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Dr. Devakanthan is a renowned General Physician in Mylapore, Chennai. You can visit him/her at Dr. Devakanthan@St.Isabel's Hospital in Mylapore, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Devakanthan on Lybrate.com.

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My mother age is 70 year, she is suffering with lot of body pain and also kidney creating problems please advice me.

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
She should take only soft and liquid diet at this age. She should avoid sour foods and drink enough water.
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Your Guide to Healthy Habits for Type 2 Diabetes!

MBBS
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Your Guide to Healthy Habits for Type 2 Diabetes!

Diabetes is often referred to as diabetes mellitus by physicians, which is used for describing a group of metabolic-related diseases. Diabetic patients have high blood sugar (blood glucose) in the blood, the cause of which might be either the inadequate production of insulin or because the body is unable to use the insulin properly. Diabetes might also be a result of the combination of both.

Types of Diabetes- 

There are three types of diabetes.

  1. Type 1 diabetes which was formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile onset diabetes due to the fact that the symptoms are typically diagnosed in young children and children in their teens. Approximately 10%diabetic patients are Type 1 diabetic where the body is unable to produce insulin.
  2. Type 2 diabetes was also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult onset diabetes, as it occurs mostly in adults. Approximately 90%diabetic patients worldwide are Type 2 diabetic which occurs because the body is unable to produce the required amount of insulin for proper functioning. Overweight and obese people suffering from central obesity or abdominal obesity are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than people who have a healthy body weight, as obesity forces the release of chemicals which may destabilize the cardiovascular and metabolic systems of the body. The risks of developing Type 2 diabetes also increases as one grows older.
  3. Another type of diabetes is gestational diabetes which mainly affects pregnant women who have high glucose levels in their blood. The bodies of these women are unable to produce the required amount of insulin to transport all the glucose to their cells leading to the progressive increase of glucose. Studies have revealed that women who have animal fat and cholesterol-rich diet before pregnancy are at more risk of developing this type of diabetes.

Symptoms
Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, dehydration, increased urination and hunger. Symptoms may also include fatigue, skin problems, slow healing wounds, blurred vision and tingling in the feet.  

Solutions

  1. Patients who are afflicted with Type 1 diabetes will have to take insulin injections for life. Proper blood glucose levels have to be maintained throughout by following a strict diet and regular blood tests need to be carried out.
  2. Patients with Type 2 diabetes need to keep their weight in check. They are generally treated with tablets but sometimes insulin injections are recommended. These diabetic patients need to follow a healthy diet strictly, exercise regularly and keep monitoring their blood glucose levels. Another option for obese people to reduce symptoms is Bariatric surgery.
  3. While gestational diabetes can be controlled with proper diet and regular exercise, there are 10 - 20%of diabetics who will need medications to control blood-glucose. Undiagnosed and untreated gestational diabetes raises the risks of complications during childbirth and may result in a baby who is bigger than he / she should be.

Acute complications of diabetes may include hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia while chronic complications may include diseases of the blood vessels which could damage the eyes, nerves, kidneys and the heart. If you think you have symptoms which suggest diabetes, consulting a doctor at the earliest would be your best option.

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I have a back pain and nose blocking from last one year tried many medicine but nothing is change now my pain' s a lot then before please do give me some options or medicine something by the pain will stop

MSPT (Master of Physical Therapy)
Physiotherapist, Indore
I think u r a patient of sinusitis consul a ENT. And for back pain do back strengthening exercises Thanks and regards Dr. Ritesh kharnal
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After intercourse their is burning sensation on tip of penis. Any idea what is this.

MBBS
General Physician, Allahabad
After intercourse their is burning sensation on tip of penis. Any idea what is this.
It is friction burning. Apply any antifungal soothing cream such as ointment terbiforce - plus locally.
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I am a 18year old Male. I am masturbating 3times a week. Is this harmful? How many times to masturbate to have a healthy life?

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
I am a 18year old Male.
I am masturbating 3times a week. Is this harmful? How many times to masturbate to have a heal...
1. Masturbation is a normal way of relieving sexual tension. 2. It is, not harmful if done in moderation, preferably 2-3 times a week. 3. Excess indulgence may cause physical problem like weakness, tiredness, loss of memory, lack of energy, lack of concentration, behavioural disorder, stress, depression, and sexual problem like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, testicular pain, decrease sperm count. Etc 4. Consult sexologist for further advice.
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My father has an asthma. What is the effect of using an asthma preventer for long term?

Fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology, DNB (Respiratory Diseases)
Pulmonologist, Thane
My father has an asthma. What is the effect of using an asthma preventer for long term?
Asthma preventer has a very good effect when used for long term. Your father will be: 1) symtom free, 2) there will be minimal or no asthma attacks, 3) quality of life is improved, 4) there will be reduced chances of getting hospitalised for asthma attack, 5) there will not be any permanent changes in the lungs which occurs if asthma is not treated properly.
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I am having cough from nearly 2 weeks it is not continuous but now and then it comes it is not dry and I am not getting(kapha kannada word) no fever not other problem why the cough is coming.

MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
All cough of more than 15 days needs inv. Kindly get a xray chest/cbc, spirometry done. Try augmentin 625 mg three/day with meal for 7 days
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Doctor, What food is good when there is gastric problems. Please suggest few for morning breakfast, lunch and dinner.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
Doctor, What food is good when there is gastric problems. Please suggest few for morning breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1.Take bland diet, Avoid foods which cause acidity like spicy, oily, fatty and junk foods, onion, garlic, citrus fruit like orange grape, lemon, tomato, cucumber, raddish, vinegar, pickle etc 2.Have proper Breakfast, Don’t skip or postpone your meal, Take home made food, Avoid food and water from outside, 3.Eat food slowly, don’t rush, take smaller meals at frequent intervals like 5-6 meals per day, and don't overeat. Limit fluid intake during meal4.Drink plenty of water (8-10 glass daily). Take your meal regularly and timely. Avoid fasting, Don’t skip your breakfast. 5. Stop smoking, consumption of alcohol and tobacco, excess tea or coffee, carbonated drinks if you are having,6. Avoid stress, have adequate rest, sleep for 7-8 hours daily in night, go for regular exercise, practice yoga/meditation 7. Take one tablet of pan40 in the morning before breakfast daily for few days .8.Consult gastro enterologist for further advice.
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I am 24 years old height 168 cm, weight 55 kgs recently started workouts in gym my trainer suggested supplements but I have doubt on that is there any side effects using of that? I heard that some one says it effects on testosterone production I don't know? Is there any good supplement body growth and gaining weight and it doesn't effect on my natural life like sex, skin, body effects like that.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
I am 24 years old height 168 cm, weight 55 kgs recently started workouts in gym my trainer suggested supplements but ...
Helo lybrate-user protein n amino acids helps in increasing the muscle mass. You can go for whey proteins, dey r not harmful. Or natural proteins are healthy like soya bean n other cereals. Whey proteins never affects our sex life. Steroids r harmful, so please never use testa injection or tablets, dey r very harmful. Thnks.
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I am 22 years old I am suffering from severe cold from my childhood. This happens in snowy day and even when I take cold water bath. How do I get relief through it?

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
You need Homeopathic medicines for your constitutional treatment. Please take Bryonia 200 – once daily for next 3-4 days.
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I have a headache which draws my attention and I am not able to concentrate. What should I do?

MD - Alternate Medicine, DNHE, BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
I have a headache which draws my attention and I am not able to concentrate. What should I do?
Homeopathic medicines will help you a lot. It will cure your complaints without any side effects. You can take nux vomica 30 5 pills twice a day for 3 days.
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I am a 40 yr old man with a bit of swelling in left bottom ankle and it pains a lot. I have tried voilini, mmov etc it of no use, some say its uric acid, other say that it is bone enlargement on my bottom of left ankle, plesae advice.

Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian (RD), PGDD, Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S), General Physician
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
There are many lifestyle and dietary guidelines that can be followed to protect against future flares or prevent gout or uric acid problems from occurring in the first instance: maintain a high fluid intake (2-4 liters a day) avoid alcohol maintain a healthy body weight eat a balanced diet limit fish, meat and poultry intake. If attempting to lose weight, avoid low-carbohydrate diets. If carbohydrate intake is insufficient, the body is unable to burn its own fat properly, releasing substances called ketones into the bloodstream. This results in a condition called ketosis that can increase the level of uric acid in the blood. It is most important to avoid foods that are high in purines, to ensure that the levels of uric acid in the blood do not get too high. Here is a list of high-purine foods to be wary of: beef kidneys brains dried beans and peas liver mackerel mushrooms lose some weight by walking or other exercise, avoid meats and get always be on a prescribed diet as prescribed by a registered dietitian. I am a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and a doctor, consult privately for detailed treatment plans using diet and medications.
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My mother is suffering from aplastic anemia and count of wbc hb and platelet are down so please help me to cure my mother.

BHMS
Homeopath, Thane
My mother is suffering from aplastic anemia and count of wbc hb and platelet are down so please help me to cure my mo...
Hi, take hc 95 tabs (haslab) 4tabs to be chewed thrice a day for 30 days alfa alfa tonic (dr wilmar shawbe, german) 1tablespoon in 1/4th cup of water drink twice a day after meals.
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Sir I am 56 year old man suffering from diabetes since last year and I am not feeling well and I have also used many plant leaves juice and kadha but there is no any control, as it always get increase or decrease. What should I do?

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
Sir I am 56 year old man suffering from diabetes since last year and I am not feeling well and I have also used many ...
There are several means to gain control over your diabetes. Few of them as below: 1. Eating at regular intervals 2. Avoiding foods high in processed and invisible sugar 3. Good sleep hygiene 4. Consistent workouts to be able to give you specific guidelines, we would need to gain a deeper insight into your lifestyle and work with you in greater proximity. Do let me know if you're keen and we could take this prospect forward. Meanwhile, feel free to consult me privately.
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I have headache problem since two months. Visited many doc. But didn't find solution.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
I have headache problem since two months. Visited many doc. But didn't find solution.
1.It could be a tension headache due to anxiety/stress, inadequate sleep , Low BP/High BP,migraine, prolonged use of cell phone/computer, chronic anaemia, refractive error,chronic sinusitis, organic brain lesion 2.Avoid stress, physical and mental exertion, ,have adequate sound sleep for 7-8 hours daily in the night 3.Go for regular exercise 4.Practice yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercise to calm your mind, control your emotion and relieve stress 5.Check for refractive error, sinusitis Hemoglobin, BP 6. Avoid prolonged use of cell phone/computer 7.Consult Neurologist to rule out other causes of headache , if required take a CT scan of head to exclude any brain lesion 8. consult me for further advice
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I am 20 years old why my face is sweating And in my face holes are happened. I didn't use any type of face creams also.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
PORES TREATMENT 1.Wash your face before you go to bed each night. Going to bed wearing still wearing makeup, as well as any dirt and debris that may have collected on your face during the day, is a sure way to clog your pores. If your pores routinely look large, this could be part of the problem. Get into the habit of cleansing your face each and every night so your pores will be less likely to get clogged. Use warm water, rather than hot or cold, so your skin will be less likely to get irritated. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. 2. Use a cleanser that doesn't irritate your skin. Many cleansers contain harsh ingredients that cause dry, irritated skin. When your pores are irritated, they look wider and more "open." In order to keep them closed, it's best to use a gentle cleanser that washes away dirt without causing your skin to dry out.( PREFERABLY USE CLEANSING MILK ( BAKSON) Choose a cleanser that's sulfate free. Sulfates are harsh cleansers that can strip the skin of its natural oils and leave it dry and itchy. Avoid using a cleanser with scrubbing beads on a daily basis. The beads could be irritating to your skin, and should only be used sparingly. 3. Try the oil cleansing method. It's becoming increasingly popular to replace soap with oil as a facial cleanser. It might sound counterintuitive to use oil to wash your face, but it's actually quite effective. The oil binds with your skin's natural oils and gently washes away dirt, sweat, and makeup without the need for harsh chemicals. Just smooth it over your skin and use a wet washcloth to wipe it off using a circular motion. Here are a few oil combinations to try out: For combination skin: Mix 1/2 teaspoon castor oil and 2 teaspoons olive oil. For dry skin: Mix 1/4 teaspoon castor oil and 2 teaspoons coconut or olive oil. 4. Splash your face with water in the morning. After getting a good night's sleep, it feels refreshing to splash your face with water. Since you don't wake up wearing makeup, there's no need to wash your face using a cleanser; in fact, it's better for your skin to give it a break and just use water. Pat your face dry with a soft towel. 5. Exfoliate every few days. Dead skin builds up on the surface of your skin, mixes with sweat and dirt, and ends up clogging pores. Exfoliating your skin regularly will prevent your pores from getting clogged so quickly. The result will be closed, small-looking pores as opposed to clogged pores that look big and open. One of the best ways to exfoliate is by simply using a washcloth. Wet your face and scrub it gently using circular motions. ( Preferably USE APRICOT SCRUB ( BAKSON) Facial scrubs are also good. Try a mixture of ground almonds and honey. 6. UNCLOGGING PORES (A) Do a steam treatment. This is a great way to open your pores so you can get rid of the small plugs of dead skin and dirt that are making them appear large and open. Heat a small pot of water until it begins to steam, then hold your face over it and drape a towel over your head. Let the steam bathe your face for three to five minutes, then rinse your face with cool water. Steaming your face opens up your pores, allowing them to become unclogged. Rinsing afterward gets rid of the debris, leaving your pores fresh and clean. Use cool water to close your pores. (B) Use a MUD PACK. MUD is a natural element that draws impurities out of the skin as it dries. When you do a MUD mask, dry mud is mixed with water to form a paste, which you smooth over your face. Let it dry completely, then rinse it away with cool water. • Many Mud packs are avaliable in stores but I will prefer MUD PACK ( BAKSON) 7.TONING AND MOISTURISING (A) Always rinse and tone when you're finished cleansing. Whether you steam or use a mask, always remember to rinse away the dirt when you're finished. Follow up by using a toner on your face. Toner helps restore your skin's pH balance after cleansing, giving it a youthful, glowing appearance and helping to close pores. (B) Avoid toners with chemicals that could inflame your skin. Beauty supply stores carry many different toners. Look for one that works with your skin type, but avoid toners with excess chemicals, perfumes, and dyes that could irritate or dry out your skin. These toners will do more harm than good, and your pores will end up looking larger instead of smaller. Avoid toners that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. Avoid toners that contain glycerin and fragrances, since these can cause allergic reactions. (C) Try apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples, and is a gentle, natural toner for any type of skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of water, then use a cotton ball to apply it to your skin after rinsing. Let your skin dry, then moisturize it. (D) Try a honey mask to tone your skin. Plain, raw honey is an excellent toner for skin. Simply spread some on your face and let it sit for about ten minutes, then rinse it away with warm water. Your pores will tighten up and your face will feel fresh and youthful. (E) Finish your routine by moisturizing. Using a good face moisturizer( ALOVERA CREAM ( BAKSON) is key to keeping your pores closed, since dry skin can become irritated and lead to large-looking pores. Chose an alcohol-free moisturizer that doesn't contain perfumes and excess chemicals so you make sure you don't irritate your skin.
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I had 2 period in a month. What is the reason? Is it effected by intercourse or sex?

MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
I had 2 period in a month. What is the reason? Is it effected by intercourse or sex?
Periods may occur st intervals of 25 days, thus may be in beginning and end of a month. There is nothing wrong in that. Wht matters in the interval between two periods should not be less than 25 days.
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Diabesity

M.D. Internal Medicine
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
Diabesity
Over the years understanding of Diabetes has shifted from pancreas to adipocytes (fat cells). Some times with normal insulin level or with more than normal insulin people present with diabetes. This phenomenon is medically known as insulin resistance.
Science has now discovered that virtually everything to do with weight loss for both men and women is controlled by one master hormone. This hormone that controls 100% of your body’s ability to burn fat is Leptin. Researchers recently discovered that women naturally have twice as much of the fat burning hormone Leptin in their body compared to men, thus making it difficult for women to lose weight compared to men. You become leptin-resistant by the same general mechanism that you become insulin-resistant – by continuous overexposure to high levels of the hormone. If you eat a diet that is high in sugar (particularly fructose), grains, and processed foods – the same type of diet that will also increase inflammation in your body – as the sugar gets metabolized in your fat cells, the fat releases surges in leptin.
Newer methods of managing diabetes and obesity –Diabesity is centered around this hypothesis which many times termed as central obesity ( white fat cells and brown fat cells ) cancer-boosting "white" fat cells to less harmful "brown" fat (a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it. while researchers investigate the pharmaceutical avenues to convert white fat cells to brown in an effort to reduce the potential for cancer growth, other research has already shown that this can likely be achieved through exercise.
Thus normal blood sugar with diet and exercise-lifestyle modification can increase your brown fat cells which in turn helps in reducing fat storage, reducing insulin resistance and leptin resistance and obesity.
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Huge pain on Right side neck, shoulder blade and complete hand .pls help me on this. It's too much pain.

BPTh/BPT, British Bobath Tutors Association, ALERT, Respiratory Physiotherapy , Clinical Educator Training Programme
Physiotherapist, Haridwar
Huge pain on Right side neck, shoulder blade and complete hand .pls help me on this. It's too much pain.
Dear Lybrate user, Your pain most probably is coming from your cervical (neck) region. Try out hot or cold fomentation whichever one suits you. Avoid sitting for long time in one position and avoid travelling. Try over the counter pain medications. If the pain doesn't resolve then consult a good physiotherapist in your locality. Regards.
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I don't want this life, Help me how can I avoid myself to suicide and other negative thinks.

BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
I don't want this life, Help me how can I avoid myself to suicide and other negative thinks.
Homeopathic remedies can assist people who want to work on their emotional, mental and spiritual growth and development. The remedies can help people who strive to achieve a more positive mindset and a feeling of well being. Negative moods, thoughts and actions can bring about imbalances. Personality traits, such as impatience, fear, depression, bitterness, lack of self-confidence or motivation affect a person’s vitality and can adversely affect health. Homeopathic remedies do not profoundly change the personality of the individual. It is individual differences which make life so rich. Homeopathic remedies help to restore balance within the personality. For example, a chronic worrier can become an occasional worrier, a highly critical and judgmental person can become more tolerant, and a person with a poor self-image can gain more self-confidence. You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance
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