Women's Health

Pay attention to your health this Women’s Day!

Women's Health

From choosing your own paths to shaping your careers, you have broken barriers. From bringing a life to the world to exploring life in space, you have revolutionized the world. From working tirelessly to accomplishing quietly, you have set your own trends. You are worth a thousand words and to mark your being, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year.

This day is marked to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. At the same time we should educate women about their health, well-being and lifestyle concerns.

 

Top three health concerns of women

  • Heart disease: Females tend to be under-diagnosed for heart diseases and the real trouble is in premature death and disability caused by heart diseases. Chest pain isn’t the only symptom which you should take notice of, because symptoms like jaw pain, shoulder ache, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath can be indicative of a heart problem.
  • Breast Cancer: This is the most common type of cancer in women but it can be tackled by controlling your weight, exercising, quitting smoking, and talking to your doctor about your risk & regular screening tests.
  • Osteoporosis: Women have always accepted hunched back, back pain, and frailty as a lifestyle of old age. But they can now take steps like consuming adequate calcium and practicing weight-bearing physical activities in their childhood, adolescence, and in their early adulthood to keep bones strong and avoid fractures.

 

Regular health screenings for women

There are a few important screening tests you should take as recommended by doctors based on your risk factors.

  1. Blood pressure test: Get tested for blood pressure every 2 years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80).
  2. Bone mineral density test (osteoporosis screening): If you are above 65 years of age, get this test done at least once. Consult your doctor if you are younger.
  3. Breast cancer screening (mammogram): If you are between 50 to 75 years of age. get yourself examined for breast cancer every 2 years. Consult your doctor if you are younger.
  4. Cervical cancer screening (Pap test): If you are above 30, get a Pap test and Human papillomavirus (HPV) test together every 5 years. You don’t need the test if you have had your womb and cervix removed (total hysterectomy).
  5. Chlamydia test: If you are above 25 years of age and at an increased risk of chlamydia infection, get tested.
  6. Cholesterol test: After you turn 20, get yourself regularly tested for cholesterol levels if you are at increased risk for heart disease. Consult your doctor on how frequently you need to be tested.
  7. Colorectal cancer screening: Get yourself examined for colorectal cancer if you are between 50 to 75, after discussing with your doctor.
  8. Diabetes screening: Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you are under medications for high blood pressure.
  9. Gonorrhea test: Get tested for gonorrhea if you are sexually active and at an increased risk of gonorrhea infection.
  10. Syphilis test: Get tested for syphilis if you are at an increased risk of syphilis infection.

Here’s to STRONG AND HEALTHY WOMEN. May we know them, may we be them, and may we raise them!!

Stay in the best of health and take that confident stride forward.
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Sources:

  1. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. ACCESSED MAR 5, 2016.
  2. U.S. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE. ACCESSED MAR 7, 2015.
parkinson's disease

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

parkinson's disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive and neurodegenerative disease. It worsens normal bodily functions like balance, movement, breathing, and heart function. As it advances, PD becomes increasingly disabling, making daily activities difficult or impossible. Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain. World Parkinson’s Day is celebrated on April 11th to increase the public awareness of this terrible disease.

FAST FACTS

  • An estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
  • Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women.

 

Symptoms of PD

Diagnosing Parkinson’s requires a careful medical history and a physical examination to detect the symptoms of the disease.

 

Primary motor symptoms

  • Resting Tremor: Involuntary, rhythmic shaking of a limb, jaw, face, head or the entire body.
  • Bradykinesia: Slowness of movement causing difficulty with repetitive movements.
  • Rigidity: Stiffness and inflexibility of the limbs, neck and trunk.
  • Postural instability: Impaired balance and coordination.

 

Secondary motor symptoms

  • Freezing: Hesitation before stepping forward.
  • Micrographia: Shrinkage in handwriting.
  • Mask-like expression: Decreased, unconscious facial movements.
  • Unwanted accelerations: Very quick movements.

 

Non-motor symptoms

  • Sleep disorders such as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness , rapid eye movement behavior disorder, vivid dreams, talking and moving during sleep, restless legs syndrome.
  • Mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and irritability.
  • Orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when standing up)
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Constipation
  • Bladder problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Excessive saliva
  • Urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence
  • Weight loss or gain

 

Causes of PD

Although majority of people do not have any specific known cause for the development of Parkinson’s but the few possible factors known to be associated with it are:

•   Familial occurrence, one or more close relatives suffering from the condition.

•   Increasing age, between middle to late years of life.

•   Pesticide exposure, to toxins which inhibit dopamine production.

•   Head injuries causing trauma-induced upper cervical damage.

•   Air pollution related to road traffic.

 

Management of PD

There is no cure or standard treatment for Parkinson’s disease, but medication and therapy are used to treat its symptoms. Medications may help in managing problems with walking, movement and tremor. There are some surgical procedures like deep brain stimulation which are applied when medications aren’t enough to provide relief.

However, there are some lifestyle changes which can help in reduction of symptoms and make living with Parkinson’s disease easier.

  • Healthy Eating: Some foods can help in easing some of the symptoms. For example, eating foods high in fiber and drinking an adequate amount of fluids can help prevent constipation which is common in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Regular Physical Activity: Since PD causes a disturbance in balance and coordination, exercises can help with improving muscle strength, flexibility and balance. Your doctor will suggest you the exercises that work best for you. Regular physical activity can also help in reducing depression or anxiety.

Recognizing the symptoms, and understanding how they may affect the quality of life of the patient is a first step toward living well with Parkinson’s.

DID YOU KNOW?

According to some studies, caffeine consumption appears to be protective against Parkinson’s disease, though the exact mechanism is not clearly understood.

Regular health checks can help detect Parkinson’s disease early. Notice any
symptoms? If so, get a health check on MediBuddy immediately.

SOURCES:

  1. PARKINSON’S DISEASE FOUNDATION. ACCESSED MARCH 30, 2016.
  2. MAYOCLINIC. ACCESSED MARCH 30, 2016.
  3. NATIONAL PARKINSON’S FOUNDATION. ACCESSED MARCH 30, 2016.
  4. NATIONAL HEALTH PORTAL. ACCESSED MARCH 31, 2016.
pledge for good health

Let’s Pledge for Good Health, this World Health Day

pledge for good health

Every year on April 7, World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day.   This day marks the anniversary of the WHO which was founded in 1948. According to WHO, health is “a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”

On the other hand, wellness is defined in a number of ways, one of them being, “a state of optimal well-being that is oriented towards maximizing an individual’s potential.”

Let’s talk about Health!

As a general trend and practice, health has two aspects, physical and mental.

A.   Physical health refers to a good body health which can be attributed to regular physical activity (exercise), good nutrition, and adequate rest. Physical wellbeing can be achieved by developing all health-related components of the lifestyle. This includes:

  • Taking proper nutrition
  • Cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Managing body weight
  • Maintaining proper muscular strength and flexibility
  • Refraining from drug abuse
  • Avoiding alcohol overuse
  • Responsible sexual behavior (sexual health)
  • Maintaining hygiene
  • Taking proper sleep and rest

B.   Mental Health is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” A good mental health facilitates the ability to:

  • Enjoy life
  • Bounce back from adversity
  • Achieve balance (moderation)
  • Be flexible and adapt
  • Safe and secure
  • Self-actualization (making the best of what you have)

 

Ways to keep yourself physically healthy

  • Incorporate physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Maintain proper nutrient intake, good fluid intake and healthy digestion.
  • Reduce or avoid intake of alcohol or drugs.
  • Practice self-care for minor ailments and injuries.
  • Taking adequate rest and sleep.

 

Ways to keep yourself mentally healthy

  • Develop and maintain good relationship with people around you.
  • Indulge in activities which interest you.
  • Learn new things and develop new attributes.
  • Avoid stress triggers, prepare and manage stress.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed.

 

World Health Day for 2018

WHO celebrates its founding day anniversary as an opportunity to highlight a current global health priority. For each World Health Day, WHO designates a health challenge or theme in accordance with current health issues within the world. The theme of World Health Day is ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere’ which means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

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Tuberculosis is preventable

Tuberculosis is Preventable!

Tuberculosis is preventable

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. It is an airborne bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs but can also attack almost any part of the body. People suffering from TB in their lungs can spread the bacteria in the air when they cough, laugh, sneeze, sing, or even talk. If any other person breathes these germs, he can become infected with tuberculosis.

TB is a top infectious disease killer worldwide. World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) and the status of TB prevention and control efforts. World TB Day is organized on March 24th and the theme for 2018 is, “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world.”

Fast Facts

  • India has the highest burden of TB in the world. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) statistics for India, the estimated incidence figure for 2016 was 2.79 million cases of tuberculosis in India.
  • TB is a leading killer of HIV-positive people and was responsible for 1 in 3 HIV deaths in 2015.

 

Things You Need to Know

  • It is not easy to become infected with tuberculosis.
  • Most infected people have latent TB which means that they have the tuberculosis bacteria in their bodies, but their immune systems protect them from becoming sick and they are not contagious.
  • TB can always be treated and cured if you take medicine as directed.
  • There are forms of TB that are drug resistant or multi-drug resistant.
  • Do not discontinue TB medication without completing the full cycle.
  • Symptoms such as a persistent cough, constant fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, blood or mucous in the cough, night sweats need immediate attention.

 

Assess Your Risk for Contracting Tuberculosis

People in close contact with others who are infected with TB are at a higher risk of catching the infection. These maybe family and friends of a person who has an infectious TB disease, people who have immigrated from areas of the world with high rates of TB, people living with HIV infection, people working or residing in hospitals, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and residential homes for those with HIV are also at a higher risk of catching the disease.

People with weakened immune system are at the highest risk of developing active TB disease. Babies and young children, people with conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, and AIDS/HIV infection, organ transplant recipients, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy come under this category.

Tuberculosis Preventive Measures

  • Cover your mouth when you cough and nose when you sneeze.
  • If you do not have TB symptoms or an active disease, you must take medications as instructed by your healthcare provider to prevent it from becoming an active tuberculosis disease.
  • If you have been in contact with people with tuberculosis infection, you should get yourself tested.
  • New-born children and infants should be given Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine to provide protection against TB.

Did You Know?

Tobacco use greatly increases the risk of TB disease and death. More than 20% of TB cases worldwide are a result of smoking.

Sources:

  1. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. ACCESSED MARCH 14, 2016.
  2. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. ACCESSED MARCH 14, 2016.
  3. AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION. ACCESSED MARCH 14, 2016.