The importance of handwashing

Is the hype about hand washing really true or is it an overreaction?

It is common knowledge that washing hands well after performing any activity is the best way to keep away from infections. Hand washing is the oldest and most simple step one can take in order to ensure prevention of bacterial infections or spread of infections from person to person. It is one of the most underrated means of prevention because a lot of times when we are asked to wash our hands we ignore it. But this is a message that is actually worth repeating.

Proper handwashing helps prevent many illnesses as germs can spread in many ways. In our daily routines, we often touch many things and objects without realizing the harm it could cause. Everything from doorknobs, tables, bottles to our own mobile phones have germs because various people use/touch it. Once a person is infected, it’s only a matter of time before that the people around also get infected. Handwashing is definitely the first line of defense against the spread of various infections like the common cold, hepatitis, meningitis, respiratory infections, skin, and diarrhea etc. Handwashing is definitely an underrated technique of saving yourself a trip to the hospital. It is like self-vaccinating against infectious diseases.

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Don’t take Obesity lightly

A 2016 health survey conducted by the Dubai Health Authority stated that 36.1% of the total population was considered to be in the pre-obesity stage, i.e. they were overweight and nearing obesity unless the necessary actions were taken. And 11.9% of the total population included obese individuals.[1]

Obesity is a growing health concern across the world, causing various chronic health conditions and reducing people’s life expectancy. Obesity and being overweight are terms used to describe weight that is generally unhealthy for a given age and height.

As defined by the WHO, obesity is abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Excessive fat accumulation is caused by a combination of factors including, genetics, high-calorie intake, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle practices etc. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI) – a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of their height (in meters). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese, while a person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight. Obesity is now a growing phenomenon across the globe and is directly linked to causing some of the preventable chronic diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, knee and joint problems, stroke, conditions of the heart, as well as certain cancers.

So why are people in Dubai becoming obese? Genetic and cultural factors do play a role in determining an individual’s chance of becoming obese, however, most people blame it on their sedentary lifestyles, long working hours, unhealthy food practices, lack of physical activity, and easily available fast food options. We all give these excuses, but do we realize that we are letting these factors get in the way of good health. Are these really the causative factors for obesity?

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Take Your Health to Heart – World Heart Day ’17

The heart is at the heart of your health and it deserves care. Cardiovascular conditions are the most common causes of deaths worldwide. In the UAE alone, over 500 babies are born every year suffering from heart conditions. Studies have shown that cardiovascular conditions amount to the biggest number of deaths in Dubai, with around 30% to 70% of people suffering from some form of heart disease. These are alarming statistics just go to show the lack of awareness among people about their heart.

Dubai is home to a lot of people working under stressful conditions, leading unhealthy lifestyles by eating unhealthy food high in fat and cholesterol and eating at the wrong times. Cardiac conditions are on the rise today even among the younger population.  Residents in the UAE are in fact, much more susceptible to heart conditions from a very young age.

The risk of heart conditions in the UAE is alarming because of the unhealthy lifestyle people lead here. Moreover a lot of times people do not take into consideration their ways of leading life disregarding the fact that it is their life at risk. Unhealthy lifestyles cause various health conditions and negatively impact life in various ways. The majority of the people here lead sedentary lifestyles and are engaged in a job that requires them to be seated in front of a screen for hours. However, people despite knowing the same are ignorant towards their health.

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Vitamin D and its importance

What are the most important things that we need to know about Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins that our bodies need in order to function in a healthy state. It is both a nutrient that we consume and a hormone that our bodies produce. It is colloquially referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” since our bodies naturally produce it after exposure to sunlight. Other sources of Vitamin D include foods such as dairy products, breakfast cereals, and fatty fish such as Salmon and Tuna.

What role does it play? What are its most important functions?

Vitamin D was initially considered to be responsible for maintaining the health and functionality of the muscles, bones and joints by facilitating the absorption and retention of calcium and phosphorus. However, further research over the last decade has shown that Vitamin D also plays a key role in developing a strong immune system, maintaining organ functionality and alleviating chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Furthermore, a lack of adequate Vitamin D can also accelerate pre-existing mental health conditions such as dementia and schizophrenia, in the elderly.

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skin summer ready

Is your skin summer ready ?

With the blazing sun above our heads, summer is now here in its full glory. However not everything about the sun is as bright and shiny, the harsh sunrays can cause major damage to the skin. Skin is the largest organ of the body and any fluctuation in the weather can affect the skin. Summers in particular call for extra attention and care to the skin.

Summers result in dry and patchy skin, pores clogged with dirt because of excess sweating, tanning, sun spots and sun burns. A lot of times people tend to continue the same skin care routine for summers and winters. It is essential to understand that the skin requires extra attention during the summer and it is extremely essential to meet the essential skincare requirements. (more…)

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