A new study has claimed that people living in areas with high levels of air pollution have higher blood pressure!
The study conducted at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, found that long term exposure to high levels of air pollution not only increases the blood pressure of an individual and puts him at a risk of heart attack and stroke, but also acts as a trigger for many other underlying processes that lead to chronic cardio vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis –hardening of arteries.
The research lead by Dr. Barbara Hoffman was conducted for a period of over 3 years, analyzed the long term effects of exposure to pollution and found that high levels of air pollution lead to a rise in one’s blood pressure, irrespective of whether the subject smoked or his or her gender, age, weight.
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With the entire world observing 'World Hypertension Day' today, we are reminded that Hypertension or High BP still lives up to its 'Silent Killer' fame with almost 24-30% of India's urban population in its clasp.
What's more shocking is that, most of the individuals are clueless about their hypertensive state until it gets discovered in a routine check-up! Plus with the disease justifying its silent killer name by not showing any symptoms till it reaches an advanced state wherein it affects a person’s vital organs such as heart, kidney, liver, eyes and memory, which makes a BP check up necessary.
*A normal BP reading should read 120/80 with 120 being the systolic and 80 being the diastolic reading, one should always strive to keep their Blood Pressure close to the 120/80 margin or else they run the risk of a having a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive impairment*
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Please steel yourself! For the following news might just elate you beyond control!
An analysis of an already available report stated that Chocolate; yes the brown slab of chocolaty heaven, may reduce your chances of suffering a stroke! The report further stated that our beloved chocolates contain Flavonoids, a type of anti-oxidant that is known to prevent stroke and also reduce our chances of suffering from any heart problems!
Don’t believe it, do you? Well here are some facts from another study conducted on the health benefits of chocolate, the study found that 44,489 people who ate one serving of chocolate per week over a period of time, had a 22% reduced chance of suffering a stroke, as compared to those who didn’t have chocolate at all! Another study conducted on the same topic found that 1,169 people who consumed 50 grams of chocolate at least once a week had a 46% less chance of dying after suffering a stroke.
And just when you almost believed all those detractors who told you that chocolate is bad for your health, comes another report which states that Dark chocolate helps protect you against Cancer! William Li, Head of Angiogenesis Foundation, believes dark chocolate joins the illustrious league of foods that help fight cancer by choking off blood supply to the cancerous tumors. Lee believes that foods we eat daily such as Garlic, Red Grapes, soy and the teas are as good as chemotherapy!
Now, what were those chocolate detractors saying about chocolate NOT being good?!
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