Dr Bijumon Varkey

Tired All The Time?

Low energy and being tired is one of the most common reasons why people visit the Dr. Weakness, fatigue, lack of energy, there are many ways to describe the feeling when you do not feel like doing anything. In usual cases, you are ready to take on the world after a good break or a good night’s sleep but when otherwise, it is an indication that something is wrong. When fatigue occurs frequently and lasts for longer than normal, it is the sign of something serious.

Excess fatigue and tiredness is so common that it has its own acronym; CFS or chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatigue is a common symptom for various health conditions, which are sometimes extremely serious. Everybody feels tired at some point or the other, if we push ourselves too hard physically, emotionally or mentally. But do you feel that the energy has vanished from you? You no more feel the zest to get up and go. You wake up feeling tired like you haven’t slept at all. All this could probably mean that you suffer from CFS. (more…)

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Anemia

  • What would happen if anemia is not treated?

Anemia is a medical condition in which the red blood cells (RBC) or the hemoglobin levels decrease in the blood. The red blood cells contain hemoglobin which gives blood its red color. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood to different parts of the body. In cases when the hemoglobin levels drop, there is an insufficiency of oxygen supply to the body which causes the lungs to work harder in pumping oxygen, hence causing symptoms like difficulty in breathing.

There is no definitive single cause for anemia, the condition may be caused due to various factors including viral infections, heavy loss of blood, deficiency of iron, deficiency in vitamin B12, chronic health conditions etc.

The symptoms of anemia vary depending on the cause of the condition. Since anemia is caused due to a lack of supply of sufficient oxygen to the body, the main symptoms that manifest are tiredness, weakness, and palpitations. Other common signs and symptoms of anemia are:

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Good Carbohydrates vs Bad Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are an important source of nutrition for us. They are one of the basic nutrients required to keep the body healthy and functioning, the others being proteins and fats. Carbohydrates are found in a variety of healthy and unhealthy food, causing it to become a topic of argumentative discussion.

The recent past has seen an increase in a lot of diets that require you to avoid or cut off carbohydrates completely from your diet. This is because of the presence of carbohydrates, better known as carbs, in foods you know are good for you like vegetables and in foods that you know aren’t healthy, like pastries. This has also led to the division of carbs into good carbs and bad carbs, however, they are generally categorized as bad for health as they cause weight gain.

The body needs sufficient amount of carbohydrates in order to function effectively and there is a certain amount of carbs that one should intake on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean one can load up on donuts, cakes, and cookies in order to fulfill their daily intake of carbs. An individual needs to know the difference between carbs that belong on your plate and the ones to avoid. Intake of carbohydrates is good and is necessary, although consuming the wrong carbs at the wrong time can work against your metabolism and come in the way of dropping pounds.

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Is The UAE Expat Life Making You Sick?

  • What is the detrimental impact that life as a lonely or disconnected expat, can have here in Dubai?

Expat life in Dubai is seen as an envy for many. However, loneliness or a feeling of being disconnected is a common feeling for a lot of people who move to Dubai from other countries. By all means, what keeps a person well is strong emotional and friendly bonds, close relationships with a tightly knit group. When one moves away to a new country leaving behind friends and family, life can seem to be rather lonely. Despite where you live and how you live, life will throw challenges at you, and tackling them without the support of family may be overwhelming. A lot of times the challenges could be the simplest of everyday issues, but without the support mechanisms, people tend to push their feelings within themselves, until they become a burden.

The feeling of being away from home can, however, cause various mental health issues in people here. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common mental health issues seen among expats in the UAE that can have detrimental impacts on the mental and physical health of an individual.

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Health tips to start the New Year right!

The New Year has just begun with the arrival of 2018, giving us the opportunity to start afresh. Majority of the people make New Year resolutions, some of the most common ones are to quit drinking, to lose weight, to lead a healthier and fit life. However, a lot of people tend to lose track and do not stick to these resolutions. The bitter truth is that some habits are very hard to lose. This year try to develop new healthier habits rather than focusing of getting rid of the old habits. One does not need to make drastic changes in their lifestyle, even small changes help go a long way in creating an impact on one’s health.

Here are a few health tips to help fulfill your commitment to a healthier you this year:

Have a plan

The first and foremost thing to do when you decide to make lifestyle changes is to have a plan as to how you will go about it. Outline the changes you want to bring in your lifestyle and work on how you would fit them into your current lifestyle. Do not make too many changes at once, take small steps towards a healthy life.

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