Aster Clinic has been named the Best Medical Clinic of the year 2016 at the annual Mother, Baby and Child 2016 Awards. Aster Clinic won this prestigious award for their attentive efforts in refining patient care in the region.

The Mother, Baby and Child awards recognize excellence, and contribution of healthcare providers and other major entities that work towards helping mothers in the UAE nurture their children. They are the only awards of their kind that give mothers the opportunity to encourage and shape industries and brands that play a vital role in their life. Aster Clinic has won this esteemed acclaim solely based on the votes of readers of the magazine. The award was received by senior members of the Aster Clinic team.

Mr. Mario Pereira, Chief Operating Officer, Clinic Business at Aster DM Healthcare, expressed his delight on winning the Best Medical Clinic of 2016 and said, “Congratulations to all the winners across various industries. We consider it a great honor to be recognized and nominated among our peers in the industry and winning the Best Medical Clinic has made it much more exciting. This recognition is a great triumph for Aster DM Healthcare and a greater accomplishment and encouragement for all our staff and practitioners, who work towards providing highest quality care on a regular basis. Such achievements further motivate us to do better and inspire others to excel by providing exceptional patient care and the best possible medical outcomes. We are committed to honor our word of providing quality healthcare and will always stand by our promise, we’ll treat you well.”

Aster DM Healthcare has always focused on patient care and invested in the finest healthcare facilities to provide patients the best services which truly exemplifies their success. Aster Clinics have constantly maintained an efficient and professional approach by striving to make continuous improvements in their services and making innovative contributions that have made a lasting impression in the healthcare industry in the region. With the highest accreditations, Aster Clinics raise their own benchmark time and again, offering comprehensive healthcare in a customized and friendly atmosphere across UAE.

Aster DM Healthcare is a healthcare network with over 296 operating facilities across 9 countries, including 18 hospital, 89 clinics & 189 retail pharmacies. The organization has 18,750 employees including 2,035 full time full-time doctors as of October 31, 2016.



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The truth about sugar

Love it or hate it, sugar is an unavoidable part of our daily diets. We consume it every single day, be it with that innocent cup of tea we have every morning or thanks to a large can of sauce that’s more savoury than sweet. Sugar can be found in ubiquitous stuff, like your morning coffee, cakes, chocolates, cookies, diet sodas, white bread, salad dressings or cereals boasting about their ‘low fat’ contents. And then, there are sugars that simply sneak into your diet without you noticing – through fruits, honey and even milk. But as you may have actually guessed, not all sugars are the same. So, is there a ‘right’ kind, and if so, how do we ensure we have it?

“Type 1 diabetes occurs in a genetically susceptible individual when unknown environmental factors trigger the condition,” explains Dr Ajith Kumar, specialist endocrinologist, Aster Clinic, Al Qusais. “Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is caused by genetic factors as well as lifestyle habits.”

Type 2 is the more common of the two, accounting for about 85-90 percent of all cases diagnosed, and is caused due to a variety of reasons including a sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure or even a history of diabetes in the family. While it’s important to know that reaching for that second doughnut won’t directly give you diabetes, weight gain and obesity, on the other hand, are actual concerns.


The most dangerous belief about diabetes is the idea that the condition can be easily dealt with using minimal attention and care. In fact, diabetes is a serious, chronic disease. Two out of three people with diabetes die from cardiovascular-related episodes, such as a heart attack or stroke. However, diabetes can be controlled with proper medications and lifestyle changes.

A lot of people believe that if someone is overweight, he/she will automatically get Type 2 diabetes. This is not true for every individual. In fact, most overweight people never develop Type 2 diabetes, and many people with Type 2 diabetes have an average weight or are only moderately overweight.
Diabetics cannot eat sweets at all. There is no reason people with Type 2 diabetes cannot eat sweets, as long as they fit it into a normal meal plan, or make sure the intake is combined with exercise. Eating small portions and including them with other foods can help slow down digestion, stopping them from wreaking havoc on your blood sugar levels. The key is to have a very small portion and save sweets for special occasions.
It’s not true that everyone who has diabetes needs to have insulin shots. Diabetes can be controlled with many oral and injectable medications, of which, insulin is the most effective. But not all people suffering from diabetes need to take it. The oral medications are safe and effective, but they are to be carefully chosen to suit the needs of the patient.
Many patients claim that they know when their blood sugar is high or low, leading to the myth that regular testing is not needed. In fact, you cannot rely on how you are feeling when it comes to your blood sugar level. You may feel shaky, lightheaded, and dizzy because you’re coming down with a cold or the flu. The longer you have diabetes, the less reliable those feelings become. The only way to know for sure is to check your blood sugar regularly.

Dr. Ajith Kumar

Specialist Endocrinologist 

Aster Clinic, Al Qusais 


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Back and Neck Pain

Upper back and neck pain can leave you speechless, making it hard to approach your normal day. The explanations for this uneasiness fluctuate, but they all come down to how we hold ourselves while standing, moving and the most critical – sitting.

Back and neck pain can restrict your developments and abilities. In the event that you don’t take care of your pain, they can deteriorate, spread, and limit you further. This is typical because the muscles around your immediate area of pain have worried to secure that one spot. That expansion limits development and can transform one held muscle under your shoulder bone into a painful shoulder and a headache.

Back pain and sleep

Back and muscle can also be a reason for your sleepless nights. According to a research in your deepest time of sleep, your muscles relax the most. This is likewise the time when your body discharges human development hormone. When you lose sleep due to back and neck pain, the chances of healing also reduces.


  • Lifting something in an improper manner
  • Repeating poor postures
  • Sports injuries
  • Being obese/overweight
  • Smoking

Our love for screens is additionally a reason for upper back and neck pain. Sitting all day working on a computer screen, stretching out your neck to read the news on phone various times a day and sitting on the lounge chair at home to watch TV for few hours are great ways to throw your body towards pain.

In the same way as other health conditions, the impacts of back and neck pain can be to people who are overweight or smoke. Excess body weight can add more pressure to the muscles.

Quick relief and prevention

Chronic upper back and neck pain can turn into a serious issue. In any case, some broad soreness in your back and neck part is quite regular. There are a couple of measures you can take for instant help when the distress arises and a few things you can do to prevent it altogether.

Apply a cold compress

For the same thing, you can apply a frosty pack. This could mean a handful of ice in a plastic pack wrapped or in a towel or anything cold such as a soda can right out of the machine.

Walk upright

Walking with healthy posture can help you as well. A good way to visualize healthy posture is to imagine you are suspended by a line connecting the middle of your chest to the ceiling or sky.


When to see a doctor

If your neck or back is injured badly while playing football, or in a car accident, see a doctor as soon as you can. You could be facing injuries which are internal. Experiencing numbness is also a sign that you should visit your healthcare provider immediately. Also if you are trying out a solution at home since two weeks and it’s not effective to visit a doctor. Visit an Orthopaedician at Aster Clinic, if you are facing any injuries related to back and neck pain. You can also call us at 04 4 400 500 for booking an appointment.


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Things you need to know about Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer is a growing concern amongst women. Because of its nature however, the subject is not one that we easily discuss. While the awareness is higher than ever, recent statistics show that in the UAE, 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are already in the third stage.

For this reason, we encourage you as a woman to ‘keep both eyes open for breast cancer’ and learn how to self-examine. According to the Health Authority – Dubai, the women themselves find 80% of the cancerous lumps. After all, you know your body better than anyone else. We request you to read the information in this booklet carefully and ensure you follow the recommended procedures and tips to help yourself and guide others in doing your best to fight against Breast Cancer. Let’s Think Pink and do our bit to build awareness and fight against Breast Cancer.

Things you need to know about Breast Cancer

What are the symptoms?

  • A lump or thickening in the breast or under the armpit.breast cancer
  • A change in the position of the nipple.
  • Changes in the shape or size of the breast or nipple.
  • Discharge or bleeding from the nipple.
  • Nipple rash.
  • Pain in one of the breasts or armpit.
  • Puckering or dimpling of the breast skin.
  • Pulling in of the nipple.
  • Redness of the breast skin.


Checking your breasts regularly can be crucial to early diagnosis; when the chances of successful treatment are greatest.


Stay breast aware and follow these five easy steps:

  1. Know what is normal for you
  2. Look and feel your breasts (upper chest and armpits too)
  3. Know what changes to look for (see above)
  4. Report any changes without delay to your GP
  5. Make sure you attend breast screening if you’re 50 or over



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Welcome to the Cysterhood – PCOS

“I am a Muslim cyster” declares health blogger Chelsea on — an American-Muslim woman in her mid-twenties. The post published last year has garnered quite a few comments from the ‘cyster’ community online but for many others the statement might be confusing.

Women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) call themselves ‘cysters’, in reference to the numerous cysts found in their ovaries.

Chelsea writes about how, at 24, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome — a common endocrine disorder, affecting one in every ten women globally.

For women like Chelsea, ovarian follicles produce eggs or ovum that do not mature fully as in a normal cycle — resulting in benign cysts. The ovaries also produce excessive amounts of androgens (male hormones) which further block ovulation.

Given how common the disorder is, the lack of awareness about PCOS is absurd.

According to a UAE-based research conducted by Aster DM Healthcare, only 52 per cent of UAE residents were familiar with PCOS. September has been promoted as the PCOS Awareness month by leading health care organisations to create discussions about the condition.

The most common symptom of PCOS is irregular menstruation. However, periods can be irregular or even absent for girls in their teens which is why many mothers and doctors disregard such patterns. In her blog, Chelsea shares that despite having consulted doctors repeatedly when she was younger about her irregular periods, she was not tested further and was prescribed birth-control pills (which are commonly used to regulate periods).

Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Ann Mini Mathew, Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecologist at Aster Hospital said: “Most women hesitate to consult a doctor about their irregular periods. A woman who doesn’t have periods within a gap of 28 to 35 days is irregular and should ideally menstruate at least eight times in a year [before menopause].”

Other PCOS symptoms include male-pattern hair growth, sudden weight gain and difficulty to lose weight, sleep apnoea, acne, oily skin, pigmentation and pelvic pain. Women can experience one, some or all of these symptoms and there is no consistency from person to person.

Gulf News spoke to Helena, a 25-year old from India, who was diagnosed with PCOS when she was 19. Her periods were regular but she decided to consult her doctor because of sudden and continuous weight gain despite having no changes in her diet or physical activity.

Tara, a 27-year old UAE expat, was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 20. She had periods only once every five to six months and found pigmentation marks on her neck which was when she consulted her doctor. Though weight-gain is common for PCOS patients, Tara never had this issue. This inconsistency of symptoms is a major reason for incorrect or under-diagnosis.

The root cause of PCOS has not be found yet but genetics play a huge role.

According to research by Aster DM Healthcare, 50 per cent of mothers who suffer from PCOS are likely to pass it on to their daughters. Helena told Gulf News that her mother and elder sister also have the same disorder.

The over production of androgens (male hormones) in the female body due to insulin resistance can be a contributing factor in some cases. Bad lifestyle and diet choices also contribute to the condition.

One of the most common effects of PCOS is the inability for women of the child-bearing age (18 to 44) to conceive.

According to Dr Hena Firoza Kalam, Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Medcare Women and Children Hospital, some women are diagnosed with PCOS after delivering even up to four children, revealing that infertility is not common to all PCOS patients. Other major health complications include abnormal uterine bleeding, anxiety and depression, cardiac issues, high cholesterol and endometrial cancer.

The risk of endometrial cancer is proven to be two to three times higher for women suffering from PCOS than others.

“Due to lack of proper ovulation and menstruation in PCOS patients, the lining of the uterus thickens over time, increasing the risk of endometrial cancer. It is necessary for them to have at least one period in three months so as to reduce the thickened uterine lining. This can significantly reduce the risk of this cancer”, Dr Kalam told Gulf News.

Inducing ovulation through medicines is used to assist PCOS patients struggling to conceive. Lifestyle and dietary changes also increase a women’s chances of ovulation. “Losing just 5 to 10 per cent of body fat can get a woman’s ovulation process on track”, Dr Kalam told Gulf News. For women who want to regulate their periods and treat symptoms such as acne and male pattern facial hair, doctors prescribe hormonal medicines to induce menstruation. These also lower the level of male hormones in the body.

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian branch of medicine, is becoming a popular alternative treatment option for women who do not want hormonal intervention. Tara, an Indian UAE-expat with PCOS, opted for Ayurvedic treatment along with diet and lifestyle changes. Now after 6 years, one of her ovaries have no cysts and the cysts in the other one have reduced considerably.

PCOS has no permanent cure but with medicines and a healthy lifestyle women can definitely lead a productive and normal life.


What is it?

PCOS is a condition resulting from an imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body. Ovarian follicles produce eggs or ovum but they do not mature fully or correctly as in a normal cycle — resulting in benign cysts being formed. The ovaries also produce excessive amounts of androgens (male hormones) which further block ovulation.


No definite underlying causes have been discovered but genetics have proven to be a major factor. Insulin resistance, unhealthy lifestyle and diet choices can contribute to the condition.


Infertility is the most common complication arising due to the lack of ovulation in PCOS patients. Abnormal uterine bleeding, multiple miscarriages, anxiety and depression, cardiac issues, increased risk of Type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and physical changes are other complications that may arise. Risk of endometrial cancer is three times higher for women with PCOS than others.


Irregularity in periods is a major indication of PCOS along with other symptoms such as sudden weight gain, male-pattern hair growth, acne, oily skin, pigmentation, pelvic pain, sleep apnoea and male-pattern hair loss. These are highly inconsistent from person to person but self-monitoring can help in early diagnosis and treatment.


PCOS has no permanent cure but symptoms can be treated and managed with medicines, lifestyle changes and healthy diets. Menstruation and ovulation can be induced to increase fertility and control effects of hormonal imbalance in the body.


Source :- Gulf News (


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