Yoga for body, mind and soul!

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Yoga, a 5000-year old practice has gained importance towards the prevention of diseases, maintenance and promotion of health. Yoga is a spiritual science practised all across the world and is not limited to just being a form of physical exercise. On December 11 in 2014, United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga has known to have brought remarkable lifestyle changes in the practitioners. A sedentary lifestyle leads to very low energy expenditures and can cause a number of lifestyle disorders. Obesity is caused due to an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Practising yoga has beneficial effects on internal organs, endocrine glands, and mind and is useful for the prevention of weight gain and the development of obesity.

 

 Fast Facts:

  • There are 84 classic Yoga Asanas, the Asana being one of the 8 limbs (branches) of Yoga. The other limbs are Yama, Niyama, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi.
  • Studies show that yoga reduces the risk of heart disease by improving arterial flow. Other studies found yoga help treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma

 In this write-up, we will discuss two yoga postures which can be regularly practised for the management of obesity.

 

 Veerasana (Warrior pose)

 This asana exerts pressure on the digestive organs. It helps to reduce excessive fat accumulated in the abdominal region.

  • Stand erect with both the legs joined.
  • Step your left leg forward at a maximum distance from the right leg.
  • Bend the left leg at the knee to form a right angle between the thigh and calf.
  • Join both the palms and place them on the knee.
  • With the right leg being straight, inhale and stretch both of your arms above your head and bend the upper part of your body backwards.
  • Stay in this posture until you feel the strain.
  • Exhale slowly while straightening your trunk, inhale and bring the hands down to the knees.
  • Return your left foot to the original position aligned with the right, as you exhale.

 

Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

This asana targets the stomach muscles and stimulates the digestive organs. It helps reduce flab around the hips, abdomen, and waist.

  • Lie down with the chest and abdomen touching the ground.
  • Stretch both the legs together as much as possible to resemble the tail of a serpent.
  • Place the palms near the chest facing the ground. The elbows should be straight and stretched completely.
  • Now slowly raise your forehead and lift the upper body, from the head to abdomen, to resemble the shape of a hooded cobra.
  • Bend your neck to feel the stretch in your spines.
  • Hold your breath until you maintain this position.
  • Release by relaxing the abdomen first on the ground, then chest, and finally the head.

Did you know?

According to a study, obese participants practising yoga for one year showed more improvement in pulmonary functions and reduced BMI compared to participants doing aerobic exercises.

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Sources:

1. OMICS International. Accessed June 20, 2016.

2. International Day of Yoga. Accessed June 20, 2016.

3. The Art of Living. Accessed June 20, 2016.a

Good Health: The Best Gift For a Man

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Over the years, gifts for men have become largely uninspiring, impersonal and completely unoriginal – the striped tie, the pair of black socks or the bottle of aftershave, only because you couldn’t find anything better; everyone struggles to come up with a new and unique idea for a gift!

This year, why not break away from the tradition of getting him something that he may or may not use, and gift him something that will actually make him feel better, immensely, both physically and mentally? As we grow up and mature, we seldom realize that the man who stood by our side through thick and thin has aged, too!

Not only are men laxer when it comes to taking care of their health, but the fact of the matter is that while he was busy caring and providing for you and the family, his health took a backseat.

Only seeking medical care during an emergency is not enough. Most illnesses start with a few noticeable symptoms (symptoms that are usually brushed aside due to busy schedules). Making regular visits to the doctor and getting preventive health checks done are a must if you want to spot the early signs of most illnesses.

Here are 3 health issues that hound men all over the world.

Prostate Cancer

This form of cancer affects the prostate gland and is the most common amongst men. Although younger men below the age of 50 years are hardly diagnosed with prostate cancer, it still accounts for 10% of cancer-related deaths among men.

The symptoms of prostate cancer rarely show; however, it can be diagnosed with a digital rectal exam to feel the prostate and a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test.

Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the leading diseases that spell disaster for thousands of men. The symptoms of diabetes do not show at all once it takes root in the body. Blood sugar levels rise over time to eventually pass through urine. The symptoms at this stage include excessive thirst and frequent urination.

The concentration and quantity of more than normal glucose levels work as a slow poison on nerves and blood vessels. Strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure, amputations, and blindness are some of the adverse effects of diabetes on men’s’ health.

Lung Cancer

According to a report published by cancer.org, at least 83,550 men die from lung cancer each year. Lung cancer is metastatic and aggressive in nature. In other words, the cancer cells separate from the tumor and travel to other parts of the body.

The disease starts early and grows larger in size to give rise to symptoms, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and cough. By the time it’s detected in chest X-Rays and CT scans, the disease is advanced and extremely difficult to cure.

Plenty of gifts for men can be fun, but the effects are also short-lived. On his big day, gift him a health check on MediBuddy! MediBuddy is a curated network of outpatient services, where you can select, compare and book your preferred service from exhaustive listings of specialist doctors, trusted diagnostic centres and hospitals. It’s the perfect time and way to show him exactly how special he is to you and just how much his presence matters to you!

Show that you care for him and his health after all he’s done for you.

Blood pressure and hypertension

Hypertension: Stay away from this silent killer!

Blood pressure and hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common lifestyle diseases in which the long-term force of the blood against artery walls is high enough to eventually cause heart disease or stroke. You probably have high blood pressure (hypertension) if your blood pressure readings are consistently 140 over 90 mmHg, or higher, over a number of weeks.

 

Fast Facts:

  • People with hypertension are three times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke and twice as likely to die from these when compared to people with a normal blood pressure.
  • One in three Indian adults have high blood pressure and approximately one-third of our population will suffer from it by 2020.

 

Hypertension Symptoms and Causes

Hypertension is a silent killer because it may have no visible symptoms for years. It can cause internal damage to the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, and kidneys. If the blood pressure has reached a severe stage, headaches, vision problems, shortness of breath or nosebleeds can occur.

There is no single cause of hypertension but lifestyle can affect the risk of developing it. The following factors increase your risk:

  • Eating too much salt
  • Not consuming enough fruit and vegetables
  • Not being physically active
  • Being overweight
  • Consuming too much alcohol

 

Complications of Hypertension

  • Heart attack or stroke: Hardening and thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications.
  • Aneurysms: Abnormal bulge in the wall of an artery due to increased pressure which can be life threatening if ruptures.
  • Kidney malfunction: Blood vessels in the kidneys narrow or weaken. This may cause kidney failure.
  • Vision loss: Blood vessels in the eyes thicken, get narrowed and might bleed. This may lead to vision changes or blindness.
  • Heart failure: Heart muscle thickens to pump blood against the higher pressure in the vessels and can lead to heart failure.

 

Treatment and Prevention

Lifestyle changes are the best way to prevent and manage hypertension:

  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet
  • Get regular aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking)
  • Limit alcohol (no more than 2 drinks per day for men, and 1 drink per day for women and persons 65 years and older)

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Approximately one-third of people with high blood pressure do not know that they have it!

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Avail a Preventive Health Check and stop
Hypertension in its tracks!

 

Sources:

  1. Mayoclinic. Accessed May 11, 2016.
  2. The Times of India. Accessed May 12, 2016.
  3. Blood Pressure UK. Accessed May 11, 2016.

Stop Malaria: Wipe Out the Mosquitoes!

Mosquitoes are responsible for causing more human suffering than any other organism. Malaria is a fatal disease caused by parasites transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Plasmodium is the parasite which infects female Anopheles mosquitoes, called malaria vectors and causes malaria in humans.

World Malaria Day is celebrated on 25th April to increase awareness about malaria and recognizing global efforts to control this disease.

Fast Facts:

  • According to the World Health Organization, about 3.2 billion people worldwide are at a risk of malaria.
  • Malaria claims nearly 1000 deaths every year in India.

 

Classical Symptoms

  • Fever occurring in four-to-eight hour cycles and sweats
  • Headache and body ache
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue

 

Complications

Infections can get complicated by organ failures and delay in treatment can lead to severe illness often leading to death. Following are the complications which can arise in various organs:

  • Breathing problems and acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Severe anemia due to destruction of the red blood cells
  • Liver failure and jaundice
  • Fits, convulsions and loss of consciousness due to cerebral malaria
  • Abnormally low blood glucose
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Swelling and rupturing of the spleen

 

Prevention of Malaria

Controlling the transmission of the parasite by preventing mosquitoes bites is the most important step in preventing malaria:

  • Wear protective clothing when outdoors. Cover up with long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, tucked into socks and a hat if thin-haired.
  • Use effective insect repellents on skin and on clothing and reapply at regular intervals as prescribed.
  • If you are planning your travel, find out the risk of malaria in that area and take your doctor’s advice before visiting the place.
  • Arrange for undamaged, impregnated bed-nets to be used in sleeping areas not properly screened or air-conditioned.
  • Keep water containers covered and clean up old tires, cans, and barrels because standing water is the breeding place for the mosquitoes.

 

Management

The treatment of malaria depends on the type of parasite, severity of the symptoms, age and location of the patient and the pregnancy status of the female patient. Rapid diagnosis is very important for an effective treatment. Based on these factors, the doctor will prescribe antimalarial drugs like Chloroquine, Quinine sulphate, Quinine sulphate, or artemisinin-based combination therapy. Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine are a few drugs used in India.

DID YOU KNOW?

A research vaccine against the malarial parasite (Plasmodium falciparum), known as RTS, S/AS01 is being evaluated in a large clinical trial conducted in 7 countries.

With Malaria, time is of the essence. Ensure a speedy recovery by having your medicines door-delivered, with MediBuddy!

 

Sources:

  1. World Health Organization. Accessed April 13, 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed April 13, 2016.
  3. Mayoclinic. Accessed April 13, 2016.
  4. National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme. Accessed April 14, 2016.
  5. National Health Portal. Accessed April 14, 2016.