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Post 2021-09-22

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South Africa
Independent Media Pty Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
learn more about cholesterol

Staff Reporter VARIOUS physical and lifestyle factors can increase the likelihood of developing high blood cholesterol. Being aware of the risk factors helps to identify the changes necessary to lower the risk. Some of these risk factors include: Eating too much saturated fat. Medical conditions such as an underactive thyroid gland or chronic kidney failure. Family history: If a parent or grandparent had high cholesterol, this trait can be inherited. Some people have naturally high blood cholesterol levels, due to a rare hereditary condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). If one family member is diagnosed with FH, it is important that all members of the family have a full fasting lipogram done to test if they also have FH. Physical inactivity. Being overweight or obese, especially around the middle.…

3 min
potato … the powerhouse vegetable

Claire Julsing-Strydom AS WE celebrate Heart Awareness month in September, it’s key for households to understand that, provided they are cooked and eaten correctly, powerhouse vegetables such as potatoes are essential for protecting yourself against the deadly combination of Covid-19 and heart disease. In a recent Harvard Health article, cardiologist Dr Dara K Lee Lewis said that in comparison with the general population, individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD) were more than twice as likely to contract severe forms of Covid-19. Lockdowns and working from home have also had a negative impact on household lifestyles. A number of surveys have revealed that many South Africans have reported a decline in their physical activity levels and a significant rise in weight gain over the past year – factors which further…

4 min
take care of your ticker

Latoya Newman latoya.newman@inl.co.za WORLD Heart Day on September 29 will see the culmination of month-long efforts to raise awareness around cardiovascular health. September is Heart Awareness Month. This year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) has driven education and awareness around cholesterol. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remained the world’s number one killer with 17.9 million deaths a year. The HSFSA said in South Africa, CVD caused one in six deaths, and that every day 225 South Africans died from heart disease and strokes. Professor Pamela Naidoo, the chief executive of the foundation, said with the Covid-19 pandemic, people with non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, were more vulnerable to severe infection. Added to this, she said raised total cholesterol was a cause of disease…

2 min
young people rarely go for check-ups: experts

THE death of television actor Sidharth Shukla, 40, due to a heart attack earlier this month has many questioning the health and lifestyle of young people. Shukla, best known for his role as Shivraj Shekhar in Balika Vadhu, was known for his passion for exercise, fitness and meditation. While obesity, sedentary lifestyles and old age are traditionally existing reasons for heart ailments, health experts suggest increased workouts, stress and currently Covid-19 can also add to the risk. Dr Anand Kumar Pandey, director and senior consultant, cardiology, at the Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Delhi, India, said: “Generally cardiac issues are considered to be associated with obesity, old age or unhealthy lifestyle, but the fact is even a healthy young person apparently following a fitness regime can also suffer from a heart…

3 min
early detection of cancer in children is vital for survival

Nikita Chiniah nikita.chiniah@inl.co.za THE paediatric haematology oncology unit at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg will host a childhood cancer awareness programme tomorrow. With September marking Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, there will be talks by medical professionals, pharmacists, parents of children with cancer, and survivors of childhood cancer. Dr Kamalina Coopasamy, a paediatric oncologist, said: “We want to bring some positivity, hope and relief to children who are fighting the illness. We also want to educate the community on the early warning signs of childhood cancer to prevent late diagnosis.” She said the international awareness symbol for childhood cancer was a gold ribbon. “Gold is a precious metal. Similarly, gold symbolises the resilience, courage and strength of our precious childhood cancer heroes.” According to research by Coopasamy, more than 300 000 children…

1 min
hearty vegetarian curry

15ml (1 tbs) sunflower oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 carrots, chopped 2 green chillies, seeded and chopped 3 curry leaves 5ml (1 tsp) ground turmeric 15ml (1 tbsp) mild curry powder 5ml (1 tsp) ground masala 3 tomatoes, chopped 2 potatoes, skin on and chopped 1 brinjal, chopped 125ml (½ cup) water salt to taste 250m (1 cup) cauliflower, chopped ¼ medium cabbage, chopped 1 x 410g tin baked beans in tomato sauce lemon juice and black pepper, to taste Heat the oil in a large pot and fry the onions, garlic, carrots, chillies, curry leaves and spices Add the tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes. Stir in the potatoes, brinjals, water and salt. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer…