OMH CAPSULE: Too Much Happiness Can Turn Fatal

Divya BhatiPublish Date: 19 Jul, 2022

Only My Health brings you a quick round-up of all the latest health news that you need to know.

In this episode of OMH Capsule, the top headline includes; that an excessive amount of happiness might also cause death. Drinking green tea may not only help you lose weight but also control your diabetes. Drinking alcohol may help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease if you are over 40.

Too Much Happiness May Be Fatal

While we all strive endlessly to be happy, scientists have recently learned that excessive happiness can even potentially cause death.
Naturally, "happy heart syndrome" was the name given to it. Researchers refer to it as takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
Now, what is takotsubo cardiomyopathy exactly? Why do some individuals succumb to it, then?
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a heart disease characterised by dysfunction and ballooning of the left ventricle of the heart. 

An unexpected sickness, the death of a loved one, a traumatic accident, or a natural calamity like an earthquake can all cause Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

On the flip side,
Recently, researchers have documented people with Takotsubo syndrome that is brought on by happy occasions like marriage, the birth of grandchildren, and winning the lottery.

37 cases of happy heart syndrome and 873 cases of broken heart syndrome were found among the 910 individuals in the study who had an emotional trigger for takotsubo syndrome. Happy heart syndrome was primarily seen in men, as opposed to broken heart syndrome, which primarily affects women.

The researchers discovered that the incidence of death and complications from happy heart syndrome is low. So, don't worry if you get worried during major events in life. You won't likely die from them. However, always seek medical attention if you experience any pain or pressure in your chest.

Green Tea Could Reduce Diabetes Risk: Study

According to a study, drinking green tea may not only aid in weight loss but also help reduce risk of diabetes.

The research, which was based on a meta-analysis of 27 trials and was published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, revealed that drinking green tea improved “fasting blood glucose” levels. However, consumption of green tea had no significant impact on fasting blood insulin, a test that measures how much blood sugar is bound to haemoglobin.

Chinese researchers looked at data from 27 studies with 2,194 participants. The combined data demonstrated that green tea significantly reduced blood sugar levels.
Long-term studies examining the benefits of green tea supplementation on diabetic management are required, the authors noted, even if short-term studies reveal that it "significantly reduces fasting glucose."

Alcohol May Lower Heart Disease Risk In Persons Over 40: Lancet

According to a recent review published in The Lancet, a modest glass of red wine, a can or bottle of beer, or a shot of whiskey or other spirits may help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes if you are over 40 and do not have any underlying medical issues.
However, the study found that young people may be more at risk for alcohol-related health problems than older adults. In general, safe alcohol consumption levels for people between the ages of 40 and 64 ranged from roughly half a standard drink per day to over two standard drinks.
However, for those between the ages of 15 and 39, one-tenth of a standard drink per day was the level of alcohol that was advised to avoid health risks.

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