WORLD COPD DAY – What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ?

COPD is likely to become the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. It is estimated that there are 30 million COPD patients in India . Also, in India COPD related mortality is highest in the world i.e. more than 64.7 estimated age standardized death rate per 100,000 amongl both sexes.

Almost 7 out of 10 among us are deficient in Vitamin B12

When 19 year old Kishita who is 2nd year BMS student was faced with frequent memory lapses and depression, she blamed it on stress and study pressure. Over a period of time her forgetfulness, fatigue and irritability at such a young age became a huge concern in the family and was affecting her projects and…

Acanthosis nigricans- Skin pigmentation that needs attention

Blackening or pigmentation of the skin especially around the neck, armpit, groin, etc is not taken very seriously considering it to be an effect of ageing, pregnancy, skin allergy , etc. But actually, this kind of pigmentation , called as acanthosis nigricans, is a sign of insulin resistance or impending risk of type 2 diabetes….

Bad genes do not necessarily land you with heart disease

Often we find excuses for not living a healthy life. Especially individuals with a strong family history of diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease think that they are bound to inherit the disease due to genetic predisposition and can’t do much to change it. But actually, not all is determined by the DNA and investing in…

Preventing loss of vision among diabetics

The number of diabetics in Hyderabad stands at 10 lakh. Among these, patients who have uncontrolled diabetes for a duration of more than 5 years are susceptible to the complications of high blood sugar. About 30% of diabetics may develop diabetic retinopathy, especially those who are suffering for 10 years or more. Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy…

Is there really a need to use low fat dairy?

All current dietary recommendations suggest use of low fat dairy products. Low fat milk, skim milk, slim milk, reduced fat milk, low-fat cheese, lite butter , etc. This and much more to confuse the consumers and subject them to the added pain of selecting the low fat options which are costlier and less easily available….

Chewing sugarless gum to prevent tooth decay

In India, chewing a gum is often reflective of a brash or ostentatious personality. Mostly, teenagers or youngsters seem to be fond of chewing gums of different flavours, colours, and shapes. Very few adults are seen chewing gums in India as opposed to Western countries. Children are often not allowed to chew gums as it…

Ghee or Indian clarified butter has maintained its glory in all these years

Discussing health effects of ghee is like walking on a double- edged sword. This humble traditional Indian product has been dragged into many controversies. There are dichotomous views about its use without any clear-cut answers. Most recent researches have shown that ghee consumption is not linked to heart diseases and in fact helps maintain a…

Why diabetics are more prone to Urinary Tract Infections

It is very common for individuals with type 2 diabetes to suffer from frequent episodes of urinary tract infections (UTI). These are more complicated among those with uncontrolled diabetes, especially women. Recurrent UTIs along with poorly controlled sugars can result in increased risk of chronic kidney disease. This can complicate the life of a diabetic…