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Warmer home temperature, sleep loss tied to obesity

health and fitness Updated: Feb 26, 2011 23:50 IST
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Warmer home temperature, sleep loss tied to obesity

Cooler homes and a better night’s sleep might help rein in the current obesity epidemic, according to an Italian study published in International Journal of Obesity.

When researchers at the University of Turin in Italy followed more than a thousand middle-aged adults over six years, they found that sleep habits were related to the risk of obesity— with the odds of their becoming obese declining by 30 percent for each hour of sleep people typically got.

This was true even when other factors such as physical activity level and TV watching were taken into account. Then there was temperature. Compared to people who kept their homes less than 20 degrees C, those who liked a toastier home were twice as likely to become obese.

Drink to keep doctors away

Here is a perfect excuse to go out for a drink tonight— a peg a day keeps the doctor at bay, says a new research. The study, published in The Lancet journal, has found that people who down a drink or two daily are not only healthier and but they also possess a lower risk of developing heart disease than those who abstain from alcohol. In fact, for some people this risk could be reduced by as much as a quarter.

Carrots help protect against cancer

It’s known that carrots are good for your eyesight, now scientists claim the humble vegetable could also help cut the risks of heart disease and protect against cancer.

Researchers at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta found that carrots are packed with carotenoids, the naturally occurring pigments synthesised by plants, which help fight off many diseases, including lung cancer.

Cycling in heavy traffic, leads to heart trouble

Doctors have for long raved about the health benefits of cycling, but the side-effects outweigh the benefits in the longer run if air is polluted. A new study has claimed it is literally one of the biggest triggers of heart attacks if one cycles around heavy traffic areas. The study, published in the medical journal The Lancet, has revealed that the final straw in bringing on a heart attack is spending time in traffic as a driver, cyclist or commuter. But of these, cyclists are in the greatest danger.