A diet rich in unprocessed food, with fruits and plenty of raw vegetables, combined with moderate intensity exercise and stress management has been proven to increase life span. The findings were published in The Lancet recently.

The secret to youthfulness and longevity may be in a healthier diet and stress-free life and not in a magic pill or expensive cosmetics, says Dr. Saji Kuruttukulam, chief cardiologist of Medical Trust Hospital here.

Skipping breakfast

Missing out on breakfast has been found to increase coronary heart disease risk, according to a new study published in a journal of the American Heart Association. People who skip breakfast face 25 per cent increased risk of a heart attack. People who reported eating a very late dinner face 55 per cent higher heart disease risk than those who did not. Skipping breakfast coupled with eating late at night further increases risk of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes which in turn lead to heart attack, stroke and a host of other diseases. The more later one eats in the night, the more lighter should one eat.

Another study also finds that eating fast doubles the risk of diabetes as signals from a full stomach take at least 20 minutes to reach the satiety centre in the brain.

On World Heart Day, cardiologists have urged people to re-programme their minds, retain their taste buds, resynchronise their kitchen, and thereby, regain their wellness.

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