OBESITY AND BREAST CANCER

The world today has become extremely competitive and we are constantly striving to achieve a better lifestyle, earn more money and live lavishly. But in this mad race to achieve success we are ignoring to take care of our health, both mental and physical. The biggest problem that the United States are facing today is Obesity. People there are always on the run and consume foods which are unhealthy, and can lead to obesity.

Obesity causes are slowly increasing in India as well. As we have started adopting a western lifestyle, our food habits have also changed a lot. Earlier people in India used to believe in keeping their bodies fit by indulging in Yoga and Meditation regularly, but nowadays people have stopped doing that and are over exerting themselves at workplaces.

Obesity is not just a singular health issue as it leads to other preceding health problems like arthritis, back problem, low immunity, low energy, stamina, etc. Obesity also leads to a lot of mental problems like low esteem, lack of confidence, depression, extreme stress, etc. All these become very difficult to deal with because at a later stage because it is not just a physical war that one is waging but also a mental war.

Breast cancer is yet another increasing health menace growing in India. The numbers of cases of breast cancer in the US are increasing every year. Breast cancer doesn’t only happen due to family history, but also due to an unhealthy lifestyle with low precautionary measures taken.

Studies have been conducted which show obesity is somewhere associated with a modest increase in the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Women are prone to this because they never really undergo a Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT).

A woman can be diagnosed with breast cancer at any stage of life and its connection with obesity is established. The chances of breast cancer rise when a woman increases weight and becomes an obese. Epidemiologists are working very hard to establish the exact relationship between obesity and cancer. Weight gain during adult life, most often from about age 18 to between the ages of 50 and 60, has been consistently associated with risk of breast cancer after menopause.

An increased level of oestrogen among obese women is often considered to be the primary reason behind Postmenopausal breast cancer. It mainly happens after menopause, at this point of time the ovaries stop producing hormones and hence fat tissues become the most important source of oestrogen. Obese women have more fat tissues; which implies that the oestrogen levels are also higher. It ultimately leads to the rapid growth of oestrogen, i.e. responsive breast tumours.

 

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5 Health Myths vs Facts

It is a fact that we as human beings like to be fit and healthy but the competitive world that we live in does not allow us to take care of ourselves. We are constantly on the run to earn a livelihood and improve our lifestyles. Unfortunately in this race of “improving lifestyle, internet” we forget to improve our own lives.

Due to the outburst of social media and the internet over the last 5 years, there has been a significant shift, as far as awareness among people is concerned. But there is a flipside to it, with an abundant number of articles being posted online daily, there is actually a dearth of evidence as to which one is the authentic or proven one. When it comes to health, one should be extremely cautious about what a fact is and what a myth is.

We have listed down 5 myths and their facts:

Myth#1:
A child cannot get affected by blood pressure or high cholesterol.
It is a general myth that children due to their high immunity are not prone to health issues such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

Fact: Many children today are prone to health hazards like blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The fact is that because of lack of physical activity in today’s average child’s life, a lot of them are getting easily prone to different kind of health issues, which includes blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Myth#2:
Continuous changes in calorie intake and change in amount helps in losing weight. It takes a time to notice changes in the body weight. Little changes in caloric intake do not accumulatively affect the overall weight loss process.

Fact:
Minute changes in caloric intake or burning does not cause massive weight changes. Body mass changes eventually, despite any change in calorie burning or intake.

Myth#3:
Eating just before you go to sleep causes weight gain. It is commonly believed that eating close to bedtime causes weight gain. It causes indigestion and also weight gain.
Fact:
You will not gain weight as long as you are not skipping goals. So concentrate on hitting the right goals of having your meals regularly.

The fact is that skipping meals can result in weight gain and not eating close to bedtime. Yes, there can be problems of digestion but it doesn’t cause weight gain.

Myth#4:
The more water you drink, the more weight you will lose.

Fact:
One of the biggest myths is that if you consume more water then it will lead weight loss or lesser rate of weight gain. Drink a lot of water, at least 8 glasses in a day to keep you hydrated throughout the day. But don’t expect water to do some magic and make you lose weight miraculously.

Myth#5:
Breastfeeding helps in protecting the baby against Obesity.

Fact:
There is no data backing the myth that babies get protected from Obesity if breastfed. Breastfed baby is generally healthier than the other babies who are not breastfed but it certainly does not protect the baby from obesity!

 

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Control Obesity to Control Annual Budget!

The cost of living for any family all across the country is generally not very high unless one is living a very high standard life. The biggest expense for a family comes at a time when there is an ailing family member. In rural areas specifically, it becomes harder because they do not always have the privilege of having a health insurance.

Obesity and overweight have increased in percentage over the years. There has been an 8.6 fold increase of obesity and overweight cases in the past 14 years, in urban areas the number has increased by 1.7 folds. Even though the cases of Obesity and overweight are increasing every year but still the biggest problem remains that Bariatric Surgery is not covered under the insurance. Doctors have uniformly said that this procedure is a life-saving procedure and not a cosmetic surgery and hence should be covered by the insurance agencies. But the agencies have refused to budge

Doctors believe that the cost factor is making the insurance companies reluctant to agree. A Bariatric surgery costs are very high in between INR 2.5 lacs to 5 lacs. The technology and equipment costs an additional of INR 1.75 lacs. Since the insurance companies are not ready to budge and the expenditure for families in increasing, the only way out is to fight obesity and make sure that none of your family members are suffering from it.
It is clear that the obesity problem is not just restricted to the urban areas; it has penetrated very well in the rural areas as well. After USA and China, India has been called as the third largest contributors to obese people all over the world. Obesity is a serious problem because it leads to a lot of other health issues like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, blood pressure problem and in some extreme cases even cancer. The number has grown to more than 61 million and is growing.

Obesity among the people belonging to the low income group is increasing. The reason behind it is being given to be as that the people who were undernourished during the fetal period often become overweight later on due to a biological dysfunction, where in the body is not able to oxidize fat. An overweight baby giving birth to an undernourished baby is mostly because the mother must have been undernourished herself in during her childhood.

Some other factors which are involved with low income obesity is the tendency of the family members to stop their child from crying by giving them sweets or anything which consists high quantity of trans-fat. Also consumption of tobacco, alcohol at an early age contributes too to health hazards.

The government needs to look into this because it is a very serious issue and needs to be dealt with immediately. Obesity is increasing at a very rapid pace and it can only be dealt with efficient and sensible steps. A national unified effort needs to be made in order to fight this serious health issue. For the progress of the economic and social classes of the society, it is important to contribute in solving this health crisis.

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Soft calories are Evil! Beware of it!

Oh sugar! I don’t know you but your killing attitude murdered me 1000 times!!!! There are trillions of people who are being soft target of soft calorie each and everyday without knowing it. This article is all about to reveal their secrets. So what is soft calories? Soft calories supplies energy to your body and no sufficient other nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals etc.

Foods like alcoholic beverages, beer, cake, candy, cookies, fruit-flavored beverages, gelatin, high fructose corn syrup, ice cream, margarine or shortening, other fats and oils, soft drinks, sweets, wine gives each other a tough competition in the world of soft calories. Now question is how this can be evil? Well, an uncontrolled intake of soft calories makes you fat, overweight, obese and morbid obese!Just as you go for saving your excess money in bank, your body also goes for saving your excess calories and that too in the form the fat in body. It is naturally a storage process and that is not bad as sometimes you need money as you don’t have it in your pocket and you need to withdraw from bank. So when your body requires energy and there is not much in blood they withdraw it from your body. But if it is an addiction! Your body produces alotof insulin to incorporate them into cell in the form of fat. Due to immediate storage again your sugar level goes down and your craving fuels your body up again. So there should a limit. How much? As per recommended dietary allowance an Indian [reference man (60kg) & woman (55kg)]can have a maximum of 20 gm of sugar or 4 teaspoon full of sugar each day. If you are advised for weight loss you should avoid soft calories. Now you should ask yourself how much you are eating? You must read about the food label and the nutritional value written on every sugary item you buy. Divide the quantity of sugar by five. Now you get actually how many teaspoon of sugar you are consuming. So now are you guilty of being addicted towards sugar and want a quick solution? Well the quick tips of avoiding soft calories might help you!

 

QUICK TIPS TO AVOID SOFT CALORIES

AVOID CHOICES
Alcoholic beverages Iced Tea, Black Tea
Cookies Oats/multigrain Biscuit
Alcoholic beverages Iced Tea, Black Tea
Fruit juices Lemon water with artificial sweetener
Ice cream shake Cold coffee with skim milk and artificial sweetener
Fruit Salad with cream Fruit salad with yogurt
Soft drinks Iced Tea, Black Tea, Flavoured tea
Sweet Scrambled Paneer with artificial sweetener

Also remember the food is combination of nutrients like Carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fibre among which the first three has calorific value.

Be very choosy about the carbohydrate. A Carb steady diet to keep your blood sugar steady! Both the quality and quantity influences your blood glucose level. So no sugar and liberal brown rice will not bring a solution to you until you control the serving size.While choosing type, always go for complex carbohydrate rich foods. Forget about alcoholic beverages, refined sugar and its products and choose complex carbohydrates. The simple carbohydrate joins together and forms a complex structure. Whole wheat, bran, whole grains, mature vegetables, fruits with skin, Oats, legumes, guar, barley are some of them which contain a variety of complex carbs. The fibre in them binds with ingested glucose molecules resulting in production of chelating compound which restricts glucose level to rise by slowing its absorption. They are also prebiotics which are food for good gut bacteria. They are also utilized as fat replacer so helps to regulate your cholesterol level. Fruit is a natural sugar source. Most of our patients ask about fruit. Which fruit is good or bad? Well the ICMR recommendation for fruit is 250gm per day. Now the available soft calories in fruit depend upon the amount of carbohydrate present in it. Here the glycaemic load concept enters above glycaemic index. Let us take a look at a list of some fruits which need to be taken in safe limit to keep blood glucose in steady level. But remember whole fruit & NO JUICES!

Fruits Safe limit (gm)
Raisins 25
Dates 25
Dates fresh 30
Kiwi 30
Banana 70
Black currant 90
Custard apple 90
Mango ripe 120
Litchi 150
Pineapple 150
Grapes green 160
Sapota 170
Apricot 170
Jack fruit 200

A recommended dietary allowance for fat are beneficial for growth and development of body, for providing oil soluble vitamins, hormone production. Both the visible & invisible fat in food performs those tasks in your body. The recommendation of visible fat i.e. the fat we can see while cooking or eating like butter, oil, margarine etc. is 20-25gm (4-5tsp) for reference man or woman. But the fat that is not visible and almost cannot be separated is invisible fat. Like a bite of cheese gives you equal amount of fat & protein. Here is a list of..

Fat content of some common foods (Source: Krause’s Food & Nutrition)

1-3gm [Eat as per day allowance by your health guide]

  • Low calorie salad dressings
  • Baked beans
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Fishes without skin
  • Cottage cheese made from skimmed milk
  • Yoghurt

0gm/100 gm – Eat liberally

  • Whole fruits
  • Veggies
  • Skimmed milk
  • Curd from skimmed milk

7-10gm [Occassionally]

  • Cheesee, cheddar
  • Milk, Whole cream
  • Sausage
  • Steak
  • Potatoes, frenchfried
  • Chowmeinhakka
  • Chocolate candy bar
  • Corn chips
  • Doughnut
  • Mayonnaise

4-6gm [Eat in strict moderation]

  • Cheese Mozarella
  • Chicken baked or roasted with skin Egg, scrambled
  • Muffin
  • Pizza, cheese
  • Brownie
  • Butter
  • French dressing

≥15gm [Avoid]

  • Hot dog
  • Pork chop, broiled
  • Cheesecake
  • Lasagna with meat

Jng about protein, the protein requirement for a person depends upon her/his body weight. The recommendation is 1gm/kg body weight/ day. So basically if you weigh 60 kg you need 60gm protein. Protein rich food can also be fatty and gives a high calorie. Hence while choosing you must need to check fat content of that food.

High biological value protein must need for body but in case you are a vegetarian then too the same can be done by mixing rain with pulses are milk products. These types of foods are known as complementary foods. So it canbe eaten with such combination.

Some of the high protein foods with content…

Food Protein content (g/100 g)
Fish ±18-20g
Chicken ±10-17
Cheese ±24
tofu ±7
Milk ±3.2
Yoghurt ±17
Soybean 46.2
Egg 13.3
Nuts ±33
Pulses ±25

Here also the hidden fat gives you more calorie so just cut that part off! Go for lean meat all mixed dieters! Instead of choosing whole cream milk just go for product of skimmed or double tonned milk. Have protein supplements only when your health professional prescribes you.

So this way you can cut down the soft calories and extra calories from food. It is basically like a sound equaliser where you must know the tricks to master the diet equalizer.

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Diabetes – A National Economic Burden!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year at least 2.8 million people die due to being an overweight or obese. 35.8 million People of global Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALYs) are caused due to them being overweight or obese.

For a very long time it was believed that overweight and obesity exists only in the western part of the world where the “fast food culture” is immense. But today, the scenario has completely changed and gone are the days when India relied only on homely food. Today, since the lifestyle of people has changed and has become immensely fast; people have started resorting to fast food and other unhealthy food habits.

Another report by WHO states that India will have 80 million diabetic patients by 2030. The study further reports that the increased prosperity in developing countries like India has accompanied with itself a huge increase in calorie intake. However, it has been noticed that the body has not been able to cope with the dietary changes. The bodies have been conditioned to cope with undernourishment. The fat is stored in a manner by which they become more prone to diseases like diabetes and obesity.

India had an estimated number of 40 million diabetics in the year 2013, it is the highest ever in any country. Going by the numbers, it can be certainly said that India will soon face severe economic burden.

Since the lifestyle of the urban areas in the country are much more dynamic, fast, unhygienic and unhealthy, it has been pronounced confidently that the epidemic diabetes has hit the urban are the most, more than the rural area. It has been estimated that 5 to 25% of the average income of an Indian family goes in the treatment for diabetes. It basically translates to USD 2.2 Billion a year! As opposed to the kind of expenditure which is involved in the treatment of diabetes, the per capita expenditure on health care in India is a meager 6.4% of average spending around the world. The separate diabetes healthcare cost is estimated to be a staggering of at least USD 153 billion each year for only the people who are in between the ages of 20 to 79.

The expenditures made on diabetes care are not properly distributed as per the different age and gender groups. More than three quarters of world expenditure in 2010 was used for people who are in the age group of 50 to 80 years. It is expected that more money will be directed towards diabetes care for women than men.

The intensity of the economic burden depends on the economic status and also the number of insurance policies of the country a family lives in. Surprisingly, in larger countries the situation is worse since the family with an individual having diabetes has more expenditure because of the poor system of medical care and insurance. Also the provisions provided by the government are poor. In India specifically, the poorest of people spend 25% of their income for diabetes care.

Diabetes and Obesity also leads to a decline in productivity and growth of economy. Due to health issues the worker loses earnings of work days which results in lesser activity days and less of production done, this leads to permanent disability in most of the cases. These types of losses are much larger in poorer countries and less in India because premature deaths happen at a very young age. Loss of lives also causes a lot of economic burden since there is a monetary value attached to it.

It is highly suggested to always be cautious and if you get any sign of diabetes get yourself checked with the doctor immediately. Early detection with any disease or health issue can help in preventing further complications.

Bundle up for Winter: How to Avoid Weight Regain

Are you eating more right now, than you were a couple of months ago?

Does it seem like no matter how much you eat, you just never feel full and are ready for the next meal?

It’s not you, the weather is to blame. Studies have shown that we tend to consume significantly more number of calories as the weather gets colder. Some researchers believe that this may stem from the fact that as primates we piled on the calories to sustain us for the cold weather when food would be scarce. These impulses from centuries ago have remained embedded in us.

Add to that, the fact that cold weather brings with it holiday binges, festive sweets and New Year celebrations…the temptations are too many.

But, don’t let the weather get the better of you, follow these tips to stay on track for your post-surgical weight loss.

Choose the right carbs
Our nerve cells produce a chemical called Serotonin aka the feel good chemical. In the cold weather, Serotonin drops which makes us crave for refined, sugar-laden foods. Make the right choice by opting for nutrient-rich foods like, oats, fish, beans, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, beetroot, etc. These foods will raise the Serotonin level in the body and curb the cravings.

Boost your immunity
Winter-time also makes us susceptible to catching a cold, flu, etc. Safeguard yourself from falling sick by boosting your immune system. Green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, methi, etc), oranges, amla, turmeric, peppers, cabbage, carrot, purple grapes, pomogranate, etc are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and beta-carotene which help build a strong immune system to shield your body from germs.

Stock up on the sunshine vitamin
The deficiency of Vitamin D is the root cause of many health issues like osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension fatigue, depression, etc as well as low immunity. With less sunny hours in winter days, it is important to include Vitamin – D rich foods in like Orange Juice, Cereals, Milk, Yogurt, Eggs, water fish – Salmon, Tuna, etc. in your diet

Drink Up
As the temperature drops, so does our thirst. But, not drinking adequate amount of liquids can be a grave mistake as it not only leads to dehydration but the body also tends to confuse thirst for hunger and we end up eating more. Make sure you drink 10-12 glasses of liquids everyday but steer clear of sugary carbonated drinks.

Keep these tips in mind and keep your health on track this winter season.

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