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Sufficient sleep is essential for good health. And yet, our modern lifestyles are causing us to sleep poorly, and far too little. Chronic sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are suspected to facilitate the development of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease, thus increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Therefore, according to current recommendations, adults should sleep for seven to nine hours a day. At the same time, the question arises as to whether longer sleep is automatically healthier. In August 2018, the Journal of the American Heart Association published a systematic review that examined the impact of sleep duration and quality on cardiovascular risk. Researchers from the British Keele University evaluated the results of 74 studies that were published between 1970 and 2017 and included more than three million participants. The study concluded that not only shortened but also prolonged sleep is significantly associated with heal
The first signs of dementia can be increased forgetfulness, repetition of the same questions or even confusing the time or day. Especially in its early stages, the symptoms are subtle and often interpreted as normal signs of aging, by those affected and their loved ones. But dementia is on the rise, with approximately 48 million people affected worldwide. Dementia develops as we age and is characterized by a progressive loss of mental faculties. While less than two percent of people over the age of 60 are affected by i
Many people are unaware of how unhealthy their regular groceries can be. Unbeknownst to them, they consume tons of sugar, salt and fat, which are hidden as cheap flavor enhancers in many industrially processed products. Although all ingredients must be declared on the package label, the list of ingredients and nutritional tables are often very small and confusing. It is also difficult for many consumers to interpret the given values ​​correctly. Due to this, there is a growing need for an easy and understandable labeli
A lot of people highly value a slim waist and a healthy diet. For this reason, new food trends and alternative diets are becoming more and more popular. As soon as Spring starts, the media releases numerous articles about new "Superfoods" and "miracle diets" - always promising easy and long-lasting weight loss, as well as positive side effects for our health. Yet the example of the popular "Atkins diet" from a few years ago reminds us that dietary trends should always be scrutinized. Currently, the ketog
According to the calendar, the solstice on June 21 officially marks the beginning of Summer - and with it comes the season of outdoor barbecues. Few activities are as strongly associated with Summer as the act of outdoor grilling with friends and family. With the use of an open fire, food has a unique taste that has a great appeal to many. This experienced taste is based on a non-enzymatic browning reaction known as the Maillard reaction. When heated, amino acids and reducing sugars (such as glucose or f