New Metabolic Process Can Switch Off Inflammation

Rejoice! Scientists may have found a new way to curb chronic inflammation! Researchers from the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Dublin have discovered a new metabolic process that can switch off inflammation. They have discovered ‘itaconate’, a molecule derived from glucose, which has the power to switch off the macrophages. What are macrophages? Macrophages are the cells of the immune system, which are formed in response to various infections. It is important to note that any infection or wound cannot be healed without inflammation, however, chronic inflammation can lead to various diseases. These include…

Syndrome X (Insulin Resistance) – Is It Killing You?

Americans are infatuated with a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, although in truth, most Americans eat a high-carbohydrate and high-fat diet. Over the years, our diet has taken its toll, and many of us have become less and less sensitive to our insulin as a result. Insulin is basically a storage hormone that drives sugar into the cell to be utilized or stored as fat. The body desires to control our blood sugars. Therefore, when the body becomes less sensitive to its own insulin, it compensates by making more insulin. In other…

Running and jogging – health benefits

Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. About one in five Australians try running (or jogging) at some stage in their life. Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you. Some runners choose to participate in fun runs, athletics races or marathons. If you are interested in competing with other runners, contact your local running club. Health benefits of running and jogging Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running…

Medicine Cabinet- Rosuvastatin

Mechanism of action- Rosuvastatin is an HMG- COA reeducates inhibitor, also known as statin (lipid lowering agent). It reduces high cholesterol (total cholesterol and low density lipoproteins LDL, “bad “cholesterol) and triglycerides. It also increases high density lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol levels to some extent. Rx- Rosuvastatin is administered in the form of an oral tablet. Advantages- Lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Increases HDL cholesterol. Slows down the process of atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries), thus reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart related complications.   Side…