Friday, 6 April 2018

Vegetables tied to artery health for older women

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Elderly women who eat more vegetables may be less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, an Australian study suggests.

Thinner artery walls and less plaque buildup are associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Compared to women who had less two servings of vegetables a day, women who consumed at least three servings daily had carotid artery walls that were about 0.036 millimeters, or 5%, less thick, researchers found. With three servings of vegetables, maximum artery thickness was 0.047 millimeters lower, they report in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In addition, each daily 10-gram (or about a third of an ounce) increase in consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage was associated with 0.8% lower average artery wall thickness.


Slightly high blood pressure before pregnancy tied to miscarriage risk

Women with slightly elevated blood pressure before they get pregnant may have an increased risk of miscarriage even when they’re not diagnosed with hypertension, a U.S. study suggests.

Even when their blood pressure was in a healthy range before pregnancy, each 10 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) increase in systolic blood pressure - the "top" number - was associated with an 8% higher risk of miscarriage, the study found.

Each 10 mmHg increase in diastolic blood pressure - the "bottom" number - was associated with an 18% greater chance of miscarriage even when women didn’t have hypertension before conception.

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Exceptional people: 16-year-old breaks three world records in powerlifting

Charles Tan (right) with coach Shawn Heng. He set three world records in Malaysia, including in the deadlift. Image: thenewpaper
Two weeks ago, Charles Tan Yong Wen, now 16, broke three world records at the Malaysia Powerlifting Alliance Championships in Kuala Lumpur.

The Manjusri Secondary School student said of his victory: "All my hard work finally paid off. I don't think it is very impressive, but it is enough for now. I want to achieve more."

Charles rewrote the records in the squat and deadlift categories, lifting 222.5kg and 215.5kg respectively, as well as the combined total lift in his age and weight class with 540.5kg.

Stretches to relieve muscle tension in the office

These stretches do not require any equipment and can be done at your desk. Natalie Dau, founder and CEO of The Daily Escape, demonstrates how to gently relieve muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, hips and wrists.

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