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Formula of 80 to live up to 80

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  1. Keep lower blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) ‘bad’ cholesterol, fasting sugar, resting heart rate and abdominal girth all below 80.
  2. Keep kidney and lung functions >80%.
  3. Engage in recommended amounts of physical activity (minimum 80 min of moderately strenuous exercise per week). Walk 80 min a day, brisk walk 80 min/week with a speed of at least 80 steps per min.
  4. Eat less and not >80 gm or mL of caloric food each meal.
  5. Take 80 mg statin for prevention, when prescribed.
  6. Keep noise levels below 80 dB.
  7. Keep particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels below 80 mcg per cubic meter.
  8. Achieve 80% of target heart rate when doing heart conditioning exercise

HCFI tips for fasting

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  1. Plan your diet especially if you have medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Do not skip your medication schedule. Keep a healthy snack handy for those cravings.
  2. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water, coconut water, green tea, buttermilk, and lime juice. Avoid aerated drinks.
  3. Avoid gorging on salty ‘vrat snacks’. Eat something that is boiled or roasted instead.
  4. Use rock salt in your food instead of usual salt as it helps in better mineral absorption. It is also beneficial for those who have high or low blood pressure.
  5. Eat lighter meals as these can aid digestion.
  6. For dessert, you can try eating dates or fruit yogurt. Also, add honey instead of sugar.
  7. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Vedic Fasting

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Fasting and starvation are two different terms commonly confused with each other. Starvation means not eating or drinking altogether while fasting means control and restrain of five sensory and five motor senses. During fasting one may continue eating or drinking but under discipline. Vedic fasting or spiritual fasting is mentioned in Karam Kanda in Yajurveda. Every fast in our mythology has a scientific basis and rituals are added so that the common man can follow it. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Fasting Before A Lipid Profile Test May Not Be Necessary

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It may not be necessary to fast overnight before a routine cholesterol profile quoting a large community-based population study suggested done by Christopher Naugler, MSc, MD, of the University of Calgary in Alberta and published in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

In the study, the mean cholesterol subclass levels varied by less than 2% for total cholesterol and good HDL cholesterol, by less than 10% for calculated bad LDL cholesterol and by less than 20% for triglycerides.

Fasting is often inconvenient for patients and discourages compliance with routine screening programs.

On the other hand, eating before a cholesterol test can highlight insulin resistance, which is associated with worse post meal lipid clearance. High triglyceride levels after eating are predictors of insulin resistance. Total and good HDL cholesterol values do not change with food.

Current guidelines suggest that blood samples for lipid profiles should be obtained after a 9- to 12-hour fast. This requirement is not always practical for patients, who rarely present in a fasting state.

Fasting – What is it?

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Ramadhan Special

 Fasting begins at the break of dawn and ends at sunset

  1. Physical Aspect:
  • Refrain from food, drink and intimacy during fasting hours

            depending on location and season, it can vary from 12hrs

            to 17 hrs.

  1.   Spiritual Aspect:
  • Refrain from blameworthy thoughts and acts e.g.  foul language, vain talk, hurtful behaviour, during all hours

Who fasts?

  • All Muslims except: children, unhealthy adults (mentally or physically), adults travelling long distances, and women who are menstruating, in post-childbirth care, pregnant  or breast-feeding.

Fasting – Why?

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Primary objective:

  • To attain taqwa “God consciousness“/ self-discipline Taqwa is an Arabic word that comes from the root “wiqaya” which means prevention/protection

Spiritual objectives/benefits:

  1. Helps Muslims draw closer to God through increased recitation and reflection of the Qur’an and additional prayers/worship.
  2. Aids in increase of iman (faith) and ihsan (sincerity and righteousness) and removal of riyya’ (showing off).
  3. Aids in purification of the heart/soul and helps to improve one’s character.
  4. Trains the person to do praiseworthy acts e.g. charity, kindness, generosity, patience and forgiveness.
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