Diabetes Mellitus: This Is How Coriander May Help Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes Mellitus: This Is How Coriander May Help Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common problems that people are facing these days. If findings of the latest studies are to be believed, about 22% of Indians are suffering from diabetes. Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of metabolic diseases that cause high blood sugar levels. It is a condition when the hormone called insulin, which is produced by our pancreas, is not able to break down glucose into energy, causing our blood sugar level to spike abnormally. The main causes of diabetes are stress, sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, overweight, and family history. Since it is an incurable health condition, it becomes imperative for diabetics to follow a strict routine, including daily exercise, regular medication and healthy balanced diet, to keep blood sugar levels in control. But, did you know that diabetes can be managed by adding a few natural ingredients to your diet that can be easily found in your kitchen like coriander (dhaniya)? Yes, that right! Coriander, also known as dhaniya in Hindi, is one such herb that is known to manage diabetes.


Coriander (Dhaniya) For Diabetes: Coriander is an excellent source of fibre

Diabetics are recommended to include low glycaemic index (GI) foods in their diet. Coriander has a glycaemic value of 33, which is quite low and can be added in a diabetic diet. What is Glycaemic Index (GI), you ask? It is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbs with low GI value (55 or less) are digested, absorbed and metabolised slowly and cause a gradual rise in blood glucose.

Coriander is rich in fibre, which takes long to digest, keeping you full for a longer time. Fibre happens to play an important role in a diabetes diet as it helps slow down the rise in our blood sugar level. If the findings of the study published in the journal Science are to be believed, adding more dietary fibre to your diet may help fight against type-2 diabetes, by promoting a group of healthy gut bacteria. The research also talks about the importance of eating certain kinds of dietary fibres as they may help restore the gut microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract – which is known to facilitate better digestion, further keeping up the overall health of the body.

In fact, drinking coriander water may help control your blood sugar levels as well. Coriander leaves-infused water is one of the best alternatives to your high calorie beverages. All you have to do is soak in few coriander leaves in a bottle of water and keep sipping into it through the day. Moreover, coriander seeds are known to be quite potent in managing diabetes.

Managing diabetes in not an easy task; therefore, be wise and make healthy choices of foods and drinks to control your blood glucose levels.


Hillary Clinton does bhangra with John Kerry at Isha Ambani sangeet

Hillary Clinton dancing at Isha Ambani sangeet in Udaipur.

Hillary Clinton dancing at Isha Ambani sangeet in Udaipur.

Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s sangeet function on December 8 was a huge success and a night that none of the guests will probably forget for a long time.

The Ambanis are famous for hosting larger-than-life parties and bashes, but they went all out for their beloved daughter Isha’s wedding. This is clear by the fact that they invited esteemed guests from all walks of life like Bollywood, sports, business and politics, and from all over the world.

But what topped all of this is the fact that Hillary Clinton, former First Lady of the United States was also part of the festivities.

Hillary received a warm welcome from the elated parents of the bride, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, and was seen quite excited to be joining the celebrations.

Then came the biggest surprise of the night. Hillary danced – no, strike that – she danced to bhangra beats with John Kerry, former US Secretary Of State and the entire Ambani clan.

Hillary was dressed in Indian attire and was seen doing the bhangra with a lot of excitement.

It was definitely one of the highlights of the big night.

The celebrations continue today with a live performance this evening by American singing sensation Beyonce, who arrived in Udaipur early today.

Without a doubt, this celebration is a grand one and something nobody will forget for quite some time.


“In Victory Or Defeat… “: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Steps Down After 13 Years

'In Victory Or Defeat... ': Shivraj Singh Chouhan Steps Down After 13 Years

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who led the BJP to three straight victories in Madhya Pradesh, has congratulated the Congress for being the voters’ choice in this assembly election and also thanked BJP workers for their best efforts. The Congress has won 114 of the 230 seats in the assembly, and with the help of Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and four independents, it is all set to make a comeback in the state after 15 years.

After the seat tally didn’t favour his party, the three-time chief minister took responsibility for the result and bowed out as a content man.

Kya haar mein, kya jeet mein, kinchit nahin bhaybhit main, kartavya path par jo bhi mila, yeh bhi sahi woh bhi sahi (Victory or defeat, nothing scares me. I will accept whatever comes my way in the path of duty),” Shivraj Singh Chouhan recited a few lines from a poem by Shiv Mangal Singh “Suman” before resigning from his post.

After the BJP managed 109 seats, the party indicated it could meet the governor for a shot at power. But Mr Chouhan clarified today, “We did not win a majority, so will not stake claim.”

The 59-year-old BJP leader, who is popularly known as “mama” in the state, first became the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in November 2005, after the tumultuous run of the BJP-government that came to power in 2003 which then waded through political turbulence by having two chief ministers in a short span of two years.

In 2003, Union Minister Uma Bharati had dethroned the then Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh and remained at the top post from till August 2004. Mr Digvijaya had defeated Shivraj Chouhan in Raghogarh.

The following year, however, Uma Bharti resigned after she faced an arrest warrant in connection with the 1994 Hubli riots. After that, Babulal Gaur took over and remained the chief minister till November 2005. But he was forced to step down as Ms Bharti demanded that she be made the chief minister.

Around this time, Mr Chouhan got an opportunity to become the chief minister.

With his back-to-back terms, he broke the record of his predecessor and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who ruled the state for two consecutive years from 1993 to 2003.

His tenures have seen several challenges, including the Vyapam scam. The Vyapam scam refers to irregularities in exams held by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also called Vyavasayik Pareeksha Mandal or Vyapam, for admission in professional courses and state services


I’ve tried logging my exercise and diet – but are health apps really a good idea?

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There is no way to write this without sounding as if I am bragging: every morning, I wake up and do a 12-minute mini-workout, shower, then learn some Japanese over breakfast.

I know, I know. But I am also one of an increasing number of people who have turned to apps to make themselves fitter, healthier and more productive – or, at least, to accrue a few more good habits. Take Ed, a writer from London, who has lost 70kg (11st) using calorie-counting app Lose It!; Gareth, a developer, who credits the Drink Free Days app with helping him to get a handle on his drinking; and Sarah, from Newcastle, who says her period-tracking app has helped her to predict PMT.

Health and fitness-focused apps are wildly popular, and studies have shown that they can have a real impact. Research by Flurry mobile analytics found that usage of such apps grew by 330% between 2014 and 2017, and that more than 75% of active users accessed their app at least twice a week. More than 25% opened them at least 10 times, reflecting high engagement and, the analysis suggested, high retention rates. The NHS has even approved some apps to help with problems such as anxiety, self-harm and depression.

But for every success story, there seem to be as many failures. I have tried calorie counting and found that, after a couple of months, I stopped using the app. Even the Flurry research, which found people using health and fitness apps to be “the most loyal users in the app industry”, noted “fluctuating engagement levels”.

Some apps are so irritating that they have the opposite effect to that intended. Agnes, who used an app to remind her to drink water, says: “It pissed me off so much that I drank less water than before.” Worse still, they can be too effective. Madeleine says calorie-counting apps played a part in her developing an eating disorder: “Central to recovery, after losing dangerous amounts of weight, was deleting [them].”

The very habits that apps seek to cultivate – rigorous self-assessment, competition and a single focus on bringing down one number – have the potential to become self-destructive. Many aim to build a habit; in a minor way, rewiring your brain. But what makes some apps useful and others useless? And how much of that has to do with the app itself, and how much is to do with how it is used?

My morning workout is courtesy of Streaks Workout, which shows me how many days each month I have managed to fit in some training. It is a spinoff of Streaks, another app by the same developer, Crunchy Walnut, which aims to help users build good habits or ditch bad ones.

Quentin Zervaas, the company’s founder, says the secret is breaking the long-term rewards of successfully keeping up a habit into more immediate reinforcement: “If you’re trying to do anything, such as losing weight, it takes so long before you see results. You don’t get a reward straight away, but you don’t get punished either. With an app such as Streaks, you get the feedback instantly – it’s about being conscious, being aware of doing something.”

He continues: “Someone at Apple told me that something you need to look for is the moments of delight – if you can give the user moments of delight, that’s what keeps them involved.”

Tap an icon and feel a sense of achievement and maybe you will be more likely to do it the following day; keep doing it and, eventually, you will not need the app at all. That is the goal of all these apps – so why do some fail? A big problem, it turns out, is that many of the habits they are attempting to build are not the habits users think they are building.

Getting into the habit of working out every morning is, by and large, a good thing; getting into the habit of logging it isn’t, necessarily. Declan’s experience of MyFitnessPal chimes with mine. He says: “After a while, it stopped giving me anything of real use and began to feel like something tacked on at the end of the day. My goals were just kind of there – I could either complete them or not.”

If there is one distinguishing feature of people who have had success with these apps, it is that they consciously and deliberately link real-world improvement with the habits the app is building. When I used MyFitnessPal, I very quickly built the habit of logging my food into the app – but I didn’t change my diet.

Contrast that with the experience of Ed, who said that LoseIt!’s non-intrusive reminders helped him to lose that 70kg. “If people are actually honest and accurate, logging will make them lose weight. Logging automatically makes you eat less, as you’re far more aware.”

It is possible that MyFitnessPal – which invites you to dig into nutrition reports, pay for a premium version and share your diet with friends – may be asking too much. After finding other apps too clunky and not compelling to use, Ed was attracted to the simplicity of LoseIt!: “All you can do is log food and weight.”

Streaks, too, is minimalist by design, charging a one-off fee to download. Other apps try to find ways to monetise that serve the overall goal, rather than complicating it. Healthy-eating app Lifesum, for instance, charges users for premium plans that come with specialised diets. Mattias Storm, the company’s head of growth, argues that it provides simplicity for those who need it, with extra support for those who want it. “Habit-forming in general is not trivial,” he says. “It takes 20 days of doing something to get into the swing, and 60 to get into the habit.

“To do it for that long requires a fairly heavy level of motivation. Our users have a very high motivation to live a healthier life … But we’re seeing with some people that they might not want to be tracking what they eat, and so one of the big areas for us right now is around meal plans. You have to understand three concepts to lose weight: how to switch bad foods to healthier meals, portion control and planning ahead. Meal plans are going to help a lot of that.”

In one area of health apps, however, logging a little information can offer useful insights. Ida Tin, the founder of Clue, one of the most popular period trackers on the market, says most apps used to be “calendars that could count to 28 – which is really not that helpful”.

Clue’s processing of inputted data offers an accurate prediction of when your period will begin, which is valuable in a way that passively recording weight fluctuations or cravings may not be. “It’s why we started: we wanted to help women understand their bodies,” says Tin.

Period trackers have another advantage: there is no obvious time to stop using them. Where calorie-counting apps can see users hit their target weight and stop using the app, or gain weight, start using it again, and yoyo painfully for years, with a period tracker, “cycles change. You’re a teenager, you might go through a pregnancy, you might have a period of endometriosis, your body is constantly changing. So you never quite figure it out.

“I think it’s meaningful to have something more like a companion. But one that must, of course, change with you.” Clue even allows users to export a PDF of their data, formatted to be easily understood by a doctor.

That approach has spread from tech to the medical sector. OWise, for instance, allows users undergoing treatment for breast cancer to share information about nausea, sleep quality and fatigue with their doctors. The app “shows benefits for patients and their medical teams”, according to an article in the journal JMIR Cancer.

Healum offers similar tracking for people with type 2 diabetes; My Possible Self is promoted by the NHS as helping to ease stress and anxiety; and Activ8rLives sells smart products, from blood pressure monitors to smart inhalers, that blur the lines between consumer tech and medical devices.

It is a long way from the self-improvement goals of most health apps. But, hopefully, ideas and evidence can flow in both directions: app developers sharing what they know about how to build habits, and medical experts assessing whether those habits really are healthy.

Until then, the best advice is to be driven by your goals, rather than an app; to focus on active change, not passive tracking; and to keep up what works for you. As Ed says: “The main thing that keeps me logging is I don’t want to lose my 310-day streak. Once you’re in the groove, you want to keep going.”


Arab countries need to improve education systems, says UN official

Arab countries need to improve their education systems, a leading UN official has said, with only the UAE performing impressively in the sector.

Hany Torky, the UNDP’s chief technical adviser, said GCC countries were spending the same amount of money on education but only the UAE was making an impact.

“So far the UAE has appeared as a leader in knowledge not just in the Arab countries but also across Asia. No other country has performed so well as the way UAE has done and continues to do that,” he told Arab News. “The reason can be the quality of teachers, corruption, using resources in the right manner, quality of students. All these factors count for a lot.”

He was speaking to Arab News while sharing the latest results of the Global Knowledge Index, which this year placed the UAE 19 out of 134 countries. It ranked 13 in pre-university education and 20 in higher education.

Torky said the idea of education needed to be redefined in the region because of technological breakthroughs including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and coding.

“We need to use technology to improve social and communication skills. Teachers cannot be replaced by robots. However, robots can help teachers to perform better.”

Saudi educationalist Omar Farooqi said a teacher’s role would change dramatically and they would become more like guides or advisers.

“The problem comes in the form of parents and top-to-bottom implementation of technology in schools,” he told Arab News, “otherwise if you look at the youth population in the Arab world, it is larger than the adult population. Therefore, these children have grown with technology in their hands and on their fingertips. They are more than willing to embrace it.”

The UAE was quick to adopt technology and trends faster than anywhere else in the Arab world, he added, and technology was also a way to revamp the curriculum in public sector schools.

“The Public (school) sector needs a complete revamp of standards from top to bottom of school operations. Private schools, on the other hand, are heavily geared primarily toward commercial success. Therefore the quality of education versus tuition fees is not appropriately balanced. Once it is balanced out, then there is cause for optimism for the private sector to take the lead in helping the public system set higher governance standards through strong strategic collaboration,” said Farooqui.

The Global Knowledge Index is produced annually by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation in partnership with the UNDP.


NEET UG 2019 Application Process Ends Today; What’s Next

NEET UG 2019 Application Process Ends Today; What's Next

NEET UG 2019 Application Process Ends Today; What’s Next

NEET 2019: The online application process for NEET 2019 for undergraduate programmes will end today. After an order from the Supreme Court, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Undergraduate programmes (NEET-UG), extended the last date for NEET UG 2019 application to December 7, 2018. The date extensions was granted so that all such candidates who had been excluded from the application process due to the upper age limit of 25 years, could apply for the exam.

Students who fulfill the eligibility criteria can apply for NEET 2019 exam till today. The last date to submit the corresponding application fee is tomorrow, i.e. December 8, 2018.

After the application process is over, candidates will be given a chance to go through the information provided by them in the application form and make corrections wherever required. The form correction process will begin on January 14, 2019 and end on January 31, 2019.

The details on what corrections are permissible in the application form will be released later by National Testing Agency.

The admit cards for NEET UG 2019 exam will be released online on April 15, 2019 and the exam will be held on May 5, 2019.

NEET UG 2019 will be an OMR based test with 180 objective questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. There would be 45 questions each from topics covering the 10+2 syllabus of Physics and Chemistry. Biology section will have 45 questions each from Botany and Zoology syllabus for 10+2 students. The detailed syllabus is also available on the official NEET UG website.

NEET UG is conducted for admission to MBBS and BDS programmes offered at Medical and Dental colleges approved by MCI. NEET UG scores are also used for admission to AYUSH courses.


Goa Chief Secretary Asked To File Affidavit On Manohar Parrikar’s Status

Goa Chief Secretary Asked To File Affidavit On Manohar Parrikar's Status

The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Goa Chief Secretary to file an affidavit specifying the health status of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday.

The direction by Justice R.M. Borde follows a petition by local politician Trajano D’Mello, who had sought to know the health status of Mr Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has not attended any official meeting or function outside his private residence for more than a month now.

Mr D’Mello in his petition filed earlier this month had asked the court to direct state Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma to evaluate the former Defence Minister’s health by a panel of expert doctors and release a medical report in public domain.

Mr Parrikar has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months.

He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence for any official event since.

The Opposition as well ruling coalition allies have been demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to Mr Parrikar’s absence.


Holidays: The best travel destinations for 2019 REVEALED – are you going to any?

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Holidays in 2019 are no longer far away so it’s time to start thinking about where you want to travel in the new year.

For those looking for travel inspiration, ABTA has revealed its top destinations to watch for 2019.

Research from ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) reveals that, in the next 12 months, 46 per cent of people are likely to visit a country they’ve never been to before. What’s more, over half (53 per cent) are likely to visit a new resort or city.


Researchers devise test for early detection of colorectal cancer

Researchers devise test for early detection of colorectal cancer
While the overall study is planned over next seven years, during the initial three years, 600 patients diagnosed with
colorectal cancer, aged between 20 and 70, will be considered, the researchers said.

Soon, it will be possible to detect the presence of colorectal cancer using a simple medical test, devised with a dual bio-marker discovered by a team of researchers here.

The study, jointly undertaken by the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), found that this test can check for any abnormal imbalance found in the Special AT-rich binding proteins (SATB), which can mean presence of colorectal cancer in a person. This dual-marker test, according to the researchers, can also be used by doctors for early diagnosis of other cancers, enabling early start of treatment.

Colorectal cancer, according to doctors and researchers, remains undiagnosed for long until the cancer progresses and reaches advanced stages. “It is for the first time we found that any variation observed in the two types — SATB1 and SATB2 protein levels reported in cancer patients — can actually indicate the stage of colorectal cancer. Importantly, it can also provide an estimation of the survival of patients,” Sanjeev Galande, lead investigator of the study and senior IISER researcher, told The Indian Express.

Recent studies in Galande’s laboratory, conducted by postdoctoral fellow Rutika Naik, revealed that although these two proteins belong to the same family, they, however, performed completely diverse set of functions within a cell. Besides, higher levels of SATB1 could mean a patient was more prone to developing colorectal cancer.


Transgender teen films teachers hounding her in school bathroom: ‘I’m so scared and violated right now’

A transgender teen filmed school administrators breaking open her bathroom stall door while she used the facility. (Photo: @KenidraRWoods)

A transgender teen says she’s “scared and violated” after a group of adults forcibly opened a private stall while she used the bathroom in her Minnesota school.

From inside the stall, the teen filmed a woman prying open the door with a crowbar and then standing with her back to the toilet while two men, one using a walkie-talkie, stood by the entrance. “Look at what they’re doing,” says the teen in the video posted to social media. “I’m using the bathroom right now. They just violated me.” She asks for the name of the woman, who doesn’t reply.

“Oh my god, they just violated me. They’re some perverts,” says the teen, closing the door. The woman replies, “Right now, you’re barricading yourself.”

“There’s no concern and no safety just because I’m using the bathroom. I’m posting this.” Then, turning the camera on herself, the teen says, “I’m so scared and violated right now.”

The video was tweeted Wednesday by 18-year-old Kenidra Woods, who did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. She told the Daily Dot, “I’m not personally in touch with the student, but in her video, she asked for people to share it far and wide. So, I made it my priority to share it because it infuriated me to my core. No one should be treated in the manner she was treated.”

Social media identifies the school as Osseo Senior High School in Minnesota — which Woods told the Daily Dot was confirmed by the teen herself in a separate Facebook video — although school administrators did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. A school representative told the Daily Dot that it couldn’t confirm whether the incident occurred.

A girl who called herself the sister of the teen who used the toilet wrote on Facebook Wednesday, “Okay look, the people who work at Osseo Senior High don’t like doing things like what they did to my brother. If it gets to the point they have to do it. They gave my brother time to use the bathroom and get out. He has a bathroom of his own to use whenever he wants to use it because he doesn’t feel comfortable using a men’s bathroom. My brother is transgender and looks at himself as a woman, he doesn’t care for titles such as “he” or “she,” as long as he knows who he is then that’s all that matters.”

The sibling continued, “He knows he isn’t able to use the women’s bathroom cause he will get in trouble, he just chooses to anyways. The reason why they won’t let him use the women’s bathroom is because other girls won’t feel comfortable. Which is why he has a bathroom he can go to without being looked at differently but that doesn’t give the school a right to invade my brother’s privacy like that while in the stall SITTING ON THE TOILET!” Yahoo Lifestyle could not reach the sister for comment. 

The girl says that the school supports her sibling wearing makeup and a wig but that administrators should not have barged into her stall. Woods’s video was tweeted hundreds of times, and what it portrayed was called an injustice.