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Tokyo: Limiting access to food might increase levels of hormone – ghrelin, which might also increase your motivation to exercise, said a new research.

The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology suggested that a surge in levels of the appetite-promoting hormone – ghrelin, after a period of fasting prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise.

These novel findings indicate that better diet control, for example limiting food intake to mealtimes or fasting intermittently, could help overweight people maintain a more effective exercise routine, lose weight and avoid debilitating complications such as diabetes and heart disease.

“Our findings suggest that hunger, which promotes ghrelin production, may also be involved in increasing motivation for voluntary exercise when feeding is limited,” said author Yuji Tajiri from the Kurume University in Japan.

“Therefore, maintaining a healthy eating routine, with regular mealtimes or fasting, could also encourage motivation for exercise in overweight people,” Tajiri said.

Ghrelin, often referred to as the ‘hunger hormone’, stimulates appetite through actions on the brain reward circuitry that increases motivation to eat.

It has also been reported to be essential for endurance exercise by increasing metabolism to meet the energy demands of prolonged exercise.

Although previous studies have suggested a relationship between ghrelin and exercise, it was not known whether the hormone levels have a direct effect on motivation to exercise.

In this study, the research team investigated the relationship between exercise and the hormone levels in mice.

Food intake and wheel-running activity were compared in mice given free access to food with those fed only twice a day for a limited time.

Although both groups ate a similar amount of food, the restricted mice ran significantly more.

Mice genetically altered to have no ghrelin and on the restricted feeding diet, ran less than the mice which were given free access, however, this could be reversed by administering the hormone.

Furthermore, mice were given free access to food and given ghrelin also ran significantly more.

These findings suggest that ghrelin might play an important role in the motivation for both feeding and exercise, in response to restricted eating plans.


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Rakul Preet excited about cross-border rom-com with Arjun Kapoor

Rakul will also be seen in Kamal Haasan’s ambitious upcoming film “Indian 2”, which also stars Kajal Aggarwal and Vidyut Jammwal.

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Mumbai, Nov 14 : Actress Rakul Preet Singh is excited about her upcoming cross-border romantic-comedy. She reveals shooting for the yet-untitled film will start later this month.

“The film is in the rom-com space, and it is the story of characters who belongs to India and Pakistan, so it’s a cross-border, coming-of-age rom-com,” Rakul said about the film, which sees her team up with Arjun Kapoor for the first time.

“We have already kickstarted reading sessions for the film. We will start shooting in November after the release of ‘Marjaavaan’. I hope it is going to be fun experience,” said the actress, while interacting with the media at GolbalSpa Fit and Fab Awards.

The film will be directed by debutant Kaashvie Nair and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani and John Abraham.

Rakul will also be seen in Kamal Haasan’s ambitious upcoming film “Indian 2”, which also stars Kajal Aggarwal and Vidyut Jammwal.

“Shooting of Indian 2′ is going on well. (Director) Shankar sir takes a lot of time for his films and it is a 2021 release,” she let on.

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Love is fundamental to humanity: Feroz Abbas Khan

Khan has previously directed the Broadway-style musical “Mughal-e-Azam”, and is bringing together its team for “Raunaq & Jassi”. The musical with live singing is written by Iqbal Raj and premieres at Mumbai’s Mukesh Patel Auditorium on November 28.

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New Delhi, Nov 14 : The idea of love being fundamental to humanity, is the driving philosophy behind noted theatre director Feroz Abbas Khan’s new musical “Raunaq & Jassi”, a two-hour celebration of love inspired by William Shakespeare’s classic, “Romeo and Juliet”.

“Love is fundamental to humanity, so no matter how much you try hatred, it will be exhausted and defeated. That’s why we have to put our faith in love — that’s what drives this play. This love story is a 16th century classic, and it still moves people.

“There’s something very fundamentally human about two innocent people in love. The only thing they are asking is: What have we done wrong that we can’t be together? Why should hatred be the boundary that separates love?” Khan told IANSlife over telephone.

Khan has previously directed the Broadway-style musical “Mughal-e-Azam”, and is bringing together its team for “Raunaq & Jassi”. The musical with live singing is written by Iqbal Raj and premieres at Mumbai’s Mukesh Patel Auditorium on November 28.

Although musicals have been popularising themselves in the Indian theatre scene, Khan says that it is the unequal quality of productions that usually puts people off. While his latest is “made to travel” among audiences of different cities, the script took under a year to get right.

It is, nonetheless, a completely original piece of writing inspired from the classics.

“It is an extremely compelling story, the way the new script has come, it should be a new addition to the theatre,” he added.

As per the director, the play has robust music that comes from the land of Punjab, and will colour the atmosphere in the traditional and folk mood.

It has been produced by BookMyShow, who has added it to their specials for the year, and is also scheduled to travel to New Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Tickets to the play are available online on BookMyShow.

BY SIDDHI JAIN

(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at [email protected])

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Complementary cancer therapies do more harm than good: Expert

Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads, she said.

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New Delhi, Nov 14 : A medical expert has said that cancer patients should tell doctors treating them about the herbal products they may be taking since some ingredients could affect their treatment.

Maria Joao Cardoso, the head breast surgeon at the Champalimaud Cancer Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, said that there was no evidence that herbal therapies or creams worked.

If in doubt, it is best not to take anything, she added.

Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads, she said.

“Doctors need to be more proactive about asking their patients what else they are taking when they are being treated for cancer,” Cardoso told the BBC.

She said that it is particularly important that patients always check with their doctors first before trying complementary therapies for cancer that has spread to the skin. This happens in one in five cases of breast cancer, and less in other cancers.

The danger is that many products can interfere with the hormone therapy or chemotherapy treatments, and certain ones prolong the blood clotting process, which can lead to wounds taking longer time to heal and more scarring.

She said that herbal products like green chiretta, feverfew, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, hawthorn, horse chestnut and turmeric slow down clotting.

Cardoso said that it is not surprising that patients and their carers go searching for complementary or alternative treatments that might make a difference.

But she said people should know that “they could end up doing more harm than good”.

“The highest goal in medicine is important to remember: Do no harm,” she said.

As per the website of Cancer Research UK, some complementary therapies might stop conventional treatments working as well as they should.

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