How Do I Keep Myself Fit ?

(This Post has been contributed by one of our readers)
Knowing my job in IT Industry and the sort of lifestyle that I have wherein I am glued to my Laptop for more than 16 hrs a day, A number of people ask me as to how can I keep myself fit and how do I keep my weight in check ? All these people get surprised when I tell that I dont do any exercise and I have sweet tooth. On top of that my parents are on the heavier side. Looking at all the questions I thought about what do I do differently than others to keep my weight in check and here is the list of activities I do:

1) Although I dont exercise but at the same time I keep myself active by getting involved in household chores. I even wash my cars once a week to keep myself active and bend my back.

2) Weak Point – I love sweets and cant resist not having them. Only thing I do to cut down on my sugar intake is to cut down sugar in raw format or in my tea and coffee. I am pretty sure most of the avid tea / coffee drinkers would agree to me that taste of the coffee / tea loses some of its original flavor when sugar is added to it. Even if some people dont agree with me on this front and say that this is my personal choice but the key is to balance your calories somewhere or the other. excesses at one place have to be balanced somewhere else.

3) Meals – I cant claim that I am a foodie but I generally dont indulge in binge eating unless I am offered sweets :-). Infact for me entire meal can be that of sweets and nothing else. But on a general basis I keep my meals very very short and may be have 6-7 meals a day . Rather than keep myself hungry and wait for meal time I go and pick up something to eat after every couple of hours.

4) Fruits – On a general basis I do try to eat some fruits every day. Being an Apple lover I can have an apple every day throughout the year. But then I dont fancy any fruit – I generally am ok with all the seasonal fruits.

5) Vegetables – Again I dont avoid any vegetables even potatoes which some dietitians dont recommend when on weight loss diet.

6) Milk and Dairy Products – Although on a general basis I start my day with a glass of milk but I can have another one or two if I dont have anything to eat.

So net net I try to have variety – doesnt by any chance mean that I like all the vegetables or fruits or cereals :-)).

If I analyse my daily intake and lifestyle, I dont work out or do much of exercise on a daily basis but still am able to maintain my weight. I think it is because I have high BMR coz of the way I live or eat. Most importantly, I keep track of the changes in my body and in case I feel I have added couple of kilos, I try to cut down on my sweets for a couple of weeks ( which is indeed very very difficult for me :-)) but I feel to have a fit body and to avoid some of the lifestyle issues / diseases like Diabetes etc it is very much required.

Cervical Spine Issues – IT Workers

Are you suffering from Neck pain or shoulder pain off late. If yes then please don’t delay any further consult a doctor now. It has so happened with me. Since the time I started using Laptop I have been suffering from issues like stiff neck, shoulder pain etc but I used to put some muscle relaxant ointment for couple of days and within some days I used to feel better.

This went on but I never paid too much stress on what was happening in my body, Until one fine day I started feeling that my neck is carrying dead weight of my head and I am feeling heaviness in my neck. At that point I realized that something has gone wrong. I consulted a orthopedician and was told that these are common symptoms amongst IT professionals. I tried to improve my posture and started doing some exercise which was suggested by the doctor but I suppose it was too late and damage was already done.

Suddenly one fine day I started feeling numbness in my little finger in my left hand – I somehow knew I couldn’t take this lightly anymore. I immediately called up Doctor Kirti Soota ( Family Physician on RxOcean http://www.rxocean.com/Empanelled-Specialists.php) to understand what is happening. Dr Kirti Soota explained to me in detail as to what has happened. I was explained about the spinal cord in detail. She also made me understand that some nerves might be getting pressed against one of the bones in the neck and as a result I am feeling numbness in my finger. To me it was a shock to understand that something in my neck could affect my fingers but when I discussed with her she told me that Paralysis could be one of the consequences if this is ignored and situation worsens. She suggested me to go for an X-Ray of Cervical Spine ( AP View) and report her back with findings.

My X-Ray reports confirmed her doubts. X-Ray clearly said that I had prolapse in C4-C5 but as the consultation had happened over the phone and she was not in a position to see the X-Ray, she suggested that I should go and visit a Orthopedician again along with a report. My subsequent visit to an orthopedician revealed a number of other things. What he said was not a shock as I knew some things already about my neck like he mentioned that in case of C4-C5 Prolapse my thumb and fore finger would have got affected and not my little finger which even Doctor Kirti Soota had mentioned but X-Ray doesnt give that bad a picture and may be nerves got pressed coz of some other reason.

As of now I have been put on some muscle relaxants and PreGalin M 75 for a course of 15 days and have been told that in case the situation doesn’t improve we would have to go for an MRI. I am hoping that doesnt happen 🙁 and I get cured before that with this medication. But I thought it would be good to share these findings with readers of RxOcean. Firstly to tell what all problems IT Workers are having nowadays and secondly to showcase how beneficial talking over Phone to a doctor can be. I was not only told which specialist I should go and meet but also explained the consequences of ignoring such things in detail.

Fortunately I realized how beneficial can medical opinion over phone can be – had I just ignored that particular problem of numbness and not contacted Doctor Kirti Soota not sure what would have led me to visit a doctor – it might have gotten a bit too late ..Hence Second Opinion / Medical Opinion over phone can be used as a preventive health care option as well.
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Neck Pain and its causes

Neck pain affects approximately 80% of people at some point in their lifetime. It may result from sleeping the wrong way, poor body mechanics (such as poor posture, or holding the telephone between your shoulder and ear), or constant working on laptops sitting in a bad position or from an injury. Symptoms of cervical spine include:

* Neck pain
* Shoulder pain
* Arm pain
* Tingling in the arms, hands, or fingers
* Numbness in the arms, hands, or fingers
* Sharp pains in the arms, hands, or fingers
* Weakness in arms
* Frequently dropping items
* Weakness in legs
* Tripping or stumbling when walking
* Weight loss
* Headaches
* Nausea

You should consult your family physician for an evaluation if you have any of the following symptoms:

1. Neck pain with high fever, chills, and weight loss
2. Ongoing numbness, tingling, weakness in the arms or legs
3. Loss of bowel or bladder control
4. Loss of balance
5. Severe headaches
6. Dizziness
7. Neck pain that persists despite conservative treatment
8. No obvious cause for neck pain
9. Neck pain that is progressively getting worse, and worsens at nighttime
10. Neck pain that persists beyond three weeks

Information Technology and Medical Practitioners have always been at logger head

Recently at 3rd Medtech Conference in Delhi, one of the key issues that was raised by practicing doctors was that current crop of doctors coming out of college don’t have much exposure to technology and how to use technology in practice. In fact CEO of Batra Hospital (Dr Sanjeev Bagai) even went to the extent and suggested to honorable health minister (Mr Diwedi) to incorporate a course in medical colleges through which doctors can at least learn something before they are out of college. It was also pointed out in the current curriculum doctors have 1 week of technical course in their entire 5.5 yrs of M.B.B.S and that too is optional. May be the example quoted was that of a particular medical college and mightn’t be true across the board but If that is the state of Medical colleges today, we can understand to what extent current generation of practicing doctors, who graduated some years ago, are familiar or comfortable with technology. This also makes me wonder as to how many doctors have email-ids and surf web or keep themselves abreast with the latest technological changes happening and changing the medical world.

Anyway there are a number of other issues and solutions that technology can bring into picture which is transparency, analytics of tonnes of data that gets generated, family genealogy and hence better understanding of current diseases and may be better medicines.

Along with above highlighted benefits a large part of India’s population is still under served. People don’t have access to any sort of medical facilities – technology can provide answer to such issues and help medical services reach under served and under privileged but at the same time Government has to ensure that certain critical requirements of Telemedicine are met so as to aid the delivery of health care services through internet and telephone. Proper medical and taxation laws need to be framed so as to give a thrust to this sector at the same time govt should also provide subsidy for import of equipment required for delivery of these services at a subsidized rate.

With transparency – Income tax and other medico legal cases are also bound to go up which in a way is good for the health of industry as it will bring in accountability of the acts of Service providers and give more power in hands of service seekers. Also transparency by publishing things (EMR) over the web will ensure that illegal activities of some service providers like female foeticide etc. come down.

Some of the things talked about in the paragraphs above like EMR are long term and India would take at least 10-15 years to make some progress but various models of Telemedicine will come in front of us in this duration. As necessity is the mother of all inventions so is Telemedicine an answer to some of the health problems of India. www.RxOcean.Com is an initiative in that direction.

About the Author: Author is co-founder of www.RxOcean.com and can be contacted at nitimunjal@rxocean.com. Having founded www.Rxocean.com in 2009 author dreams of setting up a virtual hospital and bring transparency and affordability of medical services across India and developing world.

Large Numbers of IT Workers Resort to Smoking

A large number of IT / ITES workers (Guys as well as Girls) smoke. Although there are tonnes of ill effects of smoking but after talking to a number of my clients in IT and BPO sector – we have noticed one common issue which they highlight. Most of these people always say that “Smoking aids in Weight Loss – so why should we discontinue that?”

In a sense they are right but we need to select the lesser of two evils. It is true that nicotine in cigarettes affects body weight by increasing the metabolic rate and hence the number of calories burnt. It also decreases appetite and thus the food intake. So once you quit smoking you may gain some weight but it is not a hard and fast rule. At times there is an urge to eat sweet foods or eat more when not smoking. To prevent this, keep low calorie foods handy and try to follow a healthy diet and exercises. You’ll soon see a change in your fitness levels. Just keep in mind that the health risk associated with slight weight gain are negligible in comparison to tremendous positive health effects of quitting

Dadima’s Home Remedies for Diabetes

1) Bitter Gourd – Karela. This vegetable can be had as often as one can. People also recommend having its juice to reduce blood sugar levels.
2) Amla: Amla is a rich source of vitamin C and is considered to be effective in controlling diabetes. Its affects along with that of Bitter gourd juice have been widely studied in Ayurveda. Along with Bitter gourd juice it helps pancreas secrete more insulin.
3) Basil Leaves: Tulsi Leaves along with neem leaves and belpatras are also advised to patients of diabetes. Ten tulsi leaves, ten neem leaves along with ten belpatras can be had with a glass of water early morning on an empty stomach.
4) Fenugreek seeds in various forms is also advised to people with Diabetes. Some people recommend having two teaspoons of powdered Fenugreek seeds with milk and some suggest to swallow Two teaspoons of seeds.
5) Shilajit along with juice of stone apple is also considered good for Diabetes
6) Fresh fully grown curry leaves if had every morning continuously for 3-4 months have also shown to cure diabetes due to hereditary and obesity.
7) Jamun and powder of its seed is also recommended for Diabetes
8)Gurmar is also said to have shown good results in lowering blood sugar. This herb can be an excellent substitute for oral blood sugar-lowering drugs in Type 2 diabetes. Even Onion and garlic are considered to have significant blood sugar lowering action.

Although all the above are widely publicized dadima’s diabetes cure but enough research data on the efficacy of these doesn’t exist. People should continue taking their medicines along with these so that their sugar levels don’t shoot up. It is very important to control stress. Avoid fatigue, and emotional upsets. Stresses create anxiety that send damaging hormones racing through your system. Exercise can be used to control stress. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent diabetes and controlling blood sugar levels.