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Research: Teenage mums in danger of dying during delivery P. 16 > Inspiration: Letdowns could be opportunities P. 20 > h: Teenage mums in danger of dying during delivery P. 16 > Inspiration: Letdowns could be opportunities P. 20 > NAIROBI NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, November 4 HealthyYou Expert tips on how to increase calorie burn and fry fat on the job You’ve heard that a desk job leads to weight gain, but if you use these sneaky fat-b urning tips, you can lose an average of four kilos and lower triglyceride levels by nearly 40 per cent in six months. 1. Plan walk-and-talk meetings Instead of sitting down at a table, take a brainstorming stroll with a colleague. If you need to keep notes, book a distant conference room. 2. Get fit on the phone Stand up to double the calories burned while you chat. Pace or march in place and you can blast about 225 calories for every hour you rack up throughout the day. 3. Use a small water glass You’ll boost your step count getting up for refills and bathroom breaks. Bonus plateau-breaker: Use the facilities on a different floor. 4. Buy a desk stepper: Burn around 91 calories in 20 minutes (without standing up) with an under-the-desk cardio machine that works like a mini stair-stepper. 5. Ditch your waste paper basket:Use baskets and recycling bins on the other side of the building to increase your step count and fat burning potential. 6. Start “e-mail-free Fridays”:Walk messages to colleagues as much as possible. The habit may stick the rest of the week, helping you lose weight faster. 7. Find fitness buddies: Challenge coworkers to a friendly step-count competition. Wear pedometers to see how much you walk in a week—winner gets a coffee. | www.prevention.com Cholesterol is a faithful friend Fear not. Scientists say cholesterol is the building block from which our bodies make several important hormones, and so we should not be afraid of it, writesKisingu Mulia D espite the campaign against it, most people know very little about cholesterol. What is cholesterol? Although most people think of cholesterol as a fat in the blood, only seven per cent is found there and it is not a fat. It is a pearly-coloured, waxy, solid alcohol that is soapy to touch. The other 93 per cent cholesterol is found in every body cell where its unique consistency provides the cell membranes with their structural integrity and regulates the flow of nutrients into and waste products out of the cells. Where does it come from? The liver, the intestines and body cells use three non-essential proteins (glutamic acid, glycine and lycine) as raw materials to make cholesterol. The liver makes 80 per cent, while the intestines and cells make 20 per cent. What is its role? Far from being a health destroyer, cholesterol is absolutely essential for our lives. It is the building block from which our bodies make several important hormones: the adrenal hormones; aldosterone, which regulate blood pressure, hydrocortisone, the body’s natural steroid and the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone. Without testosterone, males have no capacity to father babies. As for women, aromatase cells in the ovary pick some cholesterol and make estrogen (female hormone). Without this hormone, a woman cannot conceive. Cholesterol is the main component of bile acids, which aid in the digestion, particularly fatty foods. Without cholesterol, our bodies have no capacity to absorb the essential fatsoluble vitamins, A, D, E and K from the foods we eat. Cholesterol is necessary for growth and development of the brain and the Cholesterol plays a major role in DOCTOR FRIDA NJOGU ANSWERS ALL YOUR HEALTH QUESTIONS COUGHS AND SNEEZING IN CHILDREN My 12-year-old daughter is always coughing and sneezing. The interesting thing is that the coughing and sneezing disappear at around noon. I have taken her to various hospitals where she is given antibiotics, nasal sprays and anti-allergies. Is this a sign of bigger trouble? This is most likely an allergy. There must be something that triggers it which manifests in sneezing and coughing. Is there a carpet in her room? Does she have a dog? Does she use blankets? All these can trigger allergies. Do away with blankets and instead use duvets and sheets. Also get rid of any carpets in the room. Regularly dust the room, and put her clothes out to air more often. Does she wheeze or have difficulty in breathing? That is suggestive of asthma which is triggered by allergies and which should be reviewed by a doctor. If none of the above measures work, you can have some allergen tests done to identify the offending factor. Your doctor will advise you on where to do this. AT THE HEART OF THE CITY The liver makes 80 per cent of cholesterol. | File, NairobiNews nervous system. Cholesterol coats the nerves and makes the transmission of nerve impulses possible. Development It is also important for growth and repair of tissues. For this reason newborn animals feed on milk or other cholesterol rich foods, such as yolks of eggs, which provide food for the developing bird or chick embryos. the transportation of triglycerides (blood moving fats) – throughout the circulatory system. Without cholesterol we would lose strength and stability of our cells. We would die. However, too much cholesterol in the system is also not good and can lead to a variety of health complications like heart disease, heart attacks or stroke. Balance is the key.
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