Health bits: Diet fizzy drinks are worse

2013-02-09 09:48

City Press health reporter Zinhle Mapumulo’s pick of health and lifestyle research that came out this week.

» Diet fizzy drinks are worse

Diet fizzy drinks can increase your chances of developing diabetes by 60%.

A shocking surprise for countless consumers who thought they were making the healthier choice.

More than 66 000 women participated in the study and researchers found those who drank artificially sweetened drinks were more likely to develop the disease than those who indulged in regular versions.

» Watching TV can reduce sperm count

Young men who sit and watch TV for three hours a day have half the sperm count of men who rarely find themselves in front of the small screen, a new study revealed.

This is the first study in the world to show that falling sperm quality is linked to lower levels of physical activity.

It was conducted by the Harvard University and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week.

» Brain injection offers hope to stroke sufferers

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that injecting drugs into the brain of stroke victims can dissolve clots, some as big as golf balls.

The new technique could help millions of patients across the world who suffer from a brain haemorrhage (bleeding). Currently neurosurgeons are not able to surgically treat this kind of stroke.

» A bit of body fat is good

A new study has found that slightly overweight people have 6% less chance of premature death from all causes than people who are considered to be of normal or healthy weight.

The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association this week, suggests that a small amount of extra fat may provide extra energy to fight off illness and even help individuals recover from injury faster.

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