Shortcuts. We use plenty of them on a daily basis; Shortcuts on our computers keyboards, shortcuts to reach our destinations early, shortcuts in our meals by opting for fast foods and so on... but are all the short cuts that we take healthy?
The answer is No! As not all shortcuts that we take are healthy, some shortcuts such as eating food past its expiry date to avoid going out and buying it, popping your mother’s sleeping pills to avoid going to the doctor and getting yourself a new prescription etc. may spell disaster for you health wise!
A fact discovered by a 39 year old Delhi Businessman who opted for wearing his contact lenses way past their expiry date to avoid buying new ones. The result was persistent redness and itchiness in his eyes, in fact he was lucky to have not permanently damaged his eye-sight as Rina Sethi, director, Arunodaya Desert Eye Hospital, Gurgaon, states that “Even when you clean and disinfect lenses and lens cases, they become coated with germs and protein over time. If you are lucky, you may develop just reddened, irritated eyes or a bacterial infection. But sometimes extended use may even lead to development of corneal defects like ulcers due to low oxygen permeability to the cornea…”
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How would you feel if you went shopping for socks and the salesman sold you not only socks but shoes and shirt with it? Cheated, disappointed and angry right! Imagine the same scenario happening when it comes to your basic medicines.
What’s happening is that, the doctor’s these days are prescribing various fixed combination drugs (FDC) which cost considerably more than a basic drug, which would have had provided the same treatment effect to the patient! For e.g. Sumoflam, a combination drug consisting of paracetamol, nimesulide and serratiopeptidase which costs Rs 53 per 10 tablets is being prescribed for fever and Pain, when a simple paracetamol costing Rs 10 per 10 tablets, would have sufficed and given the same results as Sumoflam.
With health care experts pointing out that most combinations have no medical logic whatsoever, it clearly seems like an attempt by the drug makers to exhort money from patients.What’s even more shocking about this whole nefarious affair is that certain FDCs also have side effects on vital organs, making it not only a costly but an unhealthy drug choice. This issue has bought to fore the desperate need for an unbiased flow of information to be provided to the doctors (private practitioners) about drugs, as their only source of information right now are the drug making companies themselves!
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“Go sit in that corner”, is a common line that adults use while admonishing their children. Irrespective of whether you are an adult or child reading this, you are bound to have sat in that proverbial corner atleast a few times. But research now has shown that sitting in corners, chairs, sofa’s… or just sitting for a long period of time, in general can contribute to your weight gain and also make you unhealthy in the process!
Let’s do a little bit of math to understand how sitting is unhealthy. Starting with How many hours does a day have? 24! Good; now, how many hours do we sleep? Give or take 6-8 hours, right! So that leaves us with around 15 spare hours, out of which we spend a majority of the time sitting in chairs at our workplaces! A conclusion derived from recent studies, have found that those who exercised regularly and were healthy but sat for longer hours had larger waists and high BP along with Blood Sugar complications than their other healthy counterparts.
So what exactly is wrong with sitting? For starters, sitting is one of the most passive activities that we indulge in, unknowingly! For comparisons sake, chewing gum burns more energy than sitting on a chair, so does simply standing in one place and shifting our weight from one leg to another, even fidgeting uses more energy than sitting!
But how does sitting affect our weight? Sitting for longer periods of time without taking a break, causes slow weight gain in the territory of 2-4 kgs per year! A major part of the problem with sitting is that you are physically inactive, this physical inactivity affects the production of the lipoprotein lipase, a molecule that plays a central role in how your body processes fats. This molecule is produced by our muscles along with many tissues from our body. A reduction in this molecule leads to many health problems along with heart diseases! But here’s the shocker, active muscles are known to produce a wide range of substances that control how the body stores and uses sugars and fats and sitting for a long period of time, furthers inactivity in these muscles, increasing our health risks.
Another study on people who sat for longer hours without a break, found that they had larger waistlines as compared to their counterparts who took regular breaks to get up, stretch and walk around! They were even reported to have unhealthy profiles of sugar and fat metabolism as compared to the others.
Moral of the story, the next time you see someone sitting in a chair for a long period of time, offer a polite, “Will you please stand up”.
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Do you belong to the majority of people who think that bone diseases will affect only the old people? Don’t worry; there are a lot of others, who think the same! But you might be shocked to find that doctors are now warning against bone diseases such as Osteoporosis affecting even the young.
Indian women as young as 20 years old are being affected by the disease today, primarily due to their sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets which lack sorely in calcium. Calcium is needed by the body to maintain healthy bones, and also to prevent bone diseases such as brittle bones and osteoporosis. A recent study conducted by Hinduja Hospital, has found that women with a low BMI (body mass index) are more prone to suffering from Osteoporosis, especially after menopause!
Many women are clueless about the disease and often discover that they are suffering from it, when they visit the doctor with a fractured arm or leg!
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How many times have you found yourself completely and utterly bored, be it at your workplace or home or any other place? Lots of times, right!
It may be due to the lack of stimulating work or plain disinterest on your part, it could even be the bland work environment for some or simply the lack of enthusiasm for some…. the reasons could be many, but the outcome is the same, Boredom!
For all those of us have used the catch phrase ‘I am bored to Death!’ on many occasions, here’s an eye opener! According to a study by a team of researchers at the University College London, it was found that 40% of the people who often complain of boredom are likely to die young of heart diseases and stroke, as opposed to those who were found to be satisfied and enthusiastic about their jobs.
The team of researchers who studied 7000 civil servants over a period of 25 years, found that boredom gave rise to activities such as smoking, drinking which threatened to cut short their life expectancy! The research group led by Martin Shipley, found that people who were stuck in a ‘boring’ routine usually got addicted to unhealthy activities such as smoking and drinking, as a means to break the routine! The survey also found that women were twice as more likely than men, to be affected by boredom. Even young employees with simple, plain, routine inducing jobs were asked to seek interests outside their jobs to avoid the life-threatening boredom!
So the next time you find yourself bored at work, try moving around a little, talking to your colleagues, indulge in your hobby if work permits etc… Do whatever you can to drive away that boredom for your life’s sake! Literally.
“I have a cold, I should see a doctor”, “My left leg aches during the night, I should see a doctor”, “My left eye’s vision is blurred, I should see a doctor”….. the occasions might be different, but every time we feel we are going down with some or the other illness, it’s the Doctor we run to see!
But who’s seeing to the doctors?!
In a study conducted by the IMA’s(Indian Medical Association)Pune Chapter, it was found that the Indian doctors life span is only 55-59 years of age! An astounding 10 years less than the average life span of the general population in India! So what’s killing our doctors?
A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, work pressure and stress are the culprits! Doctors, these days are found working long hours often juggling their own clinics along with their duties at hospitals. These balancing acts is creating stress and putting them under pressure, add a sedentary lifestyle to the mix and what you have is a potent recipe for disaster! A sedentary lifestyle is responsible for obesity and heart ailments amongst other things, a fact verified by statistics which single out cardiac arrest as the number one factor for causing deaths amongst Indian doctors.
Lack of activity compounded by a lack of exercise is leading to an alarming rise in the number of Indian doctors found suffering from various ailments. So the next time you visit your doctor for a health check up, ask him to get one for himself too!
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