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Regular exercise, coconut oil control high BP

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — Regular exercises and consuming coconut oil every day may control high blood pressure, suggests a new study.

According to a report published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a combination of daily coconut oil intake and exercise brings about the lessening of pulse and brings it to the typical level.

The decrease in pulse may be clarified by the change of the decreased baroreflex sensitivity and by the lessening in oxidative push in the serum, heart and aorta – key factors managing blood pressure regulation, the researchers said.

“The possibility of utilizing coconut oil as an adjuvant to treat hypertension adds to the long list of benefits associated with its utilization,” said co-author Valdir de Andrade Braga from Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil.

Their experiments were performed in spontaneously hypertensive rats. They found that both coconut oil and exercise training had the capacity to reduce weight gain compare to rats that were given saline and were not presented to the exercise training protocol during the five weeks of study.

“This is an essential finding as coconut oil is at present being viewed as a prominent “superfood” and it is being consumed by athletes and general population who look for a sound way of life,” Braga said.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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