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Some tips to prevent cancer from HCFI

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Here are some ways in which one can diagnose and prevent the onset of cancer at an early stage.

  1. Pay attention to symptoms and get yourself checked regularly.
  2. Using any type of tobacco puts a person at an increased risk of cancer. Avoiding or stopping the consumption of tobacco is one of the foremost steps in cancer prevention.
  3. Filter tap water properly as this can reduce your exposure to possible carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals.
  4. Get vaccinated on time and as per schedule. For example, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent most cervical cancers and several other kinds of cancer.
  5. Drinking plenty of water and other liquids can help in reducing the risk of bladder cancer by diluting the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine and helping to flush them through the bladder faster.
  6. Most importantly, make lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants which can help ward off diseases.

Smoking leads to cardiovascular aging

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Consuming tobacco can increase the cardiovascular age of a person, which can be much higher than the biological age. Cardiovascular aging in chronic smokers can be 10 years more than the biological age. This can be calculated by measuring the wall thickness of the carotid neck artery supplying blood to the brain. Apart from that, one can also measure the endothelial functions of the brachial artery supplying blood to the hand. Cardiac age of a person is calculated by measuring the relaxation functions of the heart. With advancing age the heart fails to relax properly. This relaxation abnormality usually comes after the age of 60. If the same is seen at the age of 40, one knows what the biological age and cardiac age is. The good news is that cardiovascular age of a person can be regressed by quitting smoking and tobacco along with adoption of a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise. Graying of the hair may not be sufficient to know the age of a person. Today, it is the cardiovascular age which is important.

Sugar Should Be Regulated Like Alcohol, Tobacco.

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Like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is a toxic, addictive substance that should be highly regulated with taxes, laws on where and to whom it can be advertised, and even age-restricted sales, says a team of UCSF scientists in Nature.

For both alcohol and tobacco, there is robust evidence that gentle ‘supply side’ control strategies which stop far short of all-out prohibition – taxation, distribution controls, age limits – lower both consumption of the product and the accompanying health harms.

The experts have proposed adding taxes to processed foods that contain any form of added sugars.

Over the past 50 years, sugar consumption has tripled worldwide. That’s also helped contribute to the obesity epidemic – so much so that there are 30 percent more obese people in this world than there are malnourished people.

Sugar is ‘toxic,’ particularly in excessive amounts, noting that it poses dangers similar to those of alcohol. Fructose, specifically, can harm the liver and overconsumption has been linked with all the diseases involved with metabolic syndrome: hypertension, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, and diabetes. [Source AMA News]

Like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is a toxic, addictive substance that should be highly regulated with taxes, laws on where and to whom it can be advertised, and even age-restricted sales, says a team of UCSF scientists in Nature.

For both alcohol and tobacco, there is robust evidence that gentle ‘supply side’ control strategies Read more