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A Healthy Ramadan Plate

The holy month of Ramadan is a time when families gather together to enjoy a rich and heavy meal, particularly during Iftaar. One must keep in mind that during Ramadan, the diet of an individual who is fasting is completely altered and completely depends on the meals consumed during Suhoor and Iftar. It is crucial to decide and consume the right kind and amount of food because these meals help an individual sustain their fast for the entire day.

Suhoor (early morning meal) needs to be wholesome in order to provide the required nutrients and energy to last until the next meal at Iftar. An ideal Suhoor meal should contain foods rich in fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins. Cereals like oats with nuts and dry fruits, wholemeal bread, green leafy vegetables, brown bread with yogurt and fruits are ideal meal options for Suhoor. Eggs are rich in protein and nutrients and help stay fuller. Dairy products are also a great source of nutrition that helps stay hydrated throughout the day. Dry fruit milkshakes, watery fruits like cucumber and tomato are great sources to keep the body hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is key during the non-fasting hours in Ramadan to keep the body hydrated throughout.

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Endometriosis – a silent sickness

Women often experience pelvic pain while menstruating and heavy flow during menstruation. Most times women often disregard the pain believing it to be the usual period pain which will get better after those 5 days. This is one of the most common myths associated with Endometriosis. Pelvic pain during menstruation is one of the most common symptoms of Endometriosis often considered period pain. Women believe that sever pain during periods is normal and is caused because they have a low threshold for pain. Periods are not always meant to be painful and endometriosis is much more than period pain. A lot of women experience sever pelvic pain even before and after their periods.

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Myths About Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among adult men in the UAE. In the larger conversation about male organs and glands, the prostate gland often gets overlooked. Part of the male reproductive system, located under the bladder in front of the rectum and surrounding the beginning of the urethra, the prostate is actually a small gland. As a key part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland produces and secretes fluid into the semen. Despite its small size and limited function, however, the prostate gland too can become cancerous.

Cancer begins when cells in one part of the body grow uncontrollably and then start spreading to other areas. The spread of the cancerous cells may be slow or rapid depending on the type of cancer and the body’s response to it. Just like other forms of cancer, prostate cancer too begins when the cells in the prostate gland begin to grow uncontrollably. Although the prostate gland functions as part of the reproductive system in men, its close proximity to the bladder results in individuals with prostate cancer exhibiting many urinary symptoms such as burning sensation or pain during urination; difficulty urinating; loss of bladder control; blood in the urine (hematuria) etc. However, these are not definitive symptoms, hence, it is strongly advised for adult male’s post the age of 40 to get themselves screened regularly for prostate cancer.

Despite the wide prevalence of prostate cancer, the conversation about it is only limited within the medical community, which has led to the perpetuation of many myths and a serious lack of awareness about the condition in this region. Myths and misconceptions about such a serious medical condition can be harmful to those who might be at risk for prostate cancer but ignore their symptoms as signs of a less detrimental condition. Some common myths regarding prostate cancer include:

  • Prostate cancer only affects older men: Statistics show that the probability of getting prostate cancer is higher in older men, however, middle aged and men in their late 40’s are also at risk for prostate cancer. The risk factors for prostate cancer extends beyond age including race, family history, physical health, geography and lifestyle.
  • Lack of symptoms implies the absence of prostate cancer: Unlike other forms of cancer, prostate cancer can be completely asymptomatic, particularly in its early stages. In such cases, a diagnosis can only be made by a doctor during a checkup and follow-up tests.
  • Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer: This isn’t always the case. There are different types of prostate cancer often present in different parts of the prostate. There are those that advance slowly as well as those that advance rapidly and can be fatal in their outcome.
  • Since prostate cancer doesn’t run in my family, the odds are that I will not get it: Although the probability of developing prostate cancer is higher if it runs in the family, the fact remains that even those without a predisposed hereditary risk factor can develop prostate cancer.
  • The Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a cancer test: The PSA test only determines the amount of PSA/ protein present in the bloodstream and not cancer. If an abnormal level of PSA is found, then the doctor recommends further tests to determine if the cause is prostate cancer. PSA test is not a prostate cancer determining test, for instance sometimes a high number may not mean you have the disease and a low number may not mean you don’t.
  • Vasectomy can cause prostate cancer: After extensive research, it has been concluded that vasectomy does not increase a man’s chances of getting prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer treatment results in incontinence or impotence: Although chemotherapy might have some side effects such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, these effects are subject to the patient’s age and physical health.
  • Prostate cancer is contagious: The chances of having prostate cancer increases in men who have a family history of the condition. But in no way, shape or form is prostate cancer contagious among men.

Despite the widespread prevalence of prostate cancer, early detection and treatment have led to a complete recovery for a majority of the patients. To put things into perspective, the 5-year, 10-year and 15-year survival rates are nearly 100%, 98% and 95% respectively. But it is important that men get regular screening involving either a Digital rectal exam (DRE) or the PSA test if they notice any unusual symptoms or urinary functions. It is also recommended that all men above the age of 40 get prostate cancer screening despite not showing any symptoms because it will help identify cancer early when the treatment is most effective. Prostate cancer is one of the few cancers that can be neutralised completely, once detected. All that is required is the right knowledge about the condition and the initiative to get yourself tested regularly.

Dr.Rahul Bhatt

Specialist Urologist

Aster Clinic, Bur Dubai (AJMC)

Dr.-Rahul-Bhatt

*Aster Clinics are currently running a 50% discount on prostate cancer screening in line with the aim of promoting awareness about the importance of regular screening especially for men over 40. For more information, visit – http://asterclinic.ae/prostate-cancer-screening/

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Aster Clinics Win ‘THE MEDICAL CLINIC OF THE YEAR’ Award

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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