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Low calorie diet linked to sexual health

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NEW YORK — A diet low in calories, apart from losing weight, is also likely to increase vigor and improve sexual drive, finds a new study.

The findings showed that a low calorie diet improved mood, reduced tension and improved general health and sexual drive and relationship after a period of two years.

The participants who showed bigger weight loss by the calorie restriction also exhibited increased vigour, less mood disturbance, improved general health and better quality of sleep.

A 25 percent calorie restriction over two years by adults who were not obese caused lead to better health and improved the quality of life.

“Calorie restriction among primarily overweight and obese persons has been found to improve quality of life, sleep and sexual function, and the results of the present study indicate that two years of calorie restriction is unlikely to negatively affect these factors in healthy adults; rather, calorie restriction is likely to provide some improvement,” said Corby K. Martin, associate professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in the US.

Studies have shown that calorie restriction can increase longevity in many species. But in humans calorie restriction was known to decrease libido, lower stamina, depress mood and increase irritability.

For the results, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, the team analysed a group of non obese individuals because beneficial effects of calorie restriction on health span (length of time free of disease) increase the possibility that more people will practice calorie restriction.

The analysis included 218 participants and self-report questionnaires were used to measure mood, quality of life, sleep and sexual function. Data were collected at baseline, a year and two years. Of the 218 participants, the average age was nearly 38 and 70 percent were women.

The calorie restriction group lost an average of 16.7 pounds compared with less than a pound in the control group at year two.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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