Monday, 30 September 2019

Easy Ways to Avoid High Blood Pressure

Boston University researchers reveal an often-missed culprit is uric acid — the same troublemaker that causes gout. Uric acid is a normal waste product of metabolism, but if your blood level gets too high and your kidneys can’t flush it out, this compound can tighten your arteries, causing blood pressure to soar. The good news: Six studies suggest lowering your uric acid level can help you trim up to 22 points off your blood pressure. And it’s easy!

  • Refill your glass with water
  • Snack on berries
  • Try celery seed*
  • Flush away trouble with diary servings


My 2 cents:
These is always a cause for high blood pressure. Uric acid is one (as above). Another is stress. If you have body ache and pain, like on your shoulder, arms, neck, removing the ache and pain will most likely reduce your high blood pressure.

* celery seed - some people may have gastric or stomach discomfort when eating too much celery. Celery is good for inflammation, so eat in smaller portion instead of not eating it. For example if you are taking the celery seed supplement, take 1/4 or 1/2 instead of the whole tablet.

You may want to read Is date fruit good or bad for the heart?

Accidents involving elderly pedestrians on the rise, many due to jaywalking: Police


Traffic accidents involving elderly pedestrians are on the rise, and many are caused by jaywalking, mid-year statistics from the Singapore police released on Saturday (Sep 28) showed.

In the first half of the year, there were 183 accidents involving pedestrians who were aged 60 and above, an increase of 59.1 per cent from the same period a year ago. Nearly a third of the cases (32 per cent) were attributed to jaywalking.

Seventeen elderly pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents – a 54.5% spike from 11 fatalities a year ago. Injuries among elderly pedestrians also rose by 61.9% to 170, compared to 105 in the first half of 2018.

“For their safety, elderly pedestrians should use pedestrian crossings when crossing the roads, and refrain from jaywalking,” the Singapore Police Force said.


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Best Cholesterol-Lowering Food

Not all cholesterol is created equal. Cholesterol — a waxy substance made by the body and found in some foods — is something the body needs, at least in small amounts. Increased blood levels of cholesterol — particularly the LDL or "bad" cholesterol — have been linked to a greater risk of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here is a list of nine cholesterol-lowering food, which also provide a myriad of other heart health benefits:
  1. Nuts
  2. Oats
  3. Barley
  4. Avocado
  5. Soy
  6. Beans, peas and lentils
  7. Berries
  8. Fruits and vegetables
  9. Dark chocolate


A handful of nuts a day could stave off middle aged spread

A handful of nuts a day could cut the risk of obesity by almost a quarter, research by Harvard University suggests.

Experts said that eating a few nuts each day, instead of turning to crisps or biscuits, could help to ward off middle-aged spread.

The twenty year study of 290,000 adults aged 24 to 75 found a higher intake of nuts was  associated with a 23% lower risk of putting on 11 pounds, and of becoming obese.

Researchers suggested that the high fibre content of nuts can delay stomach emptying so making a person feel sated and full for longer. Nut fibre also binds well to fats in the gut, meaning that more calories are excreted.