Do you have a magnesium deficiency? Here’s how to overcome it  

Magnesium is an important nutrient needed for the proper functioning of the human body. So get to know the signs of a deficiency, your daily recommended intake, and the foods that can give you a boost of the mineral

Do you have a magnesium deficiency? Here’s how to overcome it  What is the importance of magnesium? “Magnesium is a mineral that our bodies rely on to feel fit, healthy and full of vitality,” said Australian nutritionist Fiona Tuck, noting that it is essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. In addition to keeping bones strong and healthy, it plays an important role […]

Singapore bans advertisements of sugary drinks. Should India follow suit?

As obesity and diabetes has become a global problem, the health ministry of Singapore has decided to ban advertisements of certain fizzy drinks and juices. It is a part of measures to curb consumption of sugar in the country

Singapore bans advertisements of sugary drinks. Should India follow suit?With this move, Singapore becomes the first country in the world to have a total ban on the advertisement of sugary drinks. Such drinks, as well as medium-to-high sugar content drinks, must also carry a label on the front of the pack to signal that it is unhealthy. Drinks affected include those in bottles, cans […]

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia risk

A healthy diet rich in fibre is generally recommended, but new research shows it could be even more important during pregnancy to promote the wellbeing of the mother and child

Healthy high-fibre diet could help reduce preeclampsia riskPlant-based fibre is broken down in the gut by bacteria into factors that influence the immune system. Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, the Barwon Infant Study from Deakin University, Monash University, James Cook University and the Australian National University collaborated to investigate the role of these metabolic products of gut bacteria […]

7 less known facts about pins-and-needles sensation that you experience

You probably know what it feels like to have pins-and-needles sensation in your hands or feet after sleeping in an awkward position or keeping your legs crossed for too long. It's annoying, but if you have frequent or long-lasting tingling sensations, it's time to head to the doctor

7 less known facts about pins-and-needles sensation that you experienceYou probably know what it feels like to have pins-and-needles sensation in your hands or feet after sleeping in an awkward position or keeping your legs crossed for too long. It’s annoying, but you shake things out a bit and move on, no harm done. But if you have frequent or long-lasting tingling sensations, it’s […]

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Tackle the problem of childhood obesity on priority’

The world is currently fighting a war against obesity, and India is no exception. One of the biggest health hurdles our country is facing is childhood obesity. If we want to win this battle, we need to act now! As responsible citizens, we need to join in the crusade against junk food to safeguard our next generation. On the occasion of World Obesity Day, My Medical Mantra shares an excerpt from the coffee table book Healthy Maharashtra - A vision document by eminent doctors. He speaks about the threat of childhood obesity and his opinions on it

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Tackle the problem of childhood obesity on priority’Obesity is spreading like an epidemic even in Maharashtra, which also faces an acute problem of malnutrition. There are three aspects to obesity. Adult obesity, which is mainly due to faulty eating patterns and erratic lifestyle. Genetic obesity, which affects around 20-25%. And, lastly, hormonal or metabolism-related obesity. The youth of India is our main […]

#WorldSightDay: Control diabetes and go for regular eye checkups

A quarter of the world’s blind population is estimated to be in India, about 12 to 15 million. This is bound to increase as diabetes is one of the leading causes for loss of vision in India. With an estimated 51 million people currently living with Diabetes, India leads the world in the prevalence of diabetes, and this is predicted to go worse by the year 2030, says Dr Ajay Aggarwal, Senior Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, Fortis Hospital, New Delhi

#WorldSightDay: Control diabetes and go for regular eye checkupsThis is true that people with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes, but it is equally true most people with diabetes can keep these problems to minor. It is very important to realize that good blood sugar control; regular and timely check-up, proper testing and eye care can often […]

#WorldSightDay: Your eyes could predict diabetes years before development

Doctors may soon look into your eyes to see your risk of having diabetes. Researchers found that eye lens show changes in the body that may predict the disease even years before its development

#WorldSightDay: Your eyes could predict diabetes years before developmentThe new study, presented at the recent meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabete (EASD) in Spain, used a newly developed biomicroscope to observe advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the eye. High levels of AGEs can contribute to a number of diseases, including eye nerve damage and neuropathy. The biomicroscope sends blue […]

#WorldSightDay: More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment

At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed, found a report recently released by the World Health Organization

#WorldSightDay: More than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairmentMore than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and farsightedness, glaucoma and cataract,  according to the first World report on vision issued by the World Health Organization. The report, launched ahead of World Sight Day on 10 October, found […]

Even naturally sweet drinks may increase diabetes risk, reveals study

Research has shown that drinking soft drinks with added sugar can increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by affecting subtle metabolic mechanisms. But are ‘diet’ soda and 100% fruit juices that contain a natural level of fructose but no added sugar any healthier?

Even naturally sweet drinks may increase diabetes risk, reveals studyWhile researchers already knew that drinks with added sugar could increase a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that the same may be true for naturally sweet drinks, such as 100% fruit juices, as well as artificially sweetened beverages, such as ‘diet’ soft drinks. The evidence surrounding diet soda and its […]

Shocking reasons behind your constant feelings of hunger

Hunger is the body’s way of telling you that you already burned your last meal and you now need the next batch of food for energy. Food is important to support numerous processes in the body to stay healthy and well-functioning. But what if you fail to manage your hunger?

Shocking reasons behind your constant feelings of hungerExcessive hunger is not just a sign that the body needs more food. It could also be an effect of health problems or an unhealthy lifestyle. It is important to manage hunger to maintain weight and avoid conditions linked to sudden weight gain or lack of nutrition. You have to eat on time and with […]
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