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Reducing the epidemic of diabetes

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Diabetes accounts for 12% of global health expenditures, or about $673 billion in US dollars. That’s more than the annual US military budget. One in seven births worldwide is complicated by gestational diabetes. About 75% of people with diabetes actually live in low- and middle-income countries, where rapid urbanization and related shifts toward unhealthful diets and sedentary lifestyles are accelerating obesity and diabetes. Every 6 seconds a person dies from diabetes, with annual death rates exceeding those from malaria, TB, and HIV combined. One in every 11 adults worldwide has diabetes, totaling 415 million, with about half undiagnosed. To reduce the epidemic of diabetes:

• Limit sugar consumption to 5% of total daily calories.

• Ban advertising (and surrogacy bans) of sugary drinks to children and teens, sport sponsorships, and on sales in schools.

• Add sugar tax.

• Promote consumption of leafy vegetables, fruit and clean drinking water.


Triphala can help in reducing bronchial hyperreactivity

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Triphala (TRP), a herbal extract, has been shown to affect lymphocytes and natural killer T (NKT) cell function. It has been shown to ameliorate bronchial hyperreactivity through immune–cell modulations. In a study carried out at the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, asthma mouse models were generated through intraperitoneal (IP) injections of ovalbumin (OVA)/2 weeks followed by repeated intranasal OVA challenges.

Mice were then treated with normal saline (OVA/NS) or Triphala (OVA/TRP). Data were compared with mice treated with inhaled budesonide. Both TRP and budesonide significantly ameliorated functional and histological OVA–induced bronchial hyperreactivity. Triphala causes a significant decrease in bronchial reactivity. It alters immune–cell distributions and show antioxidative properties. Immune–cell modulation with triphala can ameliorate lung injury.

(Ref: Horani A, et al. Triphala (PADMA) extract alleviates bronchial hyperreactivity in a mouse model through liver and spleen immune modulation and increased anti-oxidative effects. Ther Adv Respir Dis 2012 Aug;6(4):199–210).

Triphala can help in reducing bronchial hyperreactivity

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Triphala (TRP), a herbal extract, has been shown to affect lymphocytes and natural killer T (NKT) cell function. It has been shown to ameliorate bronchial hyperreactivity through immune–cell modulations.
In a study carried out at the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, asthma mouse models were generated through intraperitoneal (IP) injections of ovalbumin (OVA)/2 weeks followed by repeated intranasal OVA challenges.
Mice were then treated with normal saline (OVA/NS) or Triphala (OVA/TRP). Data were compared with mice treated with inhaled budesonide.

Both TRP and budesonide significantly ameliorated functional and histological OVA–induced bronchial hyperreactivity. Triphala causes a significant decrease in bronchial reactivity. It alters immune–cell distributions and show antioxidative properties. Immune–cell modulation with triphala can ameliorate lung injury.

(Ref: Horani A, Shoseyov D, Ginsburg I, et al. Triphala (PADMA) extract alleviates bronchial hyperreactivity in a mouse model through liver and spleen immune modulation and increased anti-oxidative effects. Ther Adv Respir Dis 2012 Aug;6(4):199–210).

All will not benefit by reducing sodium

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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A new analysis from the large international PURE trial has reopened the debate over the link between sodium and blood pressure. Presenting PURE SODIUM at the European Society of Cardiology 2013 Congress, Dr Andrew Mente (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON) and colleagues found that only certain subgroups would actually experience blood–pressure benefits from restricting their sodium consumption.

Ayurveda has been talking about it for some time. People with Kapha and pitta personalities would benefit and not those with vata personality