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1st March 2017
Short sleep duration as a risk factor for childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a global public health problem that has increased at an alarming rate, more so in the low- and middle-income countries. According to the WHO, in 2015 the number of overweight children under the age of five globally was estimated to be over 42 million. Almost half of all overweight children under 5 lived in Asia and one quarter lived in Africa. The causes of obesity are variable, genetic, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors. Addressing obesity assumes importance given that overweight and obese children are likely to be obese adults and more likely to develop noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age.

Several studies have described short sleep duration as a risk factor for obesity, including childhood obesity. Excess carbohydrate consumption has been suggested as a possible mechanism due to increased hunger through dysregulated hormonal mechanisms that involve decreased leptin (satiety hormone-suppresses appetite) and increased ghrelin (hunger hormone) levels. Lack of sleep disturbs the balance between these hormones.
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Yoga provides unprecedented benefits in heart diseases

Yoga could be a boon for people with high blood pressure, heart failure and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

New Delhi, Feb 28, 2017: The word "yoga" comes from a Sanskrit term that means union. It aims to join body, mind, and the routine challenges of life into a unified experience rather than keep them separate.

Yoga’s combination of stretching, gentle activity, breathing, and mindfulness may have special benefits for people with cardiovascular disease. Long-term, sustained yoga may play a role in improving overall health. Yoga can be used to improve heart health as a preventive measure or after facing a cardiac event.
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