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Eating pears regularly may enhance blood pressure, hearth heath

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NEW YORK — Eating pears regularly may help you in enhancing your blood pressure and heart health, a finds a new study.

The findings showed that after 12 weeks of fresh pear consumption in 36 participants, their systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure were significantly lower than baseline levels, whereas there were no changes in the control group.

For the study, researchers analysed the total of 50 participants aged between 45 and 65 year with three of the five symptoms of Mets.

They were randomly assigned to receive either two medium-sized fresh pears or 50 g pear-flavoured drink mix (placebo) per day for 12 weeks.

Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a very good source vitamin C. One medium pear provides 24 percent of daily fiber needs.

According to the researchers, mets is a cluster of major cardiovascular risk factors highly linked to the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

The randomised, placebo-controlled crossover clinical trial evaluated the antihypertensive effects of fresh pear consumption in middle-aged participants with Mets.

“These initial results are very promising and we feel it is important to explore the potential for functional foods such as pears to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure in affected middle-aged adult,” said led author Sarah A Johnson from Colorado State University in the US.

“Age-related vascular dysfunction has been shown to be accelerated in individuals with metabolic syndrome and contributes to these increases in blood pressure,” Johnson added.

A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including pears, provides beneficial micronutrients, vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium, phytochemicals, the researchers suggested.

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Further research is needed to confirm the antihypertensive effects of fresh pears as well as to assess their impact on vascular function.

 

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

BHAKTAPUR — Shahid Dharmabhakta National Human Organ Transplant Centre (HOTC), Bhaktapur has successfully undertaken transplant of over 400 kidneys.

Hospital’s Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, at a press conference organised here on Friday, informed that the Centre has so far successfully transplanted kidneys on 404 patients.

The Centre had initiated the kidney transplant service on January 19, 2013.

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The inflow of patients has alarmingly increased at the facility with the start of additional medical services such as urology, gastro surgery, cardio therapy, stone removal surgery along with other surgeries, besides kidney transplant, said Prof Dr Rakesh Verma.

However, the patients are compelled to wait for the transplant for long due to limited building space and availability of beds.

Right now, around 400 patients are waiting their turns for kidney transplant and more than this number are waiting to avail of dialysis service.

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