International Diabetes Awareness Day is on 14th of November and it is time to truly be aware of this disease. In recent years it has been seen that the number of patients for diabetes has increased quite intensely especially that of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes have a lot of symptoms, condition, and complications. The symptoms are quite easy to notice. Increased thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, unintended weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, areas of darkened skin, usually in the armpits and neck are some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. There are several complications to diabetes, which means type 2 diabetes can lead to more severe diseases like heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage or neuropathy, kidney damage, eye damge, hearing impairement, and sleep apnea. It is developed when the body becomes insulin resistant or when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. A prime reason for that is an increase in the number of
Obesity is a serious public health problem that is turning into an epidemic. Overeating, coupled with a sedentary lifestyle, are the main causes of the recent accelerating rate of obesity. Some studies have shown that due to excess body weight, a person becomes prone to various systemic diseases that can cause vision loss. There are some eye diseases that can also be associated with obesity. Untreated obesity has been found connected to retinopathy. But First of all, one should understand what is retinopathy. Retinopathy or mostly known as diabetic retinopathy is a complication in eyes that mainly occurs due to diabetes. It is caused when the blood vessels in the tissues of the retina get damaged due to abnormal blood flow or blood sugar. Retinopathy has been associated with elevated blood pressure, triglyceride serum levels, high-level BMI and cholesterol. It has been seen that diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are directly related to the vascular system, and excess weight is
Obesity is a medical condition when a person accumulates too much body weight, even to an extent that it can start bringing many other associated illnesses. Let’s take a look at some of them, along with understanding how weight reduction helps to deal with it. 1. Osteoarthritis It is the medical condition, in which the bones and joints of the body start to have inflammation and pain. This happens as the obesity burdens the skeletal system drastically and leads to osteoarthritis, mostly in the lower body skeletal system, such as in hips, knees, ankles, lower back, etc. 2. Respiratory Illness The capacity of the lungs to perform functionally is severely challenged after gaining weight. Thus, extra body weight causes several respiratory complications. It can range from a mild case of breathlessness to major episodes of asthma. 3. Sleep Apnea It is somewhat correlated to the previous condition itself. Sleep apnea is one such severe breathing condition, which is triggered when
Obesity in children and women is a undesired disease which is the root cause of many health problems that we are seeing day to day. A recent annual conference of Obesity surgeons from across the world discussed this new occurrence amongst our young Indians. This led me to think about the root cause. Let’s talk. Obesity in children should be prevented. Parents should not be over-feeding their children with high-calorie, easy snacks like chips, cakes, pastries, chocolates. Effort taken to provide them healthy diet and lot of outdoor activity should go a long way towards ensuring healthy life for your kids in future. Mothers should learn to cook healthy meals. Ensure your child utilize their games period well and don’t let teachers take away that games time to complete their syllabus. Be a responsible parent. Talk to teacher or principal. Also stick to rules when allowing your child to view TV. Allow limited 30 minutes only if one plays outdoor.
‘Women’s health needs to be in front and center – it often isn’t but it needs to be.’ As rightly said by Cynthia Nixon, a renowned American actress, politician, and activist, women’s health needs much more priority than it gets. Apart from deadly health threats like cancers, one major health condition threatens their health all around the globe is obesity! Today, let’s discuss why women are often more prone to weight gain and how it can be addressed. Weight gain is mostly due to the imbalance of calorie intake and calories burnt. This is true for both men and women. Thus a determined, health-conscious individual of either gender often stays in shape through their life. However, the morphological difference between the genders makes women more susceptible to weight gain. It usually starts with puberty as women’s body begins to develop feminine features like breasts and more prominent thighs and buttocks. These tissues are mostly made up of fat and start
In every two households in India, one would be found to have a diabetic patient. This is the truth, that diabetes is one of the most serious health hazards in the world. However, there are a lot of people who are still unaware of the fact that they can be diagnosed with diabetes. An early diagnosis can help to control the blood sugar level for many people. However, you might ask whether there is any specific symptom of diabetes apart from all the common signs. On this World Diabetes Day, let’s get to know why being overweight can be a predictor for diabetes type 2. It has been seen that over 90% of people suffering from diabetes are having obesity. But why does it happen? Most importantly, how can obesity be related to type 2 diabetes? Patients who are obese or have the tendency of gaining more weight, are most affected with this disease. Their overweight adds more pressure on