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How important is diabetes screening?

Video Credit -  TheDiabetesDownload ( How do you know if you have type 2 diabetes? Certified Diabetes Educator, Joy Pape, joins Michael Stevens, host of Vsauce, to explain why it’s so important to get screened for diabetes, and what screening results may mean. There is actually a simple way to know for sure if you have diabetes or if you are at risk.  Being overweight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and there are other risk factors as well. That's why it’s important for you to have the screening done for diabetes. All it takes is a simple blood test by your healthcare provider. HbA1c : A1c or HbA1c is a short form for hemoglobin A1c. This number indicates how well your blood sugar has been controlled over time. If your A1c number is more than 6.5%, that means you are diabetic. FPG : FPG or fasting plasma glucose or fasting blood glucose gives you the amount of sugar at that very moment after you haven’t eate

Pranks got a high-tech makeover!

Month of March is nearing its end! Pranksters are on the lookout for crazy stuff to relish every given opportunity that he or she gets on April Fool’s Day. They can pounce on you anytime, anywhere.  Pranks have been in existence since the dawn of mankind; most of us had a fair share of it and enjoyed those moments too; it’s just that they got a high-tech makeover these days! In the age of smartphones, Internet of Things, and wearable technology, jokesters too made their way into app stores with sophisticated ideas and hilarious content to perform the most evil of gags. And it has become super simple than ever to use these mobile applications to play pranks that will fill your day with laughs.   Yes, you do have a long list of apps that claim to check your blood pressure and blood sugar as well in the play store and app store. They appear super credible and could make you think that it is a real application that is calculating your BP or blood sugar.  Unfortunately, som

What Is Diabetes?

Video Credit -  Michael Stevens- The Diabetes Download ( Diabetes is a chronic condition that happens when the body cannot produce enough of the hormone insulin or cannot use insulin effectively. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Insulin acts as a key that lets the body’s cells take in glucose and use it as energy. There are 3 main types of diabetes Type 1 Diabetes This occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. People with type 1 diabetes, the result of an auto-immune process with very sudden onset, need insulin therapy to survive. Type 1 is managed through life-long injections, a healthy diet, exercise and blood glucose management. Type 2 Diabetes Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, can go unnoticed and undiagnosed for years. Type 2 is when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. In such cases, those affected are unaware of the long-term damage being caused

How accurate is the home BP meter reading?

Gone are the days when young adults are not associated with chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. In fact, it is one of the biggest threats to public health today. Now, there is compelling evidence to show that chronic diseases affect men and women almost equally, especially the younger generation. Unfortunately, most of the chronic diseases won’t have any symptoms, and for years you could carry them without knowing until an acute episode pops up that would land you in an emergency care situation. However, proper awareness and ‪healthy‬ ‪lifestyle habits‬ can control ‪high blood pressure‬ and prevent its complications. So, how do I take control of it?  Blood pressure measurement is one of the best and easiest ways to keep track of your heart health, as obtaining vital signs for patients is considered to be standard of care.  The simplest approach would be to do regular check of your BP at home, and it helps you detect risk factors in their earliest stages. You ma

Where do you get your protein from when you become vegan?

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in performing basic bodily functions. Your body uses proteins in your diet to build new cells and maintain tissues. They are the building blocks for many of our body’s structures, including muscle, bone, skin, and hair. Many might think protein can be a challenge for vegans, but it’s not a big deal - there a plenty of options for you to meet your protein needs. There are lots of nutrient dense foods with a high protein content; here are some options you may want to consider - avocado, broccoli, spinach, lentils, nuts, soybeans, sweet potato, non-dairy milk.

The 10-20-30 minute secrets to tone up your body!

Getting up in the morning and putting in 8 hours of work at office sitting before a computer on a chair has become customary for most us on weekdays. Yes, we do have pit stops in between for a heavy breakfast/meal, sometimes for no apparent reason other than being so yummy. And eventually, it’s time to go home and hit the bed. It appears as if we are logging hour after idle hour with our bums glued to our seats one-way or the other. This mechanical, sedentary lifestyle coupled with inadequate conditioning is no doubt putting us at obvious health risks. Fitness has more to do with the lifestyle than the work that we are subjected to. Any exercise is better than none. Being caught up at work all day cannot be the reason for skipping exercise. There are quite a few simple and effective ways where you can burn a few calories even within an office environment. Let’s turn the office into a place where you get your exercise groove on and not feel embarrassed, ashamed, or inappropriate

4 effective yoga poses to control diabetes!

“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” -  B.K.S. Iyengar Being physically fit may not be sufficient to attain true health; one needs to be balanced on mental and emotional aspects as well. Hence, it’s important that we create a positive connection between body, mind and soul. Living in the moment will bring about real happiness. Everyone has their own definition of a healthy lifestyle – try to make health a priority but not an obsession. What’s important is how you make the best of your life that is presented to you. As soon as you start accepting everything that comes your way, you will live in the moment.  Accept the present and move on! Chronic disease affects each one of us in one-way or the other. With one of the biggest threats to public health today, the rising burden of chronic diseases affects men and women almost equally, especially the younger generation. At least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and diabetes cases, and 4

Celebrate Parents' Day!!

Being chronically ill can be embarrassing! Day in and day out, we do see our near and dear ones go through the pain, stress, and trauma due to a chronic ailment . It can add to the worries if you are someone who stays away from them and you realize they have done so much to take care of you and support you. An overwhelming percentage of chronically ill, elderly patients go through the painful process of logging their health vitals, recurring needs such as buying medicines, undergoing various lab tests for medical checkups, or availing home care services. On top of this, there is lack of mechanism to capture comprehensive medical history or service targeting for hospital. Today, we are presented with situations that make us so engrossed with our work –the long hours, tight schedules, demanding deadlines - we are so busy growing up and we often forget our parents are also growing old. Apparently, there is no “one size fits all” solution for this as is the case with a