Multi-vitamin supplements: Do you really need it?

One of the questions that we are all constantly asked by people is – are multi-vitamin supplements really good for us or are they just overrated?

Multi-vitamin supplements: Do you really need it?There is no right or wrong answer to this question, to be honest, so I decided to list out these common lifestyle reasons that shows us missing out on valuable nutrients: Many of us tend to overcook food, either by using too much oil or by reducing vegetables to a pulp, which is then over-seasoned […]

Follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes

Today, the incidences of diabetes are increasing. It is attributed to our stressful lifestyles, lack of exercise, poor diet and sleep. Genetic predisposition also plays a role especially in those patients developing the disease at a younger age (<30 years) when both the parents are diabetics

Follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetesGestational diabetes (occurring in last trimester of pregnancy) and type 1 diabetes (autoimmune or insulin dependent diabetes) are 2 separate entities forming a small portion of patients suffering from diabetes. Management Comprises of: Dietary modifications: Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables and limited amount of fat and refined sugars. Eating the right portions, avoiding long […]

All you need to know about genital rejuvenation

According to Vinod Vij, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, there has been a 30 per cent increase in people seeking genital rejuvenation surgeries. Genital rejuvenation is a form of elective plastic surgery. The sole purpose of it is to restore or enhance the genitals cosmetic appearance and aesthetics

All you need to know about genital rejuvenationWe’ve all heard about facial rejuvenation surgeries, tummy tucks and body contouring. But did you know that you can also have your genitals rejuvenated? Several women today opt for surgeries to enhance the appearance of their genitalia. Likewise, there are numerous ageing males who wish to keep their genitals looking the way they did while […]

Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementia

‘Of all the things, I miss my mind the most,’ this quote by renowned author Mark Twain speaks of memory loss and dementia. Dementia is a neurological disease that usually occurs after the age of 60, says Arti Shroff, Mumbai-based clinical psychologist

Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementiaDementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. It is marked by memory loss, impaired cognitive functions, compromised volition as well as changes in personality. It is caused by the degeneration of the brain […]

Unfolding the phobias new mothers face while breastfeeding

There are various factors that cause a mother to be hesitant while beginning the latching process and it is understandable. These fears can make it harder; however, even though breastfeeding is not an easy feat to begin with, fears can be overcomed

Unfolding the phobias new mothers face while breastfeedingWe are all aware that breastfeeding is essential for the benefit of both, mother and the child. Breast milk acts as a source of nutrition for the newborn and is equally advantageous for the mother, as studies show that mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop postpartum depression or stress. However, this does not […]

Are you a diabetic patient? Here are new therapies which can help to control it   

Diabetes mellitus unfortunately is a silent killer. There are no symptoms of the damage it is doing to the body, before it is too late. And once the damage is done, it is irreparable. Simple lifestyle changes need to be followed throughout life. Early diagnosis and taking your medications, are necessary to avoid complications and improve quality of life of a diabetic

Are you a diabetic patient? Here are new therapies which can help to control it   India is home to over 50 million adults with diabetes and this number is likely to increase to over 120 million by 2040. Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by high blood sugar levels. Exposure to high blood sugar leads to weakness, weight loss, increased thirst and frequent urination. The long term complications include damage to eyes, […]

‘Authoritarian parents can destroy the lives of children more than dengue, malaria or swine flu’

Most people love and appreciate their parents. We don't doubt that. The problem is, parents can't tell this unless you show it by the way you treat them. Parents get very upset when children do not share their secret or difficult moments with them. Dr Harish Shetty, Consulting Psychiatrist at LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai lists out some common scenarios that occur with children in families

‘Authoritarian parents can destroy the lives of children more than dengue, malaria or swine flu’A great family is one where kids share their bad news early. The repair and restoration of the pain in the minds is quicker and faster. Adults who share their difficult moments at home inspire their children to do the same, says  Dr Harish Shetty, Consulting Psychiatrist at LH Hiranandani Hospital. He added, “When the dad […]

Crackers over 85 decibels can lead to hearing loss

Generally, crackers with more than 85 decibels (dB) can lead to hearing loss. If our ear is exposed to loudness level exceeding 80 dB over more than 8 hours continuously, it can lead to a temporary threshold shift. However, even one time exposure to sound exceeding 100 dB can lead to a permanent damage to the auditory system

Crackers over 85 decibels can lead to hearing lossIt’s time for celebrating Diwali with beautiful lights and crackers around. It will be helpful to know more about the adverse effects of crackers on the ears during this Diwali. It is important to know this, because our ears are too sensitive to loud sound exposure. The hair cells in the inner ear tend to […]

A TO Z guide for a safe Diwali

The Supreme Court has recently passed a directive to ban the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital to curb potential rise in pollution and health issues during Diwali. However, other cities and metros will continue to indulge in the festive celebrations with fireworks. Dr Sandeep Gore, Consultant and Head, Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, tells you how to handle medical emergencies in a time of distress

A TO Z guide for a safe Diwali“With the festival of light drawing closer, emergency services are gearing up to tackle medical emergencies. Always have a first aid box handy while bursting crackers, this should consists of – Band-Aids, gauze pads, crêpe rolled bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol, thermometer, sanitizer and distilled water for cleaning […]

How to juggle fasting, feasting and yet manage diabetes this festive season

During the festive season, we tend to forget all the cares and worries of life and along with this we may also forget our usual diet which we follow. Unfortunately, during this time we not only witness an increase in newly detected cases of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle disorders, but also the worsening of blood of people with diabetes

How to juggle fasting, feasting and yet manage diabetes this festive seasonFestivals in India are mostly associated with fasts and feasts whether it is Navaratri followed by Dussehra and Diwali or Ramzan followed by Eid. Festivals include rituals which involve fasting, as well as visiting friends and relatives which involve feasts. Markets are filled with sweets, and other food items which are rich in fat, sugar […]