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Dr Pran Rangan

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  • Mental Flexibility: How to Increase It?
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    Mental Flexibility: How to Increase It?

    13 days ago

    The mental flexibility, also referred to as cognitive flexibility, is the mental ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts and to think about multiple concepts at the same time. It’s a way of approaching situations that allows one to adapt a behavior so that one can achieve...

  • Diabetes Enhances Muscle Loss: Prevention of Muscle Loss
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    Diabetes Enhances Muscle Loss: Prevention of Muscle Loss

    4 weeks ago

    From the time we are born to around 30 years, our muscles grow larger and stronger. But from our 30s onwards, we start losing muscle mass and function. This is called sarcopenia with aging. It typically happens faster around age 75. But it may also speed up as early as 65 or as late as 80. Sarcopeni

  • Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer: A Link
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    Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer: A Link

    6 weeks ago

    Diabetes mellitus has assumed epidemic proportions worldwide. According to WHO (World Health Organization), the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to

  • Debunking Some Myths about Unconditional Love
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    Debunking Some Myths about Unconditional Love

    8 weeks ago

    A question - does unconditional love even exist? - might have arisen often in the minds of many. It’s likely there are many people, who would say it doesn’t. Many of us believe that unconditional love cannot exist side by side with our needs, our imperfections, and our fears of being abandoned....

  • Understanding Unconditional Love and its Role in Relationships
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    Understanding Unconditional Love and its Role in Relationships

    2 months ago

    What is unconditional love is quite misunderstood. Unconditional love sounds wonderful but it is difficult to practice. Unconditional love exists in the absence of any benefit for the person who gives it.

  • Understanding Micro-sleep and Its Prevention
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    Understanding Micro-sleep and Its Prevention

    2 months ago

    Micro-sleeps are sleep episodes, lasting from a fraction of a second to two minutes and often the person is not aware that a micro-sleep has occurred. They often occur when a person’s eyes are open. They can occur anywhere such as at work, at school, or while watching TV or computer screen....

  • Cognitive Re-framing: A Useful Skill for Managing Life
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    Cognitive Re-framing: A Useful Skill for Managing Life

    3 months ago

    All of us do cognitive reframing unknowingly when we find ourselves in dire straits since we learn it while growing up. This helps us get out of the situation. Many a time, our family member, friend or an acquaintance also helps us do cognitive reframing in many dire circumstances. We will try to kn

  • The Positive Effects of Music on Exercise
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    The Positive Effects of Music on Exercise

    4 months ago

    The interplay of exercise and music has been discussed often in various forums. There are people who believe that music and exercise can’t go together because music is likely to cause distraction during the exercise. But, conversely, it has been found that listening to music while exercising has...

  • Role of Regular Exercise in the Management of Erectile Dysfunction
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    Role of Regular Exercise in the Management of Erectile Dysfunction

    4 months ago

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common sex problem that men report to their doctors. It is defined as trouble getting or keeping an erection that's firm enough for sex. It's not rare for a man to have some problem with erections from time to time. On average, erectile dysfunction affects one t

  • The Practice of Zazen: Its Health Benefits
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    The Practice of Zazen: Its Health Benefits

    4 months ago

    The term Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word Chán, which traces its roots to the Indian practice of dhyāna (meditation). Zazen, which literally means seated meditation, is a meditative discipline that is typically the primary practice of the Zen Buddhist...

  • Motivation: Its Types and Steps to Increase It
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    Motivation: Its Types and Steps to Increase It

    5 months ago

    Motivation is an internal process that encourages a person to move toward a goal. Motivation can only be observed by noting a person’s behavior. Motivation is what causes a person to act whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge.

  • The Concept of Minimalism: Its Psychological Benefits
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    The Concept of Minimalism: Its Psychological Benefits

    6 months ago

    As the concept of minimalism is gaining acceptance, more and more people are embracing the minimalist lifestyle. It has been found that high consumption lifestyles and materialistic values don’t lead to individual well-being. Instead, materially simple lifestyles such as minimalism, with a focus...

  • Understanding the Basic Human Emotions
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    Understanding the Basic Human Emotions

    6 months ago

    Emotion is a mental state, which is variously associated with thoughts, feelings and behavioral responses, showing a degree of pleasure or displeasure. There is currently no scientific consensus on a definition.

  • Psychology of Being Judgmental: How to Control Our Judgments
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    Psychology of Being Judgmental: How to Control Our Judgments

    7 months ago

    We have all been judged at some point in life. We’ve all been the subject of opinion, correct or not, that has upset or hurt us. According to psychologists, we all have a tendency to stereotype or categorize people who surround us. Though many of our judgments may contain truth, it is worthwhile...

  • The Health Benefits of Regularly Practicing Meditation and Mindfulness
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    The Health Benefits of Regularly Practicing Meditation and Mindfulness

    9 months ago

    Meditation is a practice, where an individual uses a technique to focus one’s mind on a particular object, thought, or activity so as to train attention and awareness. By engaging in a particular meditation practice we can learn the patterns and habits of our mind.

  • NEAT: Its Significance and Ways to Increase It
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    NEAT: Its Significance and Ways to Increase It

    10 months ago

    Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for any physical activity we do, excluding sleeping, eating or intentional exercise. It includes the physical movements in our lives that aren’t planned exercise or sports, for example, activities such as cooking, shopping, and...

  • Role of Social Media in the Rise of Narcissism among Millennials
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    Role of Social Media in the Rise of Narcissism among Millennials

    10 months ago

    An epidemic of narcissism has swept across the student population during the past one and a half decades all over the world. Usually, the oldest people have the highest rates of narcissism but, surprisingly, the epidemic has been sweeping across the population of the Millenials. So this is clearly a

  • Aggression: Its Types and Neurobiology
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    Aggression: Its Types and Neurobiology

    11 months ago

    Psychologically, the term aggression runs the gamut of behaviors that can result in both physical and psychological harm to ourselves, others or objects in the environment.

  • A Case for Mindful Eating
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    A Case for Mindful Eating

    11 months ago

    Traditionally, the teachings of Buddhism and some other religious faiths urge us to be mindful about every act, at every moment, every day of our lives. Mindfulness is the act of paying full, non-judgmental attention to our moment-to-moment experience. It gives meaning to every action.

  • The Rationale Behind Post-meal Walking
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    The Rationale Behind Post-meal Walking

    12 months ago

    The subject of walking after eating meals has been surrounded by controversies since people have different opinions about it. Still many like to have an after-dinner stroll for improved digestion and health.

  • Phubbing: A Social Norm at a Cost!
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    Phubbing: A Social Norm at a Cost!

    13 months ago

    Phubbing, a new buzzword, means snubbing someone we are talking to by looking at or using our phone. It’s almost certainly part of our everyday life. Just think about how often a conversation stalls because our friends or we have pulled out a phone and got busy with it.

  • Harnessing the Power of Naps
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    Harnessing the Power of Naps

    14 months ago

    A power nap is a nap that’s long enough to get an individual through the day, but not so long that it makes the person groggy or unable to sleep at night. Twenty to thirty minutes is the ideal nap length if one wants to wake up feeling alert. Some experts differ regarding the length of a nap.

  • Dynamics of Healthy Relationships
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    Dynamics of Healthy Relationships

    15 months ago

    Human beings are social animals, and most of us yearn for close relationships with other people. Relationships involve a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. This association may be based on inference, love,

  • Neuropsychology of Snap Judgments and How to Improve Their Accuracy
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    Neuropsychology of Snap Judgments and How to Improve Their Accuracy

    15 months ago

    A judgment formed on the instant without deliberation is called snap judgment. It can be likened to one's instincts which come with the first impressions of another person. They appear invisible to our conscious awareness. Sometimes we just have a gut feeling about something, but we can't explain wh

  • Infidelity and Its Types
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    Infidelity and Its Types

    16 months ago

    Infidelity takes various forms. Its boundaries are so ambiguous that even couples have its different views about it. But the general rule is that any behavior that causes feelings of betrayal and rejection in a partner is defined as infidelity.

  • Subconscious Mind and Its Role in Our Life
    0

    Subconscious Mind and Its Role in Our Life

    18 months ago

    We so commonly hear the worlds – conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious mind. We are familiar with the idea that our behavior is less rational than we believe to be because of significant role our sub-conscious mind plays in our life.

  • Natural Fructose: Its Characteristics and Role in Diabetics
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    Natural Fructose: Its Characteristics and Role in Diabetics

    18 months ago

    Fructose is a monosaccharide, the simplest form of carbohydrate. It contains only one sugar group and, therefore, it can’t be broken down any further. Natural fructose - Fructose is produced by plants and is found in most fruits and root vegetables. It has the same chemical composition as...

  • Oxidative Stress: Ways to Reduce or Prevent It
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    Oxidative Stress: Ways to Reduce or Prevent It

    19 months ago

    Oxidation is a chemical reaction, in which there is loss of electrons by a molecule, atom or ion, resulting in an increase of its oxidation state. The opposite process is called reduction, which occur

  • Regular Exercise Has Positive Effects on Intestinal Ecosystem
    2

    Regular Exercise Has Positive Effects on Intestinal Ecosystem

    21 months ago

    The intestinal micro-flora is a complex ecosystem consisting of over 400 bacterial species. The micro-flora is sparse in the upper gastrointestinal tract with the bacterial concentrations of predomina

  • Cognitive Reserve: How to Build It Up
    2

    Cognitive Reserve: How to Build It Up

    23 months ago

    Cognitive decline is among the normal processes of aging, which simply means that the brain doesn't work as well as it used to. Cognitive decline, which can lead to dementia or other brain diseases,

  • Malady of Loneliness: Its Causes and Health Risks
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    Malady of Loneliness: Its Causes and Health Risks

    2 years ago

    Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to a lack of connection and communication with other beings. However, it can be felt even when surrounded by other people. It is universally prevalent th

  • Age-related Cognitive Decline: Health Habits to Prevent It
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    Age-related Cognitive Decline: Health Habits to Prevent It

    2 years ago

    Human brain shows specific changes with age. Its volume and/ or weight decline with age at a rate of around 5% per decade after age 40. The actual rate of decline possibly increases with age particula

  • Regular Meditation Promotes Regulation of Emotions
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    Regular Meditation Promotes Regulation of Emotions

    21 months ago

    Emotions play very significant role in everyone’s life, though they can be quite painful at times. Emotions are experiences characterized by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or di

  • Regular Exercise Can Prevent High Cholesterol Levels
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    Regular Exercise Can Prevent High Cholesterol Levels

    2 years ago

    Many of us have heard that exercise lowers cholesterol levels in the body. Exercise programs such as walking, jogging, and aerobics have been encouraged as a means to reduce total cholesterol, low-den

  • Residential Radon Gas: A risk Factor for Lung and Skin Cancer
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    Residential Radon Gas: A risk Factor for Lung and Skin Cancer

    2 years ago

    Radon is a chemical element having an atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas. Being a noble gas, radon is chemically not very reactive. It is the densest of al

  • Stoicism and Its Basics Tenets
    2

    Stoicism and Its Basics Tenets

    2 years ago

    Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy, developed by Zeno of Citium around 300 B.C. that teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions. For centu

  • Collective Consciousness: Role of Religion in Influencing It
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    Collective Consciousness: Role of Religion in Influencing It

    2 years ago

    Collective consciousness, also called collective conscience, or collective conscious, is the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes, which operate as a unifying force within society. In gene

  • How Do Weight Bearing Exercises Improve Osteoporosis?
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    How Do Weight Bearing Exercises Improve Osteoporosis?

    7 months ago

    Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep pace with the removal of old bone. Weight training is not only important for muscles but for bones as well, preventing osteoporosis.

  • Spirituality and Pervasiveness of Pseudo-Spirituality in Society
    4

    Spirituality and Pervasiveness of Pseudo-Spirituality in Society

    2 years ago

    Philosophers, religionists and spiritualists all have given different definitions of spirituality and, that is why, there is no single, widely accepted definition. Spirituality can be defined as an i

  • An Alliance Between Intestinal Micro-flora And Immunity
    0

    An Alliance Between Intestinal Micro-flora And Immunity

    2 years ago

    Human beings have a mini ecosystem in their bodies, which is constituted by myriads of microflora (also called microbiome or microbiota). Human microflora is made up of communities of symbiotic, comme

  • Infidelity: Its Gender-Based Perceptual Differences
    1

    Infidelity: Its Gender-Based Perceptual Differences

    2 years ago

    Historically, most cultures in the world were polygamous but, in the fullness of time, they have evolved into presumptive monogamy or legal monogamy. In spite of this, we haven’t evolved beyond our bi

  • Value of Objective Observation: How To Develop It?
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    Value of Objective Observation: How To Develop It?

    2 years ago

    Objective observation involves watching people and their behaviors and actions in various situations in an unbiased manner without attaching labels. Labels are stereotype thinking usually formed from

  • The Upside of Gossip: A Critical Dissection
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    The Upside of Gossip: A Critical Dissection

    2 years ago

    Gossip came into existence with the advent of human society. Anthropologically, it has undergone evolutionary changes over many generations. It has evolved into a social skill through many generation

  • Glycated Hemoglobin and How to Lower It
    0

    Glycated Hemoglobin and How to Lower It

    2 years ago

    Glycated hemoglobin is an important measurement that is used to monitor and manage diabetes.

  • Role of the FTO Gene in Obesity
    0

    Role of the FTO Gene in Obesity

    2 years ago

    Studies in mice and humans indicate that the FTO gene plays a role in nervous and cardiovascular systems and has a strong association with body mass index, obesity risk, and type 2 diabetes.

  • Karma Yoga - A Way of Being Present in The Moment of Now
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    Karma Yoga - A Way of Being Present in The Moment of Now

    2 years ago

    Karma yoga is a way of performing actions, in which we put our 100% effort without being attached to their outcome. When action is performed selflessly with full focus and attention, it brings fulfill

  • Living Life with Zen
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    Living Life with Zen

    5 months ago

    Zen has been described variously by many. And that is why it is a bit confusing for some. Zen is a state that involves total focus on the present moment, incorporating total togetherness of body and mind. It is way of being. It is also a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusions and seeing...

  • Social brain and role of play in its development
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    Social brain and role of play in its development

    3 years ago

    Many may be surprised to know that human brain is also a social organ. That is why the term social brain has been applied to its some specific parts. Social brain can be defined as parts of the brain

  • Periodontal Disease: A Risk for Some Serious Dseases
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    Periodontal Disease: A Risk for Some Serious Dseases

    4 months ago

    The word periodontal is composed of “perio” that means around and “donto’ refers to teeth. So, periodontal disease is caused due to infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease,...

  • Broken Heart Syndrome
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    Broken Heart Syndrome

    7 months ago

    Broken heart syndrome is a temporary condition that is brought on by a stressful event such as death of a loved one. It is caused by the heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones. Broken heart sy

  • Noise pollution and its ill effects on health
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    Noise pollution and its ill effects on health

    2 months ago

    A noise can be defined as unwanted sound because of being loud, annoying or distracting. Noise pollution refers to sounds in the environment that are caused by humans. The most common source of noise pollution that affects people most worldwide is motor vehicles. Below are described some important...

  • Bisphenol A, a Major Health Hazard
    0

    Bisphenol A, a Major Health Hazard

    16 months ago

    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a carbon based synthetic compound belonging to the group of diphyenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols with two hydroxyphenyl groups. It is a colorless solid soluble in organic solvents. BPA is employed to make certain plastics and epoxy resins. It is used to make a variety of...

  • Silent Atrial Fibrillation - A Dangerous Condition
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    Silent Atrial Fibrillation - A Dangerous Condition

    11 months ago

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of arrhythmia, in which there is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heart beat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. Normally, the heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. In atrial fibrillation, the...

  • High intensity interval training and its health benefits
    2

    High intensity interval training and its health benefits

    2 years ago

    High intensity interval training, also called high intensity interval exercise, is an exercise strategy that employs alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Anaerobic exercise is used by athletes in non-endurance sports to develop strength, speed...

  • Spiritual Awakening and Characteristics of a Spiritually Awakened Person
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    Spiritual Awakening and Characteristics of a Spiritually Awakened Person

    9 months ago

    An individual encounters many ups and downs over the course of a spiritual journey. Discover how to work towards your own spiritual awakening.

  • NREM sleep vs. REM sleep
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    NREM sleep vs. REM sleep

    3 years ago

    It is a fact that most adults are moderately to severely sleep deprived. Most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. So, a good sleep isn’t a luxury but is a necessity. Typically, sleep falls into two categories – NREM sleep and...

  • Thoughts and diseases caused by them
    4

    Thoughts and diseases caused by them

    5 years ago

    What are thoughts exactly is quite enigmatic, so it is difficult to define them clearly. Thoughts can be idea-like, memory-like or picture-like. They are usually short-lived and discrete events. The thoughts are directly triggered by external stimuli. Thoughts are electrochemical reactions...

  • Zen of Listening
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    Zen of Listening

    5 months ago

    The commonly used word Zen means living in the present and experiencing the reality fully. It also means experiencing fully the present and delighting in the basic miracle of life itself. Listening to someone so mindfully that the very act of listening becomes a means to make the listener...

  • Endorphin -- a feel good hormone
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    Endorphin -- a feel good hormone

    6 years ago

    Endorphins are endogenous opioid peptides which are produced endogenously by the pituitary gland, spinal cord and hypothalamus. In other words, they are morphine like substance originating from within the body. They function as neurotransmitters, which mean that they transmit the signals throughout...

  • Healthy Brain Habits
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    Healthy Brain Habits

    14 months ago

    The human brain is an astonishing organ capable of great feats of memory but susceptible to damage. It is remarkably adaptable to change. The scientists claim that the average human brain is three times the size of what it should be in relation to our body size. Human beings have a much larger...

  • Fears and How to Overcome Them?
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    Fears and How to Overcome Them?

    19 months ago

    Fear is a primary emotion which every one of us has experienced and keeps on experiencing in life. Small toddlers don’t fear anything so they touch things, which can harm them; they pick up any thing and put in their mouth which can harm them; they can go on the road unaware of the danger of...

  • Sebaceous Cyst
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    Sebaceous Cyst

    11 months ago

    Also called epidermal cyst or keratin cyst, a sebaceous cyst is a sac-like swelling arising from a hair follicle. A skin trauma can also induce a cyst to form. It normally contains a cheese like substance of keratin (a protein) inside. The sebaceous cysts usually occur in scalp of head, neck, face...

  • Management of Diabetes Mellitus
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    Management of Diabetes Mellitus

    2 years ago

    As we all know so well that the Diabetes Mellitus is a serious disease, which if not managed efficiently can lead to serious and like-threatening complications. The following are the important steps to manage it properly. Stay at the ideal...

  • Sleep Deficit Can Cause Obesity
    0

    Sleep Deficit Can Cause Obesity

    18 months ago

    A good night’s sleep is one of the pre-requisites to good health. There is growing evidence that people who get too little sleep have a higher risk of weight gain and obesity than people who get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

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