Friday, 1 June 2018

A pint (473ml) of milk a day could protect obese children from diabetes and metabolic disorders

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A pint of milk a day could protect obese children from developing diabetes, according to new research.

Cow's milk contains nutrients, one of them being trans-palmitoleic acid or omega 7, that lower insulin, the hormone that controls glucose, between meals, the study showed.

This reduces the risk of 'metabolic syndrome' - a cluster of disorders including high blood pressure, high blood sugar and fats, excess belly fat and low 'good' cholesterol. Having any three can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.


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2 slimming products found to contain banned substances, potent laxatives

Source: channelnewsasia

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has urged customers not to purchase or consume Nuvitra and BeColi - two slimming products sold online - because they contain banned substances and potent laxatives.

Both products were marketed online by NKD Singapore as supplements for slimming, with claims that weight loss can be achieved within a short period of time, HSA said in a press release.

The products contain potent ingredients like sibutramine, a weight loss drug that was previously only available by prescription. Sibutramine has been withdrawn from Singapore since 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, and side effects like hallucinations and mood swings.

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Forum: Ease of getting married may be the problem

As a child of divorced parents, I enjoyed reading the views in the letters on the subject (Cohabitation, relaxing divorce laws contradict S'pore family values, May 21; and Making divorce easier is not the answer, May 24).

Both writers expressed noble sentiments, but I believe they are mistaken in their approach. Their assumption is based on the premise that biological links automatically come with emotional attachments.

Nobody disputes that a stable, loving family provides the best breeding ground for socially well-adjusted children. Nobody disputes the fact that couples do not enter marriages with the intention of gettingdivorced.

However, these points do not apply in every situation.

Human nature is an unpredictable thing. While one can enter a marriage feeling a particular way about one's partner, the stress of living together has a way of changing things.

For example, I am sure the Family Courts are filled with cases of women who were once attracted to "bad boys" who stayed bad after marriage.

Divorce is not pretty. It is hard, especially for children. However, children are intuitive and there is no evidence to suggest that children of parents who cannot stand the sight of each other but stay together for the young ones fare any better than children of divorced parents.

I do not think I am in any way worse off than most people. In fact, I was lucky to get a "bonus" dad with my stepfather.

I believe the problem is not so much the ease of divorce but the ease of entering a marriage.

In Singapore, couples need only to be over 21 years old, and have two witnesses to get married. There is no legal challenge to enter what should be a lifelong contract.

It is accepted that people value things they have to work for; so shouldn't that rule also apply to marriage?

If we are really serious about defending the sanctity of marriage, we should get people to value it more by getting them to work harder to enter marriage, rather than punishing people by putting obstacles in their way as they try to make a clean break with partners who might be the cause of unhappiness or even abuse.

Tang Li


Heart failure patients who eat 70 grams of protein a day boost their chances of avoiding death by almost 50%

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Eating plenty of protein could be the key to fighting heart failure in the elderly.

A study of more than 2,000 Europeans looked at, and compared, a person's heart health with their protein intake.

It found that people who ate the smallest amount of protein had a 46% higher chance of death than those who ate the most.

Experts believe that having a diet with a high protein content helps to build muscle mass, and can help keep the heart stronger for longer.