Raghav Tiwari Trusts Veganism To Lead Healthy Lifestyle – Outlook India

Actor Raghav Tiwari feels that veganism promotes a healthy lifestyle which is quite important amid sudden increase in COVID-19 cases in India. The actor who was seen playing a protagonist Aditya in his acting debut show ‘Hamari Wali Good News’ feels it is all the more important in times of Covid 19.

“I personally feel going vegan means, living longer, living safer, living slimmer and most importantly, living happier. Veganism promotes a healthy lifestyle. With modern advancements, it is much easier to take on this diet than any other history in time. And in the current situation when covid-19 virus is taking a toll over it has become somehow a necessity,” Tiwari tells us.

He adds, “Today, vegans are open to a series of delicious, artificial meats, which are often just tofu or vegetables. Nonetheless they taste relatively close to the usual animal product. Different supplement vitamins are now sold making it inexcusable for the majority not to join. Vegan burgers, vegan ice cream, scrambled tofu (remake of scrambled eggs) possibly exist. Humans no longer have to live like their barbaric ancestors. They have the chance to change, and live more superior lives by not eating animals.”

Tiwari has challenged himself to celebrate veganuary month which the world celebrates every January. 

He says, “These life changing actions do not necessarily have to be sudden. Starting off small and becoming vegetarian is an amazing start, and that is what I’m trying to challenge myself with this month. I was all influenced by the idea of celebrating veganuary month.”

 

Editorial: Relaxing COVID-19 policies is dangerous – UNC does it anyway – The Daily Tar Heel

The pandemic has challenged University policies from every angle, and the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant before the spring semester highlights the failures of these policies – and the administration that crafts them.

The omicron variant is known for being far more contagious than the delta variant – which the University attempted to grapple with last semester. It has a reinfection rate that is 10 times higher than the delta variant.

In the wake of a public health emergency, UNC policies have only become more relaxed, indicating a false sense of security where urgent action is needed. 

Instead of reassessing its decision to return to in-person learning, the University is filling the Dean Dome to capacity. Instead of testing being expanded, it is restricted, with safety nets such as isolation housing ripped out from under us.

UNC cannot have its cake and eat it too.

The University cannot make the choice to continue on the path of in-person learning and on-campus living without taking all necessary precautions to preserve the health and safety of the community.

The most glaring policy issue is that UNC still refuses to institute a vaccine requirement, even after other universities have proven that it is possible.

Meanwhile, appointments for COVID-19 tests are few and far between, with the Student Union testing center closed on weekends. Vaccinated students remain exempt from testing requirements, despite the known contagion risks brought by omicron.

Say you’re able to get tested and test positive. Now what? 

The biggest change from last semester is for students living on campus, who no longer have access to isolation dorms. Now, the Carolina Together website asks students to stay in their assigned residence hall rooms unless absolutely necessary.

There are no systems in place to deliver meals or other items to students isolated in their dorms. Thus, UNC has no way to ensure that students infected with COVID-19 can safely isolate themselves and prevent the spread of the virus to their peers through shared facilities.

With no safety nets in place, UNC only makes matters worse as it allows basketball games to remain at full capacity, and facilities like Campus Recreation reduce cleaning periods and scheduling requirements.

Even where policies were made to address the rising number of cases, enforcement is sorely lacking. Students living on campus were asked to upload negative PCR test results three days before returning to campus. PCR tests take several days to produce results, and the University did not let students move into dorms until less than 48 hours before FDOC.

The webpage that was sent out to students and was supposed to provide more information on this requirement? As of the day residence halls reopened, it doesn’t exist.

With limited time and the scarcity of COVID-19 tests, the University leaves students between a rock and a hard place, with little on-campus testing availability and no other options for students unable to get tested before arrival. Meanwhile, students can move in with no repercussions if they fail to fulfill this requirement.

Classes, many of which remain in person and at pre-COVID capacities, begin tomorrow. Resources for students are dwindling, and the University has failed to implement every policy tool made available to it: a two-week virtual delay, a vaccine mandate and safety nets for infected students.

UNC administration cannot be the master of both worlds, although it may try, because there is only one right course of action – the one that protects students, faculty and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro communities we reside within.

Anything else is negligent.

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Teen bodybuilder who went viral after crushing weights in the gym is unrecognisable five years on… – The US Sun

A TEEN bodybuilder who went viral after crushing weights in the gym is now unrecognisable in Instagram pictures five years on.

Tristyn Lee became famous when followers began noticing his gladiator-like physique in videos he uploaded online.

Tristyn Lee looks almost unrecognisable five years on after becoming an internet sensation

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Lee credits bodybuilding for 'saving my life'

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The youngster had hoped the clips of him showing off his impressive football skills at 15 would get the attention of scouters.

Instead, he was flooded with comments about becoming a professional bodybuilder and has since built quite a presence on Instagram where he’s amassed some 2 million followers.

The American teen has even posted workouts with some big names in the bodybuilding industry such as Bradley Martyn, Simeon Panda and Larry Wheels.

Five years on and Lee looks almost unrecognisable.

In a post captioned “Working out saved my life,” Lee shares a short clip comparing his 15-year-old self to the bodybuilding machine he is today.

In one still, a younger yet slimmer Lee can be seen posing in a locker-room.

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Lee goes on to explain he was teased for being short, which he said gave him “no confidence” and made him feel anxious and depressed.

“I had no escape and then I found bodybuilding”.

Fast forward five years and Lee looks more ripped than ever and credits bodybuilding for “saving him”.

“It’s not about the shirtless mirror selfies. It’s about the times that the dumbbells have your back when literally no one else does,” he said.

“No matter if you’re getting bullied or beaten up at school, the gym is always there and that’s what kept me alive, one rep at a time.”

Lee follows a strict dieting routine and says he goes to the gym at least twice a day.

He claims his shredding physique comes from not eating sugar for three years and following a high-protein keto diet without any cheat meals.

“This is a message to someone contemplating starting their fitness journey. Be willing to take the hits, take the criticism, and fall down many many times.”

Lee isn’t the only bodybuilding youngster to look unrecognisable years after becoming well known.

Giuliano Stroe, from Romania, became a global sensation after he was entered into the Guinness World Records at the age of five.

In the picture shared to Facebook, Giuliano, now 17, is all grown up holding a picture of himself when he set his first record in 2009 when he was just five years old.

Wearing a weighted ball on his legs, the youngster set a new record for the fastest 33-foot hand-walk.

The little bodybuilder performed the stunt in front of a live audience on Italian television.

Astonishingly a year later, he set the world record for the most 90-degree push-ups.

Now Giuliano looks slimmer and appears to have lost a lot of his muscle mass.

The youngster began working out when he was just 15

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High cholesterol: 5 fruits that can help lower it effectively – Times Now

High cholesterol: 5 fruits that can help lower it effectively

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Key Highlights

  • Persistent high cholesterol levels can put the body at risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • There are two types of cholesterol – LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol
  • Read on to know about the fruits that can help lower cholesterol

New Delhi: Have you been having trouble managing your cholesterol levels lately? Turn to the delicious side and go for fruits. A variety of seasonal fruits are available at the moment that can work wonders for your body. When talking about fruit consumption, they must be consumed in moderation as they are a source of fructose and excessive consumption can lead to unhealthy sugar intake. 

Cholesterol-lowering fruits

Here are some fruits that can lower cholesterol:

  1. Strawberries: This fruit is one of the most delicious and aesthetically fruits out there. Popular for their sweet taste, strawberries can also be helpful in lowering cholesterol levels. Furthermore, being a rich source of antioxidants, strawberries cab also have skin benefits. 
  2. Apples: Biting into the juicy goodness of apples can swat away all the winter blues. Also considered to be a popular festive fruit as a variety of dishes such as caramel apple, apple pie, etc. revolve around it. This fruit is also a rich source of pectin, a fibre that can have cholesterol-lowering effects on the body.
  3. Citrus fruits: A variety of citrus fruits such as oranges, lime, grapefruit, etc. are available in abundance during the winter season. These fruits, apart from aiding cholesterol management, can also help boost immunity as they are a rich source of vitamin C. 
  4. Grapes: Looking for a healthy winter snack? Pick grapes. These little green, squishy fruits can be delicious and healthy food. Apart from being weight management friendly, studies have also shown how grapes can help lower cholesterol levels.
  5. Avocado: Popularly known for its creamy, buttery consistency and texture, people suffering from cholesterol often avoid eating avocado under the misconception that it can cause cholesterol levels to rise. However, according to USDA, avocado has 0 mg of cholesterol and therefore is safe for consumption. Furthermore, it’s a source of healthy fat.

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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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Novak Djokovic contracted COVID-19 last month, lawyers say in court filings – ESPN

Novak Djokovic contracted COVID-19 last month but was not experiencing symptoms and had written clearance from Australia’s immigration department before traveling to the country with a medical exemption from its vaccination rules, his lawyers said in a court filing on Saturday.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who remained in immigration detention in Australia after having his visa canceled on arrival Thursday, returned his first positive coronavirus test on Dec. 16, but 14 days later he “had not had a fever or respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 72 hours,” the filing said.

On Jan. 1, Djokovic received “a document from the Department of Home Affairs [that] told Mr. Djokovic that his ‘responses indicate[d] that [he met] the requirements for a quarantine-free arrival into Australia,'” the documents added.

Djokovic was denied entry at the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after border officials canceled his visa for failing to meet its entry requirement that all noncitizens be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic was given a medical exemption backed by the Victoria state government and Australian Open organizers based on information he supplied to two independent medical panels.

But it has since emerged that the medical exemption, allowed for people who tested positive for the coronavirus in the previous six months, was deemed invalid by border authorities.

Djokovic is preparing for his challenge in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday.

In a video message given to Australian Open staffers, tournament director Craig Tiley said the event is working to help Djokovic resolve the matter.

“There’s been a circumstance that relates to a couple of players, Novak particularly … in a situation that is very difficult,” Tiley said in the video, according to News Corp. newspapers. “We’re a player-first event. We’re working closely with Novak and his team, and others and their team, that are in this situation.”

Djokovic was one of two players put into detention in a hotel in Melbourne that also houses refugees and asylum seekers. The other competitor was 38-year-old doubles player Renata Voracova, but she left Australia on Saturday. Voracova had been in Australia for a week before an investigation by the border officials.

“[Renata] Voracova left Australia on Saturday based on her own decision to end her participation in the tournament due to complications with her visas,” the Czech ministry said.

“The decision was not based on her expulsion from the country,” it said.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

How to Eat a Low Cholesterol Diet For a Healthy Heart – The Manual

Though cholesterol often gets demonized, our bodies do need some cholesterol for normal functions. Cholesterol serves as a precursor for manufacturing certain hormones, it is necessary to produce vitamin D, and it forms a crucial structural component in the cell membrane of nearly every type of cell in the body. However, many people have excessively high cholesterol levels, termed hyperlipidemia, which is associated with increasing the risk of diseases like atherosclerosis and heart disease, and with increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Certain risk factors for high cholesterol are out of your control. For example, there is certainly a genetic component to high cholesterol because the amount produced and the removal rate of LDL cholesterol in your body are partly determined by your genes. That said, the good news is that there are lifestyle modifications and practices that can reduce and control your cholesterol, the primary of which is through following a low-cholesterol diet. A low-cholesterol diet isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, however, so keep reading for our complete low-cholesterol diet guide and start making strides toward lowering your cholesterol today.

Types of Cholesterol

Cholesterol is naturally produced in the liver. There are several different types or classifications of cholesterol based on the characteristics of the molecules, but there are two primary types. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, often referred to as “bad cholesterol” and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol. HDL cholesterol actually helps remove excess LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream, while high LDL cholesterol increases the risk of atherosclerosis, or arterial hardening and plaque buildup, along with heart disease and other vascular diseases.

What Is a Low-Cholesterol Diet?

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The term “low-cholesterol diet” can be a bit misleading because it sounds like a diet that is low in dietary cholesterol or that eliminates foods that contain cholesterol. However, while high-cholesterol foods like red meat, cheese, eggs, full-fat dairy, butter, snack cakes, ice cream, shellfish, commercially fried foods, and organ meats, are to be avoided on a low-cholesterol diet, the real dietary culprits in terms of elevated cholesterol levels are actually trans fats and saturated fats. Accordingly, a low-cholesterol diet eliminates all trans fats and avoids as much saturated fat as possible. Lastly, sugar should also be limited — particularly corn syrup and added sugars — as excessive sugar can be converted to triglycerides.

Although there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to the rules of a low-cholesterol diet, most low-cholesterol diets limit total cholesterol intake to 200 mg per day, ban all trans fats, and limit saturated fat intake to a maximum of 7 percent of total daily caloric intake. For example, on a 2,000-calorie diet, you should consume no more than 14 calories of saturated fat, or about 15 grams. Emphasis should be on eating whole, natural foods and getting 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.

Benefits Of a Low-Cholesterol Diet

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Because high cholesterol can increase the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease, following a low-cholesterol diet can result in the following benefits:

  • Reduced total cholesterol
  • Reduced LDL cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Improved diet quality
  • Increased HDL cholesterol, particularly when the diet is paired with exercise

Foods to Avoid On a Low-Cholesterol Diet

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Because trans fats and saturated fats are associated with increased LDL cholesterol levels, and excessive cholesterol intake also seems to contribute to the issue, these should be limited. Note that trans fats are hydrogenated oils added to foods to improve stability and saturated fats are solid at room temperature and are mostly found in animal products. The following foods are particularly high in trans fat, saturated fat, and/or cholesterol and should be avoided on a low-cholesterol diet:

  • Fast Food: Burgers, anything fried, French fries, breakfast sandwiches with sausage, donuts, chicken nuggets, pizza, fast food Chinese, tacos, onion rings, etc.
  • Snacks: Breaded snacks, pork rinds, combos, potato chips, Jiffy pop, tater tots, packaged cookies, toaster pastries, candy, white chocolate, milk chocolate, anything with icing or frosting, pepperoni, cheese dip, etc.
  • Processed Meats: Lunch meats and cold cuts, sausage, bacon, hot dogs, etc.
  • Meat/Some Shellfish: Lean cuts are OK, but avoid fatty beef, veal, lamb, pork, lobster, and shrimp.
  • Frozen Dinners: Frozen pizza, frozen entrees, frozen prepared lasagna, frozen Chinese foods dishes, frozen pot pies, etc.
  • Full-Fat Dairy Products: Cream, whole milk, 2% milk, cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, ice cream, gelato, creamer, pudding, half and half, etc.
  • Certain Bread Products: Canned and prepared biscuits and croissants, pies, donuts, muffins, snack cakes, cakes, cookies, prepared granolas with oils, Danishes, tortillas, sweetened cereals, etc.
  • Sauces and Condiments: Mayo, creamy salad dressings, any salad dressing with hydrogenated oils, gravy, sweetened jellies and jams, chocolate syrup, pancake syrup, etc.
  • Beverages: Eggnog, full-fat coconut milk, chocolate milk, shakes, juices, soda, etc.
  • Restaurant Foods: Ribs, fatty cuts of pork or beef, burgers, steaks, fried appetizers, etc.
  • Fats and Oils: Butter, margarine, olio, lard, shortening, bacon fat, coconut oil, etc.
  • Sugary Foods: Avoid any sweets or sugary foods as much as possible because excess sugar can get converted to triglycerides.

Foods to Eat On a Low-Cholesterol Diet

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A low-cholesterol diet should include as many whole, unprocessed healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, legumes, low-fat dairy, and seeds as possible. Unsaturated oils like olive oil and avocado oil should be used instead of saturated fat or canola oil. Nuts and seeds may help raise good HDL levels, and even though eggs contain cholesterol, there is evidence to suggest they will not negatively impact your cholesterol levels. That said, limit egg yolks to 2-3 per week but enjoy egg whites as much as you’d like.

The following are foods to eat on a low-cholesterol diet:

  • Vegetables: Fresh or frozen kale, spinach, carrots, lettuce, Swiss chard, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potatoes, beets, squash, onions, etc. Avoid canned vegetables in cream sauces like creamed spinach or creamed corn.
  • Fruits: Pears, apples, melons, oranges, grapefruit, plums, apricots, peaches, berries, bananas, pomegranates, kiwi, tomatoes, kumquats, etc.
  • Whole Grains and Bread Products: Whole, unprocessed oats, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, quinoa, teff, farro, etc.; pasta, bread, oatmeal, healthy cereals, etc.
  • Lean Meats, Poultry, and Fish: Fresh or frozen lean beef, bison, venison, chicken, turkey, salmon, scallops, tofu, halibut, cod, etc.
  • Low-Fat Dairy Products: Skim milk, 1% milk, low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, low-fat cheese, etc.
  • Legumes: Dry or canned beans, lentils, peas, peanuts, soy, etc.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pecans, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, etc.
  • Fats and Oils: Olive oil, avocados, flaxseed oil, etc.
  • Herbs and Spices: Basil, thyme, pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, cumin, chili powder, etc.
  • Beverages: Water, tea (herbal tea, green tea, black tea, etc.), red wine, coffee.

Sample Low-Cholesterol Diet Meal Plan

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Curious what a day of eating might look like on a low-cholesterol diet?

Sample Low-Cholesterol Diet Meal Plan

  • Breakfast: Greens smoothie made with banana, spinach, almond butter, fat-free Greek yogurt, frozen blueberries, and chia seeds
  • Lunch: Veggie burger on a whole grain bun topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Snap peas on the side.
  • Snack: Hummus with carrots, cucumbers, pepper strips, and celery.
  • Dinner: Miso marinated salmon, roasted Brussels sprouts, and brown rice. Side salad with lemon juice.
  • Snack: Fat-free Greek yogurt with berries, flax seeds, and walnuts.

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Global Covid-19 Cases Cross 300 Million Mark – The Wall Street Journal

The number of Covid-19 cases world-wide crossed the 300 million mark, according to Johns Hopkins University, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hold a special session Friday to consider the Biden administration’s vaccine rules for private employers and healthcare workers.

The global case-number milestone, reached Thursday, has been accelerated by the Omicron variant’s rapid spread. Weekly cases have jumped at the start of this year to almost 10 million from 5.5 million at the end of last month, according to Johns Hopkins.

Surging cases could add fuel to arguments that the measure is no longer a useful barometer of the coronavirus’s seriousness. The new Omicron variant spreads much more quickly than previous strains but so far has been far less virulent.

Steven Corwin, the president and chief executive of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the city’s largest private healthcare systems, said a smaller share of Covid-19 patients were in the ICU and on ventilators than in previous surges.

“About 50% are admitted with Covid, and about 50% are admitted for Covid,” Dr. Corwin said.

New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said that the rate of increase for infections was slowing and that she hoped the worst of the current surge would be over by February.

“We know that this is a much milder variant than the others. That’s what you’ve been hearing in the numbers,” Dr. Bassett said.

World-wide Covid-19 deaths have declined over recent weeks even as the number of cases jumped, according to Johns Hopkins. In many countries coronavirus hospitalizations are rising but remain a much lower proportion of case numbers than in previous waves.

The Supreme Court will hold a special session Friday to consider whether the Biden administration can enforce vaccine-and-testing rules for large private employers and a vaccine mandate for most healthcare workers.

New York state will require healthcare workers to receive a booster shot to guard against breakthrough cases of Covid-19, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. The state has required healthcare workers to have received at least one vaccine dose since late September.

Los Angeles County set a record Thursday when it reported just over 37,000 new Covid-19 infections amid the continuing surge attributed to the Omicron variant. The previous record was about 27,000 cases on Dec. 31.

The county’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, said hospitalizations have also been increasing, though many new patients with Covid-19 are seeking treatment for other medical conditions. Currently, 45% of hospital patients who test positive for Covid-19 are being treated for Covid-related conditions, compared with 75% in early November.

In Germany, the government and leaders of the 16 federal states announced Friday new rules for dealing with the wave of coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant. They tightened the rules for visiting bars and restaurants, which, at present, can only be visited by people who can show proof of vaccination or recent prior infection. This rule is also valid for some entertainment and other venues.

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Under the new rules, only people who have received their third, or booster dose, would be allowed into bars, restaurants and some other indoor venues, while those who had been fully vaccinated without a booster would have to also show a negative test.

In France, the Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill that stops the unvaccinated from entering restaurants, cafes and other public places. The legislation is part of President Emmanuel Macron’s strategy of annoying the unvaccinated to the point they feel compelled to get the shot. The push for vaccinations has so far allowed the country to forgo a lockdown this winter.

An energy forum in Abu Dhabi organized by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, was delayed from the middle of this month to the end of March due to the spreading of the Omicron variant in the U.S., the organizer said.

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The Health Benefits of Anxiety and Worry – Oprah Mag

Things that have been running through my head like a ticker tape when my eyes pop open at 3:30 a.m., as they have every morning for the past few months: How will I juggle Zoom learning and work if my sons’ school closes because of Covid? Should I press pause on my freelance writing career? But how will my husband and I pay the mortgage? Will we have money for retirement? What if the market crashes? Should I just hide our savings under a mattress in case our investments tank?


In the past, I might have thought this much worrying makes me abnormal. But I now know that similar middle-of-the-night spirals are probably happening in bedrooms across the world. Anxiety is the most common mental illness, affecting 40 million U.S. adults every year, with women twice as likely to experience it as men, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. Even if you don’t have an anxiety disorder, you can experience situational episodes when under duress, like many of us are right now. Issues like social and racial injustice, the threat of increasing natural disasters, and the day-to-day angst that comes from being overworked and burned out can make waking up in the morning difficult for anyone in 2021. I went in search of ways to ratchet down my own worry and found hope in solutions that can benefit all of us.

Your early-warning system

Before we get to the surprising solutions, you need to know why worry even exists. Experts say worry serves an important purpose and can be harnessed to great benefit. Unless what you’re experiencing has been classified as an anxiety disorder by a doctor (see “When to Get Help,” below), feelings of anxiousness are normal, healthy, and part of an ancient biological system designed to keep us safe, says psychologist Lisa Damour, PhD, cohost of the Ask Lisa podcast and author of Under Pressure. Think of it this way: If you’re nervous about driving on the highway, that unease can remind you to keep your distance from other cars to avoid an accident. Protective parents have alarm bells to help them mobilize if, say, their 3-year-old is trying to scurry up a ladder.

Yet despite these benefits, we’ve been encouraged to view anxiety as problematic, says Damour. She attributes some of this programming to the commercial wellness industry, which has given rise to a proliferation of products promising to help squash these feelings. Anxious? Take a mood-boosting supplement. Crack open an adult coloring book. Do anything but dwell. “But a big part of getting a handle on your anxiety is understanding it can be a useful thing,” Damour says.

Make anxiety your ally

The first step is to identify that you’re experiencing an anxious episode. While we typically think of anxiety as constant worry, it’s far more wide-reaching. “Anxiety is an umbrella term that encompasses emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical reactions,” says Damour. “Those range from nervousness and irritability to rumination and the heart pounding, muscle tension, and quick breathing we associate with the fight-or-flight response.” Once you’re able to identify these feelings, take stock of what you’re experiencing. Are you frightened because there’s a true threat, or because something challenging or even exciting is coming your way? Often, it’s the latter, which is why Damour suggests pausing to breathe deeply. This activates stretch receptors on your lungs, triggering nerves that can counteract your brain’s acute anxiety response; you can then think more clearly to see if you can make those feelings work for you.

How? By taking action. “The healthy function of anxiety is to stimulate preparatory behavior,” explains Manhattan psychologist Chloe Carmichael, PhD, author of Nervous Energy. Transform that energy into productivity. Fire off a few emails or make some exploratory calls. Start a project instead of procrastinating.

“A big part of getting a handle on your anxiety is understanding it can be a useful thing.”

Anxiety over bigger issues—poverty, climate change, racism, sexism—can certainly feel different. After all, you alone can’t fix them. But you’re not powerless: Redirect these feelings and use them to help better the community around you, says Carmichael. Can you attend a rally? Help people register to vote? Gather your friends or family to collect supplies for people affected by natural disasters? I’ve been dealing with some major eco-anxiety lately. (I’d like the planet to still be around when my children grow up.) So I joined a local solar and wind farm to support renewable sources of energy. And when it was time for us to get a second car, I purchased the smallest electric vehicle I could find (a two-door red Mini Cooper that’s also dealt handily with my budding midlife crisis). These small steps have helped stop me from lingering in a state of helplessness, which only exacerbates worry and fear.

Flip the internal script

It’s also important to manage the catastrophizing inner monologue that can make threats appear bigger than they are, says Carmichael. Let’s say you messed up at work. Make sure your self-talk is similar to a chat you’d have with a dear friend. You’d never tell her the screw-up happened because she’s stupid or that her career is over. You’d say “It was a mistake, and you’re smart and resourceful, and I know you’ll fix it.” Why not have the same kind of chat with yourself instead of being your own harshest critic?

Personally, I’ve come to welcome parts of my anxious tendencies and have begun to listen to what my anxiety is telling me I need. That might be connecting to a financial planner to give me a better idea of how to shape my career. My father has been living with cancer for more than two years: I try to use my worry for him to push me to make more plans together as a family. These actions, I find, are not just productive—but life-giving.


WHEN TO GET HELP

Typically, when what’s causing feelings of anxiety goes away, so does the anxiety. If not, or if these feelings are cutting into your sleep significantly, affecting your desire to connect with others, making it difficult to concentrate, or causing physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and stomachaches, it’s time to see a professional. You may be dealing with an anxiety disorder, a diagnosis that encompasses several conditions, from generalized anxiety to panic- and phobia-related disorders. The good news: There are many excellent, effective treatment options, including therapy, medications, and relaxation strategies, or a combo of all three.

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Doctors seek more lipoprotein(a) cholesterol testing – The Washington Post

Cardiologists, too, are on the fence about who should get screened, and when. McGarrah would like to see a one-time Lp(a) screening when a person gets their first routine cholesterol panel. “Whether it is [age] 18 or 25 or later, it would be good to incorporate an Lp(a) test — usually covered by insurance — to better contextualize their risk of developing cardiovascular disease,” he said. But Paruchuri thinks screening for Lp(a) is better used with patients with borderline risk. “As a patient, having an elevated Lp(a) level but no clear treatment plan could cause significant anxiety and/or increase the use of other cardiac testing unnecessarily,” she said.

Anxious or Anxiety Disorder? Here’s How to Tell the Difference – Everyday Health

Are you unsure whether your anxiety is normal or if it has escalated to unhealthy levels? Knowing the difference between healthy anxiety and a clinical anxiety disorder can help you sort out what kind of professional help you might need and which coping strategies are most likely to bring relief.

What Does It Mean to Be Anxious?

Although anxiety is often an unpleasant feeling, it’s actually a healthy response to certain triggers.

“There are many situations that come up in everyday life when it is appropriate and reasonable to react with some anxiety,” says Edmund Bourne, PhD, a former director of the Anxiety Treatment Center in San Jose and Santa Rosa, California, and the author of The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook.

That’s because anxiety — as in day-to-day worrying about say, crossing a busy street or about a persistent toothache — helps keep us safe. It’s also a natural response to stressors. As Dr. Bourne explains, “If you didn’t feel anxiety in response to everyday challenges involving personal loss or failure, something would be wrong.”

“Normal” anxiety is proportionally related to a specific situation or problem and lasts only as long as the situation or problem does, says Sarah Gundle, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and a teacher at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center at Mount Sinai Hospital. For example, it’s completely normal to feel anxious about speaking in front of a large group of people or meeting an important deadline at work.

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

According to Bourne, while people may experience anxiety in different ways, in many cases it affects a person’s entire being — psychologically, physically, and behaviorally — and it crosses over into something truly distressing.

Psychologically, anxiety involves subjective feelings of uneasiness or apprehension, he says. Physically, anxiety might include bodily sensations such as rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, dry mouth, or sweating. And behaviorally, it could lead a person to avoid ordinary situations, stop communicating about feelings, or fail to make decisions.

In its most extreme form, anxiety can cause you to feel detached from yourself or even fearful of dying, going crazy, or thinking irrationally, Bourne adds.

What Does It Mean to Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders are diagnosed by a mental health professional on the basis of specific criteria. These criteria have been established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) — in general, to qualify as disordered, a person’s anxiety or fear must be age inappropriate, out of proportion to the situation, and interfere with the ability to go about daily life.

“The other key difference is that the anxiety lasts for a long time, even when the situation or problem has been resolved,” Dr. Gundle explains.

For someone with an anxiety disorder, the worrying may feel impossible to control or manage and may lead the person to avoid other people, situations, or things that they believe will trigger anxiety symptoms, Gundle says.

For instance, a person may have an anxiety disorder if they experience significant distress or fear about an unrealistic scenario that likely will never happen, Gundle explains. Or a person who has a fear of heights and feels anxious driving over bridges may have an anxiety disorder if they are no longer able to cross bridges at all.

Anxiety among people with a disorder can come up unexpectedly and seemingly without reason. “People with an anxiety disorder feel worry and fear constantly. The feelings of distress can be crippling,” Gundle says.

According to the APA, specific types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Agoraphobia, or a fear of situations that are difficult or embarrassing to escape from
  • Generalized anxiety disorder, ongoing and excessive worry that interferes with daily life
  • Panic disorder, a condition involving repeated panic attacks
  • Separation anxiety disorder, a condition in which someone is overly fearful of being separated from another person to whom they feel attached
  • Specific phobias: excessive fears of objects, activities, or situations that are typically not harmful
  • Social anxiety disorder, a condition in which someone has excessive fears of embarrassment, humiliation, or rejection in social situations

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How to Tell the Difference Between an Anxious Feeling and an Anxiety Disorder

How can you tell if your anxiety has surpassed normal levels and crossed into anxiety disorder territory? According to Bourne, you may have a disorder if your anxiety is intense, long lasting, and leads to phobias or severe fear that disrupts your life.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that, in addition to a feeling of distress, symptoms of the most common anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), may include:

  • Feeling restless, on edge, or wound-up
  • Becoming fatigued very easily
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep problems, such as trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, feeling restless, or having unsatisfying sleep

Seek professional help if your anxiety is interfering with your relationships, work, or school life, or if it is causing you significant distress, Bourne advises. That said, you don’t have to have a disorder to seek professional help for anxiety. If you’d like to be able to better manage everyday anxieties, a mental health professional could be very helpful.

Also, consider speaking with your primary care doctor to rule out underlying conditions that may be contributing to or even triggering anxiety symptoms.

According to the Mayo Clinic, medical problems that can be linked to anxiety include:

Coping Strategies That Can Help You Manage ‘Normal’ Anxiety or a Disorder

Whether your anxiety is situational or stems from a disorder, a few healthy coping strategies may help restore your sense of calm, says Bourne.

One oft-recommended technique is deep breathing, in which you slowly inhale through your nose so that your chest and belly expand and then slowly exhale through your mouth, according to Harvard Health. Repeat for a period of two to three minutes or longer.

Deep breathing helps relieve anxiety by activating your parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces the overall stress and anxiety you may be experiencing, explain Mayo Clinic experts. This, in turn, typically slows your heartbeat and stabilizes blood pressure. A focus on your breathing can help you let go of distracting thoughts or feelings, Harvard Health says.

Another common technique for reducing anxiety, notes Bourne, is to identify and replace fearful self-talk.

First, Bourne says, identify any fearful thoughts going through your head. Many of these thoughts are “What if?” statements, with examples including, “What if I stutter?” or “What if they see me sweating?”

Try replacing the fearful self-talk with calming and constructive statements, such as, “I’ve handled this before and can handle it again,” or “I can be anxious and still deal with this situation,” he suggests.

Foundational strategies such as a healthy diet, avoiding stimulants like caffeine that are known to worsen anxiety, regular exercise, and creative projects that divert your mind from anxious thoughts and help you build a sense of purpose also help, Bourne says.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, other ways to manage anxiety are:

  • Identify your personal triggers.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Limit alcohol consumption, which can trigger anxiety or panic attacks.
  • Volunteer or become more active in your community to take a break from personal everyday stress.