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How Junk Food Is Related With Constipation?

Dr. Munish Sood 92% (165 ratings)
B.A.M.S, MD (Ayu) Kayachikitsa
Ayurveda, Shimla  •  16 yrs exp
How Junk Food Is Related With Constipation?

With the super-busy lifestyle that everybody is gravitating to, there is less time for everything, including cooking and eating. More processed foods are finding their way into the refrigerator, which can just be picked up and eaten anytime hunger pangs are felt. And we do not immediately realize that processed foods are devoid of all the essential ingredients. What we end up eating has less fiber, more salt, more preservatives (generally not very safe for all) - all leading to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Refined flour, white sugar, cheese, juices, canned juices, cheese-laden pizzas, bread frozen and foods all these sound yummy but not something readily accepted and digested by your stomach. Try eating pizza with loads of cheese for two days and experience the bloated feeling for yourself. Not to scare you but imagine this, you would have to eat an entire medium pizza to get like 2 gm of fiber. Your body requires about 25 to 40 gm of fiber per day for regular health maintenance.

Biologically, our digestive system requires a lot of fiber which adds to the roughage. This is very important to help in digestion and to aid in cleansing the bowel after that. The function of the large intestine is to remove water and essential ingredients when food passes through it. A junk food passes through quite quickly, thereby, leading to loss of water and ingredients. A lot of digestive issues are also related to lack of fiber in the food like polyps, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol and obesity.

Most of us are aware but tend to ignore the fact that junk food, as well as the name says, junk. There is hardly anything of great nutritious value in it. There is a lot of salt, fat and artificial chemicals which all make it very tasty but with not-very-good nutritious value. Try to eat only junk food for about a week regularly, and you will surely feel:

1. Bloated (a lot of gas due to indigestion)
2. Dehydrated (excessive salt needs more water, which we don't realize)
3. Constipated (lack of fiber leading to reduced bowel movement)
4. Weak and lousy (lack of nutrition)


This, of course, does not include the harmful effects on skin, hair, looks, etc.

It does not mean you have to stop eating junk completely and eat only healthy all the time. The human body is adaptive and can take adjust to a lot of variations. It is not wise to try the example above (eating pizza for a week), while binging on junk food once in a week would definitely not hurt. Use your discretion as nobody knows your body as well as you do.

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Factors That Cause Back & Neck Pain In Morning!

Dr. Lekhraj Patidar 88% (16 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Orthopedist, Ratlam  •  12 yrs exp
Factors That Cause Back & Neck Pain In Morning!

The problem of morning back and neck pain may be due to the position of sleeping or it may be related to inflammatory arthritis which can be familial. Morning back pain is largely related to wrong sleeping posture and less commonly due to arthritic conditions like Ankylosing Spondylitis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Whatever be the cause- this condition requires attention by an Orthopedic doctor as it may worsen in due course of time and should not be taken lightly. 

Some common factors causing this are: 

  1. Mattress: Too soft or too hard a mattress might induce back ache after sleep. For people with waist and hips of equal proportion, a firmer mattress would do well. For those with narrower waist than their hips, a flexible and softer mattress that can move with the pelvic weight would be a perfect choice. Refrain from using old hardened mattresses. 
  2. Pillow: The pillow you use must be able to render support to your neck naturally. Instead of using excessively firm or soft pillow, try substituting it with memory foam pillows, refillable water pillows or cervical support pillows. 
  3. Posture: Not changing your position while sleeping or sleeping on the belly exerts strain on the back muscles, causing pain. On the other hand, sleeping on the back or on the sides causes comparatively less strain on the spine. 
  4. Other causes such as strenuous workouts or physical activities or sitting at a stretch during the day might cause pain while sleeping or after getting up from bed. 

Remedies for Morning Back Pain: 

Fortunately, there are some home remedies to cure the morning back pain. 

  1. Switching your mattress is a more expensive remedy for back pain, but may often be the ultimate cure. Most people sleep the best on medium-firm mattresses. Be sure to try out the mattress before you buy it. 
  2. For occasional back pain after sleeping, apply heat to your back to relax your muscles before you go to bed and when you get up in the morning. 
  3. Massage your back with pain relieving creams and apply heat on it with a heating pad for quick relief. 
  4. Specific spinal stretching exercises and Planks (a type of exercise) can greatly help in easing back pain, if done on a regular basis. 
  5. It is always recommended to CONSULT an Orthopaedic doctor if you suffer from morning back pain.
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Eye Flashes - Know Factors Associated With It!

Dr. Pavan Lohiya 92% (10 ratings)
MD - Ophthalmology, MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Navi Mumbai  •  16 yrs exp
 Eye Flashes - Know Factors Associated With It!

Eye flashes or photopsia can be caused by many conditions. Although flashes are harmless, they might indicate some serious eye issue which needs to be addressed immediately. Medical attention should be taken when flashes cause loss of vision and also small spots seem to float from one side to the other, thereby hindering the vision.

Migraines -

Migraines and very severe recurrent form of headaches which last for few hours to many days, and can cause visual symptoms. The light flashes look like zigzag lines, geometric patterns and sparkles when they occur with a migraine. Flashes might affect one eye or both and occur in the peripheral area of the vision. Light flashes sometimes also occur due to ophthalmic migraine, a migraine without a headache.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment -

The jelly-like substance or the vitreous fluid fill the center of the eye and also gives it shape, is attached to the retina. With age and over time there is shrinking of the vitreous and it begins to detach from the retina. This is known as posterior vitreous detachment. In this the vitreous tugs or pulls on the retina, while the retina gets detached and stimulates it thus causing flashes to occur.

There is no known treatment for posterior vitreous detachment, through regular monitoring of the eye through eye checkups are helpful. Symptoms of this are similar to those of retinal detachment (condition in which there is permanent vision loss).

Retinal Detachment or Tear -

Retinal tear and detachment also cause light flashes in the eye. This needs to be treated promptly. In case of permanent vision loss, there is detachment of retina at the back of the eye, especially if the detachment takes place over the macula which is the main focus of the vision on retina. When the retina detaches from the eye, it loses the main source of nutrients. As there are photosensitive cells in the retina which are responsible for vision, the results of retina tear are severe.

Retinal damage occurs after trauma or as a complication from diabetes or posterior vitreous detachment. Vitreous gel tends to seep under the retina from the small crevices and holes formed by the retinal thinning. This, in turn, raises the sections and disconnects it from the eye. This can be corrected by laser treatment, cryopexy or eye surgery.

Other Causes:

A trauma like a hard blow on the head can lead the person to experience flashes of light. Also some medications can lead to toxic levels, like Digitalis can cause flashes of light. The symptoms of eye flashes also occur with macular degeneration, which is an age-related disease and in this the vision reduces gradually.

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Get a tasty health booster to satisfy your child's chocolate craving

Diploma In Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician, Delhi
Get a tasty health booster to satisfy your child's chocolate craving
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My father's age is 67 years. He has chronic kidney disease. His creatine level is 2.1 to 2.3 since last two years. He has no diabetes or high blood pressure but the reason behind ckd is excessive use of painkillers. I'm really worried about my father please tell me can ckd stage 3 be controlled so that is won't progress to dialysis. What is the life expectancy of my father. His size of kidneys are just 30-40%.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB - MEdicine, DNB- Nephrology
Nephrologist, Gurgaon  •  19 yrs exp
My father's age is 67 years. He has chronic kidney disease. His creatine level is 2.1 to 2.3 since last two years. He...
Not all CKDs progress to dialysis, have good control of BP regular check up to look for Anemia, metabolic profile Follow nephrologist Avoid pain killers and self medications.
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I am 24 years old and have pcos. I had irregular periods thus was under treatment for 6 months for pcos. I do exercise regularly. I had not been using medicines since november. I got periods twice in december. I am planning to have a baby. Do I need to worry about it?

MBBS, DGO, DNB - Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi  •  30 yrs exp
I am 24 years old and have pcos. I had irregular periods thus was under treatment for 6 months for pcos. I do exercis...
You can try to conceive naturally for 3-4 months. Start taking folic acid if planning for prenancy.
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I'am 48 yrs. Male suffering from cervical spondylosis since more than 25 yrs. Plus I have been suffering from running nose, eyes & wheezing since childhood. Earlier I was told allergic asthma, 7-8 months back bronchitis was confirmed via MRI. Still at times suffer from above breathing problem. Have low bp - telma & telrose tablet with 2 times foracort inhaler. Kindly help.

MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad  •  43 yrs exp
MRI will not diagnose bronchitis. Get PFT to diagnose asthma. MRI will b eneeded for cervical spondilytis. Use LABA and ICS combination by inhalation for asthma
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Have a big raised mole on the right forearm of the size of a small 1 re coin. It is there from the birth. Of late I am experiencing pain and it is oozing. Kindly advice whether to stay with it or remove it? I am also a diabetic patient.

MBBS
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Pune  •  16 yrs exp
Visit a surgeon. He may give antibiotics first to control infection. Get your fasting and pp blood sugar levels.
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High Diabetes - How Does It Affect Your Pregnancy?

Masters in Endocrinology, MBBS, C.Diab, CCEBDM(DIABETOLOGY), CCMTD, DOMS
Endocrinologist, Mumbai  •  5 yrs exp
High Diabetes - How Does It Affect Your Pregnancy?

Pregnancy brings with it the need to be extra careful about the overall well-being of the mother-to-be. Extreme caution has to be taken in managing health, as antibiotics and a lot of other treatment modalities are best avoided during pregnancy. With diabetes becoming common in the younger ages and women choosing to delay pregnancy, there are multiple women who are diabetic and choose to get pregnant later in life.

With diabetes being a chronic and a lifestyle condition, it definitely has its effects on pregnancy. However, the key is to manage diabetes cautiously in such a way that its effects on pregnancy, both the mother and the developing baby, are minimal. The increased blood sugar levels from the mother pass on to the baby, so keeping a close watch on the blood sugar levels is very important.

  1. The maximum effect of diabetes on the baby is during the first few weeks of pregnancy. It is when the vital organs (brain, heart, lungs and kidneys) are forming, and high blood sugar levels can be harmful. This is slightly tricky as most women realise they could be pregnant only after about 6 weeks. If pregnancy is planned, it is best advisable to keep a check on sugar levels much ahead of the pregnancy.
  2. The baby could be used to high levels of sugar while in the womb, and once delivered, it could have too low sugar levels. This needs to be monitored.
  3. Preeclampsia, which is increased protein in the urine and high blood pressure, can happen during the second trimester. This may require the baby to be delivered prematurely.
  4. Babies born to diabetic mothers are often bigger. The baby’s pancreas is used to higher sugar levels and so the extra sugar gets converted to fat, which is the reason for the bigger babies. This may also necessitate C-sections.
  5. Pregnancy can induce the development of diabetic retinopathy, which may prevent vaginal delivery, as the woman may not be able to exert the required pressure.
  6. Abnormal calcium and magnesium levels, which need to be monitored for a while after birth
  7. Most diabetic women reach full term if the sugar levels have been under good control.

Diabetic pregnant women are high at risk. However, with advanced medical care, these risks and complications are managed very well producing healthy babies from normal deliveries with effectively no harm to the mother’s health.

Once a diabetic woman tests positive, it is advisable to seek medical help to plan diet/meal plan, physical activities, exercise regimen, lifestyle changes, and medication dose adjustments. This is not a one-time activity, but needs to be closely monitored with daily blood sugar levels throughout the pregnancy.

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This symptoms of which mental disorder * Anyone talking around near of me I feel he is talking about me *I feel other people reading and listening my mind though and speak loudly * In mind many of thought always coming think too much. Talking in lonely ownself *Anybody taunting critized me feeling to much embarrassed * Disconcerted studies. stressed.

MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Jaipur  •  14 yrs exp
This symptoms of which mental disorder * Anyone talking around near of me I feel he is talking about me
*I feel other...
Yes. All these are the symptoms of Psychiatric illness, consult a psychiatrist nearby or online so that detail discussion and evaluation is done and proper diagnosis is established. Accordingly treatment can be suggested. Do not ignore or wait, it may increase with the time. All the best.
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I have more hair fall and I am 28 years old migraine patient. Please suggest me what can I do for my hair fall.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bangalore  •  5 yrs exp
I have more hair fall and I am 28 years old migraine patient. Please suggest me what can I do for my hair fall.
Hairfall in women may be of many types. Telogen effluvium, female pattern hair loss, chronic telogen effluvium, alopecia areata and many more. Therapy depends on the type of disease you are suffering from. Application of variety of hair oils present over the counter donot help in our experience. Women going bald like men is extremely rare. Response to treatment of hairfall in females is generally better. Consult a dermatologist and be on regular follow up.
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I had fair complexion earlier. Now it's a bit dark due to facial maybe. Is there any cream or something to remove facial hair n improve complexion?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), Fellowship in Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery
Dermatologist, Pune  •  6 yrs exp
I had fair complexion earlier. Now it's a bit dark due to facial maybe. Is there any cream or something to remove fac...
Yes you can apply creams and take tablets too. Undergo multiple treatments. Kindly consult online in details for the prescription and treatment.
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HI .i m 19 years old my weight is 65 kg. I want to know the perfect diet. Which will help to reduce my weight .nd exercise?

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Jaipur  •  11 yrs exp
HI .i m 19 years old my weight is 65 kg. I want to know the perfect diet. Which will help to reduce my weight .nd exe...
Diet is not hundred percent responsible for weight gain many factors are important like your digestion, physical activity, water intake and many more. So if you want diet plan accordingly your body type you can go with our online consultation.
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Microneedling - Know More About It!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD- Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon  •  8 yrs exp
Microneedling - Know More About It!

Microneedling is a relatively new minimally invasive procedure involving superficial and controlled puncturing of the skin by rolling with miniature fine needles. 
Over a short period of time, it has gained mass popularity and acceptance as it is a simple, office-based, cheap, safe, and effective technique. Traditionally used as a collagen induction therapy for facial scars and skin rejuvenation, it is also widely used now as a transdermal delivery system for therapeutic drugs and vaccines. It was initially introduced for skin rejuvenation, however, now it is being used for a very wide range of indications including acne scar, acne, post-traumatic/burn scar, alopecia, skin rejuvenation, drug delivery, stretch marks, and many more. 
Micropunctures are created using microneedles which produce a controlled skin injury without actually damaging the epidermis leading to wound healing cascade with release of various growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PGF), transforming growth factor alpha and beta (tgf-î± and tgf-î²), connective tissue activating protein, connective tissue growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor (FGF). 
This percutaneous collagen induction leads to an overall youthful appearance of the skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing pore size, more suppleness, elasticity and collagen production. 

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