Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Pressure on girls for perfect body worse than ever

Girls and young women are under more pressure than ever to achieve the perfect body in an oppressive social media-driven world that could never have been imagined by 1970s feminists, said psychoanalyst and best-selling author Susie Orbach.

Forty years after the publication of her seminal book Fat Is A Feminist Issue, the British writer - who was once Princess Diana's therapist - said women were commodifying their bodies as they tried to conform to false images peddled by online beauty influencers.

Girls as young as six were being conditioned to think about cosmetic surgery, she added, with a host of industries fuelling and profiting from body insecurity.

Faced with the reality of modern life, many women were turning inward, obsessed with diet and fitness or embracing being overweight as a sign of rebellion.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/world/author-pressure-girls-perfect-body-worse-ever

Diabetes drug might also ease heart failure risks

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The diabetes drug Farxiga might do double-duty for patients, helping to ward off another killer, heart failure, new research shows.

Type 2 diabetics who took Farxiga (dapagliflozin) saw their odds of hospitalization for heart failure drop by 27% compared to those who took a placebo, according to a study funded by the drug's maker, Astra-Zeneca.

Taking the drug did not reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular-related death, the research team found. However, patients who took the drug did see healthy declines in their blood sugar levels, plus an added bonus: a 27% decrease in their risk of hospitalization for heart failure.

Their risk of kidney failure and death from kidney failure also fell, the Boston team said.

Ref: https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20181110/diabetes-drug-might-also-ease-heart-failure-risks#1

Can you – should you – eat food that has passed its expiry date?

The sell-by date is to inform retailers when to take the item off the shelves. But it is not the same as the expiry date. Milk, for one, could last five to seven days past its sell-by date before turning sour, said the website.

Use-by dates, on the other hand, are for highly perishable food, said Natalie Goh, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s chief dietitian. “It can be dangerous to eat foods that have passed their use-by dates,” she said.

Meanwhile, the best-before date indicates “how long the food will be at its best quality,” said Goh. For example, chips may not be crispy past this date but the lao hong snack may still be edible. But if you have any doubt, do not eat it even if the food is within the date, she said.

Generally, it is safe to eat the food even after the expiry date. Just check the food physically and the taste to make sure they are not spoilt. Even for food products that are still within the expiry dates, if you suspect any spoilage, just discard. Do not risk food poisoning.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/can-you-eat-food-that-has-passed-its-expiry-date-10905440

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How to reduce your risk of getting osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes the thinning and weakening of bones, leading them to be more prone to fractures. Here are some ways to reduce your risk of getting it.

1. Get enough calcium
2. Get your vitamin D
3. Stop smoking
4. Exercise right
5. Watch your step

Read the full article @ https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/how-reduce-your-risk-getting-osteoporosis