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Alcohol-related liver disease symptoms: Three signs of the condition and when to seek help

If you have any symptoms of advanced ARLD you should see your GP as soon as possible.

ARLD is caused by drinking too much alcohol – the more you drink above the recommended limits, the higher your risk of developing the condition.

Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

Drinking should also be spread over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.

How to live longer: Greater optimism can help you live beyond 85, study says

The Boston University School of Medicine noted how a positive mental attitude is linked to “exceptional longevity” – defined as living beyond 85 years of age. Here are the research details. Dr Lewina Lee said that their research study suggests that optimism “has the potential to extend the human lifespan”. There were 69,744 women and 1,429 men involved in the investigation, who completed surveys to assess their levels of optimism, overall health and habits.
Women were followed for 10 years, while the men were followed for 30 years.

Based on their initial levels of optimism, the follow-up study found that the most happiest people demonstrated, on average, a 15 percent longer lifespan.

Those who felt most optimistic had up to a 70 percent greater chance of reaching 85 years old compared to the least optimistic group.

The results were maintained after taking into account the following factors:

  • Age
  • Educational attainment
  • Chronic diseases
  • Depression
  • Alcohol use
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Primary care visits

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Moreover, those with a sunnier disposition are able to “bounce back from stressors and difficulties more effectively” than gloomier counterparts.

Those with a happier outlook on life have also been linked to healthier habits, such as exercising more and are less likely to smoke.

A professor of epidemiology, Fran Grodstein, added: “Research on the reason why optimism matters so much remains to be done, but the link between optimism and health is becoming more evident.”

Dr Lee concluded: “Our study contributes to scientific knowledge on health assets that may protect against mortality risk and promote resilient ageing.

Additional techniques include breathing exercises and learning time management strategies.

Enjoy yourself

“Doing things that you enjoy is good for your emotional wellbeing,” said the national health body – as long as it’s not a detriment to your health.

This could be meeting with a friend, having a soak in the bath, or watching sports.

Boost self-esteem

This can be achieved by positive self talk and taking care of yourself.

Other keys to happiness include: having a healthy lifestyle; sharing your feelings; and building resilience.

How to get rid of visceral fat: Green tea contains catechins known to help burn belly fat

High amounts of visceral fat are associated with inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are strongly linked to several serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Much has been reported regarding the health benefits of green tea including its ability to help burn belly fat and get rid of your visceral fat. How?

Health experts have found green tea’s catechins show that although the weight loss effects are modest, a significant percentage of fat lost is harmful visceral fat.

To burn fat, the body must first break it down in the fat cell and move it into the bloodstream.

Animal studies suggest that the active compounds in green tea aid this process by boosting the effects of some fat-burning hormones, such as norepinephrine (noradrenaline).

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In a study with Science Direct, the effects of catechin-enriched green tea and how it could help with visceral fat loss was analysed.

The study also noted that visceral fat, body weight and fat were all reduced significantly in the group consuming the tea.

Even though green tea extract or EGCG supplements can cause a modest increase in metabolic rate and fat burning, its effects are modest when it comes to actual pounds lost.

However, every little bit adds up, and it may work even better when combined with other effective weight loss strategies like eating more protein and cutting carbs.

Its antioxidant content is what gives green tea a lot of its benefits.

Green tea has been found to improve brain function, improve physical performance, lower the risk of some types of cancer, and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Studies have also demonstrated its effectiveness at getting rid of visceral fat.

Green tea contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine, both of which have been shown to boost metabolism.

Meanwhile, you could also reduce your visceral fat by following a low-carb diet, it’s been claimed.

Low-carb diet plans aim to limit the amount of carbohydrates you’re eating, including potatoes, bread, and pasta.

Cutting back on the amount of carbohydrates in your diet has been claimed to reduce belly fat more than simply following a low-fat diet.

Without refined carbohydrates, your body begins to burn fat for fuel, which is ideal for those wanting to lose belly fat.

How to live longer: Raspberries have anti-cancer properties and help lower blood sugars

Life expectancy can largely be attributed to a healthy balanced diet. Experts say you should eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, base meals on higher fibre starchy foods, have some dairy or dairy alternative, and eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein. Choosing unsaturated oils and spread and eating them in small amounts is also important, alongside drinking plenty of fluids. When it comes to fruit, one in particular has numerous health benefits – so much so that it should be a staple in your fridge for those wanting to boost their longevity.

Raspberries are rich in quercetin and gallic acid, which are flavonoids linked to healthy heart function, and they provide protection against obesity.

Raspberries have also been shown to promote healthy cell life and regulate normal cell death.

Raspberries are high in several powerful antioxidant compounds, including vitamin C, quercetin and ellagic acid.

Compared to other berries, raspberries have a similar antioxidant content as strawberries, but only half as much as blackberries and a quarter as much as blueberries.

A review of animal studies suggests raspberries and raspberry extracts have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects that may reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

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Raspberries are also unlikely to raise blood sugar levels and are low in glycaemic index (GI).

The GI is a measure of how quickly a given food increases your blood sugar.

Though the GI for raspberries has not been determined, most berries fall into the low-glycaemic category.

Additionally, studies show raspberries may lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance.

In animal studies, mice fed freeze-dried red raspberries alongside a high-fat diet had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance than the control group.

The raspberry-fed mice also demonstrated less evidence of fatty liver disease.

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In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the effects of raspberries on killing stomach and colon cancer cells were further analysed.

The study noted: “Although the antioxidant capacity of raspberry extracts is important for inhibiting the proliferation of tumour cells, other characteristics of the berry extracts are responsible for a major part of their antiproliferative activity, and that the relative importance of the antioxidant effect can depend on the cell type being studied.

“The aim of this study was to assess the relative roles of low pH and high antioxidant levels in the killing of three cell types by an aqueous extract from red raspberries.

“Stomach, colon, and breast cancer cells were treated with berry extract

“A dilution of 7.5 percent ascorbic acid solution, of the same pH and slightly higher antioxidant concentration than the berry extract, killed less than 10 percent of the stomach and colon cancer cells.

“In contrast, the berry extract at this same dilution killed more than 90 percent of these cells.”

One study in 27 adults with metabolic syndrome showed that consuming a drink made of freeze-dried strawberries for eight weeks decreased “bad” LDL cholesterol by 11 percent.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that can lead to heart disease.

In addition, an 18-year study conducted by led by Dr Eric Rimm, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, found women who ate the most strawberries and blueberries were 34 percent less likely to have suffered a heart attack than women who ate the least of these fruits.

Berries also have anti-cancer properties and are excellent food for the brain; there is evidence that berry consumption could help prevent cognitive decline with ageing.

High cholesterol: Eating more oatmeal, almonds and avocados will help lower levels

Cholesterol is not intrinsically harmful, in fact, your body needs it to build healthy cells. High levels of cholesterol are harmful, however, because it causes fatty deposits to develop in your blood vessels. This increases your risk of heart disease, a major cause of death in the UK and worldwide. By making the right food choices, however, you can naturally lower your levels.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains soluble fibre, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol, said the Mayo Clinic.

It added: “Soluble fibre is also found in such foods as kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, apples and pears.

“Soluble fibre can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream.

“Five to 10 grams or more of soluble fibre a day decreases your LDL cholesterol. One serving of a breakfast cereal with oatmeal or oat bran provides three to four grams of fibre.

“If you add fruit, such as a banana or berries, you’ll get even more fibre.”

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Almonds

Almonds and other tree nuts can improve blood cholesterol.

Recent studies concluded that a diet supplemented with walnuts can lower the risk of heart complications in people with history of a heart attack.

All nuts are high in calories, so a handful added to a salad or eaten as a snack will do.

Studies on almonds and lipid levels show that eating almonds can lower LDL and triglyceride levels, while not affecting the beneficial HDL cholesterol levels.

There are numerous studies that say that almonds are helpful in improving blood cholesterol levels significantly.

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Avocados

Avocados are a potent source of nutrients as well as monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), said the Mayo Clinic.

“Research suggests that adding an avocado a day to a heart-healthy diet can help improve LDL cholesterol levels in people who are overweight or obese.

“People tend to be most familiar with avocados in guacamole, which usually is eaten with high-fat corn chips.

Dietician Helen Bond said: “Cholesterol can change quite quickly, which is why exercise and eating healthy should be embedded into your everyday routine.

“But we’re talking a few weeks, rather than days – the odd meal or day where you eat a bit more than usual (including too much saturated fat) won’t make a difference to your cholesterol levels in the long run, but if your healthy eating and exercise habits have totally gone out the window during the lockdown, this could have a big impact on your cholesterol levels and your weight.

“Therefore, if your habits have changed over lockdown, now’s the time to reinstate healthy eating habits and get daily exercise (within UK Government guidelines to stay active and stay safe) before those new overindulgences become a habit that’s hard to break.” 

George Russell has the perfect wingman to help him partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

“Obviously, we have been talking to him and he is kind of supporting us in many ways, from an overall F1 business point of view and supporting the board and senior management team,” said Roberts.

“But once we get racing and he gets a little bit of time off, he can come and help. His ex-race engineer [Dave Robson] is with us so there is a really good relationship.

“So we are really looking forward to getting him into the garage, get some detail and get him doing what he does best, just talking to us, being a sounding board for ideas and getting the best out of his experience.

“I am sure the drivers will get to hear some good stuff from him and a few war stories along the way as well.”

Andrea Bocelli sings Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love in Las Vegas – WATCH

Andrea Bocelli has covered a number of hit songs over the years including some Elvis Presley hits. One of them was Can’t Help Falling In Love, a track recorded by The King for his 1961 movie Blue Hawaii. The Italian tenor performed his rendition of the song over 15 years ago for Live at Lake Las Vegas Resort.
Considering Elvis’ connection to the city of Las Vegas as a performer, it only seemed right that Bocelli gives The King a run for his money.

The live performance, which features on the tenor’s 2006 album Amore, can be viewed below.

Bocelli was in his late 40s at the time and give a stunning rendition which was awarded a well-deserved standing ovation.

At the start of the video, pianist David Foster says: “We are in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.”

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Foster added: “There’s got to be a song that you could pull out of your hat that is very appropriate and right for this occasion being in Las Vegas, no?”

Bocelli then went over to the piano to show the pianist how to play Can’t Help Falling In Love, before launching into the song himself.

It’s hardly surprising the now 62-year-old chose to sing the Elvis song considering its romantic history.

The melody for Can’t Help Falling In Love is based on Plaisir d’amour, a well known French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini.

Bocelli performed Hallelujah at his festive live-streamed concert Believe in Christmas last December.

Yet the Italian tenor didn’t sing it solo, but as a duet with his daughter Virginia in her debut professional performance.

The eight-year-old joined her father on the stage of the Teatro Regio di Parma on December 12, 2020, before the two gave a goosebump-inducing rendition.

The tenor spoke with Express.co.uk last year, describing the feeling of singing such a beautiful track with his daughter.

Bocelli said: “It was a true Christmas present that Virginia gifted to me. It was very emotional but there was no apprehension: I focused on the beauty and intimacy and I tried to convey the serenity, encouragement and reassurance to Virginia.

“We sat on stage with only a guitar, the silence and her voice intertwining with mine. It was beautiful and simple.

“It was a very special moment, one to savour and remember always.”

Andrea Bocelli’s new album Believe is out now.

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