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19th February 2017
A fasting diet reduces risk of chronic diseases
 
A randomized phase II clinical trial published in the journal Science Translational Medicine February 15, 2017 has highlighted the safety, feasibility and benefits of a ‘fasting’ diet on health by reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other age-related diseases. 
 
The study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in the US evaluated the effects of a 'fasting-mimicking' diet (FMD) - low in calories, sugars and protein but high in unsaturated fats - on markers/risk factors associated with aging and age-related diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease in 100 generally healthy participants. The study group consumed a FMD for 5 consecutive days every month for 3 months. The control subjects were then crossed over to the FMD Group for 3 months. Body weight, BMI, total body fat, trunk fat, waist circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) were significantly reduced, particularly in individuals at risk for diseases, while relative lean body mass (muscle and bone mass) was increased.
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Hysterectomy linked to cardiovascular disease

Women who have their uterus removed for reasons other than cancer may be at a greater risk of suffering
a heart attack or stroke.

New Delhi, Feb 18, 2017: Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, otherwise known as the womb; in some cases, the cervix and/or ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed. Hysterectomy for benign indications is one of the most common surgical procedures in women, but recently the association between the procedure and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is growing. The risk appears to rise even higher for women who also have both ovaries removed.
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