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7 Popular Lies We Tell Our Doctors

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Doctors know about this before they even see their first patient.

Patients lie, and about a lot of things. The false information we give our doctors, and the true information we sometimes withhold, can have a nasty effect on our health.

Here’s a list of 7 lies doctors hear all too often.

Lie #1: “No, I Don’t Skip My Medication”

Often, doctors ask patients about the medication they prescribed. Often, patients lie about this.

If you stopped taking your pills, tonics, or shots, let your physician know. You’ll need to work with your doctor, and clarity is paramount. Only when you’re clear about your medication can your doctor ensure your speedy recovery.

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Lie #2: “I Haven’t Smoked In Years”

Lying about smoking: a bad idea for so many reasons.

This interferes with your treatment. Especially with respiratory issues like bronchitis, doctors give smokers much heavier medication. This is to compensate for the smoking, which weakens your body’s protective mechanisms.

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Lie #3: “Yes, I Exercise Regularly…”

You might avoid a slightly disapproving glance from your doctor, but you’ll also risk improper medication. If you can’t perform a particular exercise due to a certain condition, let your doctor know. They will usually recommend an alternative exercise that you can do.

Exercise is vital to good health and longevity, and lying about it can make you compromise on both.

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Lie #4: “…And I Eat Healthy Too”

Lie about your eating habits, and you’re possibly headed for a misdiagnosis.

Especially with food-related diseases like type-2 diabetes, lying about food habits can get pretty dangerous.

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Lie #5: “Sexual Problems? I.. Er… Don’t Have Those.”

This is more of an issue with men.

Lying about STDs, for instance, can result in crippling pain and even fatal infections. Most of these are treatable, but only if your doctor knows about it. Another area men have a problem discussing: a lowered libido, or trouble maintaining an erection.

This might spell embarrassment for you, but it could spell something else entirely for your doctor. Like heart disease, or a mental issue.

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Lie #6: Exaggerating Your Symptoms…

Never a good idea. You could end up doing unnecessary tests. Worse, you might end up getting medication for an ailment you don’t really have.

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Lie #7: …And Underplaying Them

Explain symptoms as they are: don’t exaggerate, and definitely don’t downplay symptoms that could be serious. For instance, a pain that’s been steadily intensifying needs the immediate attention of your doctor.

Avoid these lies, and you’ll make things better for yourself starting from the next doctor’s appointment!

References:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/top-10-lies-we-tell-our-doctors.aspx

https://www.texashealthyliving.com/single-post/2016/04/14/5-Lies-We-Tell-Our-Doctors-Why-Those-Fibs-Are-Dangerous

Bulimia: 5 Behavioral Patterns To Watch Out For

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Bulimia.

An emotional eating disorder where sufferers feel an inexplicable need to binge eat, and purge themselves immediately after. Different from anorexia, where sufferers don’t feel like eating.

We all know about this eating disorder, or have heard about it in movies and jokes. The reality is that bulimia nervosa (its scientific name) is pretty dangerous, and very commonplace. 10 million new cases in India each year, in fact.

However, victims of bulimia are often careful to cover their tracks, and might look normal or slightly overweight. Here are 5 signs that often point to a case of bulimia, so you can tell if a loved one is suffering from this eating disorder.

Sign #1: A Tendency To Overeat, Then Guilt/Overcompensation

People with bulimia exhibit a worrying lack of control over their eating, but this doesn’t qualify as a bulimia symptom by itself.

Bulimic people will then try some compensatory behaviour. This includes clear red flags like self-induced vomiting and using laxatives. However, also watch out for seemingly innocent behaviour like extreme dieting or exercise to “undo” the calories gained.

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Sign #2: An Obsession With Exercise

Exercise isn’t the first thing you’d look for in a ‘symptoms’ list, but such is the case with bulimia.

Victims of this disorder will be heavily fixated on their workout schedules. They feel a pressing ‘need’ to exercise. They may even get upset when something like rain gets in the way of their routine.

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Sign #3: Inexplicable Tiredness/Thirst

Dehydration is one of the uglier signs of Bulimia nervosa. With frequent vomiting and other self-initiated purges, running out of fluids is the inevitable result. Pay close attention if someone is constantly tired, light-headed, or recently got weaker for no apparent reason.

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Sign #4: A Dread Of Weight Gain

Everybody hates gaining weight, but someone with bulimia will often take it to another level. If you see someone you love getting unhealthily obsessed with weight loss, calorie counting, and their body type, bulimia might just be the explanation.

 

Sign #5: Dental Damage

Frequent vomiting wreaks havoc on your dental health. It causes an acid buildup, which can lead to tooth decay. Over time, teeth can get discolored, and even get eroded. Sufferers may even end up losing teeth.

If you see sudden signs of dental damage in a loved one, get them checked for bulimia.

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Sign #6: Food Disappears

Bulimic people, embarrassed about others seeing their food addiction, may resort to eating food from the kitchen when no one is around. Sufferers have admitted to even stealing from friends.

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Sign #7: Bathroom Smells

It’s not always the smell of someone throwing up. Sufferers may attempt to cover up the smell of vomit by overcompensating with soap, shampoo or room freshener sprays.

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With bulimia, a full recovery is possible. Counselling often helps, but it’s important that the sufferer realizes that they have a disorder. Doctors may recommend antidepressants to combat symptoms like depression.

See any of these signs? Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

References:

https://www.waldeneatingdisorders.com/8-warning-signs-of-bulimia-nervosa/

https://www.eatingdisorders.org.au/eating-disorders/what-is-an-eating-disorder/warning-signs-a-symptoms

Being Overweight May Be Okay; Being Obese Is Not

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Debates have raged on in recent years over the matter of weight and self image. Words like ‘fat shaming’ and ‘body positive’ have suddenly become part of our vocabularies.

But we’re not discussing political correctness here. We’re talking about how, sometimes, it’s actually okay to be ‘fat’. From a health perspective.

Curiosity triggered? We certainly hope so.

The Problem With Our Definition Of Fatness

The thing to understand: what is considered ‘fat’ today might not be what was considered ‘fat’ years ago, or indeed what will be called ‘fat’ in the future.

We tend to rely on things like the Body Mass Index (BMI) to establish whether a person is ‘overweight’. Ironic, because the BMI scale is notoriously unreliable. In fact, 6’ 4” NFL player Michael Jasper weighed 375 pounds in his playing days. This would put his BMI at 45.65, classified as ‘obese class III.’

‘Obese class III’ sounds scary, but consider the facts. This is a man who could jump 28 inches into the air, and complete a 40-yard sprint in 5.53 seconds.

Few ‘fit’ people can claim stats like that, and that’s the issue. Depending on systems we don’t fully understand, we often panic even when things aren’t as dangerous as we think they are.

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Okay, So What Should I Be Concerned About?

Most studies conclude that fitness and nutrition play a more vital role in your health than your weight. In fact, one study actually found that being ‘overweight’ (not obese) on the BMI scale is healthier than being in the “clinically normal” weight zone. Of course, other studies contradict this.

The logical conclusion, then, is that we can’t really rely on numbers like body weight to understand how healthy a person really is.

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Bonus: Being Overweight (Not Obese) Provides Other Benefits Too

Having reserves of fat can actually come in handy. It can help you with a boost of energy when you’re sick, and has been shown to increase longevity.

What You Can (And Should) Do

Don’t worry about how much you weigh. Instead, focus on your lifestyle, fitness and nutrition habits. These, more than anything, dictate how healthy your life is.

Being fat isn’t necessarily unhealthy, nor is being slim necessarily healthy. If you’re ‘overweight and unhealthy’ or ‘slim and unhealthy’, change your lifestyle.

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References:

https://www.sportingcharts.com/articles/nfl/what-is-the-average-bmi-of-an-nfl-player.aspx

https://greatist.com/health/why-it-okay-to-be-overweight

Why (And How) We Need To Change Our Approach To Healthcare

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20 years ago, people got to spend time with their doctors, and get all their doubts and queries answered by a personal physician. These doctors were often on first name terms with patients, and would be familiar with their medical history

It’s 2017 today. We either go to doctors who treat crowds of people each day, or we shuttle between different physicians depending on the symptoms. In both cases, you end up not getting the personalized information and guidance you need.

Here are 4 things WE need to change in our approach to healthcare.

Change #1: Stop Ignoring “Minor” Symptoms

In the fast-paced scheme of things today, we often end up having to fit a doctor’s appointment somewhere between getting ready on time, making it to work, dropping the kids off, and seemingly numerous other daily chores.

This means that we “edit out” symptoms we consider minor, often things like unexplained weight loss, swollen legs, and shortness of breath.

Make it a point to tell your doctor any potential red flags you experience.

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Change #2: Go To The Doctor!

Another result of our fast-paced, tight schedules.

We sometimes postpone visits to the doctor, preferring the quick fix of OTC (Over The Counter) medication. This is okay with (say) a running nose or soreness after a heavy workout. However, make sure you see your GP every time you experience a symptom that isn’t easily explained.

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Change #3: Improve Your Listening

Some of us get points 1 and 2 right, but fail at this one.

It’s crucial that you visit the doctor regularly, get all symptoms checked out, and ask the right questions. But it’s equally important that you soak up your doctor’s replies and advice. Take a notepad if you have to, or bring a friend who will help you comprehend and retain your doctor’s advice.

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Change #4: Don’t Ignore Mental Health

It’s a good thing that most of us are now aware of depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders.

Not so good that we don’t discuss these with trained medical professionals, though. Mental health is still sort of a taboo in most parts, and that needs to change ASAP.

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That’s 4 things we all need to change in our approach to healthcare. Do not put discomfort and shyness ahead of proper healthcare the next time you see your doctor. Your body will thank you!

We want to listen to your thoughts on the state of healthcare. Let us know in the Facebook comments section. As always, feel free to like and share!

References:

https://health.ucsd.edu/news/features/Pages/2014-03-04-10-medical-symptoms-not-to-ignore.aspx

https://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/ask-your-doctor/questions-during-appointment.html

Why (And How) We Need To Change Our Approach To Healthcare

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20 years ago, people got to spend time with their doctors, and get all their doubts and queries answered by a personal physician. These doctors were often on first name terms with patients, and would be familiar with their medical history

It’s 2017 today. We either go to doctors who treat crowds of people each day, or we shuttle between different physicians depending on the symptoms. In both cases, you end up not getting the personalized information and guidance you need.

Here are 4 things WE need to change in our approach to healthcare.

Change #1: Stop Ignoring “Minor” Symptoms

In the fast-paced scheme of things today, we often end up having to fit a doctor’s appointment somewhere between getting ready on time, making it to work, dropping the kids off, and seemingly numerous other daily chores.

This means that we “edit out” symptoms we consider minor, often things like unexplained weight loss, swollen legs, and shortness of breath.

Make it a point to tell your doctor any potential red flags you experience.



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Change #2: Go To The Doctor!

Another result of our fast-paced, tight schedules.

We sometimes postpone visits to the doctor, preferring the quick fix of OTC (Over The Counter) medication. This is okay with (say) a running nose or soreness after a heavy workout. However, make sure you see your GP every time you experience a symptom that isn’t easily explained.

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Change #3: Improve Your Listening

Some of us get points 1 and 2 right, but fail at this one.

It’s crucial that you visit the doctor regularly, get all symptoms checked out, and ask the right questions. But it’s equally important that you soak up your doctor’s replies and advice. Take a notepad if you have to, or bring a friend who will help you comprehend and retain your doctor’s advice.

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Change #4: Don’t Ignore Mental Health

It’s a good thing that most of us are now aware of depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders.

Not so good that we don’t discuss these with trained medical professionals, though. Mental health is still sort of a taboo in most parts, and that needs to change ASAP.

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That’s 4 things we all need to change in our approach to healthcare. Do not put discomfort and shyness ahead of proper healthcare the next time you see your doctor. Your body will thank you!

We want to listen to your thoughts on the state of healthcare. Let us know in the Facebook comments section. As always, feel free to like and share!

References:

https://health.ucsd.edu/news/features/Pages/2014-03-04-10-medical-symptoms-not-to-ignore.aspx

https://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/ask-your-doctor/questions-during-appointment.html

IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS

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A bright smile is something we all desire but not many of us want to spend that little time on taking care of our teeth. In fact, the number of people who brush their teeth twice every day are itself very low.

Not just good dental hygiene but even regular visits to the dentist are very important. You might be wondering why you should go to a dentist when everything is alright but here are a few good reasons you should consider a dental check-up.

 

  1. Cavities

Sometimes, we are not aware that we have cavities in our teeth! A regular dental check-up once every six months will help you make sure whether you are clear of this. When plaque or cavities build up in your teeth, it is difficult to treat them and the procedure gets more complex. A regular dental check-up can help you identify these problems early on and treat them with ease.

4        2.Gum Diseases

When plaque and cavity build up, they don’t just affect your teeth but they also affect your gums. Depending on the extent to which your gums are affected, the treatment gets more expensive and complex. Do you know a great way to avoid gum diseases? Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can ensure you have healthy gums and teeth!

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3.Protecting your Overall Health

Did you know that dental check-ups can not just point to what is wrong with your teeth but can also point to things that are otherwise wrong with your body? Research has proven that by taking good care of your dental health, you can even cut the risk of heart diseases!

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Regular dental check-ups immediately point out to anything that is worrying or alarming. Oral cancer is one such that is best detected at the earliest possible stages. Visiting your dentist once every six months at least, helps you identify if you are at a risk for oral cancer or any other disease and take action immediately.

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References

https://www.123dentist.com/six-reasons-need-regular-dental-checkups/

Managing PCOS

PCOS has become very common among the urban woman today – it is in many ways the curse of the lifestyle we have become accustomed to. The good news is that a lot of women have started asking the right questions.

Why do I have to learn to live with PCOS? How do I overcome it? What are the lifestyle changes that I need to make?

These questions are very important because PCOS affects both the body and mind of a woman. There is a good chance that the person can face side-effects like anxiety, depression, and stress.

Irrespective of what people have to say about PCOS, it can be managed and here are a few ways in which you can do it.

 

1.Eliminate/Reduce Processed Foods

Whether it is pasta or a bottle of sauce or anything else you might eat out of a package – try to stay away! These processed foods apart from being unhealthy for you contain a whole lot of sugar and salt that will only pose a hurdle!

 

2.Include Supplements

 

In an ideal world, you would not need any supplements to keep you healthy. However, you do not get the nutrients you need from the food you eat and hence it is important to consult with a physician and see if you would have to include any supplements as part of your diet.

 

3.Pick an exercise routine

To manage PCOs, including exercise in your routine is non-negotiable. Ensure that you get at least 60 minutes of activity on a daily basis to keep yourself fit. This will help regulate your mood and can reduce the risk of any ill effects that PCOS may cause.

 

4.Consult a Doctor

While lifestyle changes are a huge part of fighting PCOs, don’t look down on the importance of consulting with a physician who can give you a solid plan to manage this disorder.

 

While PCOS is becoming quite common and widespread, it is no reason to take it lightly. Ensure you make the necessary changes to stay fit and healthy!  

 

References

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24939/how-i-reversed-my-pcos-symptoms-with-holistic-practices-in-4-months.html

Importance of Vaccinations

National immunization month is observed in August every year to bring to light the importance of vaccines in both children and adults. Through the years, governments and communities have time and again emphasized the importance of vaccinations. Awareness camps, free vaccines and medical checkups and many other initiatives are run through the year to encourage parents to vaccinate their children. Why are vaccinations so important? Is it a must that we vaccinate ourselves and our children?

Today, there is a lot of new-age advice floating around about how vaccinations need not be an integral part of a child’s medical plan. However, we know that prevention is better than cure and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Here are top 4 reasons why vaccinations are an absolute must.

1.It can save your child’s/your life

This has to be the no-brainer and the most important reason to get regularly vaccinated. These are preventions for deadly diseases that were once prevalent and killed thousands of people!  By taking vaccinations, you save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

2. Save time and money

Healthcare costs have risen a great deal and if someone falls sick, it takes a lot of time, money and effort on both their part and on the family’s part to recover. Vaccinations are a great way to prevent this! Why miss a vaccination and risk falling sick?

3.Unpredictable nature of health

The diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations are not always eliminated from your environment completely – this means that anyone without the vaccine can catch them! Given the unpredictability of these things, vaccinations are a sure shot way of knowing you are safe from one such disease.

4.You protect the ones you love

By vaccinating yourself, you not only protect yourself but also the ones you love! If you catch a disease, there are high chances that your loved ones can fall sick as well. Some of these diseases can be very deadly in older adults and in infants. By taking a vaccine, you are ensuring not just you but your family is protected.

 

References

https://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/five-important-reasons-to-vaccinate-your-child.html

 

5 THINGS THAT HEADACHES MIGHT INDICATE

“I have a headache!”
This is something that we all either say or hear on a daily basis. Most of us assume that a headache is just something that is happening because of the current situation we are in and that it will get better by the end of the day. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a headache might just be your body’s way of hinting at a bigger problem. It could be a cry for help or your body telling you to take better care of yourself.

Here are 5 things that headaches might mean that you could possibly be ignoring. Make sure you fix these things before brushing off your headaches as just another normal part of your day!

 

1.Hormonal Headaches

For women especially, hormonal imbalance can be a major reason for getting headaches. During pregnancy, menopause or their periods women tend to find that they have headaches. However, if you are facing these on a daily basis it might be a good idea to get your blood work done to rule out any hormonal imbalance.

2.Stress

 

If you are over-working or constantly under emotional stress, a headache is often your body asking you to slow down. Pause and reflect on the things you can change about your day to ensure that you are not ignoring the symptoms.

 

3.Lack of Nutrition

 

How does your diet look like? If you find yourself a victim of constant headaches, it just might have a lot to do with your diet. Undereating, over-eating or even taking in too much junk can cause headaches. Ensure you have a clean and healthy diet to help your body recover from the regular headaches.

 

4.Dehydration
Water is not called the elixir of life without a reason – not drinking enough water can cause a whole host of problems for you which also includes unexplained headaches. Ensure that you are drinking enough water on a daily basis to rule out this cause.

 

5.Too much Caffeine intake
Remember that coffee you are drinking one cup after another to bid goodbye to the headaches? It just might be the reason you are getting more headaches! Your body has a tendency to get used to the caffeine you are drinking and a lack of it immediately sends it into a panic mode thereby causing more headaches and pain.

 

References

http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/migraines- headaches-basics#3

DEALING WITH CONSTIPATION

It is surprising how common constipation is and yet how many people are embarrassed to talk about it. In fact, many people feel shy to talk about constipation even to their doctors. Apart from being a physically difficult condition, constipation also has its share of mental trauma because the person going through it feels defeated, ridiculed and very shy to even talk about his situation.

Remember that the first thing you should know is that like any medical condition, constipation can also be solved by first gaining awareness and then doing small things in our capacity to make it go away.

Here are a few quick tips that can help ease the situation.

1. Olive Oil

Adding olive oil to your diet can help you get relief from constipation. Olive oil is known to getting your digestive system to work again by giving it the push it needs!

2.Getting Exercise

There is nothing like physical exercise to give your digestive system the impetus to work. Do some physical activity to kick-start your body again and have healthy bowel movements.

3.Coffee

A cup of coffee in the morning can get you up and running but ensure that you do not overdo this because it can actually have the opposite effect!

4.Drinking Enough Water

Being dehydrated can also be one of the major causes of constipation. Ensure that you are drinking enough water as it is a very vital element for your digestive system to work.

5.Yoghurt

Some good bacteria can do a world of difference to your body. A cup of yogurt a day can be a magic healer for your digestive system and keep it functioning well.

6.Establishing a routine

Establishing a routine, for example, going to sleep and waking up the same time and doing things in a timely manner can help your body clock understand what is happening. This will push your body to do its own functions as well in a timely manner.

 

References

http://everydayroots.com/constipation-remedies

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/constipation-age-12-and-older-home-treatment

 

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