The significance of ESR

ESR is a test used to detect inflammation in the body. Inflammation could be due to an underlying infection such as stomach infection or cold, autoimmune disease such as arthritis, or even in cancers. So although the ESR increases when there is an inflammation, the test is nonspecific i.e. it does not clearly indicate as…

The Green Bean Stalk

The rainy season is here and the market is flooded with many varieties of green vegetables. Apart from the variety of leafy greens available, there is a vast variety of green beans to be found. Often we are confused about what is the particular bean called and then how it is cooked. There are several…

9 Colorful Beans packed with nutrients

Red, white , green, brown, beige  – legumes, beans or pulses? there are so many and actually we may not even know the names of some. Within India itself, different pulses and dals are cooked by different communities in their own traditional style. They are great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and should…

Anemia or low hemoglobin levels

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are two billion people with anemia in the world and half of the anemia is due to iron deficiency . In India, anemia is a major public health issue. This deficiency has far-reaching effects on the country’s health as well as economy

Hemoglobin levels and its significance

Sometimes extreme tiredness and fatigue not attributable to any specific illness can be seen in individuals who are iron deficient. Even in children, loss of concentration or low stamina can be attributed to low hemoglobin.

Management of Postprandial hyperglycemia

In our previous blog on postprandial blood sugars we saw that high levels are associated with a myriad of complications. Largely, we know that the food intake corresponds with blood sugar response, but in some cases the dose of insulin or oral drug may be inappropriate. The approach to management of postprandial hyperglycemia (PPH) can…

High postmeal sugars – Whats the big deal?

How your blood sugar behaves upon eating depends upon factors such as the type, amount and composition of the food consumed. The blood sugar response after consuming food is called the post-meal or postprandial blood sugar and is usually recorded 2 hours after the meal is completed.  This test is very vital in understanding the…

Snoozing can ruin your day

We like to buy that extra time to sleep in the morning by repeatedly snoozing our alarms. Although, we may feel satisfied about having stolen some more minutes of peace, actually it can ruin your next few hours making you feel gloomy and irritable. So even though you are tempted to hit the snooze button…

Healthy chips in all shapes and sizes

Although, we can mostly imagine only potatoes or sweet potatoes being converted into chips, several other vegetables can also be used- carrots, beetroot, eggplant/ brinjal, zucchini, turnips, cucumber, etc. These are more nutritious than the fried versions as negligible or no oil is required in their preparation. Different types of seasonings such as mint, paprika,…