One minute of hard exercise thrice a week has great health benefits

“I don’t have the time to exercise” can no longer be an excuse. A single minute of very intense exercise per week can produce similar health benefits as 45 minutes of continuous, moderate-intensity cycling a week, a study found.  Even the one minute exercise was split into three short bouts of 20 seconds separated by … Continue reading One minute of hard exercise thrice a week has great health benefits

Editorial: On detecting and delaying diabetes

Between 1980 and 2014, the age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes in India more than doubled among men (from 3.7 to 9.1 per cent) and increased by 80 per cent among women (4.6 to 8.3 per cent). In absolute terms, the number of diabetics in India galloped from 11.9 million to 64.5 million in the same period, … Continue reading Editorial: On detecting and delaying diabetes

Activity equivalent calorie labelling to fight obesity

If pictorial warnings on tobacco products help in effectively conveying the harsh reality of the effects of tobacco and increase the awareness among users and potential users, there is a strong case to change the way food items are labelled too.  Instead of merely stating that a particular food item has certain amount of calories, … Continue reading Activity equivalent calorie labelling to fight obesity

Yoga as a ‘cancer cure’ is a claim without basis

"There is no proof yet that yoga can cure cancer,” says the Dean of the Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Bengaluru, Dr. Raghuram Nagarathna. This contradicts Union Minister of State for AYUSH [Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy] Shripad Yasso Naik’s claim on March 26 in … Continue reading Yoga as a ‘cancer cure’ is a claim without basis

Where does the fat go when you lose weight?

Many won’t know the answer to this question and there is no reason to feel embarrassed as general practitioners, dietitians and personal trainers themselves were not sure of the answer. A study undertaken by two researchers and published in the journal BMJ found widespread misconception about the fate of fat among doctors, dietitians and personal … Continue reading Where does the fat go when you lose weight?

Sugar tax may be the bitter pill to cut obesity

After years of waiting, the World Health Organisation (WHO) finally took a stand on January 25 and urged governments to levy taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages to end childhood obesity. The recommendation was based on a new report commissioned by it. “The Commission believes that there is sufficient rationale to warrant the introduction of an effective … Continue reading Sugar tax may be the bitter pill to cut obesity

Editorial: Brief workouts count

Published in The Hindu on September 5, 2011 “I don't have the time” can no longer be an excuse for not exercising. According to a study reported recently in The Lancet, health benefits have been recorded even with 15 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity daily for six days a week. Mortality dropped by 14 per … Continue reading Editorial: Brief workouts count