Expert calls for strong, sustainable action to make world roadways safer


According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on road safety, more than 1.3 million people die on the world’s roadways each year—and millions more are injured or disabled. Yet despite the huge cost to families from New York to Mumbai, that death toll has not changed much in the last decade.

A commentary published today in The Lancet Public Health says that these reports, while extremely valuable, have not brought about the needed change, and it is time to start holding policymakers accountable for making roads safer.

“More than a million people are dying from traffic crashes on roadways around the world—and that death toll has not declined since 2009,” said Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research and professor of global health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH), who authored the commentary. “While we see bright spots where road injuries have been reduced, the widespread change needed to prevent these deaths across the world has not happened so far.”

Hyder goes on to say that the new 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety serves as a valuable tool for monitoring the risks, outcomes and progress related to road safety but such measurements alone do not bring down the death toll.

What needs to happen?

First, Hyder says that governments must commit to reducing traffic deaths by delegating both authority and financial resources to make roadways safer.

Second, WHO and partners must support a truly multi-sectoral approach to road safety and make it a priority not only for health and transportation officials but also for those in the environment, justice, education and economic sectors.

Third, WHO needs to provide support, operational assistance and implementation guidance so that member countries can actually put in place effective interventions on the ground to make roads safer.

Fourth, WHO and partners must help develop the relatively weak non-governmental sector around this issue. Expansion of non-governmental organizations that take an interest in road safety will help promote social and political change on a broad scale, he says.

Finally, the commentary says WHO and partners must acknowledge threats to road safety, including those posed by industry. For example, Hyder says the alcohol industry “openly engages and promotes action that at best have little or no evidence of impact.” He calls on the United Nations to adopt a policy of non-engagement with industries where there is such potential for conflict of interest.

“Safe roads are of critical importance for people around the world,” Hyder said. “Accepting our lack of progress is the first step to developing a strong and sustainable set of actions for changing the status quo on global road safety.”


Scientists May Have Found A Way To Cure Baldness

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have made an intriguing discovery that could make hair loss a thing of the past.

The NYU scientists say the secret to reversing hair loss is all about activating something called the ‘sonic hedgehog signalling pathway’.

The sonic hedgehog gene plays an important part in embryo development and was  — bizarrely — named in honour of the SEGA video game character, after postdoctorate fellow Dr Robert Riddle saw the famous critter in his six-year-old daughter’s comic book.

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By activating the sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway, the researchers were able to create “crosstalk among skin cells that form the roots of hair” and regrow hair strands on damaged skin, NYU Langone Health reported.

While the SHH pathway is quite active when a fetus is growing and developing follicles,  it is “otherwise stalled in wounded skin in healthy adults”.

Which is apparently why hair stops growing in places that have been wounded or undergone surgery.

“Our results show that stimulating fibroblasts through the sonic hedgehog pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing,” said study senior investigator and cell biologist Mayumi Ito, PhD.

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Researchers conducted these experiments on mice over a three-year period and are planning future investigations on wounded human skin. Dr Ito says her goal is to identify likely drug targets for hair regrowth.

Which is good news for anyone hoping for a little more coverage on their chrome dome.

Although we personally think beloved celebrities like Danny Devito, Jason Alexander, Terry Crews, and Bruce Willis are perfect the way they are without the help of a stimulated sonic hedgehog.


GI Cancer Treatment Continues to Evolve, But Unmet Needs Remain

Cathy Eng, MD
Cathy Eng, MD

A number of unmet needs have been addressed in the gastrointestinal (GI) cancer space, but there are still large patient populations who rely on traditional treatment regimens, said Cathy Eng, MD.

For example, in colorectal cancer (CRC), immunotherapy has had a significant impact in patients who have microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) tumors. However, the vast majority of patients who are microsatellite stable (MSS) are still treated with chemotherapy, noted Eng, a professor of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Targeted agents, such as regorafenib (Stivarga), have made headway in the CRC paradigm. In the ReDOS study, investigators evaluated a dose-escalation strategy of regorafenib beginning at 80 mg and ending at 160 mg for previously treated patients with metastatic CRC.

Positive overall survival and progression-free survival data from ReDOS led to the recommendation of a starting dose of 80 mg/daily on days 1 to 7, escalating to 120 mg/daily on days 8 to 14, and concluding with 160 mg/daily on days 15 to 21. From there, subsequent cycles should comprise 160 mg of regorafenib on days 1 to 21 every 28 days, according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines.

“This dosing strategy is something that academic physicians have been doing for a while, it just had not been in the FDA insert,” said Eng. “The ReDOS trial was conducted basically to confirm what we all had already been doing.”

In an interview with OncLive, Eng shared insight on the current paradigm of GI cancers, specifically sharing insight on CRC and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

OncLive: How has immunotherapy impacted CRC treatment?

Eng: Immunotherapy has only affected a very small patient population. These are patients who have MSI-H tumors and who either have an inherited form of colon cancer or have hypermethylation due to somatic mutations. MSI-H is not the only biomarker for immune response, but these patients have a high mutational burden, and that is why they respond to this type of treatment.

The take-home message here is that MSI status is really agnostic, meaning it should be tested in all patients—not just patients with CRC or those who clinicians think may have Lynch syndrome.

What is the optimal treatment sequence for patients with CRC who have MSS tumors?

Nothing much has changed for them, unfortunately. The reality is that if they have MSS tumors, immunotherapy is not an option and the standard regimens remain. There is a greater recognition now that more patients can utilize FOLFOXIRI as part of their regimen because that has been found to result in high response rates and longer PFS. Could you speak to the ReDOS study and how it led to a new dosing standard for regorafenib in this patient population? The ReDOS study was conducted basically to confirm what we all had already been doing. The dosing strategy allows the patient to tolerate the treatment better. If you give regorafenib at the full dose, patients tend to develop what is called hand-foot-skin reaction within the first 2 months. This is more of a quality of life issue than anything else.

What are some other promising agents that are emerging in the CRC pipeline?

Larotrectinib (Vitrakvi) is one that has some promise. [Data on the agent] was previously published, and some data were recently reported at the 2018 ESMO Congress. It is kind of a unique drug because it targets a very rare fusion called TRK. Larotrectinib is a very selective oral agent because these fusions appear in less than 1% of patients, but we are seeing that when there is benefit with this drug, there is significant benefit. The drug also has very little toxicity. Therefore, like MSI-H, TRK is something that should be tested for in all patients.

The study that was presented at the 2018 ESMO Congress and reported in the New England Journal of Medicine has been very intriguing and they are adding more patients to it. The study is widespread across different tumor types.

What are your thoughts on TAS-102?

It is like regorafenib where it is currently being used in the refractory setting. Researchers are exploring it with different combinations in different GI cancers. We will see if this drug can be moved to an earlier setting as well.

What is the biggest unmet need in CRC or other GI cancers?

The biggest unmet need is still the average patients who have MSS tumors, specifically the ones with RAS mutations. This a run-of-the-mill patient population that needs to be addressed now. We seem to have more treatment options for the rarer patient populations.

Overall, what has been the biggest breakthrough in the GI cancer space in the past year?

It would probably be the fact that there are now several up-and-coming treatment options for patients with HCC, a malignancy for which there were not many options available in the past. Now, it has gotten to a point where there are so many different agents that researchers are going to have to look at sequencing strategies. There is going to be a big decision-making process for physicians who treat those patients.

Was there anything specific that led to the explosion of positive trials in HCC?

I don’t know if there is a true answer to that. The reality is that there are now several pharmaceutical companies that have put an interest in HCC. Many people felt like it was a lost cause for quite a bit. Now, they are realizing that it is an issue that needs to be addressed because HCC has a high incidence rate; it is also a global issue. This is a theme that we are seeing in many other cancer types.


Cancer cells’ use of sugar holds the key to their destruction

Scientists have suggested a way to improve treatments that use viruses to attack cancer. It exploits the fact that cancer cells need a lot of glucose and must metabolize it rapidly to survive.
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Cutting down cancer cells’ sugar supply could make them more vulnerable to treatment.

Oncolytic viruses specifically target and enter cancer cells and use the cells’ machinery for their own multiplication and spread.

They destroy tumors from the inside without harming nearby healthy tissue.

A recent study proposes that restricting the cancer cells’ supply of glucose, and altering their ability to metabolize it, may strengthen the power of oncolytic viruses.

The research team, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, used mouse models and cells from ovarian, lung, and colon tumors in order to demonstrate the effect.

Cancer Research UK sponsored the study, and a paper on the work features in the journal Cancer Research.

“Our research in the lab,” says lead study author Arthur Dyer, who is currently a Ph.D. student in the university’s oncology department, “showed that restricting the amount of sugar available to cancer cells makes these cancer-attacking oncolytic viruses work even better.”


‘I’m going to cheat’: How cancer made me change my thinking

Strange isn’t it how confronting one’s mortality makes the morning light glow brighter. The frantic monkey mind of sleeplessness settles as dawn breaks. Perhaps it’s the relief of another day. Another beginning. I made it.

Not that I expected to drift towards death overnight. I’m sick, but not that sick. It’s just that a new day brings hope, fresh promise. Including to the self. And today I have a big one. I’ve decided to cheat on my relationship.

Virginia Haussegger is re-evaluating her relationship with herself.
Virginia Haussegger is re-evaluating her relationship with herself.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

I’m going to become a first class cheat. I should have done this years ago. Funny how a cancer diagnosis can clear away the personal cobwebs we hide behind. A worsening diagnosis adds polish to the jewel of clarity.

Now I’m ready to rip through the facade of niceness and bust out. This is not a plan to cheat on my marriage. Rather I’m going to cheat on me. My relationship with myself.

The day before I underwent surgery for bowel cancer, blissfully optimistic that I would not be one of the 12 Australians who die each day from the disease, I wrote a column about the kindness of strangers. The gentle laughter and altruism from randoms with whom I boldly shared my “secret” had enveloped me, nurtured me and gave me reason to roll into the operating theatre in a gentle fog of serenity.

It’s been a rocky ride since. And as each of the 42 Australians diagnosed every day with bowel cancer know, those insidious cells have a wilful mind of their own. They’re adventure seekers and our internal organs provide a glorious playground. Not even fake news – “all is well” – cuts through. Cancer cells ignore the boffins. They’re curious mites who thrive on movement.

So, what’s cheating got to do with it? Quite simply, it occurred to me in those wee dark hours that if cancer cells can cheat me. I can play at this game too. I’ll also cheat.

Over the past several months a flotilla of strangers, along with friends, colleagues, loved ones, those precious and much beloved medical staff, and the people who have literally stopped me in the street, have collectively gifted me the most precious insight of all – kindness.

I have been overwhelmed by how generous and caring Australians are towards one another. Daily, unseen acts of kindness flourish in this country when someone is in need, hurting, or feeling afraid. We don’t pause to reach out a hand. We are tremendously kind to one another.

'Our moment in history': Haussegger named ACT Australian of the Year 2019

‘Our moment in history’: Haussegger named ACT Australian of the Year 2019

And yet – strangely – we don’t extend that kindness to ourselves. Women most of all. Mothers worst of all.

Not only are women our own harshest critics, but our toughest, most demanding lovers.

I have a tortuous affair with myself. My demanding self is never, ever sated. I’ve never done enough, achieved enough, worked hard enough. Even in sickness I am plagued by guilt about failure. Failure as wife, sister, friend. Failure to answer all those emails, messages, return the calls. Failure to thank people. Failure to spend bedridden hours churning out long overdue work reports, write those research proposals. In sum – I’m an all-round failure. In sickness and health. Always have been and probably always will be.

Which is why the only clear eyed (thank you daylight!) solution is – to cheat.

As a declared cheat and new self-kindness practitioner I’ve decided to give myself a wide berth. I’m going to ease up on what I haven’t done and tick off what I almost did. I’m going to invert my work richter scale, where good intent, happy compromise and bold ideas rate better than “submitted on time”. As a consenting adult I’m going to give myself permission to go slow; cut corners; let lingering to-do lists die a natural death; and say no when I know I should say yes.

In fact, I’m going to become so jolly kind to myself that it won’t even feel like I’m cheating the facts. I will float in my new bubble buoyed by one of life’s most valuable lessons. I knew kindness to strangers helped make us human, but now I know kindness to self is what makes us whole.


A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

The quote “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind” is perfect for the stunning actress; Sushmita Sen. The 43 year old actress is definitely ageing gracefully and we cannot stop admiring her. It goes without saying that the talented woman is a diva. A fitness enthusiast, the actress is a genius when it comes to her fitness and health. The actress never fails to inspire and motivate her fans with her strenuous exercises. Sushmita Sen who turns 43 today has been active on social media, and is seen sharing her workout videos time and again.

Also read: Here’s How Fatima Sana Shaikh Trained For Zafira In Thugs Of Hindostan: Her Fitness Videos Will Make You Hit The Gym Instantly!

Here’s a peak into her workout videos:

The former Miss Universe has always maintained a healthy lifestyle and always tries to push her limits. In her recent Instagram post, the actress was seen doing an aerial exercise. The actress surely believes in constant practice and being fearless. Practice is the key which helps you achieve your desired goals. This is evident from her caption in the Instagram post. The post said, “Being fearless does not mean the lack of fear, it simply means less fear, more courage.”

Sushmita Sen loves sweating it out in the gym. She always experiments with her workouts. From head planks to kickboxing to Pilates the actress puts in a lot of effort in her workout regimes. The actress also does Pilates, which is great for toning the body. It enhances your muscle strength, focuses on your core and increases your flexibility. Her Instagram post are filled with words of inspiration and will make you hit the gym right now


Huma Qureshi’s Post Workout Snack Is Gajak: 4 Reasons To Love This Healthy Winter Sweet!

Huma Qureshi's Post Workout Snack Is Gajak: 4 Reasons To Love This Healthy Winter Sweet!

Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi has inspired many with healthy outlook towards health and her body-positive attitude. Qureshi, who often shares videos of herself working out and also shares diet tips with her followers on Instagram, has always promoted love and acceptance for all body types and shapes. The ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ actor has proven her acting chops to Bollywood lovers multiple times, but we also love her for her inspiring diet and fitness tips that she often doles out on social media. To maintain a healthy weight, mind and body, one must approach one’s diet very mindfully and turn towards healthy eating practices in the long run, instead of adopting crash diets or excessively restrictive diets. It is important to eat a healthy and proper diet during winters, as it is during the cold weather that our immune system takes a hit. There are some common winter foods that we must add to our diets for a healthy mind and body.

Gajak is one of those and Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi has found a great way to incorporate gajak in her winter diet as a post-workout snack! Qureshi posted a picture of a box full of the wintery goodness, sent in for her by her trainer. Celebrity fitness trainer Akki Sharma seemingly approves of the winter sweet as a great energising post-workout snack.


Healthy Diet: 4 Broccoli Salad Recipes That You’ll Want To Make Tonight

Healthy Diet: 4 Broccoli Salad Recipes That You'll Want To Make Tonight

Broccoli is a deeply-divisive vegetable. George Bush Sr hated even the sight of it, banning it from being served even from Air Force One. “And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!” he is reputed to have grumbled. On the other hand is Barack Obama, who absolutely loves the stuff.

Broccoli may cleave the Presidents of the USA, but it is rather a delicious vegetable, and endlessly versatile – it easily takes to South East Asian flavours as well as European and Indian ones. You can barbecue it, roast it with cheese, layer it into a macaroni bake or even toss it into Thai curries. But although most people view broccoli as a sort of warming vegetable to be eaten in winters or monsoons, it is also excellent in salads, which makes it the perfect vegetable for our simmering, sultry summers. Broccoli and cheese are a match made in salad heaven, but it also works superbly in a garlic, chilli and soy sauce salad, or tumbled with pasta or even cooked with sausage or salami for a more hearty salad. Below, I’ve given you some of my absolute favourite broccoli salads, quick and easy to put together, with the minimum of fuss. Perfect for a summer’s day when you don’t want to spend hours broiling over the stove.

Broccoli Pasta Salad

You can use leftover pasta for this, or make fresh. Any small pasta like farfalle (bow tie shaped) or penne should do. I love adding fruit to my salads; in this case, the sweetness of the pear acts as a subtle foil to the earthy funkiness of broccoli.

broccoli salad pasta

Pasta – 150g
Broccoli – 100g
Pear – 1, chopped into little pieces
Cucumber – 1 small, diced
Red pepper – 1, chopped finely
Chilli flakes – 1 tsp
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Balsamic vinegar – 2 tsp
Orange juice – 1 tbsp
Pistachios to serve
Salt to taste


Bring a pot of heavily salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (around seven to ten minutes). Cut the broccoli into small florets, and toss it into the pot, after removing the pasta. Then dry the hot broccoli with a napkin, in order to prevent it from getting mushy. Add it with the pasta to the pepper, the pear and the cucumber.

Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt, and chilli together vigorously, then pour into salad. Sprinkle with pistachios before serving for a bit of crunch.

South East Asian Broccoli Salad

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Healthy diet: broccoli salad recipe

Ginger paste – 2 tsp
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Sesame oil – 4 tbsp
Soy sauce – 2 tsbp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Broccoli – 200g
Corn – 50 g
Baby corn – 50g
Carrot – 1, chopped into matchsticks
Peanuts – 1/2 cup, roasted until crisp
Salt to taste


Stir fry the broccoli in 1 tbsp sesame oil and set aside. Vigorously mix the sesame oil, soy sauce and chilli powder together in a bowl. Smother the vegetables in it, then mix in the ginger, garlic and chilli powder. Add salt to taste, and serve with peanuts (and a wedge of lime if you like).

Hot Broccoli, Choriz and Prawn Salad

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​Healthy diet: Broccoli salad recipes

Broccoli – 250g
Goa sausage – (choriz) 100g
Prawns – 200 g
Olive oil to fry
Garlic cloves – 8, chopped
Green peas – 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to serve
Honey – 2 tsp
Green chilli – 1, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil – 1/4 cup


Cube the sausage and fry in some olive oil in a saucepan, for about six minutes. Then add in the garlic, frying until pale gold in colour. Toss in the broccoli, stirring occasionally. Add the green peas and prawns once the broccoli is nearly tender, around five or six minutes.

Toss the honey, extra virgin olive oil and chilli in a bowl, and pour over the contents of the saucepan. Season and serve with coriander sprinkled on top.

Broccoli, Ricotta And Rice Salad

This broccoli salad is a great way to dispose off old, leftover rice-you can use any type of rice you like.

broccoli salad

Broccoli – 250g
Kashmiri chilli – 1, finely chopped
Ricotta – 100g
Leftover cooked rice – 100g, at room temperature
Baby spinach leaves – 200g
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Salt to taste


  1. Bring a pan of water to boil, and add salt. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into little florets, and as soon as the water starts bubbling over, throw in the broccoli. The broccoli should take about five to six minutes to finish cooking. Take it all out and drain.
  2. Crumble the ricotta cheese into little pieces, and mix into the broccoli; the heat will help the ricotta to melt. Then toss in everything else, mix well, and serve.

Get The Most From Your Broccoli

  1. When looking to buy broccoli, look for bright green-coloured ones, with their heads compacted together, rather than loose florets. Avoid broccoli that has yellow flowers.
  2. It’s best not to overcook your broccoli, if you want to preserve its nutrition. A maximum of seven to ten minutes is ideal. This way, it won’t get soggy, and you’ll have the added advantage of leaving the broccoli crisp and bright green. You can even eat broccoli raw.
  3. If you want to keep your broccoli for a long time, try freezing it, rather than refrigerating it. Otherwise, keep it in the vegetable crisper in a bag with holes in it, so that it can breathe, and ideally, use it within three days.
  4. Cut your broccoli like you would cauliflower-the easiest way is by cutting off the canopy of florets, then cutting the more fibrous stalk. The very end of it is far too fibrous to eat though. Better to cut it off and discard it.

Put on the chef’s hat and experiment with the humble veggie.


Summer skin care: Try these 5 Ayurvedic remedies to protect your skin from the sun

Skin toners are very important for people with oily or acne-prone skin as they cleanse the skin and close the pores by tightening the cell gaps. Make one at home using aloe vera.

Summer can be fun despite the sweltering heat if one knows how to take good care of the skin and hair. Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays by putting together some simple natural ingredients that are available in every household.

Here are some Ayurvedic tips for tackling skin issues in summer.

*Skin hydration is the key: Ayurveda mentions that ‘Snigdhata’ (meaning internal hydration) of the body is the key to fight multiple skin-related issues. One should schedule water drinking reminders across the day. Carry a water bottle to avoid thirsty outings and travels. Replace aerated drinks, tea and coffee with coconut water, thandai, kokum sharbat, lemon juice, buttermilk, khas drink, sugarcane juice, etc.

*Mind the heat: According to Ayurveda, the basic reason behind blood impurification and skin disorders is sudden temperature changes. Avoid stepping out directly from AC rooms into the sun and vice-versa.

Carry a water bottle to avoid thirsty outings and travels. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

*Try Ayurvedic DIY (Do it Yourself) face mask: Use multani mitti face mask in combination with milk for dry skin, honey for oily skin and water for normal skin. This will improve the natural glow of the skin. One can also try a homemade face pack with smash boiled potatoes and 2 tbsp of lemon juice to bleach the skin.

*Spice up your life: Cinnamon has great anti-microbial properties. Powder it and mix with 1 tablespoon of honey and sugar granules. Use this mixture as a natural scrub to remove the dead skin from the face.

*Coat skin with layers of aloe vera and cucumber: Skin toners are very important for people with oily or acne-prone skin as they cleanse the skin and close the pores by tightening the cell gaps. Preparing a toner depending on your skin type will have a great effect. Mix apple cider, vinegar and water in 1:1 ratio and add half cup of green tea, cucumber juice and aloe vera gel. Shake it well and then apply it on the skin to soothe and repair it.


Skin care tip of the day, replace sugar with herbs, spices to look younger

For smoother, younger skin, every nutritionist will ask you to stay away from sugar.

If you’ve been religiously following health guides and diet charts, you probably already know that sugar is your body’s biggest enemy. If you are not careful about your sugar consumption, you could be staring at a long list of fitness related problems. Almost every nutritionist will tell you to cut down on sugar. Why? There are many reasons.

According to the Diabetes Atlas published by the International Diabetes Federation, about 50 million people in India are diabetic, and the number is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025. It is not surprising that India has been called the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world.

Here’s how much hidden sugar is there in your everyday cereals and juices:

And of course, sugar tends to turn into calories and goes into our body’s fat reserves, one of the main reasons why you might find it difficult to lose weight.

Apart from these obvious health hazards, sugar is also linked to early ageing. Excess sugar in our diet can cause glycation – in which excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibres and ultimately cause them to lose strength and flexibility. The result: wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin.

Here’s how you can reverse the effects of glycation and eat your way to a healthy, youthful skin.

According to Shailini Arvind, chief dietitian, Fortis Hospital Bangalore, “Adding spices such as ginger, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon and green tea can decrease the process of glycation. Vitamin C is yet another wonder pill that has been proven to have antioxidants and decrease stress on skin.”

 A simple rule to follow: consume a diet that consists of less processed food and more natural products such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and complex carbs. Our enemy is the simple sugar, or artificial sugar.

Bangalore-based nutrition and fitness expert Iram Zaidi agrees. “According to Ayurveda, refined white sugar is extremely kapha-provoking and can create heaviness, congestion and toxins in the system. Herbs possess infinite amount of healing benefits to help overcome sugar damage,” she says.

So, what are the best herbs to include in our diet? “Herbs like fenugreek, holy basil, jamun are well known for their blood-sugar lowering effects. Similarly, harada (black chebulic myrobalan) is also an amazing herb to include in your diet,” Zaidi adds. However, Zaidi warns that one should consult an Ayurvedic doctor before following a particular medicinal route.

Here are some other tried and tested methods to undo the sugar damage on your skin:

Try the Mediterranean diet: The core of this diet is based on ‘fresh is best’. There’s no processed food and everything is either natural or home-made. In fact, new research shows that a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, like the diet eaten in Mediterranean regions where melanoma rates are extremely low, can help protect us from skin cancer.

More healthy fats: Consume more avocados, mackerel, olive oil, nuts, seeds, beans, squash and leafy greens.

Add more vitamin C: Citrusy fruits, berries are rich in antioxidants and help build collagen.