Tips To Maintaining Good Health

We have all heard the phrase ‘Health is Wealth’, but how often do we take this seriously? All of us at some point or the other have taken our health for granted. Only when our health begins to deteriorate do we realize how long we spent leading it to that stage, despite knowing that our actions would lead to severe consequences.

Being healthy does not mean just looking thin or fit. An individual is healthy only if he is physically and mentally healthy.

  1. Physical Health:

Physical health is majorly related to what keeps the body functioning effectively, it depicts the external well-being of an individual.

  • The importance of consuming a healthy balanced diet is enough stressed upon already. A balanced diet is one comprising of essential fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and dairy.
  • Avoid junk food completely. Indulging and giving into your cravings is acceptable once in a while. However, it is recommended to cut off completely from oily, fried and fatty foods.
  • Do not follow fad diets and avoid eating the essential nutrients your body requires. A balanced meal is one that contains essential elements from all food groups. Most people tend to believe that carbohydrates are fattening and avoid them completely. It is important to know the difference between good carbs and bad carbs and consult with a dietician who would best recommend a suitable diet.

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Know Your Anatomy

  • Why is it important for people to have a basic knowledge of anatomy and all the various parts in the body? These are biology lessons every one learns at school but soon forgets in adulthood.

The term Anatomy, as many other words in modern medicine, came from the ancient Greek terms ‘Ana’, meaning ‘up’ and ‘Tomia’, meaning ‘to cut’. The literal meaning of Anatomy can be roughly translated as “to cut up, or dissect”. Anatomy is basically the science of the structure of the body.

We all learn anatomy from a very early age, right from when babies are taught the names of various body parts. Everyone learns a little bit of basic anatomy in school. Often, later on in life, most of these lessons are, sadly, forgotten. A basic level of health literacy can be immensely helpful. People with a little awareness of their bodies can easier understand when something goes wrong in the body, allowing them to seek timely medical help. Such knowledge also helps the patient to communicate their specific sources of discomfort to the doctors, helping the doctor arrive at a more accurate diagnosis faster. (more…)

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Tips To Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever felt a sudden, sharp pain that shoots right into the nerve endings of the teeth when something cold, hot or sour touches the teeth? This sensation is called sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is an extremely common problem faced by people of all ages. When you have sensitive teeth, activities like brushing and eating can cause a sharp but temporary pain in your teeth.

Tooth sensitivity is caused due to the exposure of dentin, the part of the tooth that covers the nerve. This could be caused due to the following reasons;

  • Consuming too many acidic foods/beverages
  • Brushing the teeth too hard causing wearing out of tooth enamel
  • Frequent brushing
  • Gum disease
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Excessive use of whitening products
  • Tooth decay
  • Aftereffects of a dental treatment

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Spinal Fusion Surgeries: Can Pedicle Screw Breach Cause Neurological Damage?

Spinal Fusion Surgery can help prevent back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, fractures, or infection of the spine. The vertebrae responsible for the motion that results in pain are joined and stabilized using wires, plates, or rods.
Pedicle screws are used to fix this instrumentation in place. They’re inserted into the anterior vertebrae via the bony lumbar pedicle.
Much like drilling a nail into a wall, inserting a pedicle screw can quickly go sideways. If the screw penetrates in the spinal canal, it could injure the nerves, and cause neurological damage.

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Patients Often Don’t Lose Significant Weight after Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Excess body weight leads to osteoarthritis (4 times the risk in Women & 5 times the risk in Men, Anderson J and Fleson DT. Am.J.Epidemiol. 1988;128:179-189.) and causes cartilage loss in the joints, swelling, pain, and stiffness, limiting the mobility of the patient. It even renders them incapable of exercises that help lose weight.

Knee replacement surgeries are considered helpful in reducing joint pain and improves function, especially in people who find it difficult to sit or move because of bad joints. However, whether or not patients lose weight after Total Knee Replacement (TKR) procedures, has been a matter of conflict for long. (more…)

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