ISLAMABAD: Mouthwash users are at a greater risk of heart attack, as it can increase blood pressure by killing off “good” bacterias, which help blood vessels to relax, a new study has revealed.
Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of Queen Mary, University of London, said that killing the good bacterias is a disaster, as small rises in blood pressure have significant impact on morbidity and mortality from heart disease and stroke, the Daily Express reported.
She added that their research is not trying to tell people to stop using antiseptic mouthwashes if they have a gum or tooth infection, but they would ask why anyone else would want to.
The study, which tracked the blood pressure of 19 healthy people who started using Corsodyl twice a day, found that their blood pressure shot up by between 2 and 3.5 units.
According to the study, for each two-point rise in blood pressure, the risk of dying from heart disease rose by seven percent and the risk of dying from stroke by 10 percent.
Corsodyl contains 0.2 percent by volume of the antiseptic chlorhexidine, and kills microbes needed to help create nitrite, which is essential for blood vessels to dilate properly.
Blood test could help detect diabetes early: Researchers have discovered that a simple blood test reveals an individual’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes before they develop either condition- far earlier than previously believed.
The findings could help doctors provide earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Michal Shani and Prof Shlomo Vinker of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Clalit Health Services collaborated on the study, DECCAN Chronicle reported.
To get a picture of blood glucose levels over time, doctors test for levels of glycated haemoglobin, or A1c, in the blood. When blood glucose levels are high, more A1c is formed. So A1c serves as a biomarker, indicating average blood glucose levels over a two- to three-month period.
According to the ADA, having an A1c level of 6.5 percent or more is an
indicator of the disease and an A1c level of between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is an indicator of prediabetes.
To evaluate the A1c test’s ability to screen for diabetes in high-risk
patients, the researchers analysed the medical history of 10,201 patients who were given the test between 2002 and 2005.
They found that overall, 22.5 percent of the patients developed diabetes within five to eight years. Patients with A1c levels as low as 5.5 percent - below the official threshold for diagnosing diabetes were significantly more likely to develop diabetes than patients with A1c levels below 5.5 percent.
Every 0.5 percent increase in A1c levels up to 7 percent doubled the patients’ risk of developing diabetes. Obesity also doubled patients’ risk of developing diabetes, the researchers found.
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