surgery.

They also looked at a control group of 3,701 patients who matched the first group in age, BMI and gender but who had not had bariatric surgery.

They adjusted for factors that could affect the results, such as high levels of cholesterol in the blood, smoking, alcohol and cocaine use, exercise and use of medications, such as statins, beta blockers and hormone replacement therapy.

During follow-up, there were 37 fatal or non-fatal heart attacks or strokes in the bariatric surgery group and 93 in the non-surgery group.

This means that bariatric surgery was associated with a 1.5 per cent reduction in the absolute risk of heart attacks or strokes; 62 patients would need to have bariatric surgery to prevent one heart attack or stroke, Ardissino said.

According to the researchers, rates of acute is chaemic stroke were similar across the two groups, though very few events were recorded.

The study revealed that there was a 60 per cent reduction in new diagnoses of heart failure during follow-up, 22 in the bariatric surgery group and 46 in the control group, and death from any cause was 80 per cent lower among patients who had bariatric surgery compared to those who did not: 45 versus 182 deaths respectively.

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Fat jibe spurs Lee to lose 10 stone in four-year weight-loss blitz –

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

Lee Jamieson, aged 41, from Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, was on holiday in Dubai in 2016 with his mother and got into a taxi.

The driver made a comment that he would have to charge double fare because Lee, who weighed more than 24 stone at the time, was the size of two passengers.

Lee said it was at that moment he knew he had to change his lifestyle. I didnt really take much notice but, perhaps subconsciously, it had got to me, he said.

Ive always been big, right from infant school. My attitude to being big was, Im not bothered, Ill just buy a bigger size, and the health implications never really concerned me.

At that point, I was 37, bigger than ever, constantly tired, suffering with constant agonising lower back pain, which required joint injections for pain relief, and generally feeling pretty miserable.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the lightbulb came on. I could either carry on gaining weight and suffer the consequences or do something about it.

The Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner started out by trying several diets, but struggled to lose much weight, and realised he needed some extra help.

He joined a Weight Watchers Re-imagined (WW) workshop at Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre and found it was exactly what he needed.

From the very first time I went to the workshop, I could just tell the support would be there when I needed it, he said.

There was absolutely no judgement, just encouragement for having made that first step of joining. Id got a lot of weight to lose, so I had to commit and accept that there was no easy fix. It was going to be a long haul.

Over the next six months, Lee dropped three and a half stone and now, nearly four years later, he has hit a healthy goal weight of 13 stone 9lbs.

He said the changes in his life have been evident since he dropped the weight in terms of food, fashion and health.

He said: My eating has completely changed. Gone are the unhealthy grab and go lunches replaced with fresh healthy soups, sandwiches and salads.

I now have the confidence to wear clothes from normal shops, even slim-fit styles and Im not embarrassed to even go in and browse.

Its fair to say weight loss has opened up a whole new wardrobe and I am a happier version of me and feel much better about my appearance.

Im no longer considered pre-diabetic and my back pain is well under control.

Lee credits the WW tools and programmes with his weight loss and new lifestyle and has this to say to anyone thinking of trying it.

He said: WW works if you embrace the plan and are prepared to change as no food is really off limits. You just need to think ahead.

Its a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, not a diet and I think the fact that I have been able to stick with it for over three and half years demonstrates how liveable WW is.

I dont feel like l miss out on anything and Im now a healthier, happier and considerably smaller version of me

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Justin Bieber’s New Diet Makes Him Stink? Here’s The Truth – Latin Times

Posted: March 23, 2020 at 8:54 am

Is Justin Biebers new diet giving nightmares to wife Hailey, because of how it makes him stink? Well, the popular rumors are a hoax.

The Yummy singer isnt on any questionable diet, which has resulted in embarrassing body odors for the star. Gossip Cop was quick to quash the dubious report that was published in this weeks issue of Globe, which goes on to conjure up horrifying details about Biebers new dietwhich is far from true.

The report starts off on a rather dramatic note, calling Biebers new-found diet an an intense body and mind cleanse which has made the singer a tad obsessive. The phony source in the report alleges that Bieber follows a rather bizarre regime in adherence to the diet, which sees him sitting in the sauna for hours on end and meditate to purge both his mind and body for evils. The extreme diet has had him make radical changes to his diet: Bieber reportedly consumesweird herb teas and eating nothing but sauerkraut and beets for days at a time.

The report, which makes for an interesting read, is bogus beyond measure. Aside from there being little truth in the whole story (Well, a source close to Bieber termed the report absurd. And, thats not allthe report also mentions that the new lifestyle change is creating a lot of stress in Biebers marriage.

Hailey is apparently irked and feels helplessand things may soon hit the rock bottom if Bieber sticks to his strange ways. Simply put, the publication is milking on Biebers health issues (his battle with Lyme is well-known.) but the failure to provide any incisive reasoning as to why hes resorting to these ideas questions the credibility of the issue.

Truth be told, there is NOTHING wrong in Bieber and Haileys marriage. The young couple is in love, and the same was evidenced when Bieber shared a picture of himself in self-isolation with his quarantine on Instagram earlier this week. Not too long ago, another fake rumor surrounded Bieberwhich had tabloid stress about how Bieber had become obsessed with his death.

Sure, these stories might prove worrisome for fans. But, fortunately, none of these reports contain an iota of truth in them.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Instagram

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