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28 Jun

I only share items that I find interest me hoping it might interest you as well:

Though we all might know this, but reiterating once     Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore      
A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged  by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below.
  Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
1. Diet        – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise – Half an hour’s walk, at least five days a week;
                        avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control BP – Blood pressure and Sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Ans: No

Qn: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective? 

  Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress? 

  Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Ans: Walking is better than jogging, since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
Ans: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Ans: Extremely rare.

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I’m currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?   Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and oil is the worst.

Qn: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Ans: All oils are bad.

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit, since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Ans : Yes, consanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may NOT have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?
Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short/long term)?
Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?
Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , Samosas, and even Masala Dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Ans: No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded e-mails on this)?
Ans: Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
Ans: No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
Ans: There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Ans: Nature protects women till the age of 45. (Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased than in men )

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?   Ans: Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkups if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ….

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Excess Fat, Red Meat and Lack of Exercise Increase Cancer Risks

1 Nov

The official word is in The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research has saidbadfood.jpg that excess body fat and red meat are linked to an increased risk of common cancers and should be avoided.  This has never been said before in such a definitive way so we had better start taking notice of this and follow the guidelines if we want to reduce our risk of escaping the claws of cancer.  This is not the first time consumers have been warned about red meat and excess body fat but now there is research to back it up in a 571 page comprehensive report released yesterday by 21 researchers. More than 7000 studies over five years were used in compiling the report. Researchers found that extra weight around the waist may lead to cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, colon, kidney and uterus as well as postmenopausal breast cancer.  The weight can be kept off  by exercising at least 30 minutes a day and limiting consumption of alcohol, high fat foods e.g. burgers, French fries, milk shakes, pastries and sugary drinks. Red means such as beef, pork and lamb are linked to colorectal cancers should be replaced with poultry fish and eggs.  Avoid also bacon and lunch meat.The Researchers found that about 40 percent of all cancers are linked to food, lack of exercise, and body weight. This can be used as a guide in designing cancer prevention education programs, and health policy around the world, panelists said.“Part of the purpose of the report was to show that prevention of cancer by means of food, nutrition, and associated factors is as feasible and crucial as prevention of coronary heart disease,” the researchers wrote. “The evidence that high body fatness and also physical inactivity are causes of a number of cancers, including common cancers, is particularly strong.”

Nickle and Dime Exercise Strategy

20 Aug
  1. Park farther away from the office, or get off public transportation at an earlier stop, and walk the rest of the way.
  2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  3. Go for a walk during lunch
  4. Do a few squats while waiting for your lunch to warm up or the coffee to be brewed instead of reading the papers.
  5. Instead of meeting in the office or over lunch, meet in the gym or while taking a walk.
  6. Take frequent breaks to get up and walk around.
  7. Find a gym near your workplace and exercise for 20 minutes during your lunch break or just before or after work.
  8. Use your headset or cell phone and walk around while talking on the phone.
  9. Stretch occasionally while sitting at your desk.
  10. Have a set of hand weights by your desk. Take it with you around the office or do ten hand curls to give your fingers a break from the keyboard.

Remember every move you make uses energy. At the end of the day when you tally your balance sheet be sure you have spent more energy that you consume.

Waste your waist away for better health

14 Aug


Winnipeg, August 13, 2007 

Don’t belive anyone who tells you that you can spot reduce. The only way you can do that is by surgery.  When you reduce you reduce all over your body.

According to a BBC article of August 13, 2007, researchers at University of Texas found that a person’s waist size relative to their hip size is a key indicator of possible pending heard disease.

According to the experts whose research included over 2000 men and women, a size of 32 inches (81cm) for a woman or 37in (84cm) for a man,  and over spells trouble.

Researchers recommed that moderate exercise  e.g. walking hal-hour, five days a week is the minimum required to maintain good health.

The key: Move your body, every movement uses calories and it counts!

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