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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The Cold Truth About Migraines

With the busy and stressful lives people lead here in the UAE, we have all experienced headaches at some point in time. Sometimes the headaches are mild and bearable, which is cured by over the counter medications or painkillers. On the other hand, some headaches are moderate to severe and on one side of head associated with irritation of light and sounds, which could be a migraine.

Did you know that migraines are not just simple headaches?

There are numerous types of headaches that are medically identified, and migraine is only one among them, which can severely impair the quality of life. A migraine is a neurological condition in which one experiences episodic headaches mostly on one side of the head (the pain and can be both sided in some patients). The condition can be caused in men, women and even in children, although women are major sufferers of the condition.  A migraine attack in an individual is generally accompanied by nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. A typical migraine attack lasts for a minimum of 4 hours and may continue until 3 days in the severe form.

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Do You Know About Peri-Menopause?

Most women are aware of menopause, however, there is also a phase before menopause, called the peri-menopause which is a rather significant but lesser known phase.

This is not a disease and must not be considered one. Peri-menopause and menopause are few of the very few certain changes that every woman experiences, hence giving them a chance to prepare for it.  This transition phase lasts until a woman completely enters into menopause.

So what is peri-menopause? Perimenopause is a transitional stage in a woman’s reproductive age that begins roughly around 4-5 years before menopause. Peri-menopause is a gradual and normal process, the number of years may vary in different women, in some women, the stage may last only a few months and in others, it could continue for more than 5 years.

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The other side of snoring

Snoring is a common phenomenon, which is often joked about. People who snore in their sleep are often the target of jokes and mockery. However, people fail to realize that snoring could have a dark side and that snoring could actually be a symptom of a serious underlying condition.

Snoring is such a common concern in lots of people, we must have heard a lot of wives complain how loudly their husbands snore and all that they do is get used to it or give an elbow tug to the snorer in their sleep. Snoring could be caused as a result of blocked airways, causing obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. Snoring occurs when the airway at the back of the mouth and nose is obstructed.

Sometimes snoring can be perfectly normal but in other cases, it could lead to a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder. While some people may be simple snorers, the others could be suffering from a serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It should be noted, however, that snoring doesn’t always indicate OSA.

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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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