Nowadays, almost every second person that you meet is a sugar patient. Diabetes has become common just like a seasonal cough and cold, and India is among the top three countries which has high number of diabetic patients. Here, in this blog, we will discuss about what diabetes is, why it happens, how it is caused and how to prevent it. What is Diabetes? Diabetes, commonly called diabetes mellitus by the doctors, refers to a set of metabolic diseases in which the patient has high levels of blood sugar, either because of inadequate production of insulin, a hormone secreted by the Pancreas, or because the body cells do not respond appropriately to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience increasing thirst (polydipsia) and hunger (polyphagia) and will frequently urinate (polyuria). Diabetes is basically of three types: ● Type 1 Diabetes: where the body does not produce insulin at all. Almost 10% people suffer from type 1. ● Type 2 Diabetes: the body does not produce sufficient amount of insulin for proper bodily functions. Almost 90% people suffer from type 2 worldwide. ● Gestational Diabetes: this type affects some females when they are pregnant. Why it happens? In a healthy human being, the pancreas, an organ which is a part of our digestive and endocrine system and is located behind the stomach, releases insulin, a hormone that breaks down your food to use and store the sugar from it. In a diabetic condition, pancreas either does not release insulin at all or in a very small quantity interrupting the normal functions of the body. In either of the cases, it is required that the patient must be given extra insulin to carry out the functions normally. A diabetic patient can live a normal live by following certain dietary changes and taking some medicines as recommended by the Endocrinologist, but so far there has been no cure found for the disease. What causes Diabetes? There may be numerous reasons for a person to have diabetes. Below we have highlighted some of the common causes. However, these are not just it and also the causes may differ from person to person. Though the exact cause is not known, scientists have related one or more of the factors to cause different types of diabetes. Causes – Type 1 Diabetes ● Destruction of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, because of which the sugar builds up in the bloodstream and is not carried to the body cells. ● Genetic factors can also cause it. ● Environmental condition can hamper with insulin production. Causes - Type 2 diabetes ● It can be caused if, somehow, your cells become resistant to the function of insulin and your pancreas is incapable of producing more insulin to overcome the resistance. The result is that the sugar builds up in the bloodstream and is not carried to the body cells. ● Genetic factors can cause type 2 as well. ● Obesity is strongly related to this type of diabetes, but that does not mean that everyone with this type is obese. Cause - Gestational diabetes Pregnancy is a phase for all females where their body undergoes severe changes. The placenta produces various hormones to sustain the pregnancy and these hormones, sometimes, make your cells resistant to the insulin. In a normal case, the pancreas produces more insulin to fight the resistance, but in some cases, the pancreas can do it. When this happens, the glucose accumulates in the bloodstream causing gestational diabetes. How to prevent diabetes? As mentioned earlier, diabetes has no cure, but it can be definitely be prevented and managed by following tips: ● Assess your risk to be diabetic Consult your doctor on a regular basis ● Eat balanced and diet ● Exercise daily ● Keep your blood pressure under control ● Keep your heart healthy ● Keep your weight under control ● Limit the food from outside. ● Limit your alcohol consumption ● Quit smoking By making some healthy changes in your lifestyle, you can easily reduce the risk of getting this disease. Remember that prevention is always better than cure!
Everyone in our life would have come across at least one person either directly or indirectly related suffering with cancer syndromes. The moment people hear the word cancer, something that strikes their mind is loss of life. It causes the nightmare to the entire family and friends. But unlike the gone days, the technology and inventions are trending in cancer treatment, which has made millions of people around the globe to relax and breathe. Transforming cancer into the manageable chronic disease has now become possible with the trends revolutionizing in 2017. Treating cancer has always been seen from different perspective, unlike other diseases. Year-by-year many new trends emerge for how to treat the condition or how cancer is seen. This evolving trend involves right from focusing on a specific research to identifying causes of incidents to prevent or cure cancer. Cancer Care Trend in 2017 Cancer specialists come up with many new diagnostic strategies and care approaches to improve cancer care, which they also strive to make it cost-effective. Although new innovations are expensive and may affect an array of group including payers, providers, researchers and ultimately the patients with high treatment costs, appropriate analysis and implementation of new cancer care management can help promoting the new trend available to all patients. Something good to say about the trending cancer care management in 2017 is that the new therapeutic strategies and diagnosis is improving while reducing the complexities in treating chronic condition. To say, the clinical innovation has certainly progressed from 12 common non-melanoma cancers to recognizing 145 distinct cancers. This progress states that cancer is no longer a grave threat, whereas majority of patients are gaining hope to live longer and healthier. Trending Research for Cancer Research categorizes cancer by types and its occurrence related with mortality rates, which the scientists strive to correlate, detect and prevent, especially with a targeted group of population. To specify, research states that rate of colorectal cancer is high among African-Americans. Besides, the research also reveals that obesity has a vital role in some type of cancers. Oncologist researches more on understanding how demographics and genetics work on managing and improving cancer care. There is no doubt that better technology has caused less discomfort in the treatment. It has also given clearer data and details. This progress has certainly slowed the cancer occurrences and lowered mortality rate of many types of cancer. Combining Targeted Therapies The most important trend of cancer to look in 2017 is to reduce the overall death rate from cancer. Some researchers have found combining a set of targeted therapies with immunotherapy to be successful and the biggest trend in treating cancer in 2017. Key highlights: ● This therapy uses the immune system of the body to fight cancer cells ● It blocks biochemical pathways or the mutant proteins, which cancer cells require to survive. This pathway will halt the growth of tumor ● Immunotherapy combined with targeted therapies can control the disease over long-term ● Patients who find immunotherapy successful, then the treatment is highly promising ● However, further research defines that reprogramming epigenetics of tumor can bring better outcomes in many patients Traditional Therapies There is no doubt that traditional therapy has proven to be extremely impactful. This approach has been in practice for thousands of years, which is effective and given better results to many patients. 2017 Trends Shaping Cancer Care Management ● Here are the remarkable trends shaping cancer care management: ● Cancer is no longer a life threat, as the mortality rate has fallen by 22% since 1990. The number of cancer survivors is continuously increasing ● The accelerating pace of innovations in cancer therapeutics and diagnostics has enabled the researchers to refine the risk factors ● Genetic research points out immunotherapies with personalized medicines ● Many worldwide cancer institutes have pulled the public attention with cost-effective cancer care management ● Improved screening and early detection of cancer has enabled immediate treatment and reduction in growth of tumor. In addition to the above-said progress in cancer care trend, the increasing number of cancer hospitals and availability of quality treatment at reduced cost have further paved a successful way to cure and prevention of cancer in 2017.Read more
Am I the only reason to become stressed? Or it is the external factors cornering inside me to become excited and stressed? Feeling stressed is becoming very common among people in present modern days. There can be various reasons for you to be stressed out, but one major reason is your workload and pressure. Besides this fact, it cannot be denied that every single human has numbers of responsibilities, both at your work and family, which demands huge efforts, even beyond your ability to balance or manage. This situation ultimately impacts on your emotions, thoughts, and lifestyle, finally causing confusion in the way how you deal with the problems that are turning challenging to you. The stress that you experience may not be the same your friend or any of your family members is experiencing. It, of course, differs from individual to individual and by the way how you are handling the situation. Perhaps, one ultimate goal that we aim at is to lead a happy, peaceful and joyful life. Stress – Who becomes the Victim? This fast-paced world is making everyone become the victim. It impacts on the mental, physical and emotional aspects of a human. Adopting a proper stress management tool can make your problem simple. Overcoming stress is very important rather getting trapped into it and losing your life. If you find it difficult to manage stress you are experiencing, one best thing you can do is to Consult your doctor. Remember, immediate attention is important, else the situation may turn nightmare over the time. The core reason for a person to get stressed is getting distracted. There are certainly situations to which you should never react or simply ignore to keep yourself happy and free from tension. Identify the Source of Stress: Identifying the true source of stress can help you manage the condition. Try to look closely at your habits, attitude, excuses and other factors that may tend you to become stressed. Simply try to answer the following questions to identify the primary cause of stress: ● Do you find your stress is temporary ● Do you feel that stress is an integral part of your home life or office work ● Do you feel that stress is a part of your personality ● Do you feel that people around you or outside events are the major cause of your stress Besides analyzing the various factors that turn to be the cause of your stress, if you still find it difficult to identify the core source and struggle to manage the condition, then try to take the help of a psychiatrist. Simple to follow Stress Management Remedies: Here follow a few tips to help you manage your stress level and feel relaxed. ● What are your tendencies? Try to understand what kind of thoughts or emotions tend to impact you. For instance, worry, anxiety, fear, guilt, regret or others. When you will be able to identify them, you will be able to control them. ● Try to acceptRead more
- Acceptance is one of the effective remedies; however, at the same time never try to judge yourself. Similarly, if you tend to be a chronic worrier, then start noticing whenever you begin to drift to future. Try to observe your thoughts, become mindful and take a deep breath.
- Simply follow your passion and your desire. This will help you enjoy every moment of your life by simply ignoring the external factors causing stress in you. You will definitely feel amazed.
Reasons Why You’re Stomach Ulcer Won't Heal: Stomach ulcer or gastric ulcer is a common condition experienced by millions of people around the globe. There can be various causes for stomach ulcer based on the patient’s lifestyle and eating habits. Many people never pay attention to stomach ulcer at the early stage, rather suffer at the last minute when the problem aggravates. This is one of the major digestive problems that you should never ignore the moment you realize the symptoms. Even a normal or simple abdominal pain should be immediately noticed to prevent stomach ulcer. There are some contradictions about, will stomach ulcer heal or not! This can be understood by understanding the condition you are experiencing and knowing the problem. Stomach Ulcer: Understanding the condition can certainly help every individual to become aware of stomach ulcer at the initial stage. Gastric and digestive problems are becoming very common in recent days among people. This may be of different forms; however, estimating the severity is quite difficult. Perhaps the first suspect gastroenterologist thinks about will be the spicy meal or any change in food habit the patient had. You should never ignore and give immediate medical attention if the pain is frequent, as it may lead to serious gastric or stomach ulcers. Here are few facts about stomach ulcer;Read more
- ● Stomach ulcer is the lesion in the stomach lining
- ● It is exposed hugely to stomach acids that support food digestion
- ● Anyone can become the victim of stomach ulcer, and especially women between 55 and 65 age groups are more prone
- ● It is the painful sores with visible signs of peptic ulcer disease
- ● Stomach ulcers that occur in the part of intestine beyond stomach is known as duodenal ulcer
- ● It is possible to easily cure stomach ulcer, however, they may become severe when there is no proper treatment given
- ● It causes a burning and gnawing pain in the center of abdomen
- ● Some patient may experience symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, and sickness
- ● Pain will be severe when stomach is empty and it may last even for hours
- ● Weight loss
- ● Nausea/vomiting
- ● Acid reflux
- ● Heartburn
- ● Increase in pain as you eat or drink
- ● Bloating
- ● Dull pain and not wanting to eat due to pain
- Studies state that 1 in 10 people get stomach ulcer
- It may affect children
- People over 60 years of age are mostly affected by stomach ulcers
- ● Sudden sharp pain in the abdomen
- ● Vomiting blood
- ●Passing dark and sticky stools
- ● Some patients may also have internal bleeding
- ● If you are getting back to your same old eating habit, then the condition may come back
- ● If the prescribed medication not reacting to Helicobacter infection
- ● If you are always in the high-stress situation at your work and home
- ● If you are a slow healer and bleeder
- ● If you are not drinking enough water
- ● Laboratory tests for H. pylori.
- ● Gastroscopy
- ● Upper gastrointestinal series X-ray ( often called as Barium Swallow, series of X-rays of upper digestive system)
- ● Treating digesting system with proper medication is the first attempt
- ● If the stomach ulcer is the result of H.pylori, then take antibiotics
- ● Moderate ulcer may require H2 blockers, Proton pump inhibitors, cytoprotective agents and over-the-counter antacids
Do you seriously think that you want to do something to people living in this world? Besides contributing to the education of poor students, helping homeless people and other services that may bring some sort happiness in you, there should be still something meaningful in what you do. In fact, it should not be just a timely contribution, but something that is going to say your name and make people think of you forever. Giving Life! Live even after you Die! Yes! It is all about donating your organs! Today people are becoming aware of Organ donation, which certainly saves many people and their families too. People have started realizing the fact that when we die, our organs are disposed of with the body with no use for anyone else in the world. How great would it be if we can give life to at least one or two people by donating good functioning organs after we die? Donating the Organs Gone are the days when there was fear of distorting body by organ donation. Today even children are becoming aware of the impact of donating their body organs. We should say this as a revolution made by the technology and its advancement in the medical sector. Knowing a few facts about donating organs and transplants can help you understand better. Remember a transplant surgeon cannot determine whether the organs to be donated are suitable until the donor passes away. Regardless of what age you are, you can still donate organ or tissue. You can save eight lives after you die by donating the body organs and tissues. Try to consult your doctor to know more about donating your organs and how to get it registered. Facts about Donating Organs ● Every day, on an average, about 25 people die while waiting for the transplant ● However, one organ donor can save eight lives, which will not only give life to the recipient but also to his closer and nearer relatives and family members depended on him/her survival ● Regardless of the medical history and age barriers, anyone can be an organ donor. However, people with certain conditions such as having actively spreading cancer, severe infection, HIV, may not become eligible for organ donation. Organs you can donate: A person can donate up to 8 organs. He/she can also donate; ● Skin ● Bone tissue ● Corneas ● Cartilage ● Tendons ● Blood vessels ● Heart valves As a living donor, you can also register to donate organs like ● Kidney ● Part of pancreas ● Intestine ● Lung ● Liver ● Heart Many people don’t want to think about what is going to happen to their body after they die. But some people definitely feel happy and satisfied looking at the enhanced life of others. Donating organs is definitely a worthwhile decision, which every human should do. Becoming a Donor If you are strongly determined to become a donor, then the process is simple. ● You can register with your state’s donor registry ● You can fill organ donor card when getting or renewing driver’s license ● You can contact transplant center in your areas, which will also help to find people who are in need of organ transplantation In case both the donor and recipient are in good health matches, such as matching tissue type and blood type, then transplantation becomes easier. One of the greatest benefits of donating your organ is, you are going to save a life. This life may not necessarily be your spouse, parent, siblings, child or friend, but can be anyone across the world, a grateful stranger. This organ donation will definitely give a satisfaction and bring a meaning of living on this earth while setting your soul in peace after you die. Bring a meaning to your life both when you are alive and after you die by donating your organs!Read more
Nowadays, almost every second person that you meet is a sugar patient. Diabetes has become common just like a seasonal cough and cold, and India is among the top three countries which has high number of diabetic patients. Here, in this blog, we will discuss about what diabetes is, why it happens, how it is caused and how to prevent it. What is Diabetes? Diabetes, commonly called diabetes mellitus by the doctors, refers to a set of metabolic diseases in which the patient has high levels of blood sugar, either because of inadequate production of insulin, a hormone secreted by the Pancreas, or because the body cells do not respond appropriately to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience increasing thirst (polydipsia) and hunger (polyphagia) and will frequently urinate (polyuria). Diabetes is basically of three types: ● Type 1 Diabetes: where the body does not produce insulin at all. Almost 10% people suffer from type 1. ● Type 2 Diabetes: the body does not produce sufficient amount of insulin for proper bodily functions. Almost 90% people suffer from type 2 worldwide. ● Gestational Diabetes: this type affects some females when they are pregnant. Why it happens? In a healthy human being, the pancreas, an organ which is a part of our digestive and endocrine system and is located behind the stomach, releases insulin, a hormone that breaks down your food to use and store the sugar from it. In a diabetic condition, pancreas either does not release insulin at all or in a very small quantity interrupting the normal functions of the body. In either of the cases, it is required that the patient must be given extra insulin to carry out the functions normally. A diabetic patient can live a normal live by following certain dietary changes and taking some medicines as recommended by the Endocrinologist, but so far there has been no cure found for the disease. What causes Diabetes? There may be numerous reasons for a person to have diabetes. Below we have highlighted some of the common causes. However, these are not just it and also the causes may differ from person to person. Though the exact cause is not known, scientists have related one or more of the factors to cause different types of diabetes. Causes – Type 1 Diabetes ● Destruction of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, because of which the sugar builds up in the bloodstream and is not carried to the body cells. ● Genetic factors can also cause it. ● Environmental condition can hamper with insulin production. Causes - Type 2 diabetes ● It can be caused if, somehow, your cells become resistant to the function of insulin and your pancreas is incapable of producing more insulin to overcome the resistance. The result is that the sugar builds up in the bloodstream and is not carried to the body cells. ● Genetic factors can cause type 2 as well. ● Obesity is strongly related to this type of diabetes, but that does not mean that everyone with this type is obese. Cause - Gestational diabetes Pregnancy is a phase for all females where their body undergoes severe changes. The placenta produces various hormones to sustain the pregnancy and these hormones, sometimes, make your cells resistant to the insulin. In a normal case, the pancreas produces more insulin to fight the resistance, but in some cases, the pancreas can do it. When this happens, the glucose accumulates in the bloodstream causing gestational diabetes. How to prevent diabetes? As mentioned earlier, diabetes has no cure, but it can be definitely be prevented and managed by following tips: ● Assess your risk to be diabetic Consult your doctor on a regular basis ● Eat balanced and diet ● Exercise daily ● Keep your blood pressure under control ● Keep your heart healthy ● Keep your weight under control ● Limit the food from outside. ● Limit your alcohol consumption ● Quit smoking By making some healthy changes in your lifestyle, you can easily reduce the risk of getting this disease. Remember that prevention is always better than cure!Read more
Are you noticing changes in your sleep lately? Or are you gaining or losing weight remarkably? If you can relate yourself with these, then there may be something wrong with your thyroid gland. This changes may be accompanied by symptoms that are unusual and unique for you. Sometimes it happens that people overlook the warning signs send by the body as they may be not very strong to convince a person that he/she might be suffering from thyroid. Also, due to lack of awareness people are not able to relate the symptoms with thyroid. Here in this blog, we shall focus on the part that if you are facing any health issue, then you might need to get your thyroid checked: A quick glance on the thyroid disorder: Let us first know what actually is Thyroid - Thyroid disease is a very common problem that can be caused either due to under or over function of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a vital butterfly-shaped organ located in the front of the neck below Adam's apple which is responsible for producing the thyroid hormones. These hormones maintain the metabolism of our body and when there is any imbalance in the levels of thyroid hormones it leads to thyroid disorders. The thyroid disorders stick around 0.8 to 5% people and women are 4-7 times more vulnerable than men. Thyroid diseases are of many types; however, there are two major conditions - hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism include: ● Diarrhea ● Changes in the eye ● Goiter ● Weakened muscles ● Profuse sweating and heat intolerance ● Rapid and forceful heartbeat ● Anxiety, restlessness and sleeplessness ● Tremors ● Weight loss even when the appetite is increased Symptoms of Hypothyroidism include: ● Constipation ● Goiter ● Muscles get weaker ● Constant fatigue ● Sensitivity to cold ● Poor memory slowed the mental process ● Thick puffy skin and/or dry skin ● Weak and slow heart beat However, symptoms differ from person to person and it is not necessary to have all the symptoms stated above. Many people may have these symptoms but do not have thyroid disease. Therefore, it is always recommended to consult your doctor if you suspect thyroid illness. Thyroid may be a cause of many health problems Most of the thyroid disorders are curable, however, if left untreated then can seriously affect the other parts of the body. Also, many people suffer the symptoms but due to lack of awareness they are not able to relate it with the thyroid disorder. As a result, it delays the treatment and leads to serious complications. Here are certain symptoms that you must take a notice of that might be pointing towards thyroid: In case of hyperthyroidism: ● Fever, fast heart rate and delirium. This condition requires an urgent medical help. ● Osteoporosis (brittle bones) ● Eye problems including bulging eyes, double or blurred vision or even loss of vision ● Heart problems such as rapid heart rate or problems with the rhythm of the heart. These issues can usually be treated ● Red and swollen skin mainly at shins and on feet. In case of hypothyroidism: ● Cold intolerance, drowsiness and lethargy leading to unconsciousness. This requires an urgent medical help. ● Problem in swallowing and breathing due to enlarged goiter ● Some congenital disabilities ● Increased cholesterol levels and related heart diseases ● Infertility ● Mental issues such as depression ● Premature delivery or miscarriage ● Numbness and pain in your legs and arms or other areas All these symptoms may or may not be related to thyroid, but if you have one or more of these symptoms then there are pretty good chances that the underlying cause could be thyroid. Therefore, it is very important to keep a general awareness so that you can report the symptoms to the ENT specialist to confirm the condition and get timely treatment. Beware and fight thyroid!Read more
Today we find people suffering from many types of diseases among which stomach problems are becoming very common. Anyone you see will have some types of stomach problem and you are not an exemption too. There can be many reasons for a person to suffer from problems like stomach upsets, bloating, gastric pain and others, however, the main cause is said to be your changing lifestyle, eating habit, sleeping disorders and work environment. The fact cannot be denied that today everyone shows more interest to eat tinned, preserved and fast foods, which are the major cause of stomach problems. Unnoticed stomach problems may even lead to ulcers over the day. Therefore, it becomes important to Consult your doctor when you get to notice that your stomach has started causing regular problems. Gastroenterology focuses on the disorders and problems of digestive system. It deals diagnosing and treating diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes organs from mouth to anus. The gastroenterologists treat all types of stomach problems such as inflammatory bowel diseases, stomach upset, blogging, gastric pain and other problems. Stomach problems – Stomach Upsets, Bloating and Gastric Pain The stomach and digestive problems can be of short or sometimes long duration and they indicate that there is some disorder and requires immediate attention. Such stomach upsets and disorders can affect the regular activities of a person. There are various types of cures available to treat such disorders; however, eliminating the root cause is very important. Stomach Bloating Bloating causes a feel of discomfort and fullness in the abdominal region. It may also be experienced by swelling, mild distension or tightness of stomach. Moreover, bloating can be accompanied by excess of gas in the stomach, which can be embarrassing. If this disorder gets chronic, then you may need to consider immediate change in diet, lifestyle and take medications. In most cases, bloating is also accompanied by belching pain, shortness of breath, pain, lower back pain and diarrhea. Causes of Bloating: There can be various reasons causing bloating and to point a few: ● Intestinal gas ● Constipation ● Anorexia ● Anxiety ● Water retention ● Peptic ulcers ● Trapped air ● Indigestion ● Premenstrual syndrome ● Irritable bowel syndrome ● Menopause ● Overeating and ● Smoking However, if you experience severance in stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and acidity with heartburn, then rush to doctor immediately. Moreover, some people may also find bloody stool and sudden weight loss. Such conditions should be immediately noticed for medical treatment. The best way to get relieved from bloating is to pass gas and bowel movement. But if you could not do these, then you can try some simple, but effective home remedies such as: ● Ginger tea with lemon (avoid milk) ● Peppermint tea ● Drink lot of water ● Boost good bacteria level with probiotic drink You can also try certain yoga positions to encourage free bowel movement and relieve from gastric pain. Avoid taking dairy products. Take more water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber, berries, melon, fennel, celery and cooked leafy greens. Stomach Upset There are many natural remedies available to cure stomach upset, which may cause symptoms like nauseous, constipation, gas and indigestion. Some of the simple remedies for stomach upset are: ● Rice tea ● Apple cider vinegar ● Follow CRAP diet ● Caraway seeds ● Fennel Gastric Pain Gas formation in the stomach is being the cause of many major discomforts and other problems including chest contractions and head pain. Gastritis makes a person feel uncomfortable and prevents from doing the activities normally. There are number of reasons causing excess gas in the stomach, such as not chewing food thoroughly, excessive drinking, eating more spicy food, too much of stress and much more. Bacterial infection can also gas gastritis. There are many home remedies available to treat gastric pain, which includes; ● Cinnamon ● Ginger ● Apple cider vinegar ● Buttermilk ● Baking soda and lemon juice ● Garlic Regardless of the type of stomach problem you have, following proper diet and having enough sleep can help reducing such conditions. Proper eating habit and lifestyle can prevent severance of stomach problems.Read more
Hello, Winter! Here comes the most pleasing and soothing weather that everyone looks forward after being troubled from hot burning summer! But, one common problem that all age group people experience badly is the skin damage. Do you agree with this fact? Although the season is cold and lovable, you may also need to think about certain measures to handle the upcoming skin problems due to over chillness in the atmosphere. If you really want to look beautiful with healthy skin, then finding the right solution is imperative. It is now time to go an extra mile to keep your skin protected from dryness and itch and pay enough attention. As a measure to help you become aware of protecting your skin from worst consequences of winter, you should understand its causes and the remedies. Why skin becomes dry in winter? When the weather turns frightful outside, it creates an impact on your skin too. The main reason for the dry winter skin is the lack of moisture in the skin, which as a result tightens the skin cells and weakens the protective barrier. Regardless of the age groups, everyone gets a rosy glow on the cheeks. At the same time, we also experience a sort of uncomfortable dryness in the skin on face, hands, and feet. For some people, this condition may worsen with extreme dry feeling, causing cracks, eczema, and flak. Some of the common symptoms you can notice as a result of winter skin damage are: ● Dry skin ● Flaky in appearance ● Uneven and grey skin If you find your skin worsening, then try to consult your doctor for quick remedy and prevent serious skin and health impacts. Tips to Prevent Winter Skin Damage There are ample ways which you can follow to prevent skin damage, especially during winter. One of the most common and popular remedies people follow to treat skin damage in winter is moisturized. It is obvious that during winter, skin loses moisture at a faster rate, which leads to weakening of the top protective layers. To feel comfortable, you can apply moisturizing lotion, which will also help to keep the skin healthy. To get better results apply moisturizer soon after you take a shower and before bed. You can consult your dermatologist if your skin is sensitive for the recommendation of a safe to use and quality moisturizer. Here follow additional skin care methods: Exfoliate: Next, to moisturizing your skin, you can try the exfoliating method, which can remove dead skin cells from the surface and help your skin to look less flaky and dry. However, it is recommended to use exfoliator formulated with fruit acids, which contains more antioxidants. Hydrate: Daily hydration is very important the moment winter begun. Try to drink more water you can. You can also take more fruits and vegetables as a measure of hydration. The best way to start with is to drink lukewarm water with few drops of fresh lemon juice in the morning. This lemon water can gain you Vitamin C, which is essential for skin health. Avoid hot shower: It is obvious that hot shower on freezing winter days will make you feel comfort, but not for your skin. Perhaps, it is good you can take a lukewarm shower to avoid irritation and maintain moisture on your skin. Olive oil: Rich in antioxidants, olive oil works as an excellent moisturizer and skin protector. It is also rich in Vitamin A and E, which helps in neutralizing the oxidizing effect that causes damage to skin collagen and wrinkles while help in good blood circulation in the dermis. You can also use oils like almond oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil as an alternative to olive oil. Before you apply the oil, try to slightly warm up to get a better result and prevent winter skin damage. In addition to the above-said skin care methods, you can also use castor oil, aloe vera gel and other natural products for better results. It is, however, recommended to consult your dermatologist to use safe skin care product, especially, to prevent winter damages.Read more
Have you experienced the jerk in your knee while getting up from your chair in the office or did you find it difficult to bend down and pick up things from the floor? There are many such little pains here and there in the joints across the body that gives sometimes mild and other times severe pain. For elders, the conditions are every grave because of their long sitting positions and less activity. Even the young generation is becoming a victim of joints pains due to long sitting hours in the office and less physical activity. There are a number of other contributing factors too, the understanding of which can make us aware and avoid such troubling physical inabilities. Joint Pains due to Long Sitting Hours - A Kind of Psoriatic Arthritis One of the common conditions that people experience due to sitting for long hours is Psoriatic Arthritis. This may cause stiffness and pain in your joints. In the initial stage, it can be controlled with a little exercising, yoga, hot pads, ice packs etc, however, if is pain is persistent, never attempt to reduce the pain yourself, as it may lead to other consequences. It is recommended to consult your doctor for its proper diagnosis and treatment. There are multiple diagnostic approaches available to establish the main cause of such knee pain and give appropriate treatment. By addressing the exact cause and initiating the right treatment, the severance of the diseases can be reduced or stopped. Causes of Joint Pain after sitting Long Hours Here are some of the major causes of joint pain after sitting for long hours:Read more
- ● This condition may be caused due to damage in the joint due to arthritis. Arthritis is further categorized into Osteoarthritis, caused due to wear and tear to joints, which is very common with aging factors, and Rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused due to dysfunction of the immune system resulting in damages to joints.
- ● Osteomyelitis, which is an infection in the bone causing joint pain after sitting for long hours. This may result in septic arthritis which refers to the infection of joint space.
- ● Other conditions like tears, tendons, rupture of cartilage and ligaments can also cause knee pain
- ● Gout, a disorder in which the crystals are built up in the knee and joints can cause joint pain.
- ● Tumors in bone joints is a severe condition that can also result in joint pains
- ● Increase in age
- ● Smoking / alcohol
- ● Family history
- ● Improper diet
- ● Too much of physical strain and others
- ● Change your sitting posture at least once in 30 minutes
- ● Try to go for a small walk in between your work hours to relax your legs, hip, neck and shoulder
- ● Try to stretch your body doing some physical exercise that may relax your entire body
- ● Remember, stiffness is one of the main problems causing such joint pain, therefore you may need to follow flexibility improvement tips.
Many of us think that keeping blood pressure and sugar in control, getting a routine heart check-up, and getting tested for normal hemoglobin levels is just enough to live a healthy life, without giving much of thought on how is our liver doing! Everything you eat or drink has to pass through your liver, so it is crucial to keep it healthy so that it can perform its functions rightly. Are you aware how much does a normal human liver measure? It measures around 7 cm in women and 10.5 cm in men, but the most interesting fact is that it is still the largest and the heaviest gland of the human body. Amazing! Isn’t it? There are more interesting and surprising details about this vital organ of the body in this blog. Quick facts about liver There are certain things that one should know about a healthy human liver: ● The liver is located in the upper right portion of the stomach just under the ribs, and so it cannot be felt with hands. ● It consists of a left and a right lobe, while is connected with two large blood vessels – the portal vein and the hepatic artery. A gallbladder is found in the liver along with some parts of pancreas and intestines. ● The liver's primary function is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. It also metabolizes drugs and detoxifies the chemicals found in the blood. As it does this, it produces a dark green to a yellowish-brown fluid called ‘bile’ that ends up back in the intestines. ● The liver also generates proteins that are essential for blood clotting and other functions. ● A normal liver has the capability to regenerate itself and so many a times there are no remarkable symptoms of a malfunctioning liver. ● In the case of severe or chronic liver diseases, there may be serious interruptions in the normal liver functioning and the diseased liver can lose the capability of regeneration and eventually lead to liver failure. ● The branch of medicine which deals with the prevention, diagnosis and management of liver disease in called Hepatology. Many times, the liver disease could also affect stomach and intestines then experts from both the Hepatology and Gastroenterology look into the case. Why is Liver a vital organ? Given below are the functions of the liver that makes it a vital organ of our body: ● Clears bilirubin which can turn the skin and eyes yellow on accumulation clearing the blood of drugs and other harmful substances ● Converts harmful ammonia to urea. Urea is one of the by-products of protein metabolism which is excreted in through the urine ● Processes hemoglobin for using its iron content as the liver stores up the iron ● Produces bile, which is an important fluid that carries away the waste and breaks down the fats in the small intestine during digestion process ● Produces certain proteins for plasma of blood ● Produces cholesterol and some special proteins that help in carrying out fats all through the body ● Regulates the clotting of blood ● Resists infections by producing immune factors and removes bacteria from the bloodstream ● Stores and releases glucose as and when needed How to keep a healthy liver? There are several things you can do to protect your liver and keep it healthy: ● Eat on the anti-inflammatory foods such as bitter tasting foods, leafy green vegetables, fresh herbs, high antioxidants, apple cider vinegar, green tea, etc. ● Use natural liver boosting supplements like milk thistle, dandelion root, holy basil, etc. ● Reduce stress. ● Exercise more and keep your body active. ● Include a liver panel test in your routine check-ups. ● In case you have any digestive disorder for a noticeable period or any other unusual symptom like darker spots on the skin of leg or hands, consult your doctor, as it may indicate any liver condition. It won’t be wrong to say that the liver is actually the ‘lever’ of our body. So, for living a healthy long life, it is very important to ensure all the organs of the body are performing well, without forgetting about the liver!Read more