Health Related Information On Internet Gives The Freedom

Information has gone global. The exchange of knowledge is universal. People in one corner of the world are now able to catch hold of the relevant issues that concerns them, with the click of mouse. Of all the issues that harp on people in daily life, those related to health are
perhaps the most troubling.

Whenever there is a problem related to health, people tend to run amok for searching a redressal from the health issue. For a health problem that is seen in near and dear ones, the anxiety is more. And so, people try to find doctors, hospitals, health care providers, nurses,
pharmacists, and such health care givers in their vicinity. They try to find the concerned specialists who can give a careful look at the issue and help in regaining a healthy body and also mind.

When such information is sought, people are really in doldrums about the proper source which can lead them to the right place. Today, internet has come to the aid of common man to help them get relief out of such a trouble. As the health system goes online, internet is becoming a storehouse of information about various aspects of health related
issues.

It is here that people can come across the information about location of the required doctor in their vicinity. The hospital which specialises in a particular medical field, for example cardiology, nephrology, orthopaedics, gynaecology, and many more, can be known
and located from the maps on internet. If you have an issue with the respiratory system, then you would want to visit a respiratory medicine specialist. In case, there is the need to be operated for appendix, then there would be requirement to search for a hospital in the neighbourhood that specialises in laparoscopic surgery. Heart diseases are best treated in
the cardiology hospitals. There are even hospitals and nursing homes that have a number of specialisations in a single set up, and finding these in the city is now easy with the information online.

Online health information has also helped a lot in the medical tourism sector. People from far and wide in the country as well as outside are able to know in detail about the facilities and costs of various procedures in hospitals. They can contact the medical staff and fix up a
date for consultation and treatment, by emails and phone calls. The ease with which online information is accessible to people has brought a significant change in the health provisions for the public. Portals like RxOcean are supporting this cause, so that, the common man, has access and the freedom to choose, the best treatments for themselves.

Role of Dietician in weight Loss programs

A good dietician has a major role to play in a successful and effective weight loss program.  A dietician is trained in the subject of Dietetics which deals with nutrition, its effects on health and the possible role of nutrition in health care. This is the Science of Dietetics in which any dietician has to be proficient.

However, a good dietician has to go beyond weight loss and counting calories. A good dietitian not only considers the nutritional aspect in a weight loss program but has a more holistic approach, considering psychological aspects along with physiological ones.

Whereas normally weight loss or gain is directly associated with the calories consumed and the calories expended by a person, some people find it difficult to put on weight and for some weight loss is an impossible task. It is these people that a good dietitian can help by examining and extrapolating physical as well as psychological tests and symptoms to draw a customized nutrition and exercise program for each individual. For people residing in Delhi and Gurgaon, there are many good dieticians who can help patients with this holistic approach.

Many life style diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension are more prevalent in our fast-paced Metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai etc. rather than in small towns and villages where life does not move on the high-speed lane. As metro cities expand to gobble up surrounding smaller towns, like Gurgaon or Faridabad almost merging with Delhi, the malaise of these diseases spreads there too. In most cases the first thing that the Doctor prescribes is weight loss and reduction in stress.

When a person suffers from these ‘diseases of opulence’, as they are often called, only a good dietician who is not only trained in nutrition and dietetics but also experienced in the non-science facet of finding unrelated mental and psychological causes that adversely affect health, can truly help in combating and overcoming the detrimental effects of these diseases.

Thus, a walk for 30 minutes every day could be recommended along with a 1500 calories diet for one person while a vigorous aerobics exercise could be recommended with a 1800 calories diet for another and yoga and meditation for an hour with 1600 -1800 calories intake program can be devised for yet another person, although all three may need the same weight loss; say 10 kilograms.  

Delhi and the NCR Regions like Gurgaon, Faridabad, NOIDA etc. has some very good dieticians available for consultation.

Summer Fruits – to keep oneself cool and refreshed

During last couple of weeks Temperature in North India have risen steadily. Moreover by end of May, it is expected that mercury will rise to 45 degrees (day time – Gurgaon, Delhi). Sun Burns and Heat Strokes are very common on days with high temperature and number of calls that our General Physician gets increases during these days. Many of our patients also complain of being energy less during summers. Culprit being bright and burning Sun outside. Although we try our level best to keep ourselves indoor and sit in front of ACs and avoid scorching heat but it is not always possible and we have to brave the sun for some reason or the other. Apart from keeping oneself cool from outside by avoiding direct contact with Sun there are a number of ways through Dietary modifications by which we can beat the summer heat and keep fit and smile our way to good and energetic days.

Following a healthy diet is crucial to ensure that we stay well. The best summer foods are light and refreshing meals. Some of the fruits that are recommended during summers are cucumber and mint among vegetables. In fruits one should try to have Pineapple, water melon, sweet lime, oranges ( if possible ). These fruits and vegetables are high in anti-oxidants and micro-nutrients thus making them excellent coolants. Some other cooling items would be raw mango, yoghurt , dried coconut and tender coconut.

Following is the list of some fruits and vegetables with there benefits.

Lemon – Lemon water is a natural immune booster & helps in curing cough,cold &fever.It helps to cure problems related to indigestion & constipation. Being a rich source of Vitamin C, Lemon aids in fast absorption of Iron from the food. Common misconception is that Lemon aids acidity, on the contrary it has PH balancing properties. Neembu Paani has been an age old recipe to keep oneself cool in summers.

Water Melon – It reduces body temperature hence a very good fruit in tropical regions. Potassium and magnesium, present in water melons, are helpful in bringing down blood pressure.Lypocene, a carotenoid found in abundance in water melon, improves cardiac functions. Not only this, Water Melon is a very good source of Vitamin A & C and a natural anti-oxidant.

Cucumber – Its high water content gives your body & skin a very unique, moist & cooling effect. Cucumbers are a very good source of Vitamin C & a fairly good source of Vitamin A, potassium, manganese, folate & magnesium. Low calorie & high fiber content makes it an ideal food for dieters.

Coriander – Coriander leaves are used as stimulant, diuretic & diaphoretic. They are used in conditions like skin allergies. hay fever, sore throat, colds, bile and urinary tract infections. Coriander has lots of anti oxidants, vitamin-A, vitamin-C and minerals like phosphorus which prevent aging of eyes & soothes eyes against stress. It is also known to help in digestion, cure hyperacidity and nausea and helpful in summers.

For more information on other fruits and vegetables, please visit http://www.rxocean.com/Food-Nutrition.php OR www.facebook.com/ehealthcare.

iPill usage, iPill’s benefits and issues related to Ipill’s misuse

What is iPill ?
i-Pill consists of one 1.5 mg levonorgestrel pill. The pill is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy *after* an act of unprotected sexual intercourse. You take the pill as soon as possible after the unprotected intercourse, up to 5 days (the sooner, the better).

Ipill, an emergency contraceptive pill. Unfortunately it is gaining popularity amongst teenagers, despite repeated warning from doctors / gynecologists against its careless use. Since ipill is an over the counter product, one doesn’t need a prescription and even teenagers are able to purchase the same from medical shops. The trend is more prevalent amongst the affluent classes of major cities in India like Gurgaon, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. We receive many a cases where in young girls in their teens have taken iPill and call up RxOcean doctor to understand what could be the possible consequences of the same. In one such absurd case a girl’s boy friend made her have iPill twice within a span of 7 days without knowing what could be the possible consequences of doing this.

Infact dos and donts of the same are not clearly advertised even on Piramal Healthcare’s website which says
“i-pill has no long-term or serious side effects, and is safe to use for almost every woman. Nausea, vomiting, lower abdominal pain, a feeling of breast tenderness and headache are some common side effects after taking i-pill. All this should stop within a day or two. There are chances of unexpected vaginal bleeding, but this is not dangerous and should clear up by the time of the next period. i-pill might also cause the next period to come early or later than normal. But if the periods are delayed by more than a week, it is recommended to go in for a pregnancy test. i-pill will have no lasting effect that may complicate future (and wanted) pregnancies. i-pill is not recommended if you are allergic to levonorgestrel – the medicine used in i-pill.”

On one hand iPill’s Opponents claim that “It is only proved for women aged from 25-45. Ipill can be potentially harmful since it is a hormonal pill. Some Doctors have also suggested that frequent use can cause ovarian damage and menstrual problems, especially among younger girls. Certain side effects of ipill as mentioned by ISARC researchers include, reduced sex interest, skin allergies and loss of vigor. Long time effects of a hormonal pill cant be predicted. Continuous use may reduce the chances of future pregnancy too.”

Based on the logic that this medicine is supposed to be used sparingly and occasionally and hence is completely safe. But most of the people dont understand this logic and just go by the advertisement they see in the TV which doesnt clearly mention that it should be used sparingly and is not an alternative to contraceptive pills and hence use it without knowing the effects of its usage. Based on this background, proponents of iPill argue that  ” It is wrong to say that it was designed for women over 25 and is completely safe. According to these advocates of iPill there is no age restriction for the emergency contraceptive pill like the i-Pill. If you are of reproductive age (past menarche = the first period), are sexually active, and do not plan a pregnancy you can use the i-Pill. Other than allergy or pregnancy, there are no contraindications to i-Pill use.The i-Pill is safe to use even for women who cannot use the regular birth control pill. The i-Pill does not cause ovarian damage, nor does it reduce the chance of future pregnancy, etc. Briefly, the hormone in the i-Pill is a progesterone-like hormone; progesterone is a hormone secreted by the body and it has a regulatory function in the reproductive system.” Thus claiming that iPill is completely safe medicine

Although there are no clear winners to this debate but all said and done it is always safe to avoid any type of drug. Why cant we use other precautions to prevent pregnancy rather than depend on iPill post unprotected Sex. In case you still have queries and would like to discuss with a professional doctor , please call Family Physician ( Doctor / Gyanecologist ) available at www.RxOcean.com and discuss your case in detail.

One of the other question that people ask is do women gain weight when they take contraceptive pills?

Although there doesnt exist any scientific research to prove this but our experience from our clients suggest that a minority of women do experience weight gain. They get a feeling of bloating, probably due to fluid retention, and their weight goes up. These problems are temporary in nature and are resolved when they stop taking it.

Ideal BMI, Body Water, Lean Mass, Body Fat %

Many a times people have lots of misconceptions about ideal body mass, body water %, lean mass and body fat %. It is ok when people who are not aware about these things and how they work technically but the main problem arises when some of the gym instructors and fitness trainers tell wrong things to their clients.

Recently a client of mine who had lost almost 20 kilos of weight in 5 months and was very satisfied with the results called me frantically asking for an appointment. When we finally sat down he told the entire story that a friend of his who is a fitness trainer told that his body fat % is 20% over the normal and he needs to lose that fat. Now that he had already lost 20 kilos and was very much near his ideal body weight he wondered what else can he do ? Although I was a bit bemused at whatever he told me about the fitness trainer but then I realized that a number of people dont understand these things in detail hence am publishing the following tables which can be used as a benchmark for checking if your ratios are near to normal or above / below normal.

Just a note of caution although these numbers can be used as a benchmark but they mightnt be applicable on each and everyone.  A lot depends upon the individual’s current medical conditions etc. Hence it is always advisable to consult a dietitian / dietician to ensure that you know the right parameters for your self.

 

BMI (Body Mass Index) Categories:

 

BMI Standards
19 – 23 Normal
23 – 25 Over weight
25- 28 Obese
28 – 30 Obesity Grade -1
30 – 32 Obesity Grade -2
32 – 34 Obesity Grade -3

Total Body Water Percentage:

  • Males- 60 -70 %
  • Females- 40 %


Average Lean Mass:
Women- 40 -43
Male- 45 – 48

Body Fat % Analyser:

 

Age % Standards
Female:
20-39 23 %
40-59 25 %
60-79 27 %
Male :
20-39 18 %
40-59 20 %
60-79 22 %