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A BLOG COVERING MANY ASPECTS OF HEALTHCARE YOU ALL WILL FIND INTERESTING TO READ AND REFER. Diabetes, hypertension, mental stress, computer ergonomics, mobile phone dangers.... every thing on health care

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Computer Ergonomics

Computer Ergonomics

Computers have become indispensable part of our daily activities. The computer revolution has taken of our workload to a great exchange but has brought in new strain and new challenges to our health and body. Computer ergonomics aims to reduce all these health side effects to your body and to get maximum productivity out of you.

The way you use computers affects your vision, your back, joints, general health etc….
How can we ward of these side effects.

Few healthy tips to solve this out

You should be at least 75 cm from the screen while using computer. Its better to have a matching light in the surrounding than keeping computer in the dark as many children do. The most important part is that there should be as little glare as possible from all light sources. Many people especially the children who play games are seen to have less blink rate. So it’s healthy to give attention to that part also. If you have drying of eyes visit a doctor to get some freshening eye drops prescribed.

About 70% of people who regularly use computer complain of back pain and neck strain, usually relieved by a good rest. The best way to get rid of this problem is to have a good posturing. Sit in a way with your back relaxed, your chin up. You have to select a chair such that it supports your spine well. The chin should be up and the monitor should be parallel to your view.

Avoid sitting like a statue before the computer, because you might get a stiff back by the end of the day. So move about frequently as you can. Please stand up, walk a bit, and swing arms to relax at least in one hour. You will find marked difference in your back strain. Many after the hectic work find sex as a stress reliever. If you have a strained back you need rest so better go for a sound sleep.

Friday, June 30, 2006


AN OBESE ISSUE

I was amazed to read that the average waist line of Americans are at its peak and was ore that the British .Meanwhile the Italians and French had better control over their weights.It was interesting to find that people of developing countries like India were hastily adding a few kilos to their body weight.

Yes the world is becoming obese as never before.We don’t walk as our forefathers did nor we care to burn out the extra fat that is in our body due to our unhealthy habits..An assessment of our sloth like life can be had from the fact that “ An average 65 year old American would have watched 9 years of TV viewing and about 20,000 TV advertisements by this age.”
Studies show that exercise and a healthy food habits can turn the situation around.The obesity index has reached its peak in countries like America and it is time to rein in on colas, burgers, pizzas and French fries.The average colas have about 160 calories and the 12 inch pizzas have 1000 calories .I don’t want to stun you with figures on burgers and snacks.The snacks having lot of sweet and salt evoke our primal instincts tempting us to eat more..in the process compromising our cardiovascular and nutritional status.
Its time to understand and have more of natural and organic foods.When my obese friend presented at the clinic presented with complaints of irregular cycles , she was asked to cut down a few kilos .The senior said “Do cycling to get back your cycles”
You have to add organic food like soya available in your popular malls.Do push your cart to the vegetable section and do add a salad to your diet since it contain much needed vitamins, minerals , fibres.Try out fruit juice instead of colas while we are thirsty.
Obesity is a clear danger predisposing you to diseases like diabetes and hypertension.In addition to healthy food habits care to warm out in the sun, take a few more steps in your tread mill,have a run on your beach to remain healthy … slim and trim



HELLO …. HELLO …!!!


This word of intimacy, this widely used word of word of greeting is soon becoming villain with too many drivers using cell phones- whether hand held or hands free.
Studies have shown that cell phone use while driving impairs the attention, increases the response time, and decreases the decision-making capacity.
It has been found that man can engage in one mechanical activity and one thinking process at a time. But cannot engage in two thinking process at a time

The problem stems from the fact that driving is not entirely a mechanical process, as some people believe. A lot of grey matter gets involved when he tackles situation on road like a sudden break while a leading vehicle stops abruptly. Strong thinking processes do come during conversations over mobile phone and so inviting danger in the process.

So take care not to say Hello.. while in the driver’s seat.

Saturday, April 15, 2006


Few Easy Tips To Reduce Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure (BP) is a concern among many especially the elderly. Here I have compiled a few dietary tips to tone down blood pressure.

Its interesting to know that in most of cases of elevated Blood Pressure a specific cause cannot be made out. – so called primary, essential or idiopathic. This is the variety that most of the people have. A variety of factors can be implicated that include heredity, environment, stress, obesity, cell membrane defect etc. A minority have raised BP due to specific cause like kidney disease, coarctation of aorta etc – called secondary hypertension.

The high BP predisposes you to a number of risks like myocardial infarction, stroke, renal disease etc. So it’s better to have a control on high blood pressure. A lot more needs to be done by the patient rather than the treating physician.

Here are a “Few Dietary Tips To Bring the BP down”.


1. It is highly recommended to put restriction on cholesterol and saturated fats. They are found to have direct role in raising BP and the due complications. Meat, egg yolk, etc are rich sources of cholesterol and saturated fats.


2. Cut down a few kilos especially if you are over weight. It has been seen in some obese people that loss of few pounds can bring down the BP significantly.



3. You not only need to cut down fats but need to have food rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium.

Remember that bananas, watermelon, oranges, spinach, potatoes, spinach, blackcurrants, rhubarb, apricots, dried fruit, fruit juices are excellent source of potassium

Magnesium is a anti-stress mineral and is found in figs, lemons, grapefruit, yellow corn, whole grains, almonds, nuts, seeds, dark green vegetables and apples.

The calcium rich diets include low-fat dairy products, soybeans, sardines, salmon, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried beans, dark leafy green vegetables.

4. Reduce alcohol consumption – Maximum intake allowed is an ounce a day.



5. Reduce intake of caffeine



6. Reduce salt intake - It is better to limit salt in the diet within 5gm/day.


Regular exercises, stress management techniques can help in reduction of Blood Pressure.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Mental Stress and Skin

What has mental stress do with skin health? The manifestation of mental stress on skin varies from person to person. But the commonly seen ones are itching, hair loss, wrinkles, pimples, mouth ulcers etc. Interestingly most of them happen even without the knowledge of ourselves. The ubiquitous presence of stress and the associated emotional upheavals leaves mark on our skin.

When anxiety increases some people tend to scratch the skin especially on legs, hands, back of neck etc. This helps to release mental stress but at the cost of healthy skin.
This condition is called neurodermatosis. What is needed in its treatment is to target both the skin problems and anxiety hand in hand. So relaxation techniques, hobbies, plays, chatting with friends all can play their part in relieving stress and giving us healthy skin.


Its not unusual to see pimples in teenagers and young adult .The reason can be numerous- lifestyle, food, action of testosterone etc. its seen that anxious teenagers involve in squeezing and popping their pimples. This can lead to infection and permanent scar marks over face known by the name “Acne excoria

It has been observed that stress is a cause of apthous ulcers. The ulcers increase when the person is going through a stressful patch of life like examination, love failure, job loss.
Scientific studies have proved that stress causes hormonal changes, metabolic changes that comes out as skin problems.


So Be tension free and have a glowing skin.


Few easy tips to reduce pimples

Wash the skin gently with a mild soap and warm water twice daily. Hot water and harsh cleansers can further irritate your skin.

Don’t squeeze or mess with your skin. Squeezing can lead to infection and scar formation.

Wash your pillowcase often and always use clean face towels. The dirt in the clothes can clog pores.

Don’t go to bed with makeup on. It can clog pores in your skin and lead to breakouts
Wash your skin after workouts.

Keep your hair off your face, neck, shoulders. Be careful to pull away your hair at night. Try to keep the hair oil free.

Never scrub the pimples hard, it can lead to infection and inflammation
Acne can be triggered by mental stress.so tone down your stress through plays, hobbies, exercises, talking to friends etc.

Have a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain plenty of vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin. Try to abstain from caffeine rich food as it can trigger acne breakouts.

It’s a popular myth that fatty foods cause acne.

Drink lots of water a day to moves toxins out of body.


Essentials of diabetes


This is an article to give you a insight into a disease that affects many – diabetes mellitus. The article aims to give a overall outlook about the disease and its care.
Diabetes is a disease in which the blood sugar level remains high. But why does this happen? This is because the body fails to use the sugar properly or because there is deficiency in insulin, which is needed to utilize the sugar by body.
Are there many varieties of diabetes? Yes.


The types can be classified as – Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Gestational diabetes. There is also a condition called prediabetes where the sugar level remains high but not as much as to be called diabetes.
In Type 1,there is deficiency in insulin, which is produced by a organ called pancreas and is needed for utilization of sugar by the body. It usually appears in younger age group
The Type 2 variety occurs in the older age group and is due to the inability to use blood sugar (glucose) by the body.
The third type gestational appears in pregnancy and need to be controlled by medication to prevent complications to the baby


Symptoms

Type 1 onset may be quite unlike the Type 2 which always has a slower onset. We can put the manifestations under 3P’s – Polyuria, Polydypsia, Polyphagia – the person passes more urine(polyuria) ,drinks more water(polydypsia),has increased hunger(polyphagia).One may also have other symptoms like weight loss inspite of good diet. Another common symptom is blurring of vision due to effect of the raised sugar level on the lens.
If the diabetes goes unnoticed severe symptoms like ketoacidosis can develop.

Management
Type 1 is managed by insulin injections, life style modifications. The motive of the therapy is to maintain the glucose level in the normal range or atleast around it – 110mg/dl to 140mg/dl.Insulin pumps are available which can release insulin into blood at preset level. Using the insulin pump the person can release more insulin at time of meal.
Type 2 is treated through life style modification, drugs and later if necessary through insulin. Milder forms may need only exercise, diet regulations. Better control is possible only if habits like smoking and alcoholism are done away with.
A diabetic person should be careful when sick because the blood glucose level fluctuates during the disease process.


Diet in diabetes
Even though there is no one diet for diabetes mellitus special attention should be paid to carbohydrate intake. Legumes, fruits, vegetables have soluble fibers that can slow down the absorption of glucose from intestines. The diet plan should be such as to maintain healthy weight which is extremely helpful in Type 2 diabetes. Loosing a few kilos may improve the blood glucose level and can help reduce medication

Home glucose monitoring
It is necessary for a diabetic to monitor his or her blood glucose level periodically. If u do not want to leave the full responsibility to physicians you can do it at home. This can be done through either blood glucose meters or through urine testing, the latter being more cheaper. With home monitoring you can have a better control over your blood glucose levels and also help the physicians in treating it better.

Care
A diabetic should be careful when he gets a cut or injury. Like us microorganisms too love glucose so they try to get in to have their food.So all injuries should be promptly treated.Special diabetic foot wear should be sought to prevent injury to foot.Any change in the nature of a wound needs the consultation of physician or surgeon
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Hope this blog be of use to you and your friend in giving a brief account about diabetes

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