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Guyana Hindu Dharmic Youth arm attracting large turnout

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Guyana: Meera Narine, Chairman of the Essequibo (a youth organization of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha) states that camps have successfully lured youth in a very large number and every Naujawan is pleased and happy with this accomplishment.

She further adds that when they began with the program the strength was very low, some 20 to 40 people, but as it gained recognition and popularity, it caught speed and now more than 60 youths are engaged on Sundays. She also wants to motivate and persuade the guardians to let their children out.

More than 60 youths showed up at different temples all around the region on Sunday. A 1-day camp was organized at the Affiance Mandir in which two youth marked their presence. The camp started with prayers followed by some useful talks regarding career in addition to some fun games and exercises.

Youths also participated in Chowtaal singing and were busy getting their minds ready for Holi which is towards the end of this month. Moreover, Hanuman Chalisa, as well as Gayatri Mantra, were chanted.

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Youths at the camp engaged in Chowtaal singing.

Pandit Kaydar Persaud, President, Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Essequibo Coast Praant, utilized this occasion to motivate youths to bring positivity in them and continue participating in camps like this.

He requested them to indulge themselves in sports activities, reading and visiting temples.

Towards the closure of the camp, youths were grateful to Naujawan for arranging the event. They appreciated their efforts and enjoyed all the activities.

Camps like these will be organized every month with an objective of active youth participation. (Inputs from guyanatimesgy.com)

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Start Checking Your Cholestrol Level from Mid-20s to Avoid Heart Disease: Study

Cholesterol is a fatty substance - a lipid - found in some foods and also produced in our liver

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Researchers analysed the data obtained from almost four lakh persons in 19 countries and found a strong link between bad-cholesterol levels and risk of Heart disease from early adulthood over the next 40 years or more. Pixabay

A study has said that people should get their cholesterol levels checked from their mid-20s as the readings can be used to calculate lifetime risks of Heart disease and stroke.

The study, published in “The Lancet”, is the most comprehensive yet to look at the long-term health risks of having too much “bad” cholesterol for decades, the BBC reported.

Researchers maintain that earlier the people take action to reduce cholesterol through diet changes and medication, the better.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance – a lipid – found in some foods and also produced in our liver. It is needed to make hormones like oestrogen and testosterone, Vitamin D and other compounds.

While High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is “good” as it keeps the body healthy, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is “bad” as it can clog arteries.

Researchers analysed the data obtained from almost four lakh persons in 19 countries and found a strong link between bad-cholesterol levels and risk of cardiovascular disease from early adulthood over the next 40 years or more.

They were able to estimate the probability of a heart attack or stroke for people aged 35 and over, according to their gender, bad-cholesterol level, age and risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, height and weight, and blood pressure.

The BBC quoted the report’s co-author Stefan Blankenberg of the University Heart Center in Hamburg: “The risk scores currently used in the clinic to decide whether a person should have lipid-lowering treatment only assess the risk of cardiovascular disease over 10 years and so may underestimate lifetime risk, particularly in young people.”

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A study has said that people should get their cholesterol levels checked from their mid-20s as the readings can be used to calculate lifetime risks of Heart disease and stroke. Pixabay

Blankenberg told BBC: “I strongly recommend that young people know their cholesterol levels and make an informed decision about the result – and that could include taking a statin.”

However, he added, there is a danger that people could rely on statins rather than leading a health lifestyle and although they were usually well tolerated, studies had not been done on the potential side-effects of taking them over decades.

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British Heart Foundation medical director Nilesh Samani said: “This large study again emphasises the importance of cholesterol as a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

“It also shows that for some people, taking measures at a much earlier stage to lower cholesterol, for example by taking statins, may have a substantial benefit in reducing their lifelong risk from these diseases.” (IANS)