Most of us spend long periods of time looking at computer screens or at the many gadgets that have become an integral part of our lives, like the indispensable all-purpose cell phone. Doctors report that increasingly people are being afflicted with computer vision syndrome and other such issues with our eyes. The computer vision syndrome is a condition which comes out of focusing our eyes on a computer display for long periods of time. Continue reading
Today, November 14 is World Diabetes Day and it is fitting, I thought, to share what you can do to prevent yourself or your near and dear ones from falling prey to this disease. Nearly 50 million people in India are said to suffer from diabetes says this website, started to prevent the spread of diabetes in India. What is of more concern is that a disease which earlier was restricted largely to the middle-aged and older people is now increasingly afflicting people aged 35 and below. Continue reading
“Incredibly, one in four Americans over age 20 has prediabetes — and most don’t even know it. Being prediabetic means that your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but short of being classified as diabetic levels. Studies show that most people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years, unless they lose weight and make dietary and exercise changes.” These are the opening lines of what I believe is a “must read” article by Paula Spencer Scott, Senior Editor at Caring.com. Continue reading
The headline of the article in my copy of the DNA newspaper for May 29 was crisp. It said it in a manner that left no scope for doubt. ” If you want to live longer, get off your butt.” I read this article and was struck by the quote attributed to Dr. Anup Kanodia of the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Centre. Dr. Kanodia says, ” Sitting is the new smoking.”
I don’t know about you, but as an author, I spend a lot of time sitting. More in front of the computer. I would be keying in stories, blogging and so on , so much so that hours together pass in these activities. On top of that is another pastime, that of watching television. Honestly, I haven’t figured just how long I sit every day. I must do that one of these days. Continue reading
Having been through a coronary bypass graft surgery myself in July 2010, I try in a small way to help others be aware of the risks of cardiovascular disorders. In this context, a news item in the DNA newspaper of March 26 startled me. It said that these were some of the findings of a survey done by SaffolaLife covering over 60,000 respondents across different cities in India :-
The festive season made me choose this topic for today’s post. The holiday and festive season makes people hog more than they normally would or should! Rich dishes, tasty treats and a series of feasts makes us throw caution to the winds as we sink our teeth into the delicacies. ” Calories be damned!” goes the word. It’s only later that the calorie conscious scurry for cover as they check their weights post the festivities!
These findings shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Findings presented at the American Heart Association meeting at Chicago recently indicated that women who reported high job strain faced a 40 % increase in cardiovascular disease and a 88 % increase in heart disease. As Dr. Michelle A. Albert of the Harvard Medical School puts it ” You can’t get rid of stress but you can manage it”.