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Protein Supplements - Is it Good or Bad?

Anantya Healthcare 85% (10 ratings)
Multi Speciality Clinic
Multi Speciality, Gurgaon  •  17 years experience
Protein Supplements - Is it Good or Bad?

Protein supplements cannot hurt, right? We know you have questions about the efficacy and safety of protein supplementation and we are going to answer all your concerns right here. People all around the world spend billions of dollars on sports nutrition and protein supplements that can enhance their athletic performance and improve their looks. These supplements usually consist of whey, casein, soy, egg albumin, brown rice, cow milk, wheat, beef, pea, hemp, etc. and are available as ready-to-drink shakes, bars, gels and powders in a variety of flavours.

How are protein supplements good?

  1. Proteins are good for health as they help build muscle. They improve immune function too.
  2. Furthermore, protein may also help reduce blood pressure.
  3. Research has proved beyond a doubt that higher protein intake may help manage normal blood pressure and prevent complications due to hypertension.
  4. Consuming enough soy protein is also beneficial to cardiovascular health as it lowers triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol levels. It also increases HDL levels.

Whey protein reduces obesity and enhances immunity as well as anti-oxidant activity. It also lowers blood glucose levels. Remember, training while taking whey supplements can enhance lean body mass, strength, and muscle size as whey is a complete protein containing all nine of the amino acids. Thus, these supplements are a good source of all the amino acids required by your body.

How are they bad?

  1. Protein supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  2. As the supplement market is unregulated, there is a major risk of use of inferior products and contamination with heavy metals and pesticides.
  3. Another reason protein supplementation is bad is because you don’t require so much protein, even if you are working out. The recommended daily intake of protein for healthy adults is just 0.75 g of protein/kg body weight. This means you need about 45 - 56 g of protein a day. Adult athletes need 1.5 g/kg body weight.
  4. But if you are on protein supplements, you may end up ingesting more protein than required. This can cause a buildup of ‘ketones’ bodies. And this in turn can cause ketosis. In simple words, ketosis can cause your body's pH to lower to dangerously acidic levels, leading to a state called ketoacidosis.
  5. This can lead to an inordinate load on your kidneys as they work overtime to get rid of ketones and this may lead to severe dehydration, particularly if you exercise heavily. And this can make you weak and dizzy, not strong.
  6. It can also give you a bad breath and other health problems like osteoporosis.

Last, but not the least, protein supplements contain extra calories. Extra protein required by you can be received without a problem by eating a protein rich diet. You don’t need protein supplements for this. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.

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Bone Cancer - 4 Signs You are Suffering from it!

Dr. Sajjan Rajpurohit 86% (28 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Oncology, DNB - Super Speciality, Immuno Oncology
Oncologist, New Delhi  •  15 years experience
Bone Cancer - 4 Signs You are Suffering from it!

We have more than 200 bones in our body and each of them is susceptible to bone cancer. However, long bones in the arms and legs are most susceptible to this condition. Bone cancer can be primary or secondary. Primary bone cancer involves uncontrolled and abnormal cell division within the bones while secondary bone cancer refers to cancer that originated somewhere else in the body and later spread to the bones. While children and adults are equally at risk for primary bone cancer, adults and elderly people are more susceptible to secondary bone cancer. If diagnosed early enough, bone cancer can be treated and even cured with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Hence it is essential to recognize the signs and symptoms of bone cancer. Here’s what you should look out for.

  1. Pain in Bones: Pain is one the primary symptoms of bone cancer. As the tumour grows larger, this pain can become more intense. In its early stages, the pain may be experienced as a dull ache inside the bone or the affected part of the body. It may also increase or decrease according to your activity level or may be experienced only at night. However, not all bone pains signify ‘cancer’ as this is also a symptom associated with osteoporosis.
  2. Swelling: In some cases, the abnormal growth of bone cells can result in the formation of a lump of mass that may be felt through the skin. In other cases, the affected area may also show signs of swelling.
  3. Breaking of the Bone: Cancer can weaken the bones and make them more brittle. This may make the bones more susceptible to fractures. A bone breaking in an area that has been painful or sore for a long period of time may be a sign of cancer. This is known as a pathologic fracture.
  4. Reduced Flexibility: If the tumour is located near a joint, it may affect the range of movements possible and make simple actions uncomfortable. For example, a tumour around the knee may make walking and climbing stairs a painful exercise.

Other symptoms to look out for are sudden and drastic weight loss, tiredness, excessive sweating at night, fever and difficulty breathing in case cancer has spread to other organs. Since many of these symptoms are common to other medical disorders, you should consult a doctor immediately if you notice any of them. A physical examination and a couple of tests along with a biopsy will be required to confirm a diagnosis of bone cancer.

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Lack Of Sleep - How It Affects Your Health?

Dr. Saikat Ghosh 86% (40 ratings)
MBBS, Post graduate in diabetology
General Physician, howrah  •  14 years experience
Lack Of Sleep - How It Affects Your Health?

Sleep is an activity where you do nothing, but rest. You relax your body and mind, you rest your bones and muscles and you rest your eyes after a long day of physical exertion. It is extremely necessary for you to get ample amount of sleep to stay healthy.

Otherwise there are various problems which you might have to face if you are lacking sleep:

  1. Elevates the risk of stroke: According to study, people who get less sleep are more prone to having strokes than those who get enough sleep. If you sleep for less than 6 hours every day, you multiply the risk of have a stroke four times than ordinary.
  2. Obesity: Lack of sleep can cause obesity. It usually forces you to take erratic food decisions, leading you to eat a lot of junk food. Less sleep administers certain hormonal changes which make you feel hungrier and believe that you haven’t eaten enough food. The production of the hormone ghrelin, which controls your hunger, increases due to less sleep. Hence, it may lead to obesity if you keep eating without keeping a check on what you eat.
  3. Increases the risk of diabetes: Sleep and the production of insulin are inversely related to each other. Among teenagers, the less you sleep; the more insulin resistant your body becomes. This means the body is not able to use the insulin effectively.
  4. Results in poor memory: Less sleep causes tiredness. When you are extremely tired, you are not able to focus on anything going on around you, you cannot concentrate on your work, and you get forgetful. In fact, consistent lack of sleep can even cause permanent loss of memory. This is because you are not being able to fully utilize the memory boosting ability of sleep. This eventually causes brain deterioration which results in permanent memory loss.
  5. Affects your heart: Lack of sleep can have an extremely negative impact on your heart. Less sleep also causes stress and strain to your body and mind. It results in an increased production of certain chemicals and hormones in the body which is harmful for your heart. According to a study in 2011, people who sleep less than 6 hours every day increase the risk of having heart problems by almost 48%.

It is not very healthy to sleep less as it can complicate your daily life activities. Sleep enough and stay healthy. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult the general physician.

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Common Gynae Cancers- Know The Causes Behind Them!

MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist, New Delhi  •  13 years experience
Common Gynae Cancers- Know The Causes Behind Them!
In recent times, HPV vaccinations have been invented to treat gynecological cancers. True or False. Take this quiz to know now!
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I have urine infection, I feel burning sensation. please recommend some home remedy.

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Nephrology
Nephrologist, new delhi  •  8 years experience
I have urine infection, I feel burning sensation. please recommend some home remedy.
Take some cranberry juice..... but it is v imp to get it evaluated and treated. Also get a urine culture done
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I have very less bone muscles, always feeling very week. Want to develop muscles.

MBBS, FASM (ANDROLOGY AND SEXUAL MEDICINE), DCE (EMBRYOLOGY), PHD ( REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE)
Sexologist, Chennai  •  11 years experience
I have very less bone muscles, always feeling very week. Want to develop muscles.
Eat a lot of protein Rich food like chicken preferably grilled chicken and exercise regularly with Mild weights. You will gain muscle mass quickly and effectively.
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Age 21 male there is etching in my whole body as well as in face what to do for etching in morning time and in evening time etching occurs suddenly.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai  •  18 years experience
Age 21 male there is etching in my whole body as well as in face what to do for etching in morning time and in evenin...
use dermadew caloe lotion twice daily.... Please send photos for accurate diagnosis and treatment.. Consult privately for detailed information and prescription.
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Hell doctor I want to leave masturbation But I not controlled it please suggest me what I do. Thanks.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore  •  46 years experience
Hell doctor
I want to leave masturbation
But I not controlled it please suggest me what I do.
Thanks.
Masturbation is not really bad; it is the addiction to it that is bad. Not even the number of years is a problem but the frequency and compulsiveness to do it is to be considered for its ill-effects. At your age you may feel it difficult and it can become addictive if you have alone time, if you obsess about it, and if you are not into relationships. The problem with addiction to this is that you may go on to prefer masturbation to heterosexual contact, even when you are married. That obviously would be an insult to your wife and will lead to a lot of conflict. Heterosexual contact is very wholesome and the physiology is made exactly for penile and vaginal contact. You will instead enjoy a poor replica of this and not know or care for the difference. The second thing that can happen with addiction is that it will become compulsive and will have no boundaries or limits, since it can be done all by yourself, whenever, wherever, and however too. The big problem a lot of children get into is the guilt around this. A useful way to discharge the energy is to get into contact games, or exercises, or even hobbies to channelize it. Also you should not spend too much time alone, and you need to keep your mind occupied with other interesting things and a lot of socializing. Even if you are not interested in marriage, for whatever reasons, it will help you to get into a friendship with a girl and enjoy the relationship where there will be a lot of excitement when you fall in love. Right now your hormones may be very active and your physiological apparatus is primed and ready for sexual stimulation. But because of your age and even otherwise it is important to develop good control and not feed into your impulses. Keeping yourself occupied and living a healthy social life are the keys to manage your sexual drives.
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Want Blemish Free Healthy Skin? 7 Ayurvedic Remedies You Must Try!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ernakulam  •  7 years experience
Want Blemish Free Healthy Skin? 7 Ayurvedic Remedies You Must Try!

According to Ayurveda, skin problems arise due to imbalance in the tridoshas, which is vata, pitta and kapha. People having a vata constitution are the ones who possess dry and dull skin. While a healthy diet is necessary for a beautiful skin, here are some natural herbs that are considered excellent for keeping the skin clean and clear.

  1. Sandalwood: Sandalwood or chandan is a very useful Ayurvedic herb which helps in skin lightening. It is generally used in the treatment of several skin conditions such as acne, scrapes, blemishes, rashes and many others. It is a good remedy for itchy skin. Sandalwood leaves a cooling effect on the skin after external application. It also calms the body after exposure to the sun. Sandalwood powder can be used in the form of a lotion, soap or paste meant for hydrating and cleansing the skin.
  2. Turmeric: Turmeric is renowned for its blood purifying properties and gives a natural glow to the skin along with enhanced radiance. Turmeric consists of anti ageing and antibacterial properties and is used in cases of several skin diseases. Turmeric helps in reducing acne, blemishes, pigmentation and skin inflammation. It helps in slowing down the ageing process of the skin. You can apply turmeric paste on your face in the form of a facial.
  3. Aloe Vera: This herb is commonly used in beauty products. It has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and cooling properties and is an ideal herb for skin care. Aloe Vera treats skin conditions such as pimples, acne, burns, infections, rashes, allergies, blisters, insect bites and dry skin. Aloe Vera gel provides skin protection and helps in cooling, which reduces any inflammation. Sunburns are also treated by this wonderful herb.
  4. Saffron or Kesar: This herb is a very effective skin whitening agent and can be used along with olive oil for the purpose of lightening the skin. Kesar can also be applied to the skin by mixing it with milk and olive oil.
  5. Kumkumadi Oil: This oil is very useful for making skin fairer. This oil is made by the combination of sixteen Ayurvedic ingredients and also helps in removal of marks and prevents skin tanning. This oil can be applied to the skin directly.
  6. Cucumber: Cucumber is an ideal skin coolant and also contains antiseptic properties. It provides great skin nourishment. Having anti ageing properties, it makes you look younger and treats fine lines and wrinkles as well.
  7. Basil: Basil or tulsi has antiseptic properties, acts as a natural astringent and makes the skin fresh.
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I am facing a problem of premature hair graying. Please tell if their is any solution of it.

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bhubaneswar  •  3 years experience
I am facing a problem of premature hair graying. Please tell if their is any solution of it.
Cause of Premature Greying of Hairs. 1. Genetic + various environmental factors 2. Nutritional deficiencies like chronic protein loss, severe iron deficiency and copper deficiency. Other causes implicated include stress, and administration of certain drugs and use of certain chemicals (medicated oils). Kindly use 1. ALTRIS GEL over the scalp (not in the hairs) @night for minimum of 3 months. 2. Tab KERABLAK daily @night for minimum of 3 months 3. Q-SERA BLACK Serum to be applied 2 ml once daily @morning, post bathing after drying the scalp Take Care
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Sir, My sperm count is 50 millions per cc Motility: 50 % on collection, 30 % after 4 hrs, 10% after 8 hrs, 00% after 24 hrs and grade is 2 Morphological is 13% total, rest report are normal. Sir, kindly tell can I become father with this sperm conditions. Please revert I am going to marry next month.

Diploma in Diabetology, Pregnancy & Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Prevention in Diabetes ,Thyroid
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar  •  5 years experience
Sir,
My sperm count is 50 millions per cc
Motility: 50 % on collection, 30 % after 4 hrs, 10% after 8 hrs, 00% after ...
Yes Sure. Do marriage. Do Sex on Ovulation day also. Ovulation day is 14 day before next expected cycle. It can be calculated easily with. 1.Regular MC 2.Ultrasound 3.LH surge strip test. I will help you. You can start Tab. Paternia XT daily once for 3 month.
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My boyfriends height 6 feet height and his weight is 56 please suggest me weight gain diet chart within 2 months.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), B.Sc.
Ayurveda, Muzaffarnagar  •  21 years experience
My boyfriends height 6 feet height and his weight is 56 please suggest me weight gain diet chart within 2 months.
He should had 4 major meal daily. MORNING A PLATE ful daliya/upma/poha with fruit juice. Noon around 1 pm lunch with whole grain pulse with cow ghee 1tea spoon 2-3chapati n plate Of brown rice. Noon around 5 pm fruit chat /light home made snack with milk shake. Evening 8 pm around dinner with 2-4chapati /missi roti n seasonal vegetable a bowl of curd. Night 10 pm Khajoor dry fruit wala boiled milk 1cup. 11 pm to 6 pm sleep. Also 20 min daily morning physical exercise is must. See result in 1 month.
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I have hair fall problem from last 4 yrs. I have been taking treatment from many doctors but there is no reasonable effect. So please suggest me.

Ayurveda, KOLKATA
I have hair fall problem from last 4 yrs. I have been taking treatment from many doctors but there is no reasonable e...
Tab arogyabardhini 2 tab twice a day before meal. Keshraksha oil apply locally twice a day, for 2 month.
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Penile Enlargement

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani  •  9 years experience
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Ayurveda Remedies for Penis Enlargement

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