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Youngster impresses former England manager, attacker finally finds form and more – Man United loan watch

first_img 9 Ben Pearson (on loan at Barnsley) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – As the Tykes look to avoid relegation to League Two, Pearson was brought in to bolster their midfield at the start of January. In his first four matches, Barnsley won three, while Pearson netted in their victory over Port Vale. But since that run they have now lost their last three and will need the ‘tenacity’, which he has already brought to the team. Jesse Lingard (on loan at Derby County) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – At the start of February, talented youngster Lingard moved to Derby County as a replacement for Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe, who had spent the first half of the season on loan at the iPro Stadium. In his first start, the Rams lost 2-1 to Reading in the FA Cup, but he has shown great promise according to Steve McClaren and came on as a sub in their 3-3 draw with Rotherham. 9 Sam Johnstone (on loan at Preston) – Being unable to play against his parent club in the recent FA Cup clash between the two sides means Johnstone has been limited to five appearances since his loan switch in January, but the 21-year-old has now kept two clean sheets in his last two games. Javier Hernandez (on loan at Real Madrid) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – Mexican poacher Hernandez has found it hard to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team at the Bernabeu and has only managed one start in La Liga. Across all competitions he has managed three goals in 15 appearances. 9 9 Tom Cleverley (on loan at Aston Villa) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – The England international is on a season long loan at Villa Park but, despite playing in 20 Premier League games, he hasn’t managed to score a single goal or register an assist. 9 Will Keane (on loan at Sheffield Wednesday) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – Striker Keane has only managed one goal since his January move to Wednesday, which was from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City. It was thought the youngster had suffered a medial knee ligament injury against Brighton but it appears he could now be in contention for this weekend’s game with Derby County. 9 Joe Rothwell (on loan at Blackpool) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – Midfielder Rothwell, 20, has only played once for the Tangerines in the Championship since a switch at the end of January – a 45 minute cameo in their 4-0 loss to Norwich City. 9 Saidy Janko (on loan at Bolton) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – Swiss youngster Janko moved to the Trotters at the end of the January transfer window and got off to a storming start with an excellent goal and an assist in their 3-1 win over Fulham. He also started Bolton’s clash with Watford but on this occasion was on the wrong side of a 4-3 scoreline. 9 9 Nani (on loan at Sporting Lisbon) – Click the arrow to see how other United players are getting on – With his form continuing to wane at Old Trafford, Nani re-joined former side Sporting in the deal which took Marcos Rojo to Manchester United. And it looks like the switch has done him the world of good. Seven goals in 22 appearances appear to have enlivened the skilful midfielder. As Louis van Gaal looks to improve his Manchester United side, he has loaned out several of his players in order to provide them with first-team football.Senior stars Luis Nani and Javier Hernandez are in Portugal and Spain respectively, as they attempt to get their careers back on track, while younger players like Saidy Janko, Jesse Lingard and Ben Pearson are plying their trades in the Football League.One of the starlets has even drawn praise from a former England manager as he impresses in the Championship, so click through to see how the Red Devils’ loanees are getting on…last_img read more

Poor eating habits can trigger heart attacks

first_imgI encounter a rising number of young patients, afflicted by high blood pressure (BP), high cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases. Conventionally, these are disorders of age, likely to develop in the fifth or sixth decade of one’s life. But inappropriate lifestyle-primarily, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise-is bringing,I encounter a rising number of young patients, afflicted by high blood pressure (BP), high cholesterol, diabetes and heart diseases. Conventionally, these are disorders of age, likely to develop in the fifth or sixth decade of one’s life. But inappropriate lifestyle-primarily, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise-is bringing on an epidemic of these diseases. And the patient profile is getting younger.Over the past few decades, the diet pattern in the country has drastically changed. Dietary choices of an individual in India used to be based on tradition, culture and religious beliefs. But now convenience is the rule of thumb. Convenient food is anything that is quick, tasty and (very importantly) “fashionable”. Lack of time, stress and boredom being the most common excuses that I get to hear from my patients for indulging in such foods.Dining out is an easier option for overworked professionals than cooking at home these days. While the frequency of eating out at restaurants has zoomed, so have portion sizes. People consume more calories now than ever before.Click here to EnlargeSkipping breakfast, heavy dinners, long gaps between meals, lack of fibre-rich food is so very evident in the diets of today. And it’s a trend that starts early. Children are introduced to junk food at a very young age and very soon chips, cold drinks, biscuits, pizzas, burgers, box juices, chhole bhature, chowmein and a whole host of unwholesome foods become a major part of their everyday diet.Let’s not just blame time constrained, busy professionals, double-income families or working mothers. The prevalence of television commercials promoting unhealthy food as “healthy” and “nutritious” has contributed a lot to poor eating habits. Consumption of cold drinks, especially among children, for instance, has increased in the last 20 years by 300 per cent. Children have become more sedentary, outdoor sport has taken a backseat. Lack of physical activity, increasing affluence and easy availability of fast and convenient foods lead to obesity and ultimately risk of heart diseases.advertisementAdd to it our varied food platter. Foods from different parts of the world are now just a phone call away in any metro. We often blame Western pizzas and burgers as “junk food”, but the fact is, Indian fast foods-chat, samosa, namkeen and traditional sweets-are equally loaded with calories and saturated fat. If trans fatty-acids (TFA) in high fat-baked foods like doughnuts, cookies, cakes, rusks and biscuits clog your arteries, so do saturated fats in cream, cheese, butter and ghee hidden in Indian snacks.Click here to EnlargeThe commonly found processed foods-for which food labels say “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils”-should be avoided. They are rich sources of tfa. They increase bad cholesterol (or IDL), bring down good cholesterol (hdl) and are more prone to getting deposited in blood vessels, leading to heart attacks and stroke.Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the single-most important cause of deaths worldwide. High bp, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, diet rich in saturated fats-especially, processed and ready-to-eat foods-are the major risk factors that lead to various heart ailments. All of these can be controlled through a healthy diet and lifestyle. With some help from modern medicine, of course.- Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Naresh Trehan, is the chairman and managing director of Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaonlast_img read more