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Check your cholesterol levels with 56g of walnuts daily

Red meat and eggs increase the risk of stroke and people with heart disease should exercise more and sit lessstudies and research tips for a healthier you

Red meat and sometimes eggs can lead to stroke

Eating red meat can increase the risk of stroke, claims study. The odds are higher in people who take it more frequently. Researchers from the University of Würzburg, Germany, examined data from a 23-year-long study involving 11,000 American residents in the age group of 45 to 64 years. The researchers divided them into five groups based on the amount and type of protein they consumed. They found that people who ate less protein were less likely to be obese or take medication for controlling cholesterol. Those who consumed red meat most had a 62% higher risk of stroke than men who ate the least. For those who ate more eggs, the risk of hemorrhagic stroke was 41% higher. However, this kind of stroke is not as common as ischemic stroke that is triggered by red meat. The study was published in the journal Stroke. Read more here.

Eating walnuts daily keeps cholesterol under control

Daily consumption of walnuts in small quantity lowers cholesterol and improves the functioning of blood vessel wall in people who are at high risk of developing diabetes, claims study. The researchers studied 81 men and 31 women and divided them in two groups. While one group followed a calorie-controlled diet, the other group followed a diet with no calorie control. Randomly selected participants from both groups were asked to include 56g of walnuts in their diet every day. Researchers found that participants who took walnuts showed significant decrease in cholesterol and improvement in blood vessel cell wall function. The study was published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Read more here.

Exercise doesn’t work for heart patients who are lazy

Heart patients who tend to sit a lot and move less are more likely to be physically unfit and obese even if they exercise, shows a Canadian study. The researchers enlisted 278 patients with coronary artery disease. The patients had been through a cardiac rehabilitation programme and knew how to improve their levels of exercise. To measure their physical activity, they were asked to wear an activity monitor during their waking hours for nine days. It was found that patients who sat more had a higher body mass index. They also had lower cardiorespiratory fitness and were more likely to gain weight. Men spent more time sitting than women. The study was published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. Read more here.

Gut bacteria determines how much we eat

A new study has found it’s not the stomach that controls how much and when people eat, but the E.coli bacteria living in the intestine. The study shows that the bacteria produces a specific proteins after 20 minutes of eating. This protein influences the signals sent between the intestine and brain and can activate appetite-related neurons in the brains creating a feeling of fullness. Researcher feel the study reveals the important roles played by bacteria in the physiology of appetite and believe this research could benefit those who find it hard to control their eating habits. The study was published in Cell Metabolism. Read more here.

Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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