Know about the top 5 illnesses which affect women

Women and men share most of the common illnesses; but there are few distinctions that set them apart from each other. The health of a woman can be differentiated and deserves special attention. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, doctors elaborate on the five common illnesses witnessed largely in women

Know about the top 5 illnesses which affect womenMenstrual Irregularities These can have various presentations right from puberty to menopause. Periods may be prolonged, heavy, scanty, delayed or frequent. Often, this can be physiological; however, it is important to rule out any underlying medical cause. In young adolescent girls, the cause of an irregular bleeding pattern could be a polycystic ovarian disease, thyroid […]

Here’s how to get rid of belly fat and lead an active life

Visceral fat – sometimes called "active" fat because of its active role in producing various hormones – is the harmful type of belly fat. It is less visible than subcutaneous fat because it lies within the abdominal wall. It surrounds organs, and releases hormones that can lead to diabetes, chronic inflammation, and other serious health problems

Here’s how to get rid of belly fat and lead an active lifeBelly fat is more than just a superficial concern. It is also a significant risk factor for serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not all fat is the same. Subcutaneous belly fat is the most visible type of fat, located just under the skin. Everyone has some belly fat, but large quantities […]

Bed-ridden Iraqi woman walks again after 15 years

Salih had not stood up independently and walked for over a decade and a half and was riddled with arthritis of the back. Not one to give up hope, her family decided to bring her to Mumbai for treatment

Bed-ridden Iraqi woman walks again after 15 yearsFor over 15 years, an 81-year-old Iraqi national, Salih was bedridden with no mobility in her legs. Due to obesity which was shrouded by immobility, she was unable to go about her daily activities and thus became dependent on her daughter-in-law. Wanting to explore treatment options in order for her to walk again, her family […]

High cortisol levels due to chronic stress raises obesity risk

Past research has shown that stress can fuel obesity; stress has been linked to "comfort eating," whereby individuals turn to foods high in fat and sugar in an attempt to make them feel better

High cortisol levels due to chronic stress raises obesity riskResearchers found that individuals who had persistently high levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol over long periods of time weighed more, had a higher body mass index (BMI), and a larger waist, compared with those who had low levels of the hormone. The study – led by Dr Sarah Jackson from the Department of Epidemiology […]

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesity

Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30 per cent more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms. For boys, the risk was increased by about 20 per cent

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesityChildren who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent watching TV, the more likely children were to put on weight. Researchers say there is now an urgent need to […]

Obesity key factor behind irregular heartbeat in men

The findings showed that men were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation - a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, quiver instead of beat to move blood effectively - at 50 years of age, while women developed the condition at 60 or at older age

Obesity key factor behind irregular heartbeat in menA new study found that, on average, atrial fibrillation develops in men around 10 years earlier than it does in women. It was also found that while carrying excess weight raises the risk of this type of irregular heartbeat for both men and women, it has a stronger effect in men The results of the […]

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in women

Research suggests that differences in the way women and men store fat may affect their risk of heart disease, with those with an ‘apple shape’ at greatest risk

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in womenWomen with bigger waists relative to their hips are at more risk of heart attacks than men of a similar “apple shape”, research from the George Institute for Global Health says. The study showed waist-to-hip ratio to be a better heart attack predictor than general obesity – 18% stronger than body mass index in women […]

Weight-loss surgery can have drastic effects on interpersonal relationships

Swedish researchers found that compared to people who didn’t have so-called bariatric surgery, those who did were more likely to become separated or divorced, if they were married, and more likely to get into a new relationship or get married, if they had been single

Weight-loss surgery can have drastic effects on interpersonal relationshipsThe effects of weight-loss surgery extend beyond just losing pounds or kilos, co-author Per-Arne Svensson of Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg have said. Svensson’s team looked at data from two large studies of people who did or did not have weight-loss operations. Seventy to 75% of participants were women. The first study compared 1,958 […]

Explained: Link between weight loss and how it prevents blood cancer

Being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after age 60

Explained: Link between weight loss and how it prevents blood cancerThe study, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after […]

Mumbaikars, keep a tab on your pet’s weight

Obesity can affect not only humans but our pets too. We, as people try and keep a check on our weight, so why can't we do the same for pets? It is important to maintain the weight of the pets as they may also face the health problems similar to us. Veterinarians advise that wrong dietary habits and lack of exercise can lead to obesity in pets and can prove harmful to them in the long-run

Mumbaikars, keep a tab on your pet’s weightA daily workout or an exercise may help you keep fit and healthy! But, imagine if you don’t shed that extra ounce on your belly, then what will happen? You will go on to put on some weight and then it may result in you becoming obese or fat. But have you ever taken a […]
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