Importance of liver in our body

Importance of liver in our body

The liver is one of the vital organs in the human body and performs variety of functions. In humans, it is located in the upper part of the abdomen (above the stomach and below the diaphragm). In an adult it typically weighs around 1.5 kg. It is a reddish-brown wedge-shaped organ & has four lobes (of unequal sizes). It receives a dual blood supply from the hepatic portal vein and hepatic arteries.

The liver performs a wide range of functions in the human body. Some of them are: Continue reading “Importance of liver in our body”

How diabetes impacts your ageing body?

How diabetes impacts your ageing body?

Diabetes is a long-term medical condition that develops due to prolonged high levels of sugar in blood. It is typically manifested when:

– Body fails to produce insulin at all (leading to type 1 diabetes), or

– When it doesn’t produce enough insulin for proper functioning (leading to type 2 diabetes).

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

Diabetes is often labeled as a silent killer since it can cause several health complications in long run. It is a progressive disease and can often worsen with time. A huge chunk of population is, in fact, unaware that they have diabetes! Continue reading “How diabetes impacts your ageing body?”

Things you should know about Hepatitis B

health implications of hepatitis b

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is a disease affecting liver which is caused by the hepatitis B virus. The consequent infection can be acute as well as chronic.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis B?

Unfortunately, many people don’t know that they have Hepatitis B, because they don’t show symptoms of it. If you show symptoms, they are often like flu. Some of the symptoms include: Continue reading “Things you should know about Hepatitis B”

Tips to manage salt restriction during kidney disease

Tips to manage salt restriction during kidney disease

We had discussed about kidney diseases and its causes in our earlier blog post – Prevalence of kidney diseases

Kidney disease is often accompanied by certain dietary and lifestyle restrictions. One of the common restriction during kidney disease is limiting salt intake. This in turn becomes difficult for several people since our palette is accustomed to intake of salt in our food. Here are some ways one can manage salt restriction during kidney disease. This is primarily by avoiding things that can lead to building up of salt in the body.

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Is consuming egg yolk good for health?

In our earlier blog post we had a look at how eggs are a good source of nutrition.

Egg yolk has divided opinions. There are some people who consider it as something to be consumed as a part of the nutrition-rich egg, while there are others who consider it as a source of unhealthy fats, and think that it needs to be avoided.

The saturated fat content of eggs is about about 3 g/100 g and cholesterol content (about 200–300 mg/100 g. Owing to these two characteristics, during the past 40 years, the public had been warned against frequent egg consumption due to the high cholesterol content in eggs and the potential association with CVD (Cardiovascular diseases). This was based on the assumption that high dietary cholesterol consumption is associated with high blood cholesterol levels and CVD. Afterwards, subsequent research suggests that, in contrast to SFA and TFA, dietary cholesterol in general and cholesterol in eggs in particular have limited effects on the blood cholesterol level and on CVD. Continue reading “Is consuming egg yolk good for health?”

Are you a diabetic who is just avoiding sugar?

“I don’t take sugar in my tea but I take 2 marie biscuits / 2 slices of whole wheat bread along with it.” – One of the common statements made by diabetics. 

Just because marie biscuit is supposed to be light or bread does not taste sweet, it does not imply that these foods are  OK. As a dietician, I would rather enjoy my tea with one teaspoon sugar and ditch the bread and biscuit.

Here are some of the harmful effects that these food without sugar may have. Continue reading “Are you a diabetic who is just avoiding sugar?”

10 ways to prevent diabetes

10 ways to prevent diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases globally. It is a long-term medical condition that develops due to prolonged high levels of sugar in blood. It is typically manifested when body fails to produce insulin at all (type 1 diabetes) or when it doesn’t produce enough insulin for proper functioning (type 2 diabetes). Diabetes is often referred to as a silent killer, and if not kept under check, can cause several adverse health conditions.

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