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Regular exercise, coconut oil control high BP

Raghu Kshitiz



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.

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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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Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk

IANS Indo Asian News Service




Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk. Representational Image

NEW YORK — People who are suffering from urinary or respiratory tract infections may face nearly double the risk of heart attacks and strokes than obesity, researchers have warned.

The study — led by a researcher of Indian origin — found that if the frequency of these common infections causing hospitalisation continues for a longer period it may even lead to death.

Patients diagnosed with any one of these common infections were three times more likely to die than those without prior infection after developing heart disease, and almost twice as likely to die if they had a stroke.

“Our figures suggest that those who are admitted to hospital with a respiratory or urinary tract infection are 40 per cent more likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack, and 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke, than patients who have had no such infection, and are considerably less likely to survive from these conditions,” Rahul Potluri, researcher at Britain’s Aston University, said in a statement.

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The effects of the common infections were of similar magnitude among the people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol, researchers said.

“It is notable that infection appears to confer as much, if not more, of a risk for future heart disease and stroke as very well established risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” Potluri added.

Researchers conducted the study over 34,027 patients who had been admitted with a urinary or respiratory tract infection with an age and sex-matched control group without infection.

Factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, obesity and tobacco use, as well as medical conditions including excess cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation were also taken into account.

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