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Hi, At night I am experiencing extreme cold problem and numbing in legs and arms and leg pain as well.
Hi, I have Stomach gas not emptying properly, having this problem last one year. Done usg whole abdomen, all blood tests but nothing found, all fine.Please suggest me something for that.
Extreme fear of snakes even if they are absent (in starting) and now even hearing of any sounds also frightened me full of fear that any thing come and happened to be in addition to snakes?
How many of us know that a deficiency of Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine can make you susceptible for heart disease, brain degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s as well as muscle pain, depression and dragging fatigue?
Vitamin B6 is one of the most crucial vitamins for health and it’s a part of the vitamin B complex family. Now, all B vitamins, including vitamin B6, play an important role in a number of life-altering physical and psychological functions. All of them have a vital role to play in helping to maintain a healthy metabolism, nerve and liver function as well as skin and eye health, as well as good amount of energy levels.
Role of Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine has a number of derivatives, including pyridoxal, pyridoxal 5-phosphate and pyridoxamine. And all of these are involved in major body functions like movement, memory, energy use and blood flow. This is the primary reason why a vitamin B6 deficiency can show up in a range of symptoms from physical to psychological, temporary to chronic and serious.
Vitamin B6 also helps your body to
Maintain a healthy nervous system
- To make more hemoglobin, blood cells that carry oxygen in blood
- To provide energy from our food
- To balance blood sugar levels
- To act as a natural pain relief
- To boost mood
- To create antibodies for self-protection
Preventing a Vitamin B6 Deficiency
The recommended amount of vitamin B6 for an adult under the age of 50 is 1.3 milligrams. Normally, this amount is easy to get from your diet, assuming you are eating a balanced diet with enough calories. However, the amount the body’s requirement for vitamin B6 jumps up as you age. Experts recommend that adults over 50 get up to 1.7 milligram daily of this vitamin.
As this requirement is not met, older people get more prone to a vitamin B6 deficiency and so do malnourished children and adults. Foods like poultry, pork, nuts and beans contain high levels of vitamin B6 and you can include more of these to get the recommended dose of vitamin B6. However, since vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin, so you need to replenish your body with it daily as it doesn’t get stored in the body.
Symptoms of Vitamin B6 deficiency:
Lack of energy and chronic fatigue: Vitamin B6 helps supply your body with energy by improving your metabolism. It has a vital role to play in protein metabolism – it helps your body break down the protein that you eat and produce energy quickly. So one very important pointer that you have a vitamin B6 deficiency is when you get fatigued quickly during exercise.
Brain function decline: Vitamin B6 vitamin helps your brain communicate with other parts of the body more efficiently. So, if you have a decline in muscle efficiency it could be a sign of vitamin B6 deficiency.
High Levels of amino acid Homocysteine: High levels of amino acid Homocysteine do not cause any symptoms that you can detect by yourself but tests can tell you if you have high levels of this amino acid in your body. And these high levels are directly linked to vitamin B6 deficiency. What high levels of homocysteine can do is cause heart attacks. But vitamin B6 helps keep a check on these levels to reduce your risk for a cardiovascular event.
Other symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency are:
- Changes in mood, such as depression, irritability, and anxiety
- Muscle pains
- A worsening of PMS symptoms
- And worsening of symptoms of anemia
- As vitamin B6 is so important for nerve function, a deficiency is linked with neuro-psychiatric disorders like seizures, migraines, and chronic pain.
- An increased risk of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis
- Higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
When it comes to health, there is no taking a chance. Most of us are in the habit of storing some medicines at home, which could come in handy, say for a headache or an acidity attack. However, these often remain in the medicine kit for a long time before they are actually used. So, finally when the day arrives when there is an actual need for it, we are not sure if it is still usable. The one thing we dread is the use of a medicine, which is past its expiry date.
What if there is an adverse event? What if there is a complication or a side effect?
Then, if we are not in a position to get a fresh pill, we would rather endure the pain or acidity than pop that outdated pill. Is it really prudent to do so? I say otherwise. Most medicines have the expiry date to indicate the date or time, until when the drug would have the most potency and efficacy. Meaning to say, the drug may become weak (take longer to act or may require more of the drug to produce the same effect) when taken after the listed expiry date.
The truth is that most pharma companies list a date, which could be months, if not years, ahead of the actual expiry date. In reality, a drug never really expires. Most medicines can be used up to a few months after this date. Some medicines may even be useful after years of their expiry date.
It depends as to what the medicine is for:
- Painkillers are usually harmless to take beyond the expiry date. If there is no effect (even prolonged), then try to get a fresh one.
- Chronic medications like anti-hypertensives and anti-diabetic medications can be used up to a few months at the most, not beyond. Make sure to monitor readings to check for the efficacy. Often times, a greater dose may be required to get the desired effect, but this should not be done without medical supervision.
- Biologic products like EpiPen, eye drops or injectable substances should not be used, if they are cloudy. In fact, most of these should be kept for a very short period after opening.
- With any expired medicine, keep your doctor posted, especially your chronic meds to seek further advice and information.
The place and the way the drug is stored also may help in retaining its strength. A drug stored in the fridge is safer than something stashed away in a cupboard with a lot of other things. Keep these in mind, and take a call!
In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
I am 43 age year old female. I am having gastric problem since 1 year and also having headache daily. I have been diagnosed they said it's migraine but the medication doesn't give any relief. I am having daily headache & gas problems .what should I do now?
I have smoking in last 4 years in one day 10 cigrate smoking how to stop smoking please advice for me. I am also using psychiatric drug using 5 years name quetiapine 275 mg. Any suggestions for me.
I am suffering from muscle ache, feeling nauseous. Body is feeling weak and neck joint hurts. Feeling feverish but does not have high temp.
Mothers are nature’s original, and finest, caregivers. From parents to spouse to children to in-laws to extended family to yes, sometimes even neighbors, mothers come factory-fitted with caretaking skills that make sure everyone has well looked after. Which makes Mother’s Day the perfect opportunity to turn all that loving attention back to where it belongs, moms. Here are some ideas to ensure that mothers are taken care of, not just on the 13th of May i.e. the day we celebrate as Mother’s Day this year but all year long.
- A health check-up: Mothers, especially those past 35, are prone to health issues like anemia i.e shortage of hemoglobin in the blood, which can cause weakness, osteoporosis which is the deficiency of calcium & vitamin D, that can cause brittle bones, weight gain, breast cancer and mood swings., etc. An annual check-up package comprising routine examinations and visits to the doctor is a great way to keep a watchful eye on their well-being.
- Regular exercise: While most mothers get a certain amount of ‘workout’ naturally as they go about their daily chores, that’s usually not enough. Family members must, therefore, ensure that mothers don’t skip their daily dose of exercise. This can be anything from a morning or evening walk to yoga to a gym regimen.
- A helping hand: While a mother will never confess it, even she needs a break. After all, she works tirelessly all day and has a right to feel exhausted once in a while. It is the responsibility of family members to take responsibility for the homework of a mother’s list. Apart from refreshing her, this will allow her the opportunity to explore hobbies, spend quality time with the family and catch up with friends.
- A patient ear: Perhaps what a mother needs the most is a friend or a confidant. An emotional support for the highs and lows they go through every day. While daughters are best suited for this role, anyone close to a mother can make an effort to be supportive and understanding. Respecting her opinions and choices, hearty conversations and a patient ear can make a mother smile with joy, and glow with happiness.
Mothers are heaven’s gift to us. This Mother’s Day, let’s gift her something in return. One that says “Thank you for taking care of me”. Let’s take care of mom’s health. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!