*..Drinking cranberry juice can be effective in preventing Urinary tract infections.* Think it’s a heart attack? Call an ambulance, then chew one full strength (325mg) ASPIRIN tablet or else chew 4 low dose (81mg) ASPIRIN tablets. *..Supplementing blood pressure medicines with folate containing food materials or tablets has shown to reduce the likelihood of developing stroke in future. *.. A minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 20 -30 min every other day has shown to improve blood pressure in hypertensive patients. *.. Mindfulness: A popular meditation technique has shown to reduce levels of stress hormone levels known as Cortisol and help in increasing attention span. *.. Worsening of Anxiety, agitation, restlessness in a previously healthy individual may be due to an overactive thyroid gland. Consult your doctor about thyroid function test.

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Osteoporosis

  What is osteoporosis? Our body is always simultaneously building new bone and tearing down old bone. For most of our lives, the two processes are in balance. But as we get older, many of us start tearing down more bone than we produce. If the loss becomes too great, it may cause osteoporosis—brittle bones that break easily. Both men and women lose bone density at about the same rate once they reach ages 60 to 70. One sign that osteoporosis is present is when a bone breaks easily—for instance, in a fall from a standing height. Another is a loss of height, which occurs when bones in the spine develop compression fractures. Osteoporosis is more likely to develop in women after menopause, smokers and heavy alcohol users, people with rheumatoid arthritis, people with close relatives who have osteoporosis, and people who take corticosteroid or thyroid medicines over a long period. Calcium and vitamin D Calcium is important for bone strength, and it’s best if it comes f

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Medical Myths Busted

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Medical Myths Busted

COMMON MEDICAL MYTHS MYTH 1: You can lower your risk of heart disease with vitamins and supplements. The antioxidant vitamins E, C, and beta carotene factor into lowering heart disease risk. However, clinical trials of supplementation with these vitamins have either failed to confirm benefit or were conducted in such a way that no conclusion could be drawn. The American Heart Association has stated that there is no scientific evidence to justify using these vitamins to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease. What you can do: For reasons not yet understood, the body absorbs and utilizes vitamins and minerals best when they are acquired through foods. To ensure you get the vitamins and minerals you need, skip store-bought supplements and eat a wide variety of nutritious foods of every color of the rainbow. MYTH 2: If you have smoked for years, you can’t reduce your risk of heart disease by quitting. The benefits of quitting smoking start the minute you quit,

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ASTHMA

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ASTHMA

ASTHMA What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airway ( tubes that bring air into and out of an individual’s lungs.) It is the most common chronic disease in children. Symptoms Wheezing Coughing Tightness in the chest Fatigue         Causes While the exact cause of asthma is not known, it is thought that a variety of factors interacting with one another, early in life, result in the development of asthma. Parents with asthma Atopy Childhood respiratory infections Exposure to allergens or infections while the immune system is developing. Asthma Triggers               Diagnosing Asthma Based on: Medical history Troublesome cough, particularly at night Awakened by coughing Coughing or wheezing after physical activity Breathing problems during particular seasons Coughing, wheezing, or chest tigh

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Diabetes

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Diabetes

DIABETES: WHAT IS IT?   Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high sugar/glucose in blood. Glucose enters the blood from the food we eat which is later used for fuel in the   body. Pancreas which is an important gland is located near the stomach and it makes Insulin which plays a role in moving glucose inside our muscles, Liver and Fat cells. In Diabetes Pancreas either fail to make enough insulin or our Liver, muscles, fat cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As a result various body tissues do not get enough glucose inspite of high blood sugars therefore our body cells starve for energy. Over a period of time this can cause damage to various organs of the body like Heart, Kidney, Eyes and nerves. TYPES OF DIABETES There are 4 major types of Diabetes:    Type 1 Diabetes:- Usually diagnosed in childhood. Autoimmune disease –Body’s own Antibodies destroys Pancreas. Also called as Insulin Dependent Diabetes.

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Four fundamentals to lower blood pressure

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Four fundamentals to lower blood pressure

                            Four fundamentals to lower blood pressure Adopt four core lifestyle improvements which are proven to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and other health problems. Together, these changes could bring mildly elevated blood pressure under control without medication—or allow you to stop or reduce current medications. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, every pound lost could lower systolic blood pressure (the upper number) by up to 1 millimeter of mercury (mm Hg). Losing 5% to 10% of your current weight will have a measurable effect on blood pressure. Aim for gradual but sustained weight loss based on a diet you enjoy. Exercise regularly. Guidelines call for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. A reasonable starting goal is 20 to 30 minutes every other day.  Eat a heart-healthy diet. A diet based on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and reduce

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