This increased risk of heart disease in young Indians is due to a combination of inherited genes as well as environmental factors. Unfortunately, these environmental factors have only worsened the risk over time. Working long hours, often in stressful jobs and sleeping less has become the new normal in our lives. Modern work setups involve sitting a lot and not exercising and this can nearly double the risk of poor heart health.
A study conducted by Saffolalife in 2019 states that 58 per cent of people in top cities, between ages 30 to 40, who do not exercise regularly, are at greater risk of heart disease. Despite this 92 per cent of them do not consider lack of exercise among the top 3 risk factors for heart disease. This lack of awareness further exacerbates the issue.
Among younger people, we do see an increasing awareness about the importance of food in maintaining good health. But the reality also is that after a long and tiring day, it has often become easier to order in and give in to unhealthy food urges. With less exercise and eating junk food frequently, there is an increased chance of belly fat, which is another major risk factor for heart disease.
Thankfully, there is good news. Caring for your heart is not difficult. Once you are aware of the risk factors, you can take the right steps to reduce their impact. Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can really make a difference. The most important thing, however, is to be proactive; changes we make in our 30s and 40s can go a long way in keeping us heart-healthy.
In your 30s, it is a good idea to assess your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and general health every year. This can let you be aware of symptoms earlier and corrective action can be taken immediately. Develop healthy lifestyle habits like brisk walking for about twenty minutes a day, at least thrice a week. Try to take breaks between work hours for deep breathing exercises. Control stress with exercise and yoga, rather than emotional/stress eating or staying up late and binge-watching. Make simple and easy changes to your diet, like eating one portion of raw fruits and vegetables during snack-time every day. Try to include heart-healthy ingredients like nuts, green leafy vegetables, avocados and oats. Using heart-healthy oil can also be a great and easy change you can make.
Remember good lifestyle habits developed early on can help reduce heart risk. So make heart health a priority today.
(Sheryl Salis, Registered Dietitian, Founder -- Nurture Health Solutions)
Dublin, Aug 20 (IANS) Eighty-four per cent of adults in Ireland have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a senior public health official announced.Paul Reid, chief executive officer of the Health Service Executive (HSE), an agency responsible for Ireland's vaccination program, made the announcement in a tweet on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.He said that 6.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, which has an estimated population of 5 million.While vaccines continue to reduce serious illness, hospitalisations, admissions to intensive care units (ICU) and deaths, he warned that people should take caution as the virus is "hugely prevalent" in the country.At a HSE press briefing on Thursday afternoon, Reid said 124,000 children aged 12-15 in the country have registered for vaccination and 72,000 of them have received their first dose.There are an estimated 280,000 children falling into this age group in Ireland.The Irish Department of Health on Thursday reported an additional 1,818 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country.As of early Thursday morning, there were 244 Covid-19 patients being treated in hospitals across the country, 52 of them were in ICU, according to a statement from the department.Ireland saw a spike in Covid-19 cases since mid-July, sending the country into a fourth wave of infections since the outbreak of the pandemic.Under the current wave, the weekly cases in the country have exceeded the peak levels in the first and second wave, which occurred in mid-April and mid-October of 2020, but still lower than the level in the third wave which peaked in early January of this year.Over the last seven days, there were altogether 12,348 confirmed cases in Ireland, said Tony Holohan, chief medical officer of the Department of Health in a Thursday statement. --IANSksk/
Canberra, Aug 20 (IANS) Australia has announced plans to vaccinate people aged 16-39 against Covid-19 by August 30 as the country is battling its latest resurgence.Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the plans on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.The announcement came when Australia reported a record of 759 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, most of which were locally acquired, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 41,522, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.Morrison said there were 8.6 million Australians in the 16-39 age group but urged them not to book vaccine appointments yet."We will advise of when that time will come over the course of the next week," he said in a press conference in Canberra."The question is usually about 20 to 39-year-olds, but we decided to go all the way through for 16 to 39-year-olds."Australia on Thursday reached a milestone in the vaccination program, with half of the adult population having received one vaccine dose while 28.2 per cent were fully vaccinated.A record 309,010 vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday. Hunt said every one of those "is a dose of hope"."Every one of those means that more individual Australians are protected, but more Australians collectively are protected," he said.--IANSksk/
London, Aug 15 (IANS) Amid the surge of the Delta variant in the US, hospitalisation rates for the adults in their 30s due to Covid-19 have hit record highs, making it the "pandemic of the young".New Covid-19 hospital admissions for patients in their 30s reached an average of 1,113 per day for the week that ended Wednesday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).That average daily hospitalisation rate had jumped 22.6 per cent from 908 in the previous seven days, according to the CDC."All of these younger age groups that we previously thought were relatively spared from severe outcomes from Covid up to 50 years, those hospital admission rates are all moving upwards at a dizzying pace unfortunately," Dr James Lawler, co-director of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail."So this is not only the pandemic of the unvaccinated in the US, it's a pandemic of the young now," he added.The CDC data shows that thirty somethings made up 170,852 out of more than 2.5 million new hospital admissions for Covid-19 since August 2020, the report said.The data shows that the seven-day average for new hospitalisations among those aged 18 to 29 reached 694 on Wednesday, up 20.7 per cent from 575 average the week prior. There have been 124,633 people aged 18 to 29 hospitalised since August.The average daily hospitalisation rate for children under 17 also shot up a shocking 31.2 per cent, from 201 to 263, the CDC data shows. There have been 47,172 hospitalisations of minor children from Covid-19 since last August.Children under age 12 remain ineligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine, while vaccination rates for young adults under 40 continue to lag.CDC vaccination data trends show that only 49.6 per cent of adults aged 25 to 39 are considered fully vaccinated - while 45.1 per cent of adults aged 18 to 24 are fully vaccinated."It is not just a huge proportion of patients admitted to the ICU with Covid, it is also a much younger demographic than we've seen previously," Lawler said."And again, I think this is another myth that young people don't get very sick. And that is clearly not the case, particularly with Delta waves," he noted.--IANSrvt/vd
Washington, Aug 14 (IANS) The recent Covid-19 hospitalisation rate among young American adults aged between 30 to 39 is the highest ever since the pandemic hit the US early last year, while that among seniors aged 70 and older is about a quarter of what it was this January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Meanwhile, children account for a larger share of hospitalisations now than they did in January, as the rate among those under the age of 18 hovers right around the record high, Xinhua news agency quoted the CDC as saying in its latest update on Friday. In a few states, including Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Louisiana, the number of children hospitalised with Covid-19 more than doubled over the past week, it said."Florida has the highest hospitalisation rate in the country," a CNN report said on Friday citing the latest data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More than 65 people are hospitalised with Covid-19 for every 100,000 people in Florida, about one out of every 1,500 state residents. "That was more than triple the national rate. Every state with a higher than average hospitalisation rate has a lower than average vaccination rate," the CNN report added.Florida, together with Louisiana, is now reporting a record number of Covid-19 hospital admissions, and other states are close. In Mississippi and Arkansas, daily admissions are at more than 87 per cent of their earlier peak, and in Oregon, Alabama and Washington, daily admissions are at more than 75 per cent of their peak.Covid-19 hospitalisations across the US have been on the rise for more than a month. At the current pace, with more than 2,500 patients added each day over the past week, the country will surpass January's record high in about a month, according to the CNN report.--IANSksk/
San Francisco, Aug 13 (IANS) Facebook has delayed its return-to-office plans till early next year, as the US witnesses a surge in cases of the delta variant of Covid-19.Earlier this month, Facebook had said that it would require its US employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 when they return to the office."Data, not dates, is what drives our approach for returning to the office. Given the recent health data showing rising Covid cases based on the Delta variant, our teams in the US will not be required to go back to the office until January 2022," a company spokesperson told The Verge on Thursday. "We expect this to be the case for some countries outside of the US, as well. We continue to monitor the situation and work with experts to ensure our return to office plans prioritise everyone's safety," the spokesperson added.Microsoft has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to "no earlier than October 4, 2021", as the Covid cases rise in the US.Twitter has shut offices in US, and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office in the later part of the year.Amazon has also announced to delay its return-to-office timeline by January 2022.The e-commerce giant told warehouse employees in the US to once again wear masks at work, as the Delta variant is spreading fast in the country. The company said masks are now mandatory regardless of vaccination status.The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 36,305,005 and 619,098, respectively.--IANSna/